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Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology

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Technologies rapidly come into our life. Without being fully aware of what they do and how they operate, we start using them, at work, at home, in our leisure time. Gradually they change the world around us making our daily practice impossible without their presence. How does that happen? Which role do they play in our life? How do we envision our relations with technology in the future? These and many other questions were raised during the international conference “Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology” held on the 11-13th of July 2018 at the University of Twente in the…

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Guest lecture at Zuyd Hogeschool

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Today was rather special. I was invited to give a lecture at Zuyd Hogeschool in the minor of the Internet of Things (IoT). This minor is coordinated by my fellow colleague Marcel Schimtz (see 5 student teams working on classroom IoT). My lecture today was entitled “Multimodal Learning Analytics: 
an IoT approach for social signals”. I presented the theoretical background of social signals and multimodality in learning and human behaviour. I talked about the five main challenges of the multimodal learning analytics cycle, namely the data collection, data storing, data processing, data annotation and data exploitation.

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TRANSPARENCY + CHOICE = CONTEXTUAL INTEGRITY

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There is no secret that many things that people used to do in real life can now also be done virtually, like: shopping and paying bills with use of Internet banking; making friends and staying in contact through social media websites; or following courses and passing exams online. When we experience all these situations in real life, we behave in a way fitting to social norms and principles.  For example, when people meet for the first time, it is quite normal to keep some distance from each other and have a limited socially-accepted range of topics to discuss. It takes…

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International eLearning and Open Education Congress in Madrid

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I was very pleased to be invited to the International UNIR iTED Congress 2017 on eLearning and Open Education: It took place on 21st and 22nd of November in the premises of the UNIR university in Madrid. Experts and colleagues from four continents came together to exchange and discuss latest experiences and challenges for introducing eLearning and Open Education and achieving impact in practice and society. My provocative title and guiding question of my speech in the afternoon was: “eLearning and Open Education: Why should we do it?” and I was happy that it was leading to a lot of…

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Scalable Course Design in MOOCs?

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We all know that the quality of a course be it a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or any other (open online) course, highly depends on the quality of the course design. Quality is a highly discussed topic in the literature and I don’t really want to go into it in depth but a very simple way of “measuring” the quality of a course design is by listening to the students the course is made for and the teachers who are teaching and maybe even did design the course. Students’ (dis)satisfaction regarding the design can tell you a lot about…

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Online discussion on Quality at Open Education Europe

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Join the Online Discussion on Quality at Open Education Europe Online discussion live on Friday, 27th of October 2017 at Open Education Europe portal by the European Union The online discussion on “How to ensure Quality in Open Education” is taking place on 27th of October 2017 from 12pm to 1pm CEST. It will be moderated by Christian M. Stracke as the coordinator of the European initiative MOOQ for the Quality of Open Education and facilitated by the European platform Open Education Europe (OEE) from the European Union. All experts and practitioners worldwide are kindly invited to join and to…

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Quality in Open Education matters now!

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Quality in Open Education matters now! Online discussion and MOOC follow up UNESCO World OER Congress 2017 The second international World OER Congress 2017 led to the approval of the Ljubljana OER Action Plan and a revival of the quality debate. Experts and national delegates from 111 countries adopted the 41 recommended actions by acclamation. All United Nations’ Member States are urged to mainstream open-licensed resources building knowledge societies and to achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Quality Education. A plenary panel of the UNESCO and ICDE Chairs in OER emphasized the need to take on the…

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TEA conference presentation sum-up: Scalable peer-feedback design in MOOCs?

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On Thursday 5 October I got the chance to present our pilot study about scalable peer-feedback design at the TEA conference (International Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference) in Barcelona. In this post, I want to give you a short overview of our study. Incentive of the study The motivation behind our study was to investigate whether and how embedded, student-focused peer-feedback design has an impact on student perception regarding peer-feedback. In the literature, peer-feedback is seen as a scalable way to manage large student numbers. Scalability often is approached by a quantitative perspective: “A MOOC is scalable because it provides education…

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Purpose Pyramid for Multimodal Data

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Last week the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (#ECTEL2017) took place in Tallinn University with an overarching theme: “data-driven approaches in education“. This year’s conference focused on the role of data and learning analytics as means for deciphering and improving learning and teaching practices. This year, also in ECTEL17 great focus was given to multimodal data, i.e. the data sources like as sensors and wearables which aim to capture the learning behavior in the offline physical space, rather than in the online virtual environments. For instance, a new workshop was initiated merging two existing ones: the Cross Multimodal Learning Analytics Workshop…

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Food for thought – use of social networks

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Just a short excerpt of a reflection I made lately about social networks: “The relation between peer pressure and addictions has always been a problem, but with the rise of social networks this has become even more visible. The dopamine released into the body with every like, retweet or mention that one receives, generates a soft kind of addiction that is hard to diagnose. This wouldn’t be bad if it wouldn’t change the way we live our lives. But, this ‘addiction’ corrupts our lives as the intrinsic end goal of living them as best as we can, has turned out…

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