Friday, April 20, 2007

Study day in KATHO Tielt

Today I had the pleasure of participating in a study day in the West of Flanders (KATHO Tielt) on new trends in distance education. I finally met some of the writers of my favourite blogs. Wilfred Rubens, Margriet Van Den Bergh, and Smetty. A strong delegation of edubloggers, AVNet staff, but also EliseLeren alumni were present.

The study day was also the formal starting point of a new Expertise Centre for Distance Education. Aims of this expertise centre: radicalising didactics, evaluating practical pilots, development of tools that are needed for distance education, critically reviewing f2f learning/teaching. This expertise centre has been an inspiring and creative innovator within the Hogeschool. Approx. 10% of KATHO students (some 750 students) are now enrolled in some form of distance education.

Four themes were discussed
  • Design & didactics
  • Social software
  • Game-based learning in virtual worlds
  • Virtual internationalisation
Together with Johannes and Maarten I contributed to the session on Social software, with a short talk on the institutional issues involved in introducing social software in traditional higher education institutions.
On the way here (and on the way back, I presume) I have been reading in Martin Weller's interesting book on Virtual Learning Environments. Interesting day!

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