Purpose Pyramid for Multimodal Data

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Last week the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (#ECTEL2017) took place in Tallinn University with an overarching theme: “data-driven approaches in education“. This year’s conference focused on the role of data and learning analytics as means for deciphering and improving learning and teaching practices. This year, also in ECTEL17 great focus was given to multimodal data, i.e. the data sources like as sensors and wearables which aim to capture the learning behavior in the offline physical space, rather than in the online virtual environments. For instance, a new workshop was initiated merging two existing ones: the Cross Multimodal Learning Analytics Workshop…

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The law of energy

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In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system in a given frame of reference remains constant — it is said to be conserved over time. I agree with this law, but for me it also describes something else than kinetic energy and mass… I am not into physics, nor do I want to explain this law of energy in that way. What I am referring to is the energy that we feel and express as human beings, every day. Some people spread positive energy, and others negative energy. I think it’s a combination of a person’s past, their attitude, their dominant thoughts…

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Food for thought – use of social networks

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Just a short excerpt of a reflection I made lately about social networks: “The relation between peer pressure and addictions has always been a problem, but with the rise of social networks this has become even more visible. The dopamine released into the body with every like, retweet or mention that one receives, generates a soft kind of addiction that is hard to diagnose. This wouldn’t be bad if it wouldn’t change the way we live our lives. But, this ‘addiction’ corrupts our lives as the intrinsic end goal of living them as best as we can, has turned out…

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Postdoc & PhD 4 Learning Analytics, Frankfurt, Germany

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The German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) is a national centre for educational research and educational information, it is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states. DIPF is a member of the Leibniz Association operating from locations in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, with around 300 employees. We are currently building up an Educational Technology research group with a specific focus on Learning Analytics in Frankfurt Germany under close collaboration of the German Institute for International Education Research (DIPF) and the Computer Science faculty of the Goethe University of Frankfurt. Learning analytics is the measurement, collection,…

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MOOQ and ICDE establish close cooperation

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MOOQ and ICDE establish close cooperation Partnership by MOOQ and ICDE for shared vision on quality of Open Education The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organization ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning confirm a shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education. Christian M. Stracke, MOOQ coordinator, and Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary General, who signed the MOU, are convinced that the collaboration will provide benefits for the whole community worldwide. A first focus will be the improvement of the quality of Open…

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Reflecting on symposium ORD Antwerp 2017: The challenges of open online education

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The annual conference, the Education Research Days (ORD) took place last month in Antwerp. At this large dutch speaking conference, both Flemish and Dutch researchers within the education field present their work. Part of this conference was the symposium ‘The challenges of open online education / MOOCs” where also some members of the SOONER research team presented their work. Variation ORD & Open Online Education The palette of presentations, posters and discussions on the Education Research Days is colourful. The variation is not only on the level of education that’s under investigation, but also at the level of observation. Where…

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LELLE Conference “Learning to Learning: Beyond 2020”

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LELLE Conference “Learning to Learning: Beyond 2020” was a huge success! The LELLE Conference on 21st century competences and skills took place on 1st of June 2017 at the Open University of the Netherlands The LELLE Conference “Learning to Learning: Beyond 2020” was a huge success: The conference theme attracted more than 50 participants from both the educational and non-educational sectors: students, lecturers, working professionals, young entrepreneurs, as well as key industry players. The LELLE Conference was organized by the Erasmus+ project LELLE (Let’s Learn how to Learn) and was held on Thursday 1st June 2017 at the Open University…

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Gamification as cooking!

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Just back from the first conference on Gamification I ever attended. @GamiFIN2017 I had a unique opportunity in meeting and being inspired by three of the most prominent scholars in the field: Sebastian Deterding, Sylvester Arnab and Juho Hamari. They presented and inspired the audience in three different ways, highlighting the potentials and pointing out the lack of gamification from diverse points of view, delivering three distinctive messages. Sebastian Deterding focused more on the importance of developing a more rigorous method for investigating gamification effects: it is fundamental to have solid theories, taxonomies and ask the right questions. Gamification is like…

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