EduPLoP 2020 takes place in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. The venue is Hotel Zuiderduin. This is an invitation only event. The theme for this year’s event is “Seamless Learning”. The event takes place April 1st to April 3rd. It is sponsored by the research center Digital Technologies and Social Services (DITES) from TH Köln.
Contemporary educational research has advocated the blurring of boundaries between formal and informal learning to create seamless learning experiences, a term created by Kuh (1996). Seamless learning refers to the integration of learning experiences across formal and informal contexts, individual and social spaces, as well as face-to-face and online settings (Wong, Milrad, & Specht, 2015).
Wong and Looi (2011) propose 10 dimensions for mobile seamless learning:
• Encompassing formal and informal learning
• Encompassing personalized and social learning
• Across time
• Across locations
• Ubiquitous access to learning resources
• Encompassing physical and digital worlds
• Combined use of multiple devices
• Seamless switching between multiple learning tasks
• Knowledge synthesis
• Encompassing multiple pedagogical and learning activity models
During this EduPLoP we will discuss how Seamless Learning shapes our learning environments today – and where additional actions are required. To achieve this, we will collect good solutions, discuss their design forces, positive (and negative) consequences, and start documenting them as patterns.
EduPLoP 2020 build so the success of the first EduPLoP workshop in the Netherlands, and another workshop in Denmark in 2016. That workshops brought together a small group of pattern experts, and resulted in 10 papers which lay the foundations for a learner-centred design language of assessment (Workshop 2015) and hybrid education (Workshop 2016). The results have shaped the way education is done at the participant’s institutions – including innovative forms of assessment, new tools for learners, and redesign of educational spaces. Moreover, several research funds have been granted based on these workshops. EduPLoP will utilise a similar format, bringing together experts in seamless learning, hybrid pedagogy, learning design and teacher training, to distil knowledge from practice and theory and praxis, and represent it in forms which are readily applied and at the same time are clearly available for scrutiny.
Kuh, G. D. (1996). Guiding principles for creating seamless learning environments for undergraduates. College Student Development, 37(2), 135–148.
Wong, L.-H., & Looi, C.-K. (2011). What seams do we remove in mobile assisted seamless learning? A criti-cal review of literature. Computers & Education, 57(4), 2364–2381. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.06.007
Wong, L.-H., Milrad, M., & Specht, M. (2015). Seamless Learning in the Age of Mobile Connectivity. London: Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-113-8