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The posts in my blog will be both in English and Swedish.
Blogposterna kommer att vara både på svenska och engelska.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brief summary of the EDEN2017 conference at Jönköping University, Sweden 13-16 June 2017



EDEN2017 a brief summary


The EDEN 2017 took place at Jönköping University, Sweden 13-16 June 2017. The conference gathered participants, almost 200 from 36 countries around the globe. All continents were represented. The overall theme of the conference was Diversity Matters.

It was a great pleasure for me as a Swede, to welcome EDEN to Sweden,  for the second time.  The first time was in Stockholm, at KTH at EDENs 10th Anniversary Conference, 2001. The theme was in 2001 Learning Without Limits. Developing the Next Generation of Education.


During the conference issues on skills and knowledge required to take an active part in a society characterized by digital technology were discussed, and how  it can be embedded, learned, and practiced in people’s daily lives. The conference also targeted the ever-changing media- and technology landscapes create opportunities for learning at all stages in life in formal and informal settings, as society itself can be understood as a learning environment. New policies and practices entailed by the high presence of digital tools have to take into account the “inclusion” or “exclusion” of different groups in society were also debated. In addition, technology and open education open doors to groups of learners from a range of backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication were on the agenda. Likewise, it was discussed how educators deal with diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments, and how can such diversity can be accounted for and used to transform and adapt online learning settings. Furthermore it was discussed how educators, stakeholders and policy makers meet digital inequalities, and new challenges for teachers and educators in the new media landscapes to create meaningful contexts for learning.
There were even a diversity of formats for the conference, keynotes, workshops, synergy sessions, and  many possibilities for networking during the  Swedish FIKA, lunches,  dinners, and all social events.
Two awards were issued, one Young Scholar Award and one for Best Research Paper.
Two pre conferences were organized during the EDEN 2017. A longer workshop 12-17, was organized by the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE) on the theme Digital Transformation and Diversity in a Swedish Context. The conference gathered some 60 national and international participants from around the world. The program was in English. SADE was one of the sponsors for EDEN2017, as well as SADE was in 2001, in Stockholm. SADE sponsored also the Yung Scholarship Award.



The full program for the SADE conference can be downloaded here http://sverd.se/temp/eden_sade_13062017preconf.pdf


The second pre-conference was a kick off on the new EDEN Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology enabled learning (TEL), led by Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson (EDEN EC, and SADE).  This pre conference had the themes on rationales  why EDEN has started this SIG, about the TEL Landscape, the role of EDEN NAP (Network of Academics) for this SIG, and  introduction of the three following workshops during EDEN 2017 organized by EDEN Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology enabled learning (TEL).  The three following workshops were on the themes:

·       Renewing the Quality Agenda
·       Quality in TEL on Micro, Meso and Macro Level, and who are the Stakeholders. Why and How do They Have an Interest?
·       Innovation for Quality Leadership

EDEN are happy to announce, that the #eden17 Conference Plenary Sessions are once again live streamed on EDEN’s YouTube Channel. Tune in to see your favourite keynote speakers every day according to the official programme schedule and share your thoughts and reflections using the official conference hashtag: #eden17.
Selected keynote speakers will be interviewed on video by Steve Wheeler on behalf of the EDEN NAP Steering Committee on Wednesday and Thursday. All the recorded videos will be uploaded to Youtube.
All keynote presentations are uploaded as PPT-s to EDEN’s Slideshare after the event.

Read more about the conference at the webpage


Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson
ebba.ossiannilsson@gmail.com
@EbbaOssian

ICDE OER Public Policy Committee

ICDE Focal Points on Quality Europe
Quality reviewer ICDE, and EADTU
Guest Ed ED Science Topical Collection on MOOCs

EDEN FELLOW, EDEN EC
Open Education Europa Fellow
Open Education Europa Ambassador

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Det PADAGOGISKA hjulet V5 är nu översatt till svenska

Det är en stor glädje att berätta att det Padagogiska hjulet V 5 nu också är översatt till svenska. Redan har hjulet översatts till mer än 25 olika språk. Hjulet är nu större och med fler valmöjligheter för aktivitetsverb och aktiviteter kategoriserade  enligt Bloom´s kognitiva områdeskategorier. I hjulet finns också mer än 180 utbildningsappar  för båda plattformarna Apple iOS och Android, se länkar nedan.
Översättning Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson




Direktlänk till det svenska Pedagogiska hjulet, översättning Ebba Ossiannilsson 

Länk till  hemsidan för det Padagogiska hjulet av Allan Carrington


Apple iOS

Padagogy Wheel Swedish V5 Apple iOS Poster Screen Resolution
Shortened URL: bit.ly/AppleSWEV5Screen

Padagogy Wheel Swedish V5 Apple iOS Poster Print Resolution
Shortened URL: bit.ly/AppleSWEV5Print

Android

Padagogy Wheel Swedish V5 Android Poster Screen Resolution
Shortened URL: bit.ly/AndroidSWEV5Screen

Padagogy Wheel Swedish V5 Android Poster Print Resolution
Shortened URL: bit.ly/AndroidSWEV5Print



Sunday, October 9, 2016

EDEN RW9in Oldenburg, Germany 4-6 October 2016Y´tThe

The 9th EDEN Research Worship took place in Oldenburg, Germany. It ws the second time in Oldenburg, the first one was twelve years ago, in 2004. In the welcoming speak by Airina Volungevičienė the newelected  EDEN President, she reminded us what had happened since 2004, but also what will happened in the next coming 12 years, and she went through all titles for the EDEN 

All keynotes can be reviewed at the EDEN You Tube Channel

The Conference took place at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany

From my perspective I found the presentation by Isa Jahnke very inspiring, and she brought some new perspectives on cross action action learning spaces, which is close to the discussion I blogged about concerning  innovative learning spaces.
Isa Jahnke on  cross learning spaces: 
From interaction to crossaction... Under the premise that the digital world is a new form of multiply-emerging communication spaces, with many different layers, the book argues that human action in such a networked world is not only grounded in interactions, but rather on multiple crossactions within and across such communication spaces --- cross-action-spaces (Chapter 1).
Isa Jahnke (2015).
Digital Didactical Designs - Teaching and Learning in CrossActionSpaces.New York & London: Routledge

The full program can be found at the conference webpage

My reflections from the Annual Innovative Learning Space Summit, Prague, Czech RepublicAnnual Innovative Learning Space Summit, Prague , Czech Republic,

“The classroom environment can work for us or against us, which is why it is first, last, and always among pedagogical concerns” –John Carrol

In late September the 22-23, 2016 the Annual Innovative Learning Space Summit, by LUXATIA International, took place in wonderful Prague  Czech Republic. 


The venue was the fantastic Grand Hotel Bohemia
Prague , Czech Republic.  It is the  real pride of their Prague hotel and the conference hall is in Neo-Baroque architectural style with a characteristic name Boccaccio.  


The Annual Innovative Learning Spaces summit  delved into the challenges that higher education institutions are facing. The summit provided an excellent platform for deeper understanding of the link between pedagogical practices and learning space designs. Innovative learning environments can support each institution’s mission of enabling student learning. Hearing the inspirational presentations, prepared by the expert-speakers, offered participants new ideas and viewpoints on further development of the existing learning spaces and future projects. Besides the individual presentations, this summit is meant to provide an active networking platform for the participants, which will help them with reviewing their strategies and creating solid future plans. The summit  provided an inspiring environment for further discussions about the importance of learning space design, and it will offer new tools for evaluating current designs. Networking breaks gave the possibility for the industry leaders to gather together and discuss about the future developments and the potential behind new ideas.

The summit brought together architects, academics, learning designers, learning spaces designer, ICT specialists, and even others, so it was a mic audience. Due to the diverse audience a lot of fruitful discussions came up in the light.

I had the great honor  and opportunity myself to be the key note speaker and also to chair the two days Summit and its discussion. My own presentation was on 
Current global trends: Challenges ahead for quality  assurance in the field of open online learning and e-learning. See the presentation from SlideShare



The full program and the speakers can be seen here

We had so much to discuss so we created a special Facebook group on Innovative Learning Spaces please join if you want to be updated and to tune in.

It was said during the summit that the environment do something with or for us, but that we also can shape the environment to dos something for us. David Hopkins have written a nice blog on  Learning Spaces, and ask the question are we doing enough 





Thursday, August 18, 2016

THE PADAGOGY WHEEL- Will soon be published in Swedish. Kommer inom kort på svenska

The Padagogy Wheel V4.1, was launched in January 2016, developed for the "Next Generation''


The Padagogy Wheel by  Allan Carrington, see more below, is already translated into 21 languages, and are planned to be translated to even some more. One of them is Swedish and it will be translated by Dr Ebba Ossiannilsson, the V President of the Swedish Association fr Distance Education and Ossiannilsson Quality in Open Online Learning (QOOL) Consultancy, Sweden. Already there is  a draft and it is just for a second opinion and language check. The process can be followed in this Blog by Dr Ebba Ossiannilsson.

"The Padagogy Wheel V4.1 ENGLISH Version with 126 Updated Apps now linked back to the Apple iTunes store.  Also there are more activities in the Blooms Taxonomy and new teaching on “Getting the best use out of the Padagogy Wheel”. Please download a new version on the links below.
The Padagogy Wheel visual places the idea of motivation and capabilities at the center, which gets at one of its more compelling characteristics as a model – the meshing of technology, thinking, and student motivation. Many of the failures in #edtech are failures in #edtech integration, and frameworks like the Padagogy wheel attempt to clarify the relationship between “big picture” elements. Seeing the pieces–tablets, apps, learning goals, cognitive actions, etc.–and how they work together is everything. Without that vision, any bit of #edtech is limp and lifeless.









Some of the updated features with this new version are:

  • Links to twice as many apps: It has direct links to 122 of the latest and most popular educational iPad apps.
  • App selection criteria: to help teachers make better app decisions These also are linked to the APPitic website and each Bloom’s Cognitive Domain Category has comprehensive selection criteria.  Prompts asking the teacher to think how the app would help the user achieve the domain activities.
  • Each domain activity linked to apps:  (that’s wheel 5 from the core) is linked to a group of apps considered most useful to enhance good outcomes.
  • The SAMR model wheel better communicates the idea.  This might seem a small addition but I have added two way arrows around the wheel.  I hope this helps teachers understand that the idea is to virtually align the SAMR model with the Bloom’s category they are working with.  The idea is once one or more apps are chosen then think Redefinition if possible. Just keep in focus that the SAMR wheel is meant to spin.  It also has a link to a great video from Dr P. as we call him in the ADE community (Dr Ruben Puentedura) who invented the SMAR model, that’s also worth watching.
  • The QR codes have been updated: and provide a great way to connect the “treeware” (aka printed) poster to online resources.  Every mobile device should have a QR reader App …. they are free as well.  The email QR code is particularly cool in it sets up an email to me in your email program and even gives it a subject line and says “Hi Allan”.
  • Information available in 19 languages: This is the most exciting new feature to me and it is again thanks to the hard work of the APPitic team.  So if one of these languages is your heart language, and not English, you can research the app and the pedagogical resources in your first language. Now that opens up help to a lot more teachers.  Of course the challenge is to get a padagogy wheel in the same 19 languages … anyone like to help.
  • NEW PEDAGOGY JUST ADDED: Immersive Learning at the core of the wheel is the New Instructional Design. Simulations are the most effective pedagogy to develop graduate attributes and capabilities in learners, as well as address motivation. Linked to the new Padagogy Wheel are Immersive Learning Resources which will  help you design an build engaging experienced-based immersive scenarios.
  1. A screen version lower resolution and smaller file size (1.5 mb) of The Padagogy Wheel V4 Poster Low Res  
  2. A higher resolution version for using to print as an A3 (or even A2) size hard copy poster (5.2 mb). The Padagogy Wheel V4 Poster for Printing 


About Allan Carrington

Allan Carrington, recently retired as a Learning Designer with the eLearning Team at the University of Adelaide. He is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and has won two major Learning and Teaching Awards. In 2011 he was awarded the University of Adelaide Award for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience – this was the first time this award had been granted. In 2012 he received a National Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, one of only 152 awarded across Australia. It read: “Allan Carrington has been fundamental in providing teaching faculty with the motivation, knowledge, tools, confidence and evidence to show them that they can and should challenge themselves to look at new ways to teach and engage. Allan has two masters degrees, one in interactive multimedia and the other in education. He has worked in learning and teaching in the VET sector and has a Cert IV AWT. He has led schools (courses) in Hawaii, Texas USA and Paraguay and also taught marketing and research, print production and communications. Allan has extensive experience in online collaboration and facilitation, his learning and teaching initiatives and areas of educational research interest can be found at his Let's Collaborate Page which is part of his ePortfolio. Allan was a School leader at the University of the Nations (UofN - part of YWAM) in the College of Communication at Kona HI from 1989-97. He also ran the Print Production School at Last Days Ministries in Texas when it was changing to a UofN Location. He has a background in Print Production, publishing and marketing. He pioneered the UofN website and has a strong calling in Christian education empowered by elearning and help the Church to disciple nations and fulfil the Great Commission.

THE PADAGOGY WHEEL- Will soon be published in Swedish. Kommer inom kort på svenska

The Padagogy Wheel V4.1, was launched in January 2016, developed for the "Next Generation''


The Padagogy Wheel by  Allan Carrington, see more below, is already translated into 21 languages, and are planned to be translated to even some more. One of them is Swedish and it will be translated by Dr Ebba Ossiannilsson, the V President of the Swedish Association fr Distance Education and Ossiannilsson Quality in Open Online Learning (QOOL) Consultancy, Sweden. Already there is  a draft and it is just for a second opinion and language check. The process can be followed in this Blog by Dr Ebba Ossiannilsson.

"The Padagogy Wheel V4.1 ENGLISH Version with 126 Updated Apps now linked back to the Apple iTunes store.  Also there are more activities in the Blooms Taxonomy and new teaching on “Getting the best use out of the Padagogy Wheel”. Please download a new version on the links below.
The Padagogy Wheel visual places the idea of motivation and capabilities at the center, which gets at one of its more compelling characteristics as a model – the meshing of technology, thinking, and student motivation. Many of the failures in #edtech are failures in #edtech integration, and frameworks like the Padagogy wheel attempt to clarify the relationship between “big picture” elements. Seeing the pieces–tablets, apps, learning goals, cognitive actions, etc.–and how they work together is everything. Without that vision, any bit of #edtech is limp and lifeless.









Some of the updated features with this new version are:

  • Links to twice as many apps: It has direct links to 122 of the latest and most popular educational iPad apps.
  • App selection criteria: to help teachers make better app decisions These also are linked to the APPitic website and each Bloom’s Cognitive Domain Category has comprehensive selection criteria.  Prompts asking the teacher to think how the app would help the user achieve the domain activities.
  • Each domain activity linked to apps:  (that’s wheel 5 from the core) is linked to a group of apps considered most useful to enhance good outcomes.
  • The SAMR model wheel better communicates the idea.  This might seem a small addition but I have added two way arrows around the wheel.  I hope this helps teachers understand that the idea is to virtually align the SAMR model with the Bloom’s category they are working with.  The idea is once one or more apps are chosen then think Redefinition if possible. Just keep in focus that the SAMR wheel is meant to spin.  It also has a link to a great video from Dr P. as we call him in the ADE community (Dr Ruben Puentedura) who invented the SMAR model, that’s also worth watching.
  • The QR codes have been updated: and provide a great way to connect the “treeware” (aka printed) poster to online resources.  Every mobile device should have a QR reader App …. they are free as well.  The email QR code is particularly cool in it sets up an email to me in your email program and even gives it a subject line and says “Hi Allan”.
  • Information available in 19 languages: This is the most exciting new feature to me and it is again thanks to the hard work of the APPitic team.  So if one of these languages is your heart language, and not English, you can research the app and the pedagogical resources in your first language. Now that opens up help to a lot more teachers.  Of course the challenge is to get a padagogy wheel in the same 19 languages … anyone like to help.
  • NEW PEDAGOGY JUST ADDED: Immersive Learning at the core of the wheel is the New Instructional Design. Simulations are the most effective pedagogy to develop graduate attributes and capabilities in learners, as well as address motivation. Linked to the new Padagogy Wheel are Immersive Learning Resources which will  help you design an build engaging experienced-based immersive scenarios.
  1. A screen version lower resolution and smaller file size (1.5 mb) of The Padagogy Wheel V4 Poster Low Res  
  2. A higher resolution version for using to print as an A3 (or even A2) size hard copy poster (5.2 mb). The Padagogy Wheel V4 Poster for Printing 


About Allan Carrington

Allan Carrington, recently retired as a Learning Designer with the eLearning Team at the University of Adelaide. He is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and has won two major Learning and Teaching Awards. In 2011 he was awarded the University of Adelaide Award for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience – this was the first time this award had been granted. In 2012 he received a National Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, one of only 152 awarded across Australia. It read: “Allan Carrington has been fundamental in providing teaching faculty with the motivation, knowledge, tools, confidence and evidence to show them that they can and should challenge themselves to look at new ways to teach and engage. Allan has two masters degrees, one in interactive multimedia and the other in education. He has worked in learning and teaching in the VET sector and has a Cert IV AWT. He has led schools (courses) in Hawaii, Texas USA and Paraguay and also taught marketing and research, print production and communications. Allan has extensive experience in online collaboration and facilitation, his learning and teaching initiatives and areas of educational research interest can be found at his Let's Collaborate Page which is part of his ePortfolio. Allan was a School leader at the University of the Nations (UofN - part of YWAM) in the College of Communication at Kona HI from 1989-97. He also ran the Print Production School at Last Days Ministries in Texas when it was changing to a UofN Location. He has a background in Print Production, publishing and marketing. He pioneered the UofN website and has a strong calling in Christian education empowered by elearning and help the Church to disciple nations and fulfil the Great Commission.