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Mobile Serious Games in the age of Pokémon Go

By | English, gaming, mobile games, mobile learning, trends | No Comments

Pokémon Go Apparently, the huge success of Pokémon Go [1] has lead to highly controversial discussions. Some predict, that Pokémon Go will just create a very short hype [3]. Others expect Pokémon Go to be a door opener to further AR-based, context-aware, location-based games [4], including mobile serious games. Obviously, there are a lot of issues to be discussed and solved, when location-based AR games shall gain a relevant market share, among which are security and privacy concerns [5]. Essentially, Pokémon Go is a location based treasure hunting game, which takes a number of game mechanics already available in Ingress [2] to…

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

By | MOOCs, open education, personalisation | 6 Comments

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I turned 30, in my head I am still 22, but I more and more catch myself referring to things that today are considered “out of date” (my former first year students used to remind me of that).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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LATAM Congress: Call for Papers

By | English, Event, open education, Presentations | No Comments

ICT & Education LATAM Congress 2016: “Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better teaching and a better learning” Where: Bogota, Colombia. When: June 22nd-24th, 2016.   February 18th, 2016. UNESCO IITE-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016 is born with the drive of: “Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better learning and a better teaching”. UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE, http://iite.unesco.org, Moscow, Russia),  Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR Research, http://research.unir.net, Spain),  and UNESCO Chair on eLearning at UNIR (http://research.unir.net/unesco) are the organizers of this event to be held in Bogota, Colombia, from June 22nd to June 24th,…

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MOOQ: Successful Kick-Off at OUNL

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

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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Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training (WEKIT)

By | English, mobile learning, sensor | No Comments

After Roland’s invitation to take part in a survey on augmented reality and wearable technologies in education, I would like to shed some more light on the project behind the survey – the Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training (WEKIT) project. The three-year research and innovation project is supported under Horizon 2020 and brings together thirteen consortium partners representing academia and industry from six countries in Europe. The project sets up to build a ground-breaking industrial-strength learning technology platform and unique methodology to capture expert experience and share it with trainees in the process of enabling immersive, in-situ, and intuitive learning. In this way, WEKIT aims to bring learning…

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IEEE EDUCON 2016

Keynote on Open Learning at International IEEE EDUCON in Abu Dhabi

By | Conferences, English, Event, Featured, MOOCs, OER, open education, Open Educational Resources | No Comments

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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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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Where is the balance?

By | English, Posts | 2 Comments

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are, as the name suggests, courses with or for high student numbers. However, merely providing many students with information is not what education is about. MOOCs should and can enable deep learning, which implies that students have an active role during their learning process, engage in higher cognitive processes and relate new information to previous gained knowledge. Therefore, enabling deep learning can be seen as a criterion for MOOC quality. One simple but crucial aspect regarding the quality of MOOCs is that of constructive alignment. Do MOOC designers deliver what they promise? Are intended learning…

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LELLE: New project on “Learning How To Learn” is starting!

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LELLE is the new project on “Learning How To Learn” and it is starting tomorrow! The kick-off meeting will take place from 14th to 15h of December 2015 in Nagykanizsa (Hungary). LELLE will focus the “awareness raising to the importance of and providing an innovative solution for the inclusion of the training of learning skills in existing higher education curricula”: The European Erasmus+ proposal was selected for funding and the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) is one core partner of the consortium with a total budget of 300,000,- €.

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