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Please join us in the Grass for a Disruptive Bytes session on Certification in Gamification with António Coelho (University of Porto), Helen Routledge (Totem Learning) and Samantha Clarke (Coventry University).

Serious games are starting to attain a higher role as learning tools in contexts such as education and training. In this talk we provide a set of guidelines for game designers to build specific games, not only for training, but also for the certification of competences. These guidelines are established on a triadic of components: Competencies / Mechanics / Play, following the approach of Casper Harteveld (Play / Meaning / Reality). This is needed for balancing the relationship between the game mechanics based in serious games genres, the array of competences to certify and the game elements.

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For this Disruptive Bytes the theme will be Disability, Accessibility and Enabling Technologies. This session will explore lessons learnt and existing practices of Hereward College, HandsFree Computing and the Swing project with respect to supporting and enabling people with disability using technologies. The session will also facilitate discussions around the issues of accessibility in teaching and learning. This domain is very important in terms of supporting our understanding of disabilities and accessibilities, which will inform existing work in the area (Beaconing, Muse, etc.).

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For the Disruptive Media Learning Lab's contribution to Open Education Week, we will be hosting a Disruptive Bytes that is focused on Open Educaiton. We are thrilled to have Leo Havemann and Javiera Atenas join us on this exciting week in the educational calendar.
Please do join us on the Grass, bring a friend and a device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) to take notes and join the online conversations with #disruptivebytes 

*Talk by Leo Havemann(
Embracing Open Educational Practices in HE
As open educational practices comprehend a series of activities, resources, techniques and models, the idea is to introduce these practices to HE educators so they can find the strand that suits them the most to be applied in their teaching and learning.
About Leo Havemann, E-Learning Technologist, Birkbeck, University of London
Leo is a Learning Technologist at Birkbeck, University of London, providing pedagogic and technical support for technology-enhanced learning at Birkbeck as well as working collaboratively with colleagues in the Bloomsbury Learning Environment consortium on cross-institutional TEL initiatives. He is a co-ordinator of the M25 Learning Technology Group (a practitioner-focused group) and of ELESIG London (a local branch of a wider community of learner experience researchers). He has taught in HE in New Zealand and Australia and he has a Master’s degree from the University of Waikato.

Talk by Dr Javiera Atenas
Open Data as Open Educational Resources
Open Data which is massively produced by governments, international organisations and research centres is somehow under-used in academic teaching and learning contexts, but as free and open tools can be key to develop research-related literacies including statistics, modelling, information and citizenship as can be used to work in scenario based learning
About Dr Javiera Atenas, Researcher and Learning Technologist, Affiliation Academic College London - Open Knowledge Foundation
Co-coordinator of the open education working group of open knowledge foundation and learning technologist at the school of management at University College London. Her research strands are related with democratic access to information and academic development in technology enhanced teaching and learning 

Recommeded Resources:
An open access book and an open access paper

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Join us for a Disruptive Byte with Teresa Mackinnon and Katherine Wimpenny discussing intercultural learning through online collaboration.

Disruptive Bytes is still an hour long session, but packed with more flavour to spice up your lunchtime; we are seeking to bring you more shorter talks for you to get a good taste for what we mean by disruptive learning.

Please share this live streaming event with your friends and join in the conversation online!
Teresa Mackinnon, University of Warwick
Implementing Open Badges in Online Intercultural Exchange

With the arrival of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the educational scene and their seemingly low completion and high attrition rates, the question of how to support motivation that leads to sustained participation and interaction among online learning partners has received renewed attention. MOOCs offer a range of informal to formal learning opportunities and follow a spectrum of network-, task-, and content-based approaches (Lane, 2012). Such activity is readily comparable to telecollaborative activities, sometimes known as Online Intercultural Exchange (OIE). In this talk I will briefly present how, with my collaborator Mirjam Haulk (OU), we investigated the impact of deploying Open Badges in a large scale OIE (Clavier) and present a framework for their deployment.

Katherine Wimpenny, Disruptive Media Learning Lab

Opening up international online spaces for learning: meeting and challenging students’ expectations and disciplinary understandings

In this session I will share pedagogical strategies used in two online international learning projects that aimed to break down barriers that stifle and restrict what can be known and achieved through collaborative educational experiences. Both projects required students and staff to manage uncertainty and take risks; to collaborate, support, seek change and manage professional structures to enhance students intercultural sensitivity and creative practice.

#highereducation   #disruptEdu   #DMLL   #hangoutsonair   #pedagogy   #research  

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