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Online conferences sucks

It’s been now a year and a half of online conferences. In the beginning they were exciting. Great — less traveling! I have participated several that have bee very well organised. For instance, I was closely following how the Participatory Design conference (PDC 2010) was organised. The PDC’s Handbook for Meaningful and Engaged Conversations is […]

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Seven tips to have successful online video meetings

I wrote these to an earlier blog post about online teaching, but maybe they deserve their own entry, too. Here is my list of seven tips to have a successful online video meeting. (1) When someone is presenting, keep others’ microphones muted. If you can’t do this as the host ask all the participants to […]

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Wikipedia: more languages?

Wikipedia is available in 303 languages. It is estimated that there are between 5000 and 7000 human languages in the world. Out of these close to 4000 have a writing system. Today in the Wikimedia movement, we cover less than 8% of the languages that could have a Wikipedia. To be honest, I think, we […]

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Art and design education in the future?

OECD Education Director Andreas Schleicher recently claimed that because of the tech revolution, in a near future arts may become more important school subject than maths. I agree with Mr Schleicher on the principle, but also see a lot of challenges in the way we teach arts and design — and mathematics, too. Maybe a […]

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The last 20 years of mobile learning and the grand challenge in global learning 

The concept of “mobile learning” (m-learning) started to appear in research literature in the early 2000’s. The first mLearn conference was organized in 2002. I have done mobile learning related research for 20 years. In 1998, we released the Future Learning Environment (FLE) that was already designed to be usable with mobile devices that feature […]

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MOOCs are like marathons: you must train for years to complete one

I think it was Pierre Dillenbourg, who once said that MOOCS are like marathons. You may find a map and run the Stockholm Marathon by yourself, but doing it together with some 20 000 other people is just more fun. With a crowd it is easier. People motivate each other. It is known that only […]

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Blended learning in higher education: Theory and practice in Finland

A week ago I gave a keynote at the Universidad de Ibagué in Tolima, Colombia. The Universidad de Ibagué is very advanced in the use of ICT in education. Most of the professors use Moodle with their in-campus courses and the university is strongly training and supporting its teaching staff to improve their course design […]

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Peer-to-peer learning in construction

For close to year now in my research group we have done research on using emerging forms of collaborative computing in workplace learning in construction work in Europe. In the research we have took a close look of wearable computing, invisible and ambient computing (calm), augmented reality, as well as novel interaction technologies. We are […]

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Anonymity and privacy in online learning

Related to the latest discussion on US-NSA’s PRISM program and Facebook’s privacy policies I have been thinking should there always be a possibility to stay anonymous in online learning. There are some research papers on the topic. For instance Blake (2000) argues that in an online course where students are not asked to give indications […]

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Qualified Self and Learning Analytics: from Quantification to Qualification

I think the learning analytic research should move from the current practice of doing quantitative data analyses to include in it qualitative analyses. The quantified self should be expanded to be qualified self. In learning analytics research we should consider use of mixed methods that are combining quantitative and qualitative data analyses. Today the learning […]