On the importance of being open...

Time: Thursday, July 7, 09:00-10:00
Location: Hui Pun Hing Lecture Theatre, Library Extension Building, The University of Hong Kong

  • Prof. Eric DuvalErik Duval is a Professor in the research unit on hypermedia and databases at the computer science department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, president of the ARIADNE Foundation, and the chair of the IEEE LTSC working group on Learning Object Metadata. He serves on the Editorial Review Board and the Executive Advisory Board of the International Journal on E-Learning, the Steering Committee and Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT), and the board of editors of the Journal of Universal Computer Science. He is a fellow of the AACE and a member of the ACM, the IEEE computer society, and the informatics section of the Academia Europeae. Duval’s research focuses on access and management to structured and unstructured data. More specifically, Duval’s lab studies data repositories, federated searches, harvesting, content management. He also studies end user’s oriented aspects like information visualization, mobile information devices, multi-touch displays and mash-ups. He applies results of his research to technology enhanced learning and ‘research2.0′. Duval is a co-founder of two spin-offs that apply his results to music and scientific output. Duval’s current interest is the “The Snowflake Effect” of massive hyper-personalization.

In this talk, I will discuss some of the meanings of the word 'open' in relation to learning - open source, open standards, open educational resources, open on-line courses, ... are some of the terms I may refer to. The emphasis will be on the added value of openness and transparency. Maybe we'll discuss some problems and dangers too. I will definitely show some concrete examples of our work in this area. And I would value an opportunity to talk about the lack of impact of much of our research, the importance of experimentation and the value of failure (as an opportunity to learn).

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