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Mini-Track on Gamification in MOOCs

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For those of you interested in Gamification applied to an online environment such as MOOC there is a dedicated mini-track at the 11th European Conference on Games Based Learning (5 -6th October 2017, Graz, Austria). Gamification (known as the application of game elements to non-entertaining scenarios) is well known in education and other fields (e.g. marketing, training and trading) as a technique with enormous potential for engaging and motivating users and stimulating behavioural changes. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relevant educational trend, which received a lot of attention recently. MOOCs are designed to address mass audiences. However, MOOCs…

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Size is not everything!

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I was lucky to be invited to a Hypervideo workshop with 20 experts on the subject. The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) hosted the event in the beautiful city of Lugano. I planned a highly interactive workshop, aimed at ‘picking the brain’ of the experts at my disposal. I started out by explaining the objectives of the viewbrics project, without showing the experts how we designed it. I then gave everyone paper and pencils and asked them to design our interface for us, to see what they came up with. Now that all the experts are in…

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OUNL rated the most prolific Group Concept Mapping user in Europe

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We knew it informally but did not have strong evidence for it until now – Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) is the most productive user in Europe of the Group Concept Mapping (GCM), an advanced mixed-methods research approach.   Worldwide OUNL is placed 4th after Cornell University, Western University, and Concept System Inc.  Cornell is where the methodology had been developed for a first time. Concept System is the consulting company that also provides a license for the  software supporting GCM. Western university has been using the methodology for much longer period than OUNL. Our first publication goes back as…

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Automated Feedback = Adequate Feedback?

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Recently, I had to call the bank over some credit card matters. Albeit I am no stranger to automated response, still the experience left me feeling demotivated to pursue the matter any further. I had expected to find at least some form of advice amid the rich list of standardized replies the buttons would generate … I supposed the bank didn’t or couldn’t pre-empt a situation as atypical as mine. I believe my frustration with automated replies is not unique. I began to recall my conversation earlier this year with a renowned professor in an interview on learning in the…

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MediaQuest nominated for “stimuleringsregeling aanmoedingsprijs 2016”

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Our ARLearn tool supports the creation of white label games. MediaQuest is such a white label game. It’s available through the Google Play, has its own look and feel, but runs ARLearn under the hood. This game was developed for the public library of Amsterdam (OBA). Visiting students get a tablet with the game and make a “media  tour” through the library. Data collection, one of the core functionalities of ARLearn is crucial here. During the tour they get various assignments and challenges to which the have to respond with photos, videos or other recordings. The students are challenged to investigate…

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A workday in Berlin

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On Thursday 8 December I had some appointments in Berlin. In the morning a meeting with Target Process and in the afternoon the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Target Process The first meeting was with Target Process, a company that has developed a online software tool for visualising complex work. If we speak about complexity, then learning is maybe one of the complexes. I met Ole from Target Process at the coworkingspace Factory Berlin. The community place of innovators in Berlin. A great place where you can feel the vibe of innovation. The relationship between Agora Roermond and Target Process exists since 2013….

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Visting Learning & Educational Technology Team in Oulu

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On Wednesday I had a very interesting day at the LET (Learning & Educational Technology) team led by Sanna Järvelä. The team does multi-disciplinary research with a focus on research in ecologically valid settings on learning and interaction processes with multimodal data 21st century skills development and practices augmentation of human learning with multi-disciplinary research The Open Universiteit is involved in the SLAM project together with the LET team via Paul Kirschner who recently became Dr. H.C. in OULU. The project is on learning analytics and self-regulation from first studies a lot of interesting data has been collected with 360 degree video and sensor-data recordings of classroom sessions….

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AduLet project kickoff on DigiPedagogy

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Today I am participating in the ADULET kickoff meeting which is a new ERASMUS+ project on creating best practice descriptions for Technology Enhanced Learning. The project will produce a template for description of teaching practices which is related to LOM description also produced in the iCoper network. guidelines for the effective use of TEL tools are a structured, standardized collection, describing TEL tools in a way, that enables teachers to find, select and apply appropriate tools supporting specific teaching methods. case studies with a collection of existing strategies and support concepts as well as facts about TEL and concepts for strategies and…

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Conference Digital Risks – Digital Chances

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The internet and globalization are changing our world and ways to communicate, learn and live together: They are offering huge opportunities but also challenges. To address them, we are organizing the special Conference “Digital Risks – Digital Chances” on Tuesday, 13th of December 2016. We invite all interested people to explore and discuss digitalization, online learning and collaborations! Participation is free but requires registration as seats are limited. We invite TEACHERS and PARENTS: Two interactive workshops will debate: “School Innovations for Inclusion and Learning-how-to-learn” and “Internet Security in Schools“. We invite STUDENTS and PRACTITIONERS: Two interactive sessions will focus: “MOOCs…

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root your whiteboard …

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on wednesday STEP lab lunch we had a very impressive demonstration of root whiteboard robots see the kickstarter project at http://kck.st/2exVd9T. Basically these are magnetic robots which come with their own programming environment for kids and which you can program to drive on your white board, draw on it, whipe it clean ;-). They have sensors for detecting what is drawn on the board, they can detect different colours, they can detect when they bump into each other and much more. Ah ja they can of course also indicate things with light and sound. Interesting is also that you can…

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