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Keynote given at ICWL2014 – The International Conference on Web-based Learning

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Scaling Informal Learning and Meaning Making at the Workplace

The nice thing about this keynote is that (I think) I managed to integrate some of the issues we face at the Learning Layers project revolving around the use of social media in informal learning with ideas around how shared meaning can emerge in social media. The second issue is addressed in the MERITS project thorough a number of experiments and computational modeling of socio-cognitive processes.  In this presentation, I drawn on ideas of a cognitive ecosystem. I introduce results from a classroom experiment in which we were successful to instill different levels of semantic stabilization in four groups of students by means of a very simple manipulation. What happened was quite unexpected for us though …

I got quite some nice questions from the audience as well. Here are some of the ideas I picked up from that discussion:

  • The connection of formal and informal learning: I think the Learning Layers project has a great strength in being able to cross different contexts. Going from a formal school or training setting into the workplace and the other way around. I think this should remind us educators that for the learners, there often is not really that big of a distinction between “formal” and “informal” as we like to think. Students just have to make sense of the different things they encounter in different contexts. And this is what you then call “learning”.
  • What if the learning in a group stabilizes around some misconceptions rather than what is the “right thing to learn”: I get this question a lot. And of course many examples of what comes out of social media conversations shows that this is really a problem. The experiment was not really meant as a “good practice” or blue print of how to run a course. It was merely to study some phenomena that are interesting from a learning perspective (I think) and the means to influence them. The cognitive ecosystems view suggests that we as teachers should be a bit more humble in how strongly we can influence the whole learning process. But the experiment also shows that artefacts introduced into the learning process can have quite a significant influence. So there is hope for us, I guess …

Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact – Springer Book is Out!

October 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact

Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact – the proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Technology-enhanced Learning (EC-TEL)  – have been published by Springer. I co-edited the book together with Davinia Hernández-Leo, Ralf Klamma and Andreas Harrer.

The book makes available all the selected papers we had at EC-TEL this year.  This was a great effort by all programme committee members as we had a record number of 194 submissions in the review categories this year leading to 542 reviews that were performed.

We therefore had an acceptance rate for full papers of 22.8%. I think this shows that EC-TEL has become a great quality conference over the years.

I thank all the co-organizers as well as all members of the programme committee for such a great effort.

The book can be downloaded from the Springer Link Library:  http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-40814-4

Springer Edited Book on Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning is out!

May 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Open and Social Technologies BookSpringer Edited Book on Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning is out!

The book contains selected and revised papers from our conference in Tallinn last year. Thanks also to the co-editors, Mikko, Mart and Arthur, and to all authors!

Ley, T., Ruohonen, M., Laanpere, M., & Tatnall, A. (Eds.). (2013). Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-37285-8

European Conference on Technology-enhanced Learning

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

European Conference on Technology-enhanced Learning

Together with Davinia Hernandez-Leo, I am acting as one of the programme chairs for next year’s EC-TEL conference in Cyprus. The theme is “Scaling up learning for sustained impact”. The first call for papers is now out! So submit your best research in April and join us in September in Cyprus!

Interview at EC-TEL 2012

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment

This year, the local organizers of EC-TEL (CELTECH) have done a tremendous job in disseminating the conference. Among other things, they conducted interviews with all organizers, keynoters and other people. These interviews are now published in this Youtube channel. And below is my interview as the workshop chair, talking about the importance of workshops at EC-TEL, my particular role and elearning in Estonia.

Presentation at I-Know 2012

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I had a first presentation about the Learning Layers Project which will start in November. Stefanie Lindstaedt invited me to present the project at I-Know 2012 in Graz. This was the 11th time (out of 12) that I visited I-Know. It was good to be back in Graz and see colleagues and friends. And I will be back soon … in October, we have booked a family vacation there, and two PhD students will be having their defense.

Learning Layers Presentation in PDF

Learning Layers Project

June 6, 2012 1 comment

Together with 20 partners throughout Europe, I recently submitted a grant to the European 7th Framework Programme, called Learning Layers. The project looks at how information technologies can be scaled up to support informal workplace learning in regional clusters of small and medium sized enterprises.

It now looks like we have secured funding, placing at the top of the list for that call.Thanks again to all for all the hard work that has gone into this!

We will most likely start in November 2012. There is only a rudimentary website at the moment: http://learning-layers.eu, but do keep an eye on this for further news!