Every teacher, lecturer, and professor needs to be fluent in computational thinking!

Scaling educational innovation in higher education is difficult. Besides of managerial support and organizational commitment, developing a practice of learning design as process modelling is among its core success factors. With the increasing digitization and globalization of industrial societies, increasingly there is a demand to develop relevant skills. Among the many slogans related to these new basic skills is computational thinking. In this article, I focus on the question, why is computational thinking not just a learning objective for students but also a capacity of educators?

ECTEL 2018 Keynotes Announced

Last month I posted the call for papers for the ECTEL Conference in Leeds. This year the motto of the conference is Lifelong technology enhanced learning. The ECTEL progam chairs recently announced the keynotes for the conference.

  • Allison Littlejohn (Open University, UK) - "Professional Lifelong Learning".
  • Carolyn P Rosé (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) - "Lifelong Learning in a Web Scale Opportunity Space".
  • David Wortley (CEO and Founder of 360in360) - "The impact of disruptive digital technologies on education, medicine, health and well-being".

The three topics match nicely the scope of ECTEL from lifelong learning through scaling technology enhanced learning all the way to realworld and industry applications. Find more details about the keynotes on ECTEL's website.

If your are working and researching in the field of technology-enhanced learning, there is still a little time left for submitting your contribution. The submission cutoff date is 15 April 2018.

In case your busy with your Ph.D., then you should also consider joining the ECTEL Doctoral Consortium, which has a separate call and a application deadline on 22 May 2018.

This year ECTEL is aligned with the Medical Education Informatics conference (MEI18), which creates a nice opportunity for participating to both conferences with minimum overhead.

14th EATEL Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning 2018

In my previous post I announced the EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium.

In addition to the EC-TEL, the European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL) also hosts a week-long doctoral training event:

The EATEL Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning

This year the summer school is perfectly aligned with the Doctoral Consortium's submission deadline on 22nd May. Therefore, I will be present at the EATEL summer school and host a workshop on preparing submissions to the Doctoral Consortium and how to prepare for maximum benefit. The workshop targets at Ph.D. candidates in or shortly after their initial orientation phase.

Moreover, the EATEL Summer School awards the first

Martin Wolpers Student Award

to a promising early stage researcher in the field of technology-enhanced learning.

Additionally, the EATEL Summer School has a very interesting program focusing on the burning challenges of technology-enhanced learning. Check the EATEL Summer School's Homepage for more details and the full programme for the week.

UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended!

Next Monday (12th March 2018) is the deadline for applying for the EATEL Summer School. Be quick and secure your place!

Doctoral Consortium at the EC-TEL 2018

On 3rd September 2018 I have the honour to chair the Doctoral Consortium at the 13th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (ECTEL2018) - please also visit my previous post on EC-TEL.

The ECTEL Doctoral Consortium accepts online submissions until 22 May 2018.

The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium brings together Ph.D. candidates working on topics related to Technology Enhanced Learning providing them an exceptional opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on their research with experts in the field in an interdisciplinary and international atmosphere. Prominent professors and researchers in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning will provide formative feedback to the selected papers through the review process and contribute actively to discussions at the workshop.

The intention of this doctoral consortium is to support and inspire Ph.D. candidates during their ongoing research efforts. The doctoral consortium is embedded into the main conference through a poster session that provides Ph.D. candidates the unique opportunity to get valuable feedback on preliminary work from the community.

Please refer to the call for contributions on the EC-TEL website.

mLearn 2018 in Chicago

In November launches the 17th edition of the World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning in Chicago, IL. The conference accepts scientific contributions until 30 April 2018 through its online submission platform.

mLearn is the leading international conference on mobile and contextual learning, organised by IAmlearn. The conference takes place at a different venue each year, and has been hosted in places such as Finland, Australia, South Africa, Qatar, Canada, Cyprus, and Turkey, among other locations. This year's conference will be hosted by Concordia University Chicago.

The overarching theme for mLearn 2018 is:

Mobilized Learning: Pedagogical and Technogical Innovation for Teaching & Learning

Check mLearn's call for papers for more details and topics.

Grab your mLearn Starter Kit and get started with your mLearn submission.

10th eduhub days, 18 years Swiss Virtual Campus - looking back and looking forward

The slides from the ETWG welcome address to the 10th eduhub days, the annual meeting of the Swiss academic e-learning community. How did technology change teaching and studying in higher education over the past 10 years. It raises questions that will concern the community in the coming 10 years.

EC-TEL 2018 Conference in Leeds

3-6 September 2018 at University of Leeds, UK.

This week the EC-TEL 2018 has officially released the full call for papers. The EC-TEL is co-located with the Medical Education Informatics (MEI2018) conference. Therefore, EC-TEL has a special track on medical and healthcare education and its technological applications alongside the long list of topics related to Lifelong technology enhanced learning and dealing with the complexity of 21st century education.

Check out full call for papers for all the details.

EC-TEL has four main parts with different submission deadlines:

  • Main conference (Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 April 2018)
  • Pre- and Post-conference Specialized Workshop proposals (Deadline: 8 April 2018)
  • The industry track (Pitch deadline: 15 April 2018)
  • The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium (Submission Deadline: 22 May 2018)

Being one of the main research conferences in the domain of technology-enhanced learning in Europe, EC-TEL is an excellent opportunity for catching up with the latest result of Europe's top research groups in this field.

Traditionally, the EC-TEL conference provides the opportunity for international research projects to arrange meetings alongside the conference. Note the deadline for meeting reservations: 24 June 2018.

On mobile learning in (Swiss) higher education

During the eduhub days in Luzern I had a workshop to introduce the eduhub SIG Mobile Learning with the great help of Marion. Of course, I gave a little outlook on our past activities, but I found that the workshop participants should better relate themselves to the activities of the special interest group and find out how they might contribute to the work of the SIG. Therefore, I asked the three main questions that drive our little sub-community and let the participants come up with their own ideas and responses. The discussions during the workshop were very fruitful and shed a light at the current state and challenges of mobile learning in Swiss higher education.

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Augmented Learning for the Digital Campus

Blended learning is insufficient concept for grasping the digital transformation in higher education institutions. This presentation gives a national perspective for Switzerland and an organisational perspective for measuring the transformation at the HTW Chur. It was presented at 27. Oct. 2017 in Bern at the swissuniversities "Tag der Lehre".

Blended Learning konkretisieren

Kurzeinführung zur praktischen Konzeption von Blended Learning Angeboten mit dem Churer Modell. Am Blended Learning Canvas werden die didaktischen Gestaltungsprinzipien für Blended Learning Angebote erklärt. Diese Präsentation ist Teil des Weiterbildungsangebots für Dozierende an der HTW Chur.

Blended Learning mit Moodle

Eine Kurzeinführung in das Churer Modell für Blended Learning mit Inspirationen für die Umsetzung mit Moodle. Diese Präsentation wurde am 10.08.2017 an der SSTH in Passugg im Rahmen einer Dozierendenkonferenz vorgestellt.

Learning Design with Context in Mind

I went through my draft blog entries and I found this one from 2013. It was supposed to accompany my chapter in Ally & Tsinakos' Book on Mobile Learning. Recently, Marion and I worked on a different book chapter, in which we built on the same concepts. This post discusses why I found it necessary to extend Engestöm's Activity Theory model and what insights on learning design re-arranging the activity components yielded.

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edu-ID Mobile App for Smart Environments

This presentation provides a brief community update on the status of the Swiss edu-ID Mobile App project at the 2017 SWITCH edu-ID information workshop on 29. June 2017 at University of Berne.

It presents the use cases directly covered by the project as well as the reference architecture. It provides a bunch of links to the different resources related to the project.

Is Blended Learning Outdated?

Last weekend, I came across a tweet from Marco Kalz. It criticises blended learning as a framework.
I found it interesting that he coined blended learning as an outdated framework. Later into the conversation, Marco hinted his preference towards "ecology of resources". I am unsure, whether this does a better job than blended learning, but it shares elements that Marion and I have discussed recently in the context of "mobile blended learning".
This post includes a few thoughts on the different interpretations of blended learning, that Marion and I initially included in a chapter on Mobile Blended Learning to an upcoming book by Claudia de Witt and Christina Gloerfeld. Our work yielded many interesting thoughts and conceptualisations on operationalising blended learning for learning designs that did not make it into the final manuscript.

Micro Learning in the Workplace and How to Avoid Getting Fooled by Micro Instructionists

2017 is the year of micro learning. It took 14 years since our initial work in 2003 until the concept hit mainstream. During the first half of this year, I have read several blog posts and tweets since the start of this your and one thing struck me: The focus on learning resources and chunking them into digestible sizes. It appears that video is the big thing in micro learning these days, while it is not.
This post is a response to Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirschner's post that comes with a lot of references but leaves out the most important aspects of micro learning and argues that micro learning is a meaningless concept. One thing that the authors got wrong is the honorary reference to micro instruction from the 70's. Back then it was called micro teaching and not micro learning for a reason. Mainly, micro teaching is about presenting the teachers ideas and concepts and not about the student's learning and performance. More importantly, micro learning is not content-centric just-in-time learning, as the article (like many others) puts it.

We are hiring - Neue Stellen an der HTW Chur

My team at the Blended Learning Center is growing again. I am looking for talent for a educational technologist position that aims at supporting us in our Universities' digitalization strategy. The work will primarily be located boundary between mobile and online learning experiences, learning analytics and process orchestration as well as personalisation and contextualization in order to shape a smart learning environment. The position requires programming and will be in Chur, Switzerland. A successfull candidate will work closely with our System Maintainer and UX Designer in Chur as well with our partners in the Swiss academic community. German and English language skills are required as are programming skills in at least JavaScript. The position is set as a junior researcher, so we plan a structured academic career development and we expect the willingness to learn and to research.

There is an English advert on Euraxess.

Mein Team am Blended Learning Center wächst wieder. Ich suche nach einem Talent für eine Lerntechnologenposition, die unsere Hochschule bei unserer Digitalisierungsstrategie unterstützt. Die Arbeit ist im Spannungsfeld zwischen mobilen und online Lernerlebnissen, Learning Analytics und Prozessautomatisierung sowie Personalisierung und Kontextualisierung verortet und zielt auf die Gestaltung eines Smart Learning Environments. Für die Stelle werden Programmierkenntnisse auf der Höhe eines Informatikstudiums erwartet und der Arbeitsort ist in Chur. Erfolgreiche Kanditaten werden mit unserem Systemadministrator und unserer UX Gestalterin genauso zusammenarbeiten wie mit unseren Partnern in der Schweizer Hochschullandschaft. Neben soliden praktischen Programmierkenntnissen sind guter Ausdruck auf Deutsch und Englisch sind erforderliche Voraussetzungen. Die Stelle ist als Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/in eingestuft, daher planen wir eine strukturierte akademische Entwicklung und wir erwarten eine grosse Bereitschaft zum Lernen und Forschen.

Zur Ausschreibung führt dieser Link

EduID Mobile App - Use-Cases, Concepts and Implementation

This presentation describes the token-agent implementation for openID Connect for authenticating native mobile apps provided by third parties. It presents a standards-based working solution for integrating loosely coupled native apps into a trust federation using. This allows for deeper integrated authentication services on Android and iOS without violating app-store policies.

This presentation has been part of the EduID Mobile App workshop at SWITCH on 25 Apr. 2017.

Thanks to Christoph Graf (SWITCH), Riccardo Mazza (USI), Michael Hausherr (FHNW), Goran Josic (USI), and Yann Cuttaz (USI).

Formative Assessment using the Mobler App

This presentation shares some experiences from 4 pilots of using the Mobler App at University of Zurich and at HTW Chur. These slides were presented together with Marion Gruber as show-and-tell at the eduhub days 2017 in Lugano, Switzerland.

Bridging XAPI into Higher Education: Learning Analytics, Ownership, and Privacy

This presentation targets privacy aspects organisations need to understand and to consider for implementing XAPI and related learning analytics in complex and heterogeneous learning environments.

Hybrid Learning Model in German

Marion Gruber and myself have translated and extended the Hybrid Learning Model (HLM) to German. We extended the model for making it easier for educators to use the HLM for designing and communicating blended learning concepts.

You can find the German Version of the HLM Poster and a very brief introduction on the BLC Blog. Check it out, its Creative Commons.