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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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#LAK17 – it’s all about multimodality

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The 2017 edition of the Learning Analytics & Knowledge conference beat all the previous records with 344 submissions from 1000 authors and 415 participants, the acceptance rate of the full paper was 34%. Multimodality is the main focus The trending topic of #LAK17 is undoubtedly multimodality. Two keynotes out of three Sanna Jarvela and Sydney D’Mello focus on multimodal data for learning. The topic is also reflected in many studies presented during the parallel presentations. The 3 keynote speakers in #LAK17 seem to be embracing #multimodallity in different ways! #CrossLAK and #MMLA more relevant than ever? — Roberto Martinez (@RobertoResearch) 15…

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CfP Multimodal Data for Learning @JCAL Impact: 1.679

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*********************************************** CALL FOR JOURNAL PAPERS Special Issue on MMDL (Multimodal Data for Learning) Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) Impact factor: 1.679 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2729 Deadline of submissions: 08 May 2017 ************************************************ SCOPE ********* The transition of our world from an analog to a digital one affects all aspects of the society and also the educational sector. In recent years we have gained insights into the learning behaviour by investigating existing data sources such as learning management systems, mobile applications, and social media environments with analytic methods. While these data sources can still provide a rich ground for research, a new wave of…

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SkillsFuture @SG and the LELLE project @EU

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SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) is a nation-wide movement to equip and to empower all Singaporeans with the necessary skills for the rapid changing market place both at the local front, as well as at the global platform. Primarily, it aims to foster a life-long learning culture with the vision for a competitive and a resilient work force. The SkillsFuture initiative also aligns with Singapore’s long-term vision for a future-ready Singapore; staying relevant in the 21st century with the tagline: Your Skills; Your Assets; Your Future. To drive and coordinate the Skillsfuture movement, two new statutory boards – SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) under…

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Towards a pedagogical model for science education: bridging educational contexts through a blended learning approach

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I recently co-authored this article with an envisioned pedagogical model in ‘Open Learning: the journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning’ together with José Bidarra, head of the Informatics, Physics and Technology Section (SIFT) of Universidade Aberta, the Portugese  ‘Open University’ in Lissabon. I met José during an EMPOWER network meeting, and since than we started to exchange thoughts. This article proposes a design framework to support science education through blended learning, based on a participatory and interactive approach supported by ICT-based tools, called Science Learning Activities Model (SLAM). The development of this design framework started as a response to complex…

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