Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 5, July 2006   Tuesday, July 11, 2006

ISSN 1748-3603

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Publications from the SURF e-learning website
by Marja Verstelle, Peter B Sloep, Gayle Calverley

From time to time, ALT-N will provide summaries of articles which have been published in English on the SURF E-learning Theme Site (http://elearning.surf.nl/e-learning/english). Links to PDFs of the work and contact details will be provided.

The E-learning Theme Site focuses on developments in Dutch institutions of higher education. It publishes information on practical evaluations, instruments, and research results related to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and educational innovation. The site also contains discussions about leading publications and websites. It is aimed at all Learning Technologists involved in the use of ICT in educational innovation. An archive of the newsletters can be found at http://elearning.surf.nl/e-learning/english/3140. The site is an initiative of the SURF Foundation, the higher education and research partnership organisation for network services and information and communications technology (ICT) in the Netherlands (www.surf.nl/en). To receive an email notification of SURF newsletters e-mail: e-learning@surf.nl with the subject heading 'subscribe English newsletter'.

Current items that may be of interest to ALT members include:

Thesis by Tamara Van Gog: No ability without knowledge!
Beginners do not learn to solve problems by solving problems. Research conducted by Tamara van Gog, staff member of the Educational Technology Expertise Centre of the Open Universiteit Nederland, demonstrates that absolute beginners learn most when examples are process oriented. In April 2006 she defended her thesis, entitled 'Uncovering the problem-solving process to design effective worked examples'.

The thesis is in English and can be downloaded in PDF format at: http://www.ou.nl/eCache/DEF/58.html#Promoties

The source material in Dutch is available from:
http://e-learning.surf.nl/e-learning/artikelen/3443

For further information on this work contact:
Tamara van Gog
tamara.vangog@ou.nl

Thesis by Maarten de Laat: Review of "Networked Learning"
Recently submitted, Maarten de Laat’s thesis on Networked Learning has attracted the attention of e-learning professionals.

The thesis is in English and can be downloaded in PDF format at:
http://e-learning.surf.nl/e-learning/english/3481

For further information on this work contact:
Maarten de Laat (Utrecht University/Exeter University)
M.F.DeLaat@exeter.ac.uk

De Laat's thesis has also been reviewed by advisor Fieke Roozen at the request of the SURF Theme site’s editorial board. Roozen is also actively involved in Networked Learning in her PhD track at Delft University of Technology. The review is in English and available from:
http://elearning.surf.nl/e-learning/english/3481

Thesis by P.J. Beers: Knowledge is the root of incomprehension
Pieter Jelle Beers, staff member of the Educational Technology Expertise Centre of the Open Universiteit Nederland, investigated possible means of supporting multidisciplinary teams in coming to a shared view of a particular problem in order to be able to solve it better. In November 2005 he defended his thesis, entitled ‘Negotiating common ground: tools for multidisciplinary teams’.

The thesis is in English and can be downloaded in PDF format at:
http://www.utwente.nl/ico/archief/disser/Beers.pdf

The source material in Dutch is available from:
http://e-learning.surf.nl/e-learning/artikelen/3441

We look forward to bringing you more interesting topics from the Netherlands over the coming months.

Gayle Calverley
g.j.calverley@manchester.ac.uk

Peter B Sloep
peter.sloep@ou.nl

Marja Verstelle
Editor in Chief SURF E-learning Theme Site
Verstelle@iclon.leidenuniv.nl


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