Annual Meeting 'Cutting Edge Advancements in Education and Learning'

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On Friday, 2 October, the second annual meeting of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning was held. Topics were European higher education policy, a research agenda for MOOCs, engaging students through gamification, and developments in virtual reality and immersive learning.

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Members of the University Boards

Development of EU-policy on higher education

Since the publication of the EU modernisation agenda for higher education in 2011, trends within higher education and the environment in which it operates have evolved. Julie Anderson from the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, presented the Commission’s ideas for the development of a renewed agenda, which the EC is now developing in cooperation with the member states. Three broad areas are distinguished:

  • Promote relevant learning and teaching
    For example: Support active and engaged citizens and strengthen civic responsibility in universities
  • Help HEIs become strong regional innovators
    For example: encourage institutional specialisation according to regional strengths
  • Create a real EU higher education and research space
    For example: remove barriers and promote student, researcher and staff mobility

The civic role of universities is more important than ever - Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson

An agenda for MOOC research

Research into MOOCs is, understandably, still in its infancy. In his talk, Prof. Marco Kalz (Chair for Open Education, Open University of the Netherlands) shared his ideas for a research agenda for the coming years. According to Prof. Kalz, the most important research challenges are:

  • Defining success criteria for learners’ achievement
  • Enhancing Instructional Quality
  • Enhancing the scalability of design and technology
  • Supporting self-directed learning/self-regulated learning
  • Innovating MOOCs and using MOOCs to innovate university education within the EU

In defining success criteria of MOOCs, we have to take into account the intentions of the learners - Marco Kalz

Marco Kalz

It's all in the game

Dr. Alexandru Iosup  ( Dutch Teacher of the Year 2015 and lecturer at the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science) uses gamification in his teaching in order to engge students and help them learn in ways that suit their diverse learning personalities. And gamification works. Iosup: ‘Over time, we have become increasingly better in attracting students to do more work than just the traditional course was asking from them. Half of our students now do extra work.’

Designing a course is like designing a complex puzzle - Alexandru Iosup

Alexandru Iosup

Virtual Reality as a learning tool

Teaching students while they dream, changing your own age or skin colour: using virtual reality techniques makes this all possible. 'There is enough technology for any learning intervention we can think of', said Joost Uitdewilligen. 'The question is how we implement it and use it all together.' Uitdewilligen is the creative director of TinQwise, a company that develops creative and evidence-based educational solutions for very diverse organisations. He works together with Fred Paas, Professor of Educational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Universities should know the possibilities, research these, and use them whenever they promise to add value.

People don’t want online education. People need an interactive and relevant education service - Joost Uitdewilligen

Joost Uitdewilligen

Programme Annual Meeting CEL 2015 (385.47 KB)
Presentation of Julie Anderson (685.84 KB)
Presentation of Marco Kalz (12.24 MB)
Presentation of Alexandru Iosup (2.21 MB)
Presentation of Joost Uitdewilligen (6.5 MB)