Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
23rd ICDE World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education including the 2009 EADTU Annual Conference were organized on 7-10 June 2009, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
- EADTU disseminates EU projects results via F2F seminars
- "Pick up, reuse, transform"
- Quality of e-learning
- Recognition of qualification
- Maastricht Message
Born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland. Documentary and feature film director. Studied physics at Warsaw University and philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Graduated from Lodz Film Academy in 1966. Amateur film maker. His school diploma film 'Death of a Provincial' (Smierc prowincjala (1966)) won an awards in Venice, Mannheim, Valladolid and Moscow in 1967. Other early films made for TV include: 'Next Door' (_Za sciana (1971)_), Grand Prix in San Remo; 'Hypothesis' (Hipoteza (1973) (TV)).
Scriptwriter or co-writer of all of his TV and cinema films. Other early feature films: 'Structure of a Crystal' (Struktura krysztalu (1969)), which won in Mar del Plata 1970; 'Family Life' (Zycie rodzinne (1971)), which won in Chicago 1971, Valladolid 1972 and Colombo 1973; 'Illumination' (Iluminacja (1973)), Grand Prix in Locarno 1973, award in Gdansk 1974; 'Quarterly Balance' (Bilans kwartalny (1975)); 'Camouflage' (Barwy ochronne (1977)), Spiral (Spirala (1978)).
Friday, 12 June 2009
It would be even better though, if there was a live Twitter stream coming from the event. This kind of back-channel, I think, provides an even more immediate medium to participate remotely.
Steve Wheeler's e-learning blog
Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a discussion and a range of creative activitites, based on the research and practice of the beyond distance research alliance at the university of leicester UK, addressing two tf the EDEN09 questions:
How to empower innovation within the huge diversity of different learning situations and settings?
How to use existing and emerging technologies to create new value for learning
Using an innovative presentation format the Beyond Distance team will offer the participants transferrable ideas for successful integration of learning technologies into teaching practices in higher education, using examples from their own innovation to practice experience.
The workshop lead by Gilly, Matthew, Ming and Ricardo was based on group discussion or better yet, on exchanging personal experiences in new technologies for learning.
I had the pleasure of being part of a dynamic and very experienced group, so we exchanged quite a lot of ideas and build upon each others experiences.
The format of the group was build around a given framework of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance team, a framework they put forward to the ministry to get funded (the framework was build in 2005 and has recently been adjusted to fit the latest developments in eLearning - look for the 4 piece structure in the movie).
To get everyone in an open frame of mind, the opening question was: who is which animal (at this point in time) related to learning (I felt I was a Bonobo monkey for instance: very peaceful and loving, creative, playful and always interested in using new gadgets, our group also had a fish, a mother goose, a bird and a dog for different reasons and ... this approach started us all thinking.
So, getting back to the 4 pieces, each of them was zoomed into by means of a pecha kucha kind off ppt (with music), after each part a question was launched to the group. After discussing this question for 5 minutes, one of the groups chaired there conclusions to the given questions with the other groups.
Feel free to look at the movie to get some more impressions :
Thursday, 11 June 2009
They have proposed three types of podcast: presentation and assessment, feedback and transition ones.
What was really interesting - they use podcast as an addition to the on-line or blended courses for delivering: current news, planning and feedback and humor. It makes the course more human - but is it (the) role of a tutor in a modern education? Are we limited to be a human factor only, an addition to the perfect course?
Lots of thigs to think about...
"The use of a peer-assessment and a reflection report to measure collaborating learning efoorts an interdisciplinary project for students of the faculty of teacher training, the faculty of social work and welfare studies, and athe faculty of health care" by Kristof Uvijn, Hogeschool Gent, Belgium.
A nice person with glasses, a black shirt.
Problems: would they use it to promote the learning process, or only for evaluation purposes?
They have a midterm evaluation to get the students more at ease with the technology.
they used it at 150 students from 10 different courses (teacher, logopedist, nurses, ergotherapists, ...)
The students are not face-to-face, but only see themselves 5 times throughout the year. The students are all in their last year before finishing, so the better students.
Want to hear/see more, look at this vodcast (just uploaded the movie, so it might not be accessible yet, depending on the youtube upload capacity, but you can see it later for sure):
"Online Learning: variations in Groups of parcitipants and tools" by Miri Shonfeld, Ilana Ronen, Kibbutzim College of Educatin Technology and Art, Israël (ah, art already in the title!)
(this presentation wanted to go immediately into the wiki, but the connection did not allow it)
Students with learner dissabilities (Inge, try to get her contact details to be able to see it)
Blended learning with the classic face-to-face meetings at beginning and end an two virtual field trips.
The question for the students: construct a science teaching unit.
They use a synchronous teaching platform similar to Elluminate and also asynchronous possibilities.
The course resulted in learning outcomes that were amazingly better results for disabled students. So an analysis was made:
students with disabilities participate more in an online course than in a f2f-course.
These students also evaluated the course much more highly than the others.
The final grades were also higher than the others (the others included the 'excellent students'.
why: because disabled students had to learn on their own anyway, they were better at time management (they do not have to wait for pick-ups, or other time consuming actions).
online courses allow them more flexibility which is motivating for them.
Many interesting presentations were delivered. Finally several questions were asked.
During the Demonstration Session on Friday (starting from 11:30) I will try to answer some of them.
Sounds familiar? But they did it. Ans have shown us how.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
This year people were looking forward to meeting that battered old Polish hero Lech Walesa (pictured above, eating the first of many tulips), but for some reason he failed to show up. The reason? Unknown, but I surmise it was because it was his moustache waxing night.
Here are some other people who failed to show up to this year's EDEN conference, and the reasons why:
Gordon Brown (Has lost his way completely)
Steve Wheeler (Recovering from battle wounds)
Barack Obama (No he couldn't!)
Oprah Winfrey (Too busy Twittering)
Ashton Kutcher (Too bust recruiting his new Twitter followers)
Andrew Keen (Not keen enough)
Steve Jobs (Lost in cyberspace)
Bill Gates (Retired)
Tony Blair (On a lucrative lecture tour)
Kim Jung Il (Spent his airfare on rocket fuel)
Saddam Hussain (Suspended without pay)
Susan Boyle (Having another make-over)
For all those who are at the conference this year, have a great time, and don't forget to blog/tweet what is happening to those of us who are absent! Have fun!
Read Steve Wheeler's e-Learning Blog
Looking forward to meet you all during the next couple of days.
To get an idea of what EDEN tweets are saying, I made a 'twitter fountain' using the hashtag #EDEN09.
And here it is, the twitter fountain for EDEN with pictures of Gdansk in het background of the fountain.
Due to surgery on Monday (bad timing I know!) I have had to miss my favourite event of the year - EDEN. I want to send my best wishes to all those of you who are lucky enough to be at EDEN though - I envy you! I thoroughly enjoyed last year's event in Lisbon, and met so many smart and passionate people, that I am now wishing I was there in Gdansk with you today. EDEN is unique, because it has it all - some great presentations, wonderful surroundings, and excellent people to network and discuss some of the burning professional issues of the day with.
May I start the ball rolling this year with a burning issue...? It is this: Distance education has been with us for so long now, and in its organised form we can trace it back to the days of Sir Isaac Pitman in Victorian England. The correspondence course is still with us, but now we have so much choice to enable us to connect with our students at a distance. My blog post earlier today about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to ditch traditional methods such as text books in favour of electonic media raises some issues about choice. Should we go the whole hog and get rid of old media, replacing them wholesale for new digital media? Or should we maintain them alongside the new media. Does the correspondence course still have a place in distance education? Would some people miss out if we were to go totally digital?
Registration will start at 15:00 at the Conference Centre.
Next the Welcome Reception (19:00 - 21:00) when presentation of the EDEN Fellow awards and inauguration of the EDEN Book "Distance and E-learning in Transition - Learning Innovation, Technology and Social Challenges" will take place.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
I do hope the weather will be as good as it is today in the morning.
You can check the weather forcast at
Friday, 5 June 2009
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