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.
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.
Free papers on mobile learning from #IMLF2016 conference #mlearning
MAY 25, 2016
This is a really wonderful set of papers that encompass the latest mobile learning realities and implementations. The proceedings were disseminated before the actual IMLF2016 conference start in Bangkok, providing a nice bit of reading. Every page got me thinking and gave me new ideas related to my own interests.
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?
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
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.
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.
Globalisation, solidarity, collaboration, and violence #brussels
MARCH 23, 2016
Yesterday Belgian got his share of violence, and as it unraveled it struck me how much of the actions that are undertaken by all citizens, are similar to informal learning actions (but then I am a learning geek). And of course I do realize that being in an attack is by no means to be compared to learning. but still there is something that triggered my pro-learning mind. brussels airlines).
If 80% is #informal #learning, why focus on inner-MOOC actions? #MOOC
MAY 28, 2014
A small ''brain wandering journey'' on why I feel MOOC research should look more intensely at informal learning outside of the actual MOOCs (informal learning generated by the dynamics in MOOCs), and overall lifelong learning in an ever changing online learning environment, for a workforce that is becoming older in an knowledge driven era. Where is the informal learning/learner data from MOOC?
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.
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.
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.
A free book on changing #education in challenging settings #ICT4D
JUNE 30, 2015
This lively report - well it is a free book consisting of 318 pages - on Designing and Implementing an ICT for Development initiative in a resource constraint environment is one of the most amazing mobile learning and technology projects I have read. and all evidence-based in approach. The report is edited by Marlien Herselman and Adele Botha. Certain steps were followed during each phase.
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?
Free Informal language & MOOC conference call #CfP #MOOC #Language
APRIL 5, 2016
Consider joining (by attending and/or presenting) at the International conference on MOOCs, Informal Language Learning, and Mobility. It offers FREE registration for all, plus a potential 200 EUR to cover travel cost if you are coming from outside of the UK. Deadline for submitting : 27 May 2016. Notification of acceptance : 10 June 2016. Conference dates : 20 - 21 October 2016 Location : The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Conference page. They even serve free coffee and tea! Email the abstract to: Hannah Leicester firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Natalie Panek on Learning without Boundaries #devlearn
JANUARY 12, 2016
This keynote by Natalie Panek (she is a real rocket scientist, NASA Mission Systems Engineer, MDA Robotics and Automation Learning) will only be available for one week through the ELearning Guild's archive. Natalie gave the closing keynote at the DevLearn conference in 2015. She describes her journey on how she came to work for NASA (perseverance, keep on knocking on that door).
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
Critical #skills define performances across multiple fields
APRIL 25, 2014
Critical learning/reading/living is an acclaimed skill. With the internet becoming a global content delivery and discussion forum, this skill has become increasingly important for knowledge creation, filtering out crap and manipulation, or simply in order to try and construct your own voice in your own field of interest. For last weeks topic was on: challenging ideas and why this is a good thing.
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.
Join the #eMOOCs2015 call for contributions and let's meet
NOVEMBER 28, 2014
Finally, after weeks of tough organising and getting all the information into place, the eMOOCs2015 conference site is up and running, and the call for contributions is open to all of us. Whether you are a researcher, a k-12 teacher, a trainer for a big company, or getting a MOOC together for ngo missions. the eMOOCs track offer a wide variety to get your experiences known to other colleagues.
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.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
Flipped #eMOOCs2015 conference videos via EdX course
MAY 4, 2015
The eMOOCs2015 conference will be starting in two weeks, and as a pre-conference treat videos and discussions on 10 top papers are presented in a real EdX MOOC format. By offering the videos and discussions prior to the actual conference sessions, we (= all conference organisers) hope to get a more in-depth discussion going during the sessions themselves. What you need to do? Interested?
Jay Cross and the passion which guides us
NOVEMBER 8, 2015
Yesterday Jay Cross passed away. When Clark Quinn sent out the message, I felt hurt in my heart. Real pain, which struck me as being unexpected as Jay was an online colleague at first, but we engaged in many conversations and thus – apparently – my heart embraced him, just like Jay embraced people warmheartedly all the time. Jay is no longer in this living world. He would promote the book there.
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.
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?
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
#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.
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).
Launch of the Really Useful #EdTechBook #elearning enthusiasts
JANUARY 28, 2015
Today is the day that the Really Useful #EdTechBook is launched (at 9.00 am London time ). This book has took only 6 months to gather 16 educational technologists, and all-round eLearning practitioners (both in online education, mobile learning, and any sub-section in technology enhanced learning). So what is the book about? Price Paperback: $29.99 / £19.99 / €24.99
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).
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.
free report on #OER evidence of success @OER_HUB
JANUARY 20, 2015
The Open Educational Resources Research Hub (OER Research Hub) provides a focus for research, designed to give answers to the overall question ‘What is the impact of OER on learning and teaching practices?’ and identify the particular influence of openness. The OER hub just released a free evidence report focusing on key factors related to Open Educational Resources.
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".
#emoocs2015 Self-Directed Learning in trial #FutureLearn courses #SDL
MAY 13, 2015
Sharing latest paper on self-directed learning. This paper will be presented on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 at the eMOOCs2015 conference in Mons, Belgium at 11.00 o'clock in auditorium 3. The full programme can be found here. Full paper is available here (Academia). The resulting data was collected pre-, during, and post-course.
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.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
An intro to ExtraTerristrial Literature? YES ! #MOOC #SciFi
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
This is just up my alley! MOOC on spacebooks! Is it Art, is it Sci-Fi, is it History, is it Literature? It is all of the above!! The full title of this MOOC organised by the Zurich University is: Spacebooks. An Introduction To Extraterrestrial Literature: Learn about how our imagination of the universe and its inhabitants was shaped by literature throughout the last 400 years.
new issue of free #mobile journal and Learning #Analytics newsletter
APRIL 29, 2015
Just sharing two new free options (one journal and one newsletter) that are filled with interesting articles on mobile learning (including a focus on lab experiments) and learning analytics (including a regional viewpoint). The Learning Analytics Community Exchange newsletter is out, addressing the latest learning analytics research projects and ongoing ideas from the LACE community. Billaud, M.
free mMOOC design paper and upcoming #mLearncon
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
The upcoming mobile learning conference organised by the eLearning Guild: mLearnCon (10 - 13 June 2015 in Austin, Texas) will bring mobile learning enthusiasts together and offer great networking opportunities. If you have a speaking proposal in mind, you can submit it here. The paper entitled '' mMOOC Design: Ubiquitous, Open Learning in the Cloud '' can be read in draft version in Academia.
Blogphilosophy: #education needs to shift, creating meaningful #identities
JANUARY 13, 2015
This post builds upon the idea that education must be rethought, but not in terms of the disrupted higher education (higher ed under pressure with online learning – MOOCs etc, global educational market stressing smaller universities and colleges), but in terms of reshaping all of our identities and self-esteems for each one of us. The job growth (thanks to wars?) You got an identity. And more.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.
#PhD qualitative versus quantitative #research: trials and tribulations
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
Why did not I simply stick to quantitative data, the beauty of numbers in simple, straight forward formulas ?!! That scream of despair kept me awake at night for weeks. Weeks filled with hopes and doubts on getting enough data for my PhD study, eagerly looking at mails and learning logs. difficult endeavour. Quantitative research is like watching ants. want to know more. Our time is under pressure.
Free eBook on #mobile learning in context
APRIL 21, 2015
The eLearning Guild keeps distributing relevant and updated eLearning information with an amazingly high frequency. They keep providing me with information that helps me keep an eye on corporate training based regularly on academic evidence-based findings and I love it. You do not to provide your contact details to get to the download page of the eBook. How I wished I could be there!