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Reflections on the Knowledge Society

  1. Learning Analytics: expectations and predictions
    I am always wary when it comes to hyping a new technology. As the recent LAK16 global conference has hinted at, Learning Analytics may just have reached the height of the Gardener hype cycle. Sure, Learning Analytics has its promises to create new insights into learning and a new basis for learner self-reflection or support […]
  2. The parent factor in HE participation
    It is one of those statistically proven facts that young people from higher educated family backgrounds are more likely to get higher educated than their peers from lower educated families. Having parents with a university degree provides students with a greater chance to succeed in HE themselves, perhaps reaching even higher levels. Such facts and […]
  3. Anti-categorising for widening access
    I always have hesitations about putting people in boxes. Although well-intended to support participation, the widening access agenda for HE supported and promoted this type of thinking. In order to help underrepresented social groups, measures were taken to support women, migrants, the disabled, people from rural backgrounds or poorer neighbourhoods, etc. The remedies were aimed […]
  4. Brainwashing becoming a reality
    This article may have serious ethical debates on its heels. Apparently, scientists succeeded in boosting or erasing individual memories of mice. As always, they tell us it is for our better future and for research into dementia and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Quite likely also a remedy against Altzheimer’s disease. Being slightly foresighted, I see […]
  5. Creativity and entrepreneurship – two core competences of the future
    The EU has in it’s recent communications and funding programmes made it clear that creativity and entrepreneurship are critical competences that the education systems of the member states need to develop and focus on. It doesn’t confine itself to formal education but also to lifelong learning contexts and is embedded in several calls and vision […]

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