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MartineSchophuizen

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

By | Conferences, Dissemination, MOOCs, open education, Output | No Comments

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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Leaves are falling, ICO Fall School is calling!

By | Dissemination, English, Event, MOOCs, open education, Output, Presentations | No Comments

Looking outside the window red, yellow and brown trees are passing with 300 km/h. Flat landscapes are being alternated with somewhat more mountain like surroundings (disclaimer: if you’re Dutch, everything that’s not flat can be called a mountain). Around every corner and tunnel, hides a new décor: small villages, typical churches, vineyards and forests… We slowly make our way to the south of Germany…It’s a new Monday, just another day at the office for a PhD student in educational sciences. Because if leaves start falling, the ICO Fall School is calling! From the 31st of October till the 4th the…

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Kick off SOONER & challenges ahead: Innovation projects batch 2

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Last week, on May 19th 2016 prof. dr. Marco Kalz and I have presented the SOONER project to the twelve project leaders who have been awarded funding for their open online education projects at SURF. It was a very nice opportunity to meet the people behind the project plans, to get some insight about their projects and ideas, and to share knowledge about open online education and surrounding topics. Additionally, we introduced the SOONER project with a focus on the accompanying research topic: we got to explain the way we would like to do systematic research within the SOONER project, how we will collect our data,…

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Open Online Education: Standing on the shoulders of giants

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The expression “standing on the shoulders of giants” conveys the meaning of “discovering truth by building on previous discoveries”. It was found in a letter by Isaac Newton dating from 1676, but it is a principle that is still widely used in our present world and daily lives, and predominantly in an academic context. This is also where I found myself wondering as a first year student in 2008: How can the world outside academia benefit from scientific knowledge if you can only access all the articles through certain (costly) subscriptions? How can a non-academic individual stand on the shoulder…

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SOONER Symposium ORD (Onderwijs Research Dagen)

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The ORD (Onderwijs Research Dagen) is a yearly conference focussed on (Dutch) education research and the connection to practice. This year it took place from may 25th until may 27th at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Our SOONER research project was represented on the last day when we hosted a symposium on Open Online Learning. In this short blog we share out experiences from the ORD, and our specifically from our symposium. ORD: first impression Renée Jansen and Julia Kasch were able to attend the full three days of the conference and had a chance to gain some first hand experiences….

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Academic Writing Week: Tough love & killing darlings

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It is so tempting to get caught up in so many different things. Not only in my private life, but also as a PhD. Things like project management issues, teaching, communicating, having meetings, following courses, socializing, getting stuck on reading interesting articles (my biggest problem since I find almost everything interesting) … Time flies when you are having fun. But sometimes actual writing just doesn’t happen, which is a pity! That’s why I was really glad that several colleagues took the initiative to organize an academic writing week for our department (TELI) at the Welten Institute of the Open University….

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Traditional education as a CD album, future education as a playlist?

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Last week I turned 30, in my head I am still 22, but I more and more catch myself referring to things that today are considered “out of date” (my former first year students used to remind me of that). For instance, an actual CD album is not that common anymore (at least the physical disc is not). CD’s and singles as I know them from a record store, in a box, with a nice booklet, are (being) replaced by online streaming services. People can customize their own music by making playlists, cherry picking songs from various albums and artists,…

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