Special Issue Reflecting Education
Together with our Centre for Learning Technologies and Innovation, I am guest editor of a special issue to the Reflecting Education Journal which will be published in summer 2015. The call for papers and theme of the special issue is available here: "Digital Innovation in Teacher Education".
On these pages you find information about my personal and professional background as well as some features about my interests in technology-enhanced learning, knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, and networked universities.
Learning technology has come a long way, and provides organisations, learners, and teachers with enormous opportunities to innovate not only their technical environment, but also the teaching and learning methodologies as well as their business processes. Most of all, the introduction of new media technologies leads to reflections about inherited traditional systems versus new approaches. My work contributes to these reflections and pursues not only innovation but also the effects that this innovation has on education, learning, and people.
This is a fast moving area and research focus changes quickly and often unexpectedly. My publications page contains a list of works in the field over the years. To a great extent they too reflect the changing nature of education.
My views on technology-enhanced learning
I am a passionate believer in the opportunities that technology has to offer to the knowledge society, both in terms of enhancement of learning and in reaching out to new learners. In remote and rural communities it is often the only way for people to access higher education. However, I am also of the opinion that technology alone does not produce new knowledge or learning and that new developments need to have a pedagogic and learner-centred approach.
Experience in commerce and education has shown that online solutions are at their best when built upon a traditional well-established structure. The pedagogic concept of Blended Learning is increasingly supported by universities and governments who realise that it provides a more sustainable approach than purely online offerings. This goes some way towards recognising that we cannot ignore pedagogic concepts that have been successful for decades before the internet arrived and still are.
Areas of interest
Technology enhanced learning has made giant leaps forward over the past few years. In my work, I try to keep up-to-date with latest developments and newest technologies. My current research interests focus especially on Learning and Knowledge Analytics, Language Technologies for learning support, Learning Networks, and Mobile Learning, but I also have a keen interest in other topics, including open education, game mechanics, or the most recent debate about connectivism.
Read more about my views on e-learning developments.
LAK15 Programme Committee
I joined the Programme Committee for the 5th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK15) which will take place in Poughkeepsie, New York (USA), 16-20 March 2015.
IADIS ICEduTech 2014
I am again on the Programme Committee for the ICEduTech 2014 conference taking place in Taipei, Taiwan, 10 – 12 December 2014. More info and call for papers here.
PC member for Learning Analytics track
I am on the Programme Committee for the special track on Learning Analytics at the International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference (CAA 2014) taking place in Zeist, The Netherlands from the 30 June - 1 July 2014.
PC member for Learning Analytics special track
I have been invited to join the Programme Committee of the Learning Analytics track at the Second Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality Conference, (TEEM 2014) which will take place in Salamanca, Spain, 1-3 October 2014.