Muntgebouw in Utrecht

Peer feedback tools

Last week I visited the Challenge Day that SURFnet organizes on a yearly basis. I was quite a few years that I was present at such a day. On the challenge day we challenge software vendors to show what they can offer for us. The Challenge Day was held at the Muntgebouw in Utrecht (see the picture). There were two parallel tracks at this Challenge Day. Track one as focused on how the modular digital[…]

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Interactive video revisited

Watching an instructional video (even if it is a short one) is quite passive. This might not lead to the best possible learning result for a student. But there’s is solution for more actively engaging students with a video. This can be done with what we call interactive video. At the University of Twente we have recently done some research into possibilities of interactive video.

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NS Groningen

Blockchain in Education

Earlier this month (5 sept 2017) I paid a visit to the conference “Blockchain in Education”. This was held in Groningen. These are my observations from this interesting event. Packed programme The morning session was packed with (short) plenary presentations. In the afternoon we could attend two so-called dialog sessions that could be chosen from a whole list. My guess is that there were around 250 visitors altogether, whereby it seemed to me that people[…]

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Bett show 2017

Last month the Bett show (the British Educational Training and Technology Show) was held in London (UK). I joined a studytrip from SURF. We were with a group of around 25 collegueas from across the country. There were colleagues from SURF, University of Leiden, Hanzehogeschool, ROC van Amsteram, Graafschap College and Hotelschool The Hague, amongst others. The Bett show was quite an experience. I was there for 2 full days, and still didn’t see everything (and[…]

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Calibrated Peer Review

Through a pointer from my colleague Frank van den Berg I would like to share with our readers what is called Calibrated Peer Feedback: ” Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is a web-based, instructional tool that enables frequent writing assignments in any discipline, with any class size, even in large classes with limited instructional resources. In fact, CPR can reduce the time an instructor now spends reading and assessing student writing. ” (source)

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