Social learning expert panel #emoocs2015 #social
MAY 20, 2015
An expert panel ( Whitney Kilgore , Sian Bayne , Mike Sharples , Pierre Dubuc ) sharing knowledge with all of us. What do you feel is social learning? Some pedagogies do not scale, eg sport teaching. Social learning: what becomes better when more people take part: more diverse views, more perspectives => conversations. It is very human (Tautology discussion). Adding degree would be of interest.
Robo-readers: towards automated #MOOC grading
JANUARY 21, 2015
Up until six years ago, the ideal eLearning group would be around 25 learners. This enabled community building, spaced and easily to follow interactions, getting feedback from the online tutor/facilitator, and timely graded assignments. In all fairness, assessments come from (or in some cases are relics from) the industrial age. It has the potential for big returns, big money. Conclusion?
Visual self-directed informal learning in FutureLearn MOOC #mooc @futureLearn
MARCH 15, 2016
Finishing a Phd can be a slow process for some (on the positive side, I have been told by Bart Rienties that it is slower for holistic, creative thinkers as they tend to work in peaks. so with some slack in between). Admittedly, any learning could be covered by these 5 learning elements. And if the learning goal/s are not felt as being benefited by the MOOC, learners stop engaging in the MOOC.
Combining xAPI with #MOOC learning? Yes!
APRIL 30, 2015
Just received a call from Aaron Silvers (xAPI) and Ben Betts (Learning Locker) about the upcoming MOOC on xAPI , so I ran to the Curatr platform and enrolled. The MOOC starts on 12 May 2015, and takes about 4 weeks, with an estimated workload of 2 to 3 hours a week. This is what the organizers share about the upcoming mooc: xAPI represents a small step and a giant leap for learning-kind.
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Yes! #PhD written. looking for joyful bliss once more
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
So, this is it. My thesis is submitted and it will now be wrapped and sent out to my examiners. For anyone interested, you can read the thesis here. have grown wiser, and become more aware of the fact that the more I learn, the less I know. Unfortunately, it also seems I lost some of my playful self… I am hoping it will come back as my mind rejuvenates after having typed for weeks on end.
Free report on #innovative #pedagogy, practices and use
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
The Open University of the UK has just published a new report on innovative pedagogy (37 pages). This is a yearly report (compare it to NMC Horizon report, but with a pure pedagogical focus). In this report they look at ten innovations in teaching, learning and assessment that are gaining influence. So an old idea is now grounded, and I must say I like this idea of social learning.
#edenRW9 Community of Inquiry Framework: new directions and research opportunities
OCTOBER 6, 2016
The slides can be found here : tinyurl.com/edenone Great session focusing on Teacher presence (by MartiCleveland-Innes ) and great idea of shared metacognition (by Randy Garrison ). Related to the Community of Inquiry model. Marti Cleveland-Innes speaks on Community of Inquiry which can be used as a model for different educational settings, both digital and physical. Shared metacognition.
Practical, free report on #mobile pedagogy for English #language teaching and learning
FEBRUARY 13, 2015
The 46 page research report on '' Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching and learning: a guide for teachers'' is a practical and informative report. The report was written by experts (Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Lucy Norris and Jim Donohue) in the field that combine a strong theoretical background with experienced practical projects, this combination clearly adds to the relevance of the report.
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Free online book on #mobile learning research
JANUARY 9, 2014
The relentless editing team of Mohamed Ally and Avgoustos Tsinakos have released a free, online book on global mobile learning implementations and trends in collaboration with the Open University of China. You can download the 258 page book here. Ho Chapter 14 Using Self-Efficacy to Assess the Readiness of Nursing Educators and Students for Mobile Learning by Richard F. Kenny et al.
20 strategies for learner interactions in mobile #MOOC
MARCH 11, 2013
Let's be honest, we all LOVE research *grin*, or facts, or lists, or useful practices. or practical strategies for that matter. Well, here is a new set of useful strategies for mobile MOOCs, I hope you like it! In my latest research I focused on the impact of mobile access on learner interactions in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). 2013). Self-directed learning 3. Digital skills 8. Content 9.
Flexible #pedagogies for Technology Enhanced Learning
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
A new report is published from UK Higher Ed Academy, this one focusing on flexible pedagogies for Technology Enhanced Learning. You can download the 23 page report written by Neil Gordon from the University of Hull, UK here. Learning is concerned with using computer technologies to support learning, whether that learning is local (on campus) or remote (at home or in the workplace).
FutureLearn: pedagogical & mLearning MOOC platform - the approach
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
For all of you out there wanting to push your government into setting up a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform gathering knowledge from all your national universities, take a look at the approach of UK’s open university on planning a MOOC platform, it looks very promising. At age 10 I could understand and speak basic English thanks to them (Dutch being my mother tongue). So will it work?
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#edenRW9 Tweaking facilitator focus in MOOCs changes course dynamic dramatically
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Martha Cleveland Innes from Athabasca University (yeah!!!) talks about MOOC MOOCs are part of educational reform. She looks at the drivers for higher education and change, and looking at those will (hopefully) make. This is a liveblog from EDEN research workshop 9. Athabasca is a reformed university working to maintain and fullfil the iron triangle, which also includes pedagogical quality.
Free webinar on phases of Merrill's task-centered #MOOC design #EUMoocs
MARCH 4, 2016
On 10 March 2016, from 14 - 15 CET ( to find your timezone equivalent, look here ) the EMMA consortium offers a free webinar on an interactive MOOC design; following Merrill's task-centered MOOC approach. You can find more information on the webinar here , and more information on Merrill's instructional design here. Sc) from the University of Twente, the Netherlands and Ph.D.
Serendipitous, #informal learning through some ages
AUGUST 4, 2014
Informal learning has been an important self-constructing force throughout the ages. At present it gains interest with the increase of online learning options (eg. MOOCs in all forms and formats), and it also becomes more visible through the concept of learner-centered learning, personal learning environment. So I picked up a mail from years ago, and revisited it with some of which I learned now.
#OEB14 session initiating Unified Learning Theory brainstorm #education
DECEMBER 9, 2014
During the last Online Educa Berlin conference , I tried to see whether an open format would work. The challenge was that current eLearning and learning in general is completely dispersed, and disconnected from a central learning model/framework/theory. mobile learning) Models related to those particular fields (e.g. FRAME model ) The elements put forward in those frameworks/models (e.g.
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My eBook on MOOC and how to set up #MOOC yourself
APRIL 18, 2013
The last few weeks I have been finalizing my first eBook. And now, I just published it as part of the Kindle Direct Publishing option in Amazon. The full title of the book is: MOOC YourSelf - Set up your own MOOC for Business, Non-Profits, and Informal Communities. The challenges and benefits of MOOCs are highlighted and guidelines on how to build an optimal MOOC experience are shared.
Free book increasing access through #mlearning
DECEMBER 3, 2013
The Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University just released a great free book on mobile learning, edited by the Mohamed Ally and Avgoustos Tsinakos. The digital book consisting of three parts, each filled with great articles all looking at mobile education, including a chapter written by myself on "using BYOD, mobile social media, apps, and sensors for meaningful mobile learning".
MOOC completion and drop-out rates
FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Yesterday Katy Jordan casually send me her blog (Katy is a fellow PhD'r sitting only 7 feet away from me!). It turned out she is working (in her spare time!) on the completion rates in MOOCs. Looking at xMOOCs by Coursera, EdX mainly, and one course by Udacity and MITx. Katy is clearly an upcoming academic, she is thorough, focused, analytical. everything you need to make it in the academic world.
Free online multimedia book on persuasive #presentations
JANUARY 8, 2014
This is just a wonderful book. It also fits with my aim to lift my presentation skills to the next level. love an audience, I love discussions, so I want to make sure to reach out and touch (why does Diana Ross immediately come to mind?). This free, online multimedia book is written by Nancy Duarte and it gives magnificent pointers on how to make your presentation stand out.
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All content videos on #OER, #MOOC and #opened13
NOVEMBER 11, 2013
If you can, take the rest of the week off for research purposes. Go home, activate your internet, take which ever device you like best and look at one of the sessions coming from last weeks Open Education conference. All the talks can be viewed, everything is out in the open and most of the talks are about 30 minutes long, so fairly digestible. there will be a session of interest for you).
New conference formats in Experience track of #emoocs2015 share
MAY 21, 2015
With the #eMOOCs2015 conference coming to a finish, it is time for me as the experience track chair to look back and think about what happened, how, and the feeling it gave me and possibly others as well. All of that happened. Ask the authors of those papers to make a short (= approx 5 min) video describing their MOOC project adding some key questions. to all of these papers/videos. How did it go?
Can the #MOOC format respond to the educational challenges #altc2013?
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
This is the first day of Alt-C2013 which takes place in Nottingham this year. I am glad to be part of the preparation group of the panel discussing Technology Enhanced Learning in times of crisis. There are multiple people present and the ideas discussed during this debate came (in part) out of the Alpine Rendez-Vous that took place at the beginning of this year. driven versus grassroots courses.
2 day online seminar (fee): explore opportunities for data & analytics #data
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
The eLearning Guild is organizing a two day online seminar on 21 - 22 September 2016 on the opportunities for data and analytics within the eLearning industry. The standard rate is 395 $, but there are discounts available (e.g. academics, non-profits, government: 35% discount). When looking at the full summit program you will see that the organizers provide a nice balance between technology, usability and theoretical frameworks on the subject. There is a considerable amount of buzz in our industry surrounding data. People are grappling with making sense of it all.
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Free #mobile research papers from #mLearn Qatar
OCTOBER 31, 2013
Free papers on mobile learning research are made available to all thanks to the mLearn Qatar organizing team. There is a wonderful and rich overview of the latest mLearning research available at [link] With no particular reason except my own interest, I gladly highlight 3 papers I found interesting (so far, reading one paper at the time, whenever possible so lot of time to read still).
Future of #mLearning inspiring ideas @dave_parsons
FEBRUARY 21, 2014
Imagine a future world where mobile learning is intuitive. And now read the challenges and ideas that David Parsons from New Zealand Massey University comes up while reflecting on that same topic. His paper swooped me from one train of thought to another, adding new insights, challenging old ideas and reshuffling current mobile learning ''facts''. What a refreshing research document!
Limitless learning plenary #OEB16 on owning learning
DECEMBER 2, 2016
A great set of speakers, all talking on the subject of owning learning (some limitless) Alec Couros Promise of open and connected learning is the subject. Promise of personalised learning is one of the elements that have changed in the last few years. The ownership. Help with bowdril youtube is example of the strength of weak ties. Everyone has access to networks today. Very good article.
#nanodegree #badges #lifelong learning thoughts
JUNE 18, 2014
The new Udacity and AT&T initiative rolling out nanodegrees for people who follow specific MOOC or online courses in general has a logical and nice ring to it. This earning does cost: 200 $ per month (courses on average 6 - 12 months), but it is much cheaper then a college degree. Smart move of course from Udacity to corner the more entrepreneurial need job/training market. Less discrimination?
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Free pdf eBook: theory & practice of #online teaching and learning
APRIL 28, 2015
Routledge offers a free (pdf) eBook on the subject of " the theory and practice of online teaching and learning: a guide for academic professionals ". It is an eBook comprising 60 pages of useful eLearning information. The authors are known UK experts: Gilly Salmon, Diana Laurrilard, Allison LittleJohn to name but a few. It is a nice synopsis describing key concepts and basic practical options.