Tuesday 30 May 2017

#LearningTechDay in Belgium, come and join experts #EdTech #elearning

One of the highlights for Professional eLearning is coming up next month. On Tuesday 20 June 2017, Mathias Vermeulen (CEO of Winston Wolfe) organizes the Belgian LearningTechDay an annual event that always seems to trigger multiple ideas.

Location: Zebra in Ghent, Belgium. Zebra is a unique project that combines housing, culture and economy all in one. And it has cheap parking space.

This is not just any other eLearning opportunity. If you are in the neighborhood and you are interested in eLearning, this is the place to be! The three keynotes alone will make it worth your while: Stephen Downes (integrating MOOCs in corporations), Nell Watson (Artificial Intelligence in all aspects of learning, living and society), and Jamie Good (Neuroscience, habit-building and technology).

Although some of the break-out sessions are in Dutch, the keynotes are in English, and I am pretty sure everyone participating speaks English.

I will also share a presentation, specifically on the Instructional Design Variation Matrix, an ongoing work which looks at parameters that are often opposite to each other, and bridging these opposites with possible online learning steps befitting diverse instructional design demands. This is slowly but surely resulting in a manual that can be used as a job aid to quickly look for options to implement diverse learning purposes, providing solutions for your own specific learning environment or tailored to your own target population (e.g. master students, informal learners, professional learners).

To give an idea, the Instructional Design Variation Matrix lists an array of actions that can be taken to address different learning parameters (individual versus sociaal learning, memorizing content versus challenge-based education, standardized learning versus contextualized learning, just-in-time performance versus long-term implementation, …). Because the designs are linked to different (intended) learning objectives, it enables the online material to be used in a variety of learning trajectories.

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