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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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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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Open Online Education: Standing on the shoulders of giants

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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?

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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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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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