New Book: Seamless Learning - Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities

Over the last year I had the great opportunity to work with Chee Kit Looi, Lungs Hsiang Wong, and Su Cai on a new Book about Seamless Learning. This book is a follow up on previous book and it includes 10 interesting chapters that address new insights from research and practice about applying seamless learning in education and offers a much-needed update on seamless learning, reflecting the research and development advances in recent years.

Last week I received the information that it is now available online and as a harcover.

EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium Open Call with two Deadlines

I am honored to chair the EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium for the second time. Like every year, the Doctoral Consortium offers Ph.D. candidates a unique opportunity to present their research, receive rich feedback from senior members of the community, and build their networks. Yet, this year things will be slightly different: Firstly, because we link the Doctoral Consortium to the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) and the World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn), which are both co-located at the LDE-Centre for Education and Learning in Delft, the Netherlands. Secondly, we decided to offer two tracks: the challenge track addresses advanced PhD students that seek to be challenged regarding their state of research, and the ideas track allows early stage PhD students to get early feedback on their research ideas.

EATEL Summer School 2019 - Application Deadline Approaching

This year the EATEL Summer School will be located in Bari, Italy. For Ph.D. candidates who work on educational technologies the EATEL Summer School is a great opportunity to strengthen their research skills and extent their network to peers across Europe. Last week EATEL published the program for the next Summer School and there is still some time left for interested participants to apply for a place.

The application deadline for Ph.D. students is 22 February 2019 to ensure your places!

Enriching Onboarding Experiences in Moodle

Among the key issues of bringing students into a for them new learning environment is that they have to learn and understand the concepts and principles of the environment. Introducing students to these concepts has been popularized by Gilly Salmon as "Sparks". Sparks refer to short introductory learning activities that help learners to get used to the environment of the following learning activities as well as helping educators to understand the capabilities of their students in woring in the learning environment. Such activities can be fully automated and in online marketing these fully automated guides to learn about the environment are subsumised as "Onboaring". In this article I elaborate on one onboarding strategy for the Moodle platform and introduce a small moodle plugin to helps in this process.

Der Ausstellungskatalog - eine Publikationsform im Wandel der Zeit

«Exhibition catalogues not only contain images and descriptions of the pieces on display, they are chock-full of essays typically written by the exhibition's curator and other specialists in the topic at hand. These articles provide physical, historical and biographical information that puts the show's theme in context.»[1]

Der Ausstellungskatalog zählt heute zu den wichtigsten Publikationen eines Museums oder eines Ausstellungshauses. Neben zahlreichen Informationen zu den ausgestellten Kunst- oder Kulturobjekten und den Künstlern, welche diese geschaffen haben, werden in einer solchen Publikation auch Hintergrundwissen zur Ausstellung und thematische Zusammenhänge vermittelt. Als beliebtes Souvenir wird der Ausstellungskatalog von Museumsbesuchern im Museumsshop oder im Buchhandel käuflich erworben und als Beleg des Gesehenen zu Hause stolz präsentiert. Im Freundes- oder Familienkreis wird über den Ausstellungsbesuch erzählt und die Kunstwerke und Kulturobjekte im Katalog gezeigt, welche in der Ausstellung gesehen wurden. Neben der erneuten Auseinandersetzung mit dem Gesehenen und dem damit verbundenen Zweck der Erinnerung dient das Buch neben der Dokumentation auch als Beleg des Besitzers für dessen Sammlungseifer. Barbara Schröder (2013) fasst die Charakteristik des heutigen Ausstellungskataloges treffend zusammen: er soll «in der Regel Zeugnis eines kulturellen Engagements sein, eine Institution, ihre Sammlung und Aktivität repräsentieren sowie die Möglichkeit zur Erinnerung des Gesehenen und Erlebten und bestenfalls eine vertiefende Auseinandersetzung bieten.»[2] Doch das war nicht immer so.

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.