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Angel Suarez

Food for thought – use of social networks

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Just a short excerpt of a reflection I made lately about social networks: “The relation between peer pressure and addictions has always been a problem, but with the rise of social networks this has become even more visible. The dopamine released into the body with every like, retweet or mention that one receives, generates a soft kind of addiction that is hard to diagnose. This wouldn’t be bad if it wouldn’t change the way we live our lives. But, this ‘addiction’ corrupts our lives as the intrinsic end goal of living them as best as we can, has turned out…

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Learning from frustration

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Pondering about the mysteries of doing a PhD, I have just found myself writing these lines seated in a train – somewhere between Maastricht and Valkenburg. The train is bringing me to the meeting point, where my friend is picking me up to play some good football. Just for the record, these lines are coming from the frustration of knowing that my publication has been advised for rejection for a second time. Yes. Second time. After two years of work. JA! Deal with it! As the train moves, the words shyly flow. And the Frustration I had this morning, now…

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PhD Round Table – Teachers assessment in DojoIBL

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What is the ‘PhD Round Table’ initiative at TELi?   The PRT is an informal meeting that takes place in the TELi department every two weeks and it only has one item in the agenda. Each session a PhD brings to the table a question/concern/idea/problem (you name it…), which is discussed at least for an hour. The participation is not mandatory but it is highly appreciated. The PRT goals are: (1) to increase the intellectual discussions within the TELi group, (2) to raise awareness about others topics and (3) to brainstorm and to discuss different perspectives to a problem. My…

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Roles

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Do you remember your days at school?, if you have a look back… were the lessons engaging or appealing for you? or were they more like a monologue where you have to fight to stay awake and keep your attention?. Unfortunately nowadays, there are still lots of similar cases. Teachers and institutions prefer to stay in their comfort zone and not invest efforts in future’s children.   The field of (Mobile) Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) (as many others) has been trying to change this paradigm for many years. By offering students a richer and wider informal context, students will be able to seek the truth…

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Teachers: Alone in the dark

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Today I have received good news. Those kind of good news that encourage one to keep doing what we are doing in research helping out people on how to learn better In other words, this means that whatever we do, whatever methodology we use or whatever theory we apply are meant to facilitate the way people/students learn. Now, coming back to where I began this post, this feeling of helping students to learn better was exactly the feeling I had today, when a teacher -from school I visited some weeks ago- approached me. He wanted to share with me how good their pupils were doing after the…

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Are you ready to fail?

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One might think that failure will never arrive at our lives. WRONG. It will. And it will do it that fast… that you will never realize how and why it happened. I am sure you will be sad. And I am sure you will be down. But I hope these words help to understand that, at a certain point, failure is even more necessary than success. Since birth, we are used to receive compliments whenever we succeed. Presents from our parents when we pass all our exams, nice words from colleagues when a journal gets accepted, hugs and kisses when…

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