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Open Educational Resources

RCOER17: Embrace different perspectives of openness

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Next week I will attend a European consultation meeting to prepare the upcoming OER World Congress organised by UNESCO and COL. Since the last OER congress was in 2012, I think it is a very good idea to assess the developments from 2012 until now and to define a shared vision and agenda for stakeholders…

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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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MOOQ: Successful Kick-Off at OUNL

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MOOQ is the European Alliance for Quality of Massive Open Online Courses, called MOOCs. I was very pleased as MOOQ coordinator to welcome all partners at the OUNL in Heerlen. The MOOQ kick-off meeting was extremely successful: We could define the vision, the mission and first MOOQ activities. The vision of MOOQ is to foster quality in MOOCs leading to a new era of learning experiences. MOOQ’s mission is to develop a quality reference framework for the adoption, the design, the delivery and the evaluation of MOOCs in order to empower MOOC providers for the benefit of the learners. To…

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IEEE EDUCON 2016

Keynote on Open Learning at International IEEE EDUCON in Abu Dhabi

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I’m pleased to be invited and deliver the keynote on Open Learning at the International IEEE EDUCON Conference 2016: I will speak about “Open Learning for Smart Education: Open educational policies, strategies and access for all”. This year EDUCON is taking place from 10th to 13th of April 2016 in Abu Dhabi. My questions of the keynote on open learning will be: What is Open Education? Why do we need to change education? How can we collaborate and share our methodologies and resources for mutual benefits?

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About Open Education, MOOCs and the blogs by the Learning Innovation Lab collective.

By | Dissemination, English, Event, MOOCs, OER, open education, Open Educational Resources, Posts | No Comments

Open education and MOOCs are definitely the predominant theme in the of the new Lilab collective blogs. To start with the most recent one by Martine Schophuizen: Martine illustrates the recent history of Open Education with the metaphor of academic knowledge building – standing on the shoulders of giants. Google scholar has been using the words ascribed to Isaac Newton as a motto from the very start. An appropriate metaphor for the service that provides access to academic publications, thus opening up knowledge sources. MOOCs and other open education initiatives open up knowledge by giving access to learning and sharing…

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Open Online Education: Standing on the shoulders of giants

By | MOOCs, OER, open education, Open Educational Resources | One Comment

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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To MOOC or not to MOOC, that’s is the question..

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Over the past 15 years the ICT revolution has driven global development […] Globally 3.2 billion people are using the Internet of which 2 billion are from developing countries” (ICT Facts and Figures, 2015). Distances are perceived less due to the extensiveness of the Internet. Open Education (OE) takes advantage of the ability of the World Wide Web to connect and involve learners in collaborating and sharing information, experience, knowledge, documents, etc.”. Consequently, the development of the Internet and digital technologies have impacted on formal, informal and non-formal education. Besides, the movement of OER and the introduction of Massive Open…

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The wOERld is not enough

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The book “Open Education: A study in disruption” is one of the few accounts on open education that clearly outlines the paradoxes and contradictions which are currently determining the public and scholarly discussion around open education. While the vision of the scholarly community to make (higher) education more accessible and to increase access to knowledge and…

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