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June 28, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Newsflash – Special issue, June 2014

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June, 2014

Projects, practices, showcases

VISIR Fourth Consultation: What actions should be taken to boost and scale e-learning Micro Innovation Europe?

The VISIR – “VIsion, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality for all“ project has arrived to its fourth phase of online consultations targeting the professional community of open, distance and e-learning, ICT enhanced education and learning innovation.

Whilst getting closer to the formulation of key messages for the stakeholders of ICT enhanced learning innovation, we invite your opinion to finalise the strategic recommendations.

It will take only few minutes of your time. Please visit the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VISIR4EN

The Consultation is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

To see the full description, click here.

visir

visir-network.eu

Learning Analytics Community Exchange – 1st LACE Newsletter

Analysis of data to inform decision-making in education and training has the potential to provide evidence-based insights into learner abilities and patterns of behaviour which in turn can provide crucial insights to guide curriculum design and delivery, to improve outcomes for all learners, and so contribute to national and European economic and social well-being.

Learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) offer a valuable source of policy evidence but may also help to teach and assess 21st century skills. The main aim of the LACE – Learning Analytics Community Exchange project is to capture and assess key issues and problems as they arise. This is the first newsletter of the project.

LACE

www.laceproject.eu

EU-level policies for OER Uptake

Following an online consultation on the Open Education Europa portal, the final version of the three types of policy recommendations (in the higher education, schools and vocational education and training sector) will be available on the POERUP website soon. The supporting arguments, references, concordances with Opening Up Education etc., are still to be integrated into a public narrative report, meanwhile a summary table is already available online for consultation.

We are also pleased to announce that an early version of the POERUP OER Map is also available – this should undergo some major improvements during the next month, so please check back again later.

More information about the results of the project can be found in its fourth newsletter.

poerup

www.poerup.info

Update on the NEST community and more

Since our previous newsletter the NEST community held two national events in Hungary and in Spain as well as an international workshop at the recently held EDEN Annual Conference. On the occasion of the Hungarian event, the focus of the present newsletter is Hungary. Other titles include: the Piklerian approach, Kamishibai – the paper theater as well as a link to the hot of the press Eurydice Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe 2014 report that aims to provide insights into what constitutes high quality early childhood education and care through policy-driven and internationally comparable indicators. This is the second report on the topic, following a 2009 report that focused on tackling social and cultural inequalities through ECEC. Read newsletter here.

nest

www.nest-project.eu

E-learning Solutions for VET – E-SOLVE Summer Camp

25-28 August 2014, Balatonalmádi, Hungary

The LLP co-funded E-SOLVE project is collecting and analysing projects and practices providing e-learning solutions for “white collar” vocational education and training. You are welcome to submit your own project here to enrich the collection.

E-SOLVE is organising a free hands-on Summer Camp, where a selection of the best cases will be introduced and representatives of these VET projects and other VET stakeholders (e-learning developers, training providers, etc.) will have the chance to collaborate with each other. Over the 4 days the E-SOLVE partners will also aim to supply the participants with both theoretical and practical knowledge and advice, as well as give support on practice adaptation and successful dissemination.

You can dowload the invitation flyer here and secure your registration here before the limited places get fully booked.

E-SOLVE

esolve.gtk.uni-pannon.hu

Balaton

Lake Balaton

Join the VM-Pass Living Lab

The VM-Pass – Implementing Recognition of Virtual Mobility and OER Learning through a Learning Passport – project was organising successful face-to-face and online recruitment seminars in the past months. The seminars served as opportunities for interested institutions to receive information on open learning recognition as a concept, the latest developments in recognition in HEIs, the Recognition Clearinghouse and the learning passport. If you missed these opportunities, you can hear the recording of the last webinar and join the Living Lab by writing to info@vmpass.eu.

VM PASS

vmpass.eu

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June 27, 2014

[Eurodl] New Articles In EURODL – June 2014

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Fresh Articles – June 2014

Dear EURODL subscriber,

We kindly inform you that new articles have been accepted for publication, since March  2014. Please, visit them at the journal’s website.

In case you like these and previous articles, feel free to recommend them for reading to your colleagues on your social networking account by clicking at the “Share” button above the article’s title.

For your diary: EDEN Eighth Research Workshop – EDEN RW8, 27-28 October 2014, Oxford.

The Workshop titled “Challenges for Research into Open and Distance Learning – Doing Things Better – Doing Better Things” is organised in co-operation with The Open University, UK.

The Call for Contributions is open! Please, kindly note that, though the deadline is 1 September, early submissions are encouraged to support a speedy evaluation and enhance the early registration of authors.

Please, check all details about the Themes, Keynotes and Submissions at the Workshop website.

Feel free to contact us in case you have any inquiries.

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June 12, 2014

[EDEN-News] Invitation To The 4th VISIR Consultation

From Tuesday’s inbox…

visir

Understand, network, mainstream
ICT for learning in Europe

Dear Colleagues,

the VISIR – “VIsion, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality for all“ project has arrived to its fourth phase of online consultations, targeting the professional community of open, distance and e-learning, ICT enhanced education and learning innovation. The strategic initiative of seven European open-distance and e-learning networks, VISIR aims to develop a shared vision on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality. It has produced by now three most interesting reports which reflected the stakeholders’ views and suggestions, based on real-life scenarios and insights.

Whilst getting closer to the formulation of key messages for the stakeholders of ICT enhanced learning innovation, we invite your opinion to finalise the strategic recommendations.

consultation

After exploratory investigations of the previous consultations about (i) the relevant factors of change, (ii) the contribution of ICT to the key policy objectives in learning and (iii) drivers, bottlenecks and barriers of the innovative efforts, now the question in focus is: What actions should be taken to boost and scale e-learning Micro Innovation Europe?

The division of tasks and responsibilities amongst the various levels of governance may be different country by country, region by region and even differences exist amongst institutions in the same sphere.

Tell us please how do you see:

What should policy do to boost and scale e-learning Micro Innovation Europe? What could be the relevant role of the European Commission, the national governments in terms of concrete actions?

What should leaders in education institutions do to improve the situation? Is this mainly a management question, an institutional strategy issue, maybe a financial resource distribution matter?

And what about the grassroots innovators themselves? Inspiration and hard work with creative elements may not be sufficient: advocating, promoting and advertising the results leverage on their learners for scaling up innovation are also necessary activity elements so that the world knows about their innovations.

The use of ICT for learning in Europe is widespread. We largely miss in the meantime a mainstreamed meaningful use of technology in learning, its impact as a driver of change for our economies and societies. Exchange of practices across sectors and mainstreaming the innovations is not yet a reality.

A common bottom-up vision should complement the existing top-down visions present.

It will take only few minutes of your time. Please visit the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VISIR4EN and share your opinion!

visir

The Consultation is available in English and German.

More information: visir-network.eu

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MENON EDEN KULEUVEN EFMDEADL
EFQUEL ELIG eici

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June 4, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Zagreb 2014 – Last Days To Register

From yesterday’s inbox…

E-learning at                           work and the workplace

Last days to register!

Make sure to book your place in time via the Online Registration!

The EDEN 2014 Annual Conference will take place under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia. The President has accepted our invitation for the Conference Opening on the 11th June.

Appetizers from the Conference Programme:

.... Keynote Speakers

  • Blazenka Divjak, Vice Rector for Students and Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Jeff Haywood, Vice-principal, Knowledge Management at University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Andre Richier, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Belgium
  • Alan Tait, Director, International Development and Teacher Education, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Fabrizio Cardinali, SVP Global Business Development, sedApta Group, LACE Project, Workplace Learning, Italy
  • Jim Devine, DEVINE Policy | Projects | Innovation, Ireland
  • Terry Anderson, Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research (CIDER), Athabasca University, Canada
  • Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Professor of Educational Technology, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

More information…

.... Recognising Excellence: Best Research Paper Award

EDEN’s Best Research Paper Award is granted yearly during an Award Ceremony the Annual Conference Dinner. The Award is presented in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation.

More information…

.... Workshop and Session Highlights

Selection of interesting papers

  • Is the Openness a Problem in Open Workplace-Based Training?
  • Evaluating MOOCs – What is Really Happening?
  • Badging and Employability at the Open University
  • Acceptance of Digital Learning Tools in the Context of Non-Traditional Students
  • SEQUENT: Supporting QUality in e-learning European NeTworks
  • Investigating the Structure of the Open University of Brazil
  • Vocational Education and the Evolution of the Computing Disciplines
  • Is There a Correlation between ICT Integration Levels and Learning Organisation Maturity?

Workshops

  • U.S. Approach to Gainful Employment, Funding Mechanism, and International Partnerships
  • Learning Analytics for Measuring and Delivering Impact in School Education
  • Join the VM-Pass Living Lab
  • What Makes Change Happen in Education Institutions? External Pressure, Strategic Leadership and Micro-Innovation Stimulus in the Experience Collected by VISIR
  • MAJMIN International Workshop: Major Competences to Manage Minor Offenders – VET research and innovation for professionals working with minor offenders

... Synergy Programmes for sharing and collaborating

The Synergy Strand (Projects presenting within the Synergy Strand) will facilitate the sharing of project outputs and research findings, offer the participants platform to develop new ideas and plans, to create new partnerships by engaging the conference audience in highly interactive working group activities during parallel sessions. See what happens at the Synergy sessions here.

... Social Programmes

Welcome Reception and EDEN Fellow Award Ceremony

Botanical Garden

10 June, Botanical Garden, University of Zagreb

Book & Wine Party for the lovers of literature and good wines

B&W

11 June, SRCE building

Conference Dinner and the EDEN Best Research Paper Award Ceremony

RO

12 June, Restaurant Okrugljak

Sightseeing

Z

13 June, Ban Jelacic Square

More information…

... Online and Social

Conference Blog: the collaborative conference blog is open to all delegates to share their impressions and reflections of the event. See current blog posts here | See how it works here

The Conference will be supported by social networking and collaborative online presence. The conference hashtag is #eden14. You may follow conference updates via Facebook. A conference group is being set up for the delegates at the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) Members Area to be animated with the progress of registration (with conference blog, pre-conference interviews, the Book of Abstracts – all at one place).

... See details on the conference website

Contact: zagreb@eden-online.org

Conference Sponsor

You may follow conference updates via Facebook and #eden14.

If you would like to be removed from our mailing list,
simply follow the link on the bottom of this letter.

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: zagreb@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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May 28, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Zagreb 2014 – Appetizers from the Conference Programme

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E-learning at                           work and the workplace

Last days to register online!

Make sure to book your place in time via the Online Registration!

The EDEN 2014 Annual Conference will take place under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia. The President has accepted our invitation for the Conference Opening on the 11th June.

Appetisers from the Conference Programme:

Keynote speeches

E-learning and Employability Shift Focus on Learning (again) by Blazenka Divjak, Vice Rector for Students and Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia

Digital Education & Lifelong Learning by Jeff Haywood, Vice-principal, Knowledge Management at University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Filling the Gap: e-Skills for Jobs by Andre Richier, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Belgium

Interesting Work and Open Education by Alan Tait, Director, International Development and Teacher Education, The Open University, United Kingdom

Smarter Training for Smart Manufacturing Towards the 4th Industrial Revolution by Fabrizio Cardinali, SVP Global Business Development, sedApta Group, LACE Project, Workplace Learning, Italy

Challenging the Paradox of Progress: Agile Responses to Ireland’s Jobs Crisis by Jim Devine, DEVINE Policy | Projects | Innovation, Ireland

Terry Anderson, Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research (CIDER), Athabasca University, Canada

Online Distance Education – Towards a Research Agenda by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Professor of Educational Technology, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

More information…

Recognising Excellence: Best Research Paper Award

EDEN’s Best Research Paper Award is granted yearly during an Award Ceremony the Annual Conference Dinner. The Award is presented in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation.

This years’ finalists are:

Let’s Look into the Future! E-Learning Trends and Hypes in Academic Teaching
Helge Fischer, Linda Heise, Matthias Heinz, Kathrin Moebius, Thomas Kohler, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Online or Blended – Comparing Online and Blended Courses
Miki Kritz, Einat Rozner, Miri Shonfeld, Jacob Gujski, Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and Art, Israel

Badging and Employability at the Open University
Patrina Law, Leigh-Anne Perryman, Andrew Law, The Open University, United Kingdom

Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals
Corrado Petrucco, University of Padova, Italy

Distinctions between Computer Self-Efficacy of Pupils and Teachers in Elementary School
Tomislav Topolovcan, Milan Matijevic, University of Zagreb, Croati

Workshop and Session Highlights

Distance Education in Brazil: Context, trends and potential

Currently, Brazil has approximately 6 million of students enrolled in distance learning courses. Mature and growing, this professional market looks for constant improvement, and internationalization has been one of the most fruitful paths. The workshop aims a brief presentation of the main efforts in this area, and a discussion about the potential and the trends is a good way to reassure reciprocal innovations in the sector. It will include the history and trends of the Internet domain in Brazil, focusing on the education research sector and the potentials and barriers for the development of distance learning in the country, technology transfer in the education sector, an overview of the UAB and CEDERJ in Brazil, the potential of multinational higher-education projects as example of academic internationalization and cooperation. Videos about public policies in the area of distance education in Brazil will be presented.

What Makes Change Happen in Education Institutions? External Pressure, Strategic Leadership and Micro-innovation Stimulus in the Experience Collected by VISIR

In the period 2012-2014, the VISIR project has produced a long-term vision on the contribution of ICT for transforming education and training, and has validated this vision through three broad stakeholders consultations, collecting more than 7.000 opinions. The project has mapped 120 micro-innovation practices. The findings have been discussed through Exchange Seminars and mainstreaming events.

This work resulted in a set of recommendations targeted to policy makers, leaders in education institutions and practitioners. The Panel will gather experts and leaders in the field of e-learning to discuss and improve the recommendations and advise how to foster change in European education systems.

MAJMIN International Workshop: Major Competences to Manage Minor Offenders – VET research and innovation for professionals working with minor offenders

This project tackles a highly sensitive issue: tackling competence development of the professionals who deal with juvenile offenders. Within this workshop MAJMIN partners will present the main educational outcomes of the project, including the Research Report, an EQF based curriculum and technology-enhanced learning supported training course for VET training of professionals

The Medium is the Massage – Solving Challenges in the Use of Social Media

Special Reflexology Service during the Conference, providing unique combination of an intensive one-to-one consultancy in the use of social media with a relaxing foot reflexology massage. The objective is to create a trustful and relaxed atmosphere to solve the key issues in the use of social media in education and training.

Detailed Programme of the Conference.

Synergy Programmes for sharing and collaborating

The Synergy Strand (Projects presenting within the Synergy Strand) will facilitate the sharing of project outputs and research findings, offer the participants platform to develop new ideas and plans, to create new partnerships by engaging the conference audience in highly interactive working group activities during parallel sessions. See what happens at the Synergy sessions here.

Social Programmes

Welcome Reception and EDEN Fellow Award Ceremony

Botanical Garden

10 June, Botanical Garden, University of Zagreb

Book & Wine Party for the lovers of literature and good wines

B&W

11 June, Hypo Center

Conference Dinner and the EDEN Best Research Paper Award Ceremony

RO

12 June, Restaurant Okrugljak

Sightseeing

Z

13 June, Ban Jelacic Square

More information…

Online and Social

Conference Blog: the collaborative conference blog is open to all delegates to share their impressions and reflections of the event. See current blog posts here | See how it works here

The Conference will be supported by social networking and collaborative online presence. The conference hashtag is #eden14. You may follow conference updates via Facebook. A conference group is being set up for the delegates at the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) Members Area to be animated with the progress of registration (with conference blog, pre-conference interviews, the Book of Abstracts – all at one place).

See details on the conference website

Contact: zagreb@eden-online.org

Conference Sponsor

You may follow conference updates via Facebook and #eden14.

If you would like to be removed from our mailing list,
simply follow the link on the bottom of this letter.

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: zagreb@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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