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Jürgen van Capelle

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  • Birthday 12/09/1962

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  1. "Political ideology" is a very difficult thing (at least in germany). Only the leftists seems to have one, the conservatives sometimes were branded as "neo-liberals", but this is a pure academic discussion (oh sorry... this IS an academic discussion, isnt it?). From my point of view "ideology" is needed to build a better world. Pls forgive me if these words seem to be sentimental. But without an "ideology" (for instance: that men are equal) these things will never happen, I´m afraid. Being a student of history and political sciences in the early 80s I was influenced from several leftist student movements. After my studies I decided to leave university (did I?) and entered the business world. So I am not a teacher but a manager in the educational and VET business. Political Ideology doesn´t play a role at all in my daily life in my company; additionally I don´t have any time at all for political practices (so I´m still member of the social democratic party in germany. I entered them more because of sentimental reasons [working class history] than of practical political reasons); political ideology is only a part of my leisure time, so to say. And in this area it is a bit confusing, that I see my political ideology shifting from left to right. This seems to be very ordinary (and that´s what I am, I think) but it´s nevertheless curious to see it happen. I am reading the very conservative daily newspaper FAZ since years (just because it is one of the very few very well made newspapers in terms of journalism) and I try to convince my kids that it is important to follow the school careers (just because there are millions of people unemployed). ... huhh... has to stop now ... some work to be done
  2. Hi, I am a new member in this forum. Surprisingly - I didn´t know before: there´s much more in the net than you can keep in your mind. So, regarding OS software, I could convince my board to shift from our proprietary LMS to the OS LMS called ILIAS, which is something similiar to ATutor which you probabably might know better. So our students (teachers) are working on that platform in our eLearning courses (next one will be in Istanbul), but unfortunatelly its range is too wide and the learner aren´t able to start right from the beginning. So I think we will go back to the rather limited system of our own, which seems to apply better to teachers with few experiences. The Quality of Open Source Software in general in my opinion is in another (or additional) area of education: its pure existence can open the mind for a discussion about society and software production. So long story short: we don´t use OS any longer in our teacher trainings as a TOOL but as a TOPIC.
  3. * born in 1962 * living near Bielefeld, a town in the middle of germany, between Hannover and Dortmund * I am heading the division of International Cooperation of ESTA Bildungswerk, which is a adult training provider * I am especially interested in ... the e-learning experiences of other people, because we are offering e-learning courses and maybe we can improve them other specialists and organizations for possible cooperation in common EU-projects (which is apparently my core activity: the development and management of EU-projects My own website is http://www.esta-bw.de/sites/int/indexi.html General website of whole company is http://www.esta-bw.de/start.html One of our e-learning sites: http://esta.ammma.de/design/index.html
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