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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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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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Visual informed consent

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As TeSLA instruments collect personal data, students need to be informed about the type of data that are being collected, how they will be stored and processed etc. before they are asked for their consent. Informed consent is a legal document regulating the relationship between parties. This can be for instance researchers and subjects, but also educational institutions deploying TeSLA and their students. It is usually a written form and signing of this form authorizes use of data for the specified purposes and in the ways described. But how effective is a written form for obtaining a consent? It complies…

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Regional LELLE Conference on Learning to Learn: Beyond 2020

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Regional LELLE Conference on Learning to Learn: Beyond 2020! LELLE invites experts and practitioners to discuss future learning competences On Thursday, 1st of June 2017, the Erasmus+ project LELLE (Let’s Learn how to Learn) is holding a regional conference at the Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen. Theme is “Learning to Learn: Beyond 2020”. The aim of the conference is to share and learn about on-going challenges as well as the huge potential in the changing educational landscape and the global workplace of the future. The conference hopes to empower all who are involved in education and the workplace with…

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Appointment as ICDE Chair in OER

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The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) has appointed me as ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER). This appointment from such a leading international association is a great honour which I am delighted to accept in recognition of my activities and achievements for Open Education. For the past 2 years, I have been working as Associate Professor for Open Education in the Open University’s Welten Institute. Throughout my career, I have started many successful international projects to open up education and to facilitate and improve the application and impact of Open Education. The main focus of my…

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Learning from frustration

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Pondering about the mysteries of doing a PhD, I have just found myself writing these lines seated in a train – somewhere between Maastricht and Valkenburg. The train is bringing me to the meeting point, where my friend is picking me up to play some good football. Just for the record, these lines are coming from the frustration of knowing that my publication has been advised for rejection for a second time. Yes. Second time. After two years of work. JA! Deal with it! As the train moves, the words shyly flow. And the Frustration I had this morning, now…

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Evaluation of the BKO (teacher professionalization) course

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Last month I finished a “Group meetings” course, and now I would like to share some thoughts with you. One of the main goals of this course was to learn and practice group management skills. Course participants were asked to make a proposal for a real group meeting where they could practice particular methods and techniques for organizing an effective, efficient and joyful meeting. As all BKO courses are mentioned for teachers, we were asked to organize a meeting with a group of students that was quite problematic for me because my teaching tasks do not include meetings with students….

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