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Reflecting on symposium ORD Antwerp 2017: The challenges of open online education

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The annual conference, the Education Research Days (ORD) took place last month in Antwerp. At this large dutch speaking conference, both Flemish and Dutch researchers within the education field present their work. Part of this conference was the symposium ‘The challenges of open online education / MOOCs” where also some members of the SOONER research team presented their work. Variation ORD & Open Online Education The palette of presentations, posters and discussions on the Education Research Days is colourful. The variation is not only on the level of education that’s under investigation, but also at the level of observation. Where…

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Leaves are falling, ICO Fall School is calling!

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Looking outside the window red, yellow and brown trees are passing with 300 km/h. Flat landscapes are being alternated with somewhat more mountain like surroundings (disclaimer: if you’re Dutch, everything that’s not flat can be called a mountain). Around every corner and tunnel, hides a new décor: small villages, typical churches, vineyards and forests… We slowly make our way to the south of Germany…It’s a new Monday, just another day at the office for a PhD student in educational sciences. Because if leaves start falling, the ICO Fall School is calling! From the 31st of October till the 4th the…

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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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Where is the balance?

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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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Scalable assessment and feedback in Open Online Education (OOE)?

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A growing challenge in education is to facilitate high-quality education for an increasing number of students. Within online education, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a great example of courses that are challenged by high student numbers when trying to support them. How can MOOCs provide high quality learning activities to high student numbers without increasing teacher time and without cutting down on quality?

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Dropout in MOOCs; Who's side are you on?

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Picture this: Andy is a student who joins a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on music history. He does this because he needs information on the rock ‘n roll era for his paper in college, which is covered in the first 3 weeks of this MOOC. He starts the course as scheduled and stops after 3 weeks. By then he has all the information he needs.

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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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First impressions and more: more about MOOCs

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In a recent blog my colleague Alessandra Antonacci  used a beautiful metaphor to illustrate what MOOCs might be missing – personalization, contextualizing. The swan metaphor illustrated what the context can do to enhance or destroy the idea that we have of something, also stresses the importance of the first encounter, the first impression and what it can mean in the context of learning from MOOCs and for MOOC design. I’ll use this metaphor to finally start some practitioner’s sketches about the MOOCs that are designed and delivered by the Welten Instute on EMMA platform, a MOOC about Adolescent Brain and a MOOC on Formative Assessment. Both…

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How a swan made me reflect on MOOC…

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I remember the first time I saw a swan in my life…Wow I was seduced by its elegant movement in the water, in total equilibrium with its environment. I didn’t have the same feeling and impression when some days ago I saw a strange animal with a very long neck, with very short paws and enormous feet walking on the green. I was deeply surprised when I discovered that it was a swan. Outside of the water, all the elegance and beauty disappeared, and even a swan can look clumsy … This made me think and reflect about the importance…

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MOOQ survey on Quality of MOOCs launched

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The MOOQ survey on quality of MOOCs launched today Join our survey, it takes only 10 minutes: http://goo.gl/forms/dsjqwDl6jZ5iOmZx2 Please share your experiences and expectations with us and all interested MOOC learners and designers! Let us improve future MOOCs for better learning for all! Thank you very much for your feedback!   The MOOQ survey on the quality of MOOCs will be launched and presented at EDEN Conference 2016 in Budapest: You are kindly invited to share the following links and invite your colleagues and friends: MOOQ survey on Quality of MOOCs launched https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mooq-survey-quality-moocs-launched-eden16-christian-m-stracke https://twitter.com/ChrMStracke/status/742987843618869249

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