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Kevin Ackermans

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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My first conference.

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Last week, I presented a full paper at my first conference, the technology-enhanced assessment conference @ the university of Tallinn. Tallinn is a beautiful city, and if you are ever there don’t be as daft as I was but just stay a couple of days longer to enjoy all it has to offer. There were about 45 people in the auditorium for my presentation. Luckily I had the opportunity to practice before I left and I came to the conclusion that the only thing you really have to do is relax and talk about your project. So I relaxed and…

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Remember Billy Blanks?

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In the 90s, we all ordered Billy Blanks VHS videotapes to learn Tae Bo, by 1999 an estimated 1.5 million sets of videos had been sold. Fast forward 26 years and the same thing is still happening! Before i replace the cracked glass on my brand new iPhone.. i tend to watch a video where i can see a person performing that same exact task successfully. People do it all the time, and have been doing it for ages – or at least since the 90’s. It gives me confidence to see someone succeeding. It provides me with information about the tools i need and what…

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Reflecting my way through blissful ignorance.

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Every few weeks I look back and I notice that I was an blissfully ignorant, unaware of the things I know now. For me this is a great feeling, illustrating the fast pace of the PhD procces. Seemingly, there are little guidelines to how a PhD should develop. Sure, there are guidelines for academic output, but getting there is a personalised procces. For the first time in your life, there is no curriculum. The drive to develop yourself is elementary to the process, seemingly making the process occur naturally. First, you need to be persisting and enquiring. Everything in the field should seem interesting, because…

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Visiting Prof.Mayer

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During my vacation in California, I could not resist to visit one of the prominent players in the multimedia learning field, Prof. Richard Mayer. His Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning will have a substantial influence on my Ph.D., so no pressure there. The Santa Barbera campus of the University of California is a beautiful place to visit. The campus is located along a great coastline with beach access and nice surfing spots, great for working on your tan as well as your science. From a student’s perspective, the student housing even looks out on the sea! Hands down the best campus…

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From Patchwork Quilt to Video Enhanced Masterpiece

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The development of complex skills is just that, complex. An expanding field of educational science, bordering on learning analytics on one side and cognitive psychology on the other side provide a multitude of perspectives from which you could approach the development of complex skills. Incorporating theory such as Self Regulated Learning is easy, but does it strengthen the argument for a video enhanced rubic? Does it contribute to the theoretical framework, the educational design, or is it better left out? These are the questions i ask myself when i see my writing. I see an octopus with many tentacles, a patchwork quilt…

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i have taught you well young grasshopper.

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I have taught at many different schools and I can tell you that being a great teacher is about adapting to your ‘grasshoppers‘. Teachers have the complex of job fine-tuning their education for students with various preferences and needs. We have to determine how our students learn best to make them better ‘grasshoppers‘.   Mr. Miyagi taught his student fundamental ‘wax on – wax off‘ skills before teaching their context and application. Mr. Miyagi assessed his student and found that these fundamental skills needed to be developed because every student has individual needs and a good teacher adapts to these needs. What if I can make a tool for textual…

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