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Issue 9 July 2007   Friday, July 20, 2007

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by Marja Verstelle, Peter B Sloep, Gayle Calverley

For those who are familiar with this column, you can jump to this edition's Current Items below.

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

  • From time to time ALT-N has provided 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 are provided. To receive email notification of SURF newsletters e-mail: with the subject heading 'subscribe English newsletter'.
  • The E-learning Themesite focused on developments within Dutch institutions of higher education. It published 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. The site contains an archive of newsletters. The site was 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.
  • SURF will now be providing e-learning news from their new Eduportal. More details will follow shortly.

Current Items

Five years of streaming video in higher education

The publication "Webstroom: grenzeloze impact" (Webstroom: unbounded impact) looks back on five years of Webstroom. Webstroom is a community comprising experts from higher education, the audio-visual community, ICT specialists and content providers. The results from the activities of this working group are aimed at the improvement of the higher education through the use of streaming media.
Marjana Rhebergen expected this publication to provide her with a good overview of the present state of affairs regarding streaming media in higher education in the Netherlands. That certainly was the case. Many different kinds of projects are described: from recording lectures to using video as part of the reflection process.

Only in Dutch: the web article - Vijf jaar streaming video in het hoger onderwijs and the publication - Webstroom: grenzeloze impact
Contribution by: Marjana Rhebergen (University of Leiden)
Authors of the publication: Goldschmeding, J.T., Leijen-Vos, M. van, Nijlunsing, W. & Oomen, J.

A second life at the VU: Second Life in education

A press release was issued on 26 February 2007 announcing that the VU University Amsterdam would be opening a virtual campus in Second Life. The opening of this virtual VU campus took place on 1 March, opening up the possibility of undertaking all kinds of (educational) experiments in Second Life. The experiments are intended to research virtual worlds and to support education and research. What does it look like? An interview with initiator Frans Feldberg.

In Dutch: the web article - Een tweede leven op de VU: Second Life in het onderwijs
Contribution by: Harriët Damen (University of Leiden/SURFnet)
Second Life contact for the VU University Amsterdam: Frans Feldberg (VU University Amsterdam)

A decision matrix for the re-use of materials and methods

What instruments can an educational organisation use to achieve that teachers will actually use previously developed learning materials and methods for innovating their teaching? A study into this matter was undertaken by the SCO-Kohnstamm Institute of the University of Amsterdam and the ICTO-OKR of INHOLLAND University of Applied Sciences within the framework of the SURF e-Learning Research programme 2006. Only in Dutch: the web article - Een beslissingsschema voor het hergebruik van materialen en methodieken and the publication - "Een beslissingsschema voor het hergebruik van materialen en methodieken" (doc)
Contribution by: Judith Schoonenboom (University of Amsterdam) 

More funding for research in advanced vocational education!

What about the future of the Netherlands? What should we do to achieve success in innovation during the next term of government in the Netherlands? The booklet "Kennis Loont" (knowledge pays) is a compilation of advice from a number of Dutch lectors towards the formation of the latest cabinet. These lectors have a good view of the bottlenecks and opportunities for the knowledge economy in the Netherlands due to their research aimed at application in daily practice.
Michiel van Geloven, programme manager at SURFfoundation, reviews this publication at the request of the editors. He indicates that the booklet is very useful for challenging one's personal frame of reference on education and innovation in education and for considering how one's own institution deals with the questions and issues that are discussed by the lectors.

Only in Dutch: the web article – Meer geld voor onderzoek in het HBO!" and the website - "Kennis Loont"
Contribution by: Michiel van Geloven (SURFfoundation)
Publication's authors: PG Kroeger en Jonathan Zondag

A staged approach to providing feedback in blended learning

Providing feedback to large groups is labour intensive. What are the possibilities or alternatives for providing feedback in this specific educational setting? This question was the starting point for developing a feedback model for blended learning. Ria Jacobi reviews the report "Feedbackmodel voor blended learning; een projectrapportage" (feedback model for blended learning; a project report). The proposed feedback model comprises six stages. It is the authors' intention that this model is used to make the right choice regarding the kinds of feedback and that this choice is well supported with information and questions.

Only in Dutch: the web article - Recensie: Een stappenplan voor het geven van feedback bij blended learning and the publication - Feedbackmodel voor blended learning; een projectrapportage (pdf)
Contribution by: Ria Jacobi (University of Leiden)
Publication's authors: Hans Hummel, Henk Roossink en Marcel de Groot (Digital University)

Video communication in higher education: "Firing the imagination"

"Spreken tot de verbeelding" (Firing the imagination) is a practical book, written first for teachers who want to apply video communication in education. What kind of medium is it actually and what can you do with it? What are the benefits for teachers and students? This is what the book hopes to contribute.
The aim of the book is to share the wealth of experiences from the ‘Videocommunicatie’ (video communication) SURF project, with teachers who are considering using video communication in their teaching. The book is also of interest to educational experts who want to provide advice on the application of video communication and for technicians who are interested in supporting education by video communication.

Only in Dutch: the web article - Videocommunicatie in het hoger onderwijs: "Spreken tot de verbeelding" and the publication - "Spreken tot de verbeelding"
Publication's authors: Ellen Sjoer en Dorothé van der Werf (SURFnet editors)

Making education accessible to students with functional limitations

About 10 to 15 percent of all students in higher education in the Netherlands have to cope with a functional limitation of some sort. IMPULS Digitaal is a handicap + studie/SURF project that supports small-scale projects (ID-Grassroots) aimed at digital access. IMPULS Digitaal has the aim to make people on the work floor aware of digital access for students with functional limitations. This involves identifying the obstacles and their corresponding and often easy-to-implement solutions.

Only in Dutch: the web article - Maak het onderwijs toegankelijk voor studenten met een functiebeperking
Contribution by: Ria Jacobi (University of Leiden)

EDUCAUSE 2006: Next generation digital learn and work environment

There was intensive speculation during EDUCAUSE 2006 on what the digital learn and work environment (DLWE) of the future would look like. Many institutions in the Netherlands and in the US are convinced that there is a need for a new DLWE and even have ideas about the functionality that it should offer. Is there a DLWE that meets these demands today?

The conclusion is that at present there is no ready-made product that one can buy or a well-defined road that one can take to arrive at the next generation DLWE. It will be interesting to see what progress is going to be made in this field next year.

Only in Dutch: the web article - EDUCAUSE 2006: Nieuwe generatie Elektronische Leer- en Werk Omgeving
Contribution by: Keith Russell (University of Utrecht)
Source: Wiki SURF trip EDUCAUSE conference 2006

EDUCAUSE 2006: Search for new learning in Dallas

Several experts have pointed in the past few years at the characteristics of the new generation of students. What specific characteristics does this new generation display and how can education adapt to them? The theme group 'Leren en lerende' (learning and learner) embarked on a quest for answers at EDUCAUSE 2006.

Only in Dutch: the web article - EDUCAUSE 2006: Zoektocht naar het nieuwe leren in Dallas
Contribution by: Yolande Spoelder (VU University Amsterdam)
Source: Wiki SURF trip EDUCAUSE conference 2006

EDUCAUSE 2006: Social software in learning processes

'Social software in leerprocessen' (social software in learning processes) was a new theme last year during the Edutrip, the SURF visit to the EDUCAUSE conference.
Liesbeth Mantel describes the experiences of her theme group from the perspective of the teacher and the student, the perspective of management and organisation and the perspective of technology. It addresses, among others, privacy, anonymity, security and awareness of the student. The article also contains links to many examples in the Netherlands.

Only in Dutch: the web article - EDUCAUSE 2006: Social software in leerprocessen
Contribution by: Liesbeth Mantel (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Source: Wiki SURF trip EDUCAUSE conference 2006

A step towards an improved connection between secondary and advanced education for maths

There is an insufficient connection between secondary and advanced education with respect to math skills. Collaborative projects have been initiated and entrance tests and remedial programmes have been introduced at many institutions of higher education to determine the level of skills and to repair deficiencies. Over 70 participants involved in secondary and higher education met on 23 April to discuss the issues regarding the connection for math education.

Only in Dutch: the web article - Een stap vooruit naar betere VO-HO aansluiting wiskunde
Contribution by: Natasa Brouwer (UvA/SIGMA) en Vincent Jonker (UU/NKBW)

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