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Ignatia/Inge de Waard
Works at Open University
Lives in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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passionate about technology enhanced learning. Started out with eLearning, than going into mLearning and now realizing that ubiquitous learning ... will bring all differentiated technology enhanced learning back to the term learning. I currently work at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium and I am starting my exploratory thesis work for a M. Ed, in Distance Education at Athabasca University in Canada. My main interests are innovative learning methods (MOOC's, socio-constructivist learning), lifelong learning, social media for learning, network for knowledge... well anything that involves learning and connecting to improve knowledge (while using technology).
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My main interest is learning through and with technologies, focusing on the learning affordances of these technologies.

If you want to see what I am working on (or thinking about) in terms of TELearning, lookie here:
http://ignatiawebs.blogspot.com
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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eLearning mlearning ulearning... I guess it would be xLearning
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  • Open University
    PhD mobile MOOC, 2013 - present
  • Institute of Tropical Medicine
    eLearning coordinator and researcher, 2006 - 2012
  • VOK
    eLearning manager, 1999 - 2005
  • VOK - equal opportunities
    stafmember, 1997 - 1999
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Listing what I have learned so far while looking for academics jobs in view of getting my PhD. It is quite a learning curve (again), so I hope some if it is useful. Additional tips are very welcome.
Once a PhD is almost finalized (I am having my PhD defense on Thursday 12 January 2017), the next challenge is finding a new job. Finding a new profession is always a challenge, but... it turns out that I was not that well pr...
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Good read: a free report on the challenges and design of MOOCs for development, published by ITCILO.
The International Training Centre for International Labour Organisation (ITCILO) has always been a forerunner in innovation for development purposes. When I met Alessia Messuti two weeks ago, she mentioned that ITCILO just pu...
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Someone to keep in mind for future workshops around openness, and online safety is Christian Friedrich. I followed a trial run of his workshop and it really triggered my thoughts.
Workshops tend to take at least half a day to come to a result. But at OnlineEduca I had the pleasure of meeting Christian Friedrich and it is amazing what this man can inspire people to do in just 60 minutes time! To tackle ...
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Sharing the outcomes of a session I facilitated on Personalised Learning. The outcomes are organised from the teacher/trainer's side, developer's side, manager's side and of course the learner's side.
This session, which I facilitated at OEB16, had one of the ‘slow cooking’ formats. It takes time for all the elements to come together, and you work with those elements you find in the room (so thank you to all the participan...
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This is a wonderful set of papers looking at mobile learning research, just disseminated by the wonderful people of mLearn2016. The papers range from the indigenous use of mobile learning, wearable technologies, eye tracking for gaming, teaching digital citizenship, simulation games, augmented realities, micro-credentials and mobile assisted language learning... really a great set of interesting papers to read.
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Wonderful first ideas from Shahrzad Ardavani investigating MOOCs by addressing differences for English and Iranian students, using activity theory.
Education is an economic, political and social development and this idea and the problems this results in is tackled by research from Shahrzad Ardavani. 25% university students leave Iran: lack of jobs, superior research opti...
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A quick call for papers dissemination, my eye did catch the artificial intelligence for edtech conference (and of course eMOOCs2017).
eMOOCs2017: conference dates: 22nd to 26th May 2017 Location: Madrid, Spain Website: http://emoocs.eu/emoocs-2017-conference/ EMOOCs 2017, the 5th European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit, will take place from 22nd to 26th May at t...
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Interesting report on innovative pedagogies, recently published and made freely available by IET at OU in the UK and Learning sciences lab in Singapore. Looks at blockchain learning, teachback, video, social media, crowdlearning, translanguaging, productive failure... really interesting and shared with some comments of my own.
While I was reading the latest innovative pedagogies report, some comments came to mind, which I will gladly share a bit further down this blogpost after a quick description of the report itself. Researchers from the Institut...
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If at a conference, and some of your peer experts on educational technology cannot join you on location, then the Virtual Connecting option might add an extra dimension and get people talking on site and online. I really found this hybrid meeting very inspiring. Have a look at the format, and contact someone of the VConnecting team (or subscribe to their hangout / youtube channel.
Last week I had the pleasure of being part of a virtual connecting meeting at OnlineEducaBerlin. The initiative came from the VConnecting group. For this session, onsite buddies Christian Friedrich, Hoda Mostafa, and I spoke ...
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Yet another packed day full of useful information on the state of online learning and what we are all doing with it. The plenary at #OEB16 gave a lot of ideas, here is the liveblog.
A great set of speakers, all talking on the subject of owning learning (some limitless) Alec Couros Promise of open and connected learning is the subject. Promise of personalised learning is one of the elements that ...
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Thoughts on tuition and teacher free college that delivers prime coders, based on peer-to-peer problem solving.
When the BBC reported on the French/US college named '42', which is build around the idea of peer learning, without the interference of teachers. This new educational initiative (and yes, I do choose 'educational' to be in th...
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Great critical talk by @janeshsanzgiri on MOOCs looked at from a North-South viewpoint.
Fabulous critical talk on MOOCs by Janesh Sanzgiri. In 2013 MOOCs were suggested as the silicon valley salvation of education, including the developing world. But the reality is that most MOOC participants are not the underp...
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