Cover text for new book: Open Learning Cultures arrived…!

The cover for my new book has arrived from Springer:

“Open Learning Cultures. A Guide to Quality, Evaluation and Assessment for Future Learning”

Had to check the cover text which goes like this: 

Today we are seeing a new form of blended learning: not only is technology enhancing the learning environment but formal and informal learning are combining and there is self- and peer-assessment of results. Open learning cultures are challenging the old and long-practiced methods used by educators and transforming learning into a more student-driven and independent activity , which uses online tools such as blogs, wikis or podcasts to connect resources, students and teachers in a novel way.

While in higher education institutions most assessments are still tied to formal learning
scenarios, teachers are more and more bound to recognize their students’ informal
learning processes and networks. This book will help teachers, lecturers and students
to better understand how open learning landscapes work, how to define quality and
create assessments in such environments, and how to apply these new measures.

To this end, Ehlers first elaborates the technological background for more collaborative,
distributed, informal, and self-guided learning. He covers the rise of social media for
learning and shows how an architecture of participation can change learning activities.
These new paradigms are then applied to learning and education to outline what open
learning landscapes look like. Here he highlights the shift from knowledge transfer
to competence development, the increase in lifelong learning, and the importance
of informal learning, user generated content, and open educational resources. He
then shows how to manage quality by presenting a step by step guide to developing
customized quality concepts for open learning landscapes. Finally, several methods
dealing with assessment in these new environments are presented, including guidelines,
templates and use cases to exemplify the approaches.

Overall, Ehlers argues for assessment as an integral part of learning processes, with
quality assurance as a method of stimulating a quality culture and continuous quality
development rather than as a simple controlling exercise.

About Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is Vicepresident for Quality and Academic Affairs at the Baden Wurttemberg-State University in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the same university. Before he has held positions as Associate Professor in the University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning in the University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). Ulf is an educational scientist and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honors in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003, and was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen. He has created many international, European and national projects and was involved in founding the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning, in which he served as Vicepresident and President for several terms. He has also served as President and Vicepresident of the of the largest german speaking e-learning Association, the Society for Media in Science (GMW e.V.) as well as serving on advisory boards to several professional associations in the field. Before his career in academia he has been a successful and award winning entrepreneur in the field of webbased IT Technologies and founder of several companies.
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