Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 8 April 2007   Friday, April 20, 2007

ISSN 1748-3603

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by Marja Verstelle, Peter B Sloep, Gayle Calverley

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For those of you new to this item, you may be interested to know that:

  • From time to time ALT-N will provide summaries of articles published in English on the SURF E-learning Theme Site that may be of interest to members of ALT. Links to PDFs of the work and contact details will be provided. To receive email notification of SURF newsletters e-mail: with the subject heading 'subscribe English newsletter'.
  • The E-learning Themesite focuses on developments within 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. The site contains an archive of newsletters. 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.

Current Items

The development of a Personal Competence Manager

tencompetence logoLifelong learning plays an important part in achieving the knowledge economy. The European-sponsored TENCompetence (The European Network for lifelong Competence development) project faces the challenge of solving a number of issues relating to lifelong learning in developing the Personal Competence Manager. The Personal Competence Manager is a technological and organisational infrastructure for the lifelong development of personal competence for EU citizens. Individuals, groups, institutions and organisations will be able to use this manager free of charge. TENCompetence project manager Jocelyn Manderveld describes the developments of the first (completed) stage of the project.

In English All reports and publications produced within the project as well as general information on the project
In Dutch the web article - De ontwikkeling van een Persoonlijke CompetentieManager
Contribution by: Jocelyn Manderveld (SURF) 

Speech is silver, focus is golden

ArjaWhat is it that makes collaborative learning on the Internet so hard? This was the subject addressed in Arja Veerman’s PhD research. In this article she reviews her three most important findings and what we can learn from them with respect to the latest hypes. She emphasises the importance of collaboration and oral exchange with the title ‘Speech is silver, but focus is golden’. Focus on the content turned out to be of crucial importance in learning. The notion that the new generation of young people can do everything simultaneously and learn from it as well therefore appears to be a bubble.

In English: the dissertation - Computer-supported collaborative learning through argumentation
In Dutch: the web article - Spreken is zilver, maar focussen is goud
Contribution by: Arja Veerman (Omtrend Advies)

Will there really be a new type of student attending lectures?
image of baby in front of laptopLast month IVLOS published its final report on the new kinds of education for the new generation of students. Sanne Akkermans provides an answer to the question ‘Will there really be a new type of student attending lectures?’ based on a follow-up of the trend investigation and other exploratory activities into the new student. The rumours of a net-generation appear to be hugely exaggerated according to the trend investigation by Rubens, de Jong and Prozee (IVLOS, UU) published last year. However the future generation of students does behave differently from previous generations with respect to ICT, information and knowledge. What should the implications be for education?

Only in Dutch: the web article - Komt er werkelijk een ander type student in de collegebanken te zitten? and the report - "Nieuwe vormen van onderwijs voor een nieuwe generatie studenten" (pdf)
Contribution by: Sanne Akkerman (IVLOS, Universiteit Utrecht)

Multi-user online serious games: Policy, design and application

image of an online gameCan multi-user online serious games contribute to effective, efficient and attractive education? This question is the introduction to the report ‘Multi-user online serious games: Policy, design and application’. The answer is ‘yes’, subject to three conditions. Sonja Wagenaar (ICLON, University of Leiden) reviews this DU report at the request of the editors. The report supports the formulation of policy for the application of multi-user online serious games and offers guidelines for developing and using these games. The various chapters focus on different aspects and present recommendations for the different target groups: the administrators in education, the ICTO staff and the teachers in higher education.

Only in Dutch: the web article – Multi-user online serious games: Beleid, ontwerp en gebruik and the report - "Multi-user online serious games: Beleid, ontwerp en gebruik" (pdf)
Contribution by : Sonja Wagenaar (ICLON, University of Leiden)
Publication's authors: Rob Nadolski, Pieter van der Hijden, Colin Tattersall en Aad Slootmaker (Digital University)

Grassroots project turns out to be a stimulus for innovation on the work floor

grassroots logoThe second phase of SURF Grassroots has been completed. This is a stimulus project in which smaller ICT projects (so-called Grassroots) are eligible for a subsidy. Teachers with little or no ICT experience are introduced to ICT and are motivated by a modest subsidy to apply ICT in a new and creative way in education. Grassroots projects are run on a small scale and with little in the way of procedures. ICT is a prerequisite and the catalyst in every successful Grassroots project. The Grassroots project consists of two phases; the last phase was completed in December 2006. The evaluation of the second phase has now been compiled in collaboration with the project managers. Again it turns out that the elements appreciation, support and guidance are a powerful combination.

Only in Dutch: the web article - Grassroots blijkt een aanjager voor innovatie op de werkvloer and the publication - Evaluatierapport Grassroots Ronde 2 (pdf)
Contribution by: Ria Jacobi (SURF)
Publication's authors: SURF Grassroots

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