ICEduTech 2015 Programme Committee
I have joined the IADIS ICEduTech Programme Committee for the third time running. The conference will be held 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2015 in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. You can find the call for papers here.
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.
Mobile learning has become very popular over the last few years. Smaller and more powerful devices that have become much easier to use made it possible to deliver innovative and more flexible services to learners. Especially smart phones which now, apart from cameras and music players, now also contain sensors like gyroscopes, GPS receivers, and a digital compass, cater for a number of innovative applications such as augmented reality.
Mobile technologies enable more flexibility for learners, freeing them from the desktop. Learning with mobile devices particularly serves work-based learning scenarios or field trips. But also the anytime anywhere aspect is most appealing to learners and teachers alike. Delivery of mobile content via e.g. ebooks provide learners with ubiquitous access to quality resources.