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July 18, 2014

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN Newsletter – 17/07/2014

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ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN Newsletter Summer Edition

Summer is in the air in Berlin and the excitement is already building for the 20th anniversary of ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN.

In this issue, we have collated a number of our recent articles from some of this year’s ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN speakers who gave us a sneak peek into the innovative solutions and new thinking they’ll be sharing in December.

“What’s exciting at 20 years of ONLINE EDUCA – really what I’d love to see people dig into at the event – is that we either can continue to build opportunity out of what the digital world has brought us, or actually entrench power and make things worse,” says Mozilla Foundation Executive Director Mark Surman, who will be addressing the audience at OEB this year.

Alongside our array of expert speakers and interactive sessions, which explore a vast range of topics across the e-learning spectrum, this year ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN will include some special anniversary additions.

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for more OEB announcements!

Index
Learning to drive lifelong success
NVD

Organisations around the world are experiencing sweeping, rapid changes in what they do, how they do it and even why they do it.

Mastering current and future realities requires deep learning capabilities – the people who thrive and flourish in the 21st century are those who embrace new learning and who are motivated to acquire new skills and competencies.

But, as much as it’s the responsibility of the individual, organisations have a crucial role to play in up-skilling their people and nurturing new leaders.

It may not be a simple task but, according to McKinsey and Company’s Global Chief Learning Officer Dr Nick van Dam and Founder of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation, learning is a critical key for organisations to be at the cutting edge of their profession and their industry.

What do we want? Web literacy, now!
MZ

Is the web of the future a weird and wild place, chaotic and slightly frightening; or is it a happier place where strangers collaborate to teach and learn from one another? A bit of both, says the Mozilla Foundation’s Mark Surman, when he spoke to ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN writer Georgia Gilson about his glass-half-full predictions for the Internet of next year and the next decade.

Education leaders will come together for ‘ELIG Annual Conference’
ELIG

This year the ‘ELIG Annual Conference’ will take place from 18th  – 19th September in London. The overall theme, ‘Scalable Learning in Fast Changing Environments – New Partnerships & Business Models,’ will be discussed by top-level speakers such as Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor and Schumpeter Columnist at The Economist; Carl Lygo, CEO of BPP Holdings Ltd Vice-Chancellor, BPP University; Chris Dede, Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard University; Chris Husbands, Director of the Institute of Education at London University; Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive Officer at Nesta and many more.

For a sneak peek at the ELIG AC14 lineup of speakers from across the learning and education sector, click here to download the preliminary programme. To register for the conference, click here.

Think you know the e-learning tools of the trade?
CW
Are smartphones the future of e-learning? Do MOOCs live up their promise? Should teachers upload YouTube videos longer than six minutes? If you answered ‘no’ to all of these questions, perhaps you’re already acquainted with the writing of e-learning industry expert Craig Weiss.

At ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013, Weiss warned against creating ‘boring content,’ calling it the biggest threat to online learning’s success. He also told a packed room that personalised content – including Avatars, YouTube channels and customised widgets – would soon be coming to more learning management systems.

Find out what e-learning trends Weiss has set his sights on for his return to OEB this year.

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Big data and the Internet of (School) Things
BD
The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) with its data collection potential and promising business forecast – McKinsey Global Institute reports that the IoT business will deliver $6.2 trillion of revenue by 2025 – is generating a next big things hype.

Not just exciting for businesses, the growing inter-connectivity of people, processes and devices is helping to create a ‘smarter’ way of living with endless opportunities on the horizon. So, where are we at with its impact on education?

Social school – yes or no to social networking in the classroom
SF

This year’s SCHOOL FORUM – themed Prospects for the Future – will raise many questions about how teachers teach, how learners learn and what tools get the best results in the classroom.

One key debate will involve weighing up the pros and cons of the use of Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook in everyday school life: Should teachers and students communicate in social networks? And if so, what about?

Teachers and prospective teachers, principals and pedagogues are invited on 3rd December, 2014, for the 6th annual SCHOOL FORUM, a German pre-conference workshop for ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN, the largest international e-learning conference for the corporate, public and educational sector.

The SCHOOL FORUM promises lively discussions about current learning trends and issues, as well as practical reports on the use of a range of technical aids and conditioned content for teaching.

Future jobs: Humans need not apply
40

By 2020, connected and intelligent products are predicted to become the largest “user group” of the Internet, estimated at 24 billion devices.

These products won’t just enrich the lives of consumers; they’ll also fundamentally change the way industries are run.

Smart connected devices will increase productivity, reduce the need for outsourcing, change the way consumers interact with companies and allow for seamless supply-chain improvement.

Where to rest your head in Berlin – at a special price
InterConti zimmer

You’re deciding where to stay in Berlin during ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN in December? Where better to engage in the conference as well as exploring the buzzing, exciting atmosphere of the German capital, than the Hotel InterContinental.

Between the modern architectural wonder of Potsdamer Platz, historical Kurfurstendamm and the famous Berlin Tiergarten, the Hotel Intercontinental is the prime accommodation choice for exploring the city and networking with other participants at OEB. For more information on the special Early Bird preferential rate for OEB participants, head to our website – hurry, because there is a limited number of rooms!

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July 15, 2014

[EDEN-News] Eighth EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8), Oxford 2014 – Call for Contributions

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E-learning at work and the workplace

Call for Contributions

EDEN and The Open University, UK are pleased to invite all interested researchers, scholars, PhD students and professionals to the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) to be held in Oxford, on 27-28 October 2014 (‘zero day’ 26 October).

The focus of the event is on quality research discussed in unusual workshop setting with informal and intimate surroundings. The session formats will promote collaboration opportunities, including: parallel ‘research-speed-dating’ papers, team symposia sessions, workshops and demonstrations.

Oxford Debate

Within the theme strand with a focus on ‘open’, there will be an event held as an “Oxford styled debate” on the uptake and impact of OER, with the participation of the ICDE UNESCO chairs.

Keynote Speakers


Sian Bayne

Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, UK


Cristobal Cobo

Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK


Pierre Dillenbourg

CHILI Lab, EPFL Center for Digital Education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland


Allison Littlejohn

Director, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Chair in Learning Technology, UK


Philipp Schmidt

Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University / MIT Media Lab fellow, USA


Willem van Valkenburg

Coordinator Delft Open Education Team, Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands

Call for contributions

Submissions that relate to the Workshop Scope and one or more of the Workshop Themes are welcome in papers, workshops/symposia, posters and demonstrations.

The selected best papers will be invited to be published in a joint special issue of European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) and Open Learning.

Submissions will be double peer reviewed by the Conference Committee. Accepted contributions will be published in the online Conference Proceedings with ISBN and their summary in the printed Book of Abstracts.

Find out more: Call for Contributions | Submission Guidelines | Invitation on Slideshare | Online submission form

Submission Deadline: 1st of September 2014.

Social Events

The Welcome Reception will take place on 26 October in the Sheldonian Theatre, one of the architectural jewels of Oxford. This event helps you to set the mood for EDENRW8. The EDEN Fellow Award will be presented at this occasion.

EDEN Fellows Walk and Talk: Before the Welcome, a number of Fellows will walk on the hotel gardens or in another Oxford location and discuss digital education futures.

The Conference Dinner on 27 October will be organised in the Cardinal Restaurant of the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel. The EDEN Best Research Paper Award will be presented at the event.

Follow conference updates via the EDEN Website and on Twitter.

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: research-oxford@eden-online.org
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July 3, 2014

[CNIE-L] EDEN Newsflash – Special Issue 2, June 2014

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June, 2014

EDEN Conference News

Call for Contributions: 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8)
27-28 October 2014, Oxford

Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning:
Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things

EDEN and the Open University invite you to the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) to be held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014 (‘zero day’ 26 October).

The session formats will promote collaboration opportunities, including: Parallel ‘Research-speed-dating’ papers, team symposia sessions, workshops and demonstrations.

Find out more on the details: Invitation| Workshop Scope | Workshop Themes |
Call for Contributions
| Submission Guidelines | Online submission form

Submission deadline: 1 September

Submissions will be double peer reviewed by the Conference Committee. Accepted contributions will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISBN and their summary in the printed Book of Abstracts. The selected best papers will be invited to be published in a joint special issue of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) and Open Learning.

Keynotes Speakers

  • Sian Bayne, Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK
  • Pierre Dillenbourg, CHILI Lab, EPFL Center for Digital Education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Allison Littlejohn, Director, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Chair in Learning Technology, UK
  • Philipp Schmidt, Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University / MIT Media Lab fellow, USA
  • Willem van Valkenburg, Coordinator Delft Open Education Team, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
In collaboration with

founding member of EDEN

Reflections: the 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb

We thank the keynotes, the speakers and all delegates for joining the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference, for their inputs and contribution to the achievements and nice atmosphere of the event. The Conference gathered 320 delegates from 40 countries, with over 170 presentations with rich content and networking.

This year’s EDEN Fellow Awards were announced at the Welcome Reception. The Award in 2014 goes to:

  • Sandra Kucina, University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre, Croatia
  • Ebba Ossianilsson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Marci Powell, Polycom, USA

Best Research Paper Award:

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

Beyond more information including the list of the finalists, the winner paper as well as previous years’ Best Research Papers are available from our Publications’ site.

Online resources:

Keynotes’ presentations | Opening speech by the President of Croatia

Book of Abstracts: EDEN website (download) | issuu.com (online)

Photo Album | The Conference Group | Facebook event| #eden14 | The conference through your peers’ lense

We thank the University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre – SRCE for their excellent collaboration.

In collaboration with

EDEN Fellows in 2014

BRPA Ceremony

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June 30, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Newsflash – Special Issue 2, June 2014

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June, 2014

EDEN Conference News

Call for Contributions: 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8)
27-28 October 2014, Oxford

Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning:
Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things

EDEN and the Open University invite you to the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) to be held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014 (‘zero day’ 26 October).

The session formats will promote collaboration opportunities, including: Parallel ‘Research-speed-dating’ papers, team symposia sessions, workshops and demonstrations.

Find out more on the details: Invitation| Workshop Scope | Workshop Themes |
Call for Contributions
| Submission Guidelines | Online submission form

Submission deadline: 1 September

Submissions will be double peer reviewed by the Conference Committee. Accepted contributions will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISBN and their summary in the printed Book of Abstracts. The selected best papers will be invited to be published in a joint special issue of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) and Open Learning.

Keynotes Speakers

  • Sian Bayne, Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK
  • Pierre Dillenbourg, CHILI Lab, EPFL Center for Digital Education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Allison Littlejohn, Director, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Chair in Learning Technology, UK
  • Philipp Schmidt, Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University / MIT Media Lab fellow, USA
  • Willem van Valkenburg, Coordinator Delft Open Education Team, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

In collaboration with

founding member of EDEN

Reflections: the 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb

We thank the keynotes, the speakers and all delegates for joining the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference, for their inputs and contribution to the achievements and nice atmosphere of the event. The Conference gathered 320 delegates from 40 countries, with over 170 presentations with rich content and networking.

This year’s EDEN Fellow Awards were announced at the Welcome Reception. The Award in 2014 goes to:

  • Sandra Kucina, University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre, Croatia
  • Ebba Ossianilsson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Marci Powell, Polycom, USA

Best Research Paper Award:

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

Beyond more information including the list of the finalists, the winner paper as well as previous years’ Best Research Papers are available from our Publications’ site.

Online resources:

Keynotes’ presentations | Opening speech by the President of Croatia

Book of Abstracts: EDEN website (download) | issuu.com (online)

Photo Album | The Conference Group | Facebook event| #eden14 | The conference through your peers’ lense

We thank the University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre – SRCE for their excellent collaboration.

In collaboration with

Uni Zagreb

SRCE

EDEN Fellows in 2014

BRPA Ceremony

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June 28, 2014

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

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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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