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July 6, 2020

ECER 2011 – Student Views On Turkish Open High School

I was searching for something the other day and I came across this item that I know I haven’t added to this blog before (even though it is quite old).

Pelin Taşkın(presenting / submitting) Saadet Kuru Cetin(presenting)
Conference:
ECER 2011
Network:
6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Format:
Paper

Session Information

06 SES 13, Open and Distance Education

Paper Session

Time:
2011-09-16
10:30-12:00
Room:
L 24/27,1 FL., 46
Chair:
Mart Laanpere

Contribution

 

 

STUDENT VIEWS ON TURKISH OPEN HIGH SCHOOL

One of the dimensions of distance education, which has a variety of names defined by different authors (Karen at all 2009; Reid at all 2009; Alston, and Kent, 2008; Huett at all, 2008; Özerbaş, 1998; Sujatha 2002,etc.), in literature such as open learning, open teaching, non-traditional education, distance learning, distance teaching, correspondence education, virtual high school, independent study, home study and etc. is open high school which is examined in this paper. The main reasons of the students to enroll open high school are the willingness to complete secondary education, to attend university, to increase their knowledge, and also to have statute and to have important social roles in the society (Adıyaman, 1997). By its nature open high school should be linked with educational media. In this respect, it was constituted by the Ministry of Education, General Directorate of Education Technologies, which was already designing and producing educational media then (Uluğ, 1994). The aims of Turkish open high school, which are identified in the fifth article of the regulation of open high school, are (1) to provide the opportunity of education in different fields to those who graduate from elementary education however can not continue to secondary education and quit/graduate from the secondary education and who quit/graduate from universities, (2) to contribute the equality of opportunity in the level of secondary education and to raise and reinforce the level of culture of Turkish society, and (3) to equip the students for life and university education through the usage of high-tech mass communication tools and new technologies, which is high level reviewed in this paper.  In this regard the reasons of the students to enroll to open high school, the quality of the services provided, views of the students about the applications, legal basis of open high school, and problems which occur in the praxis are discussed.

Method

10 young male and 10 young female open school students were interviewed through eight open-ended interview questions about the reasons of enrolling to open high school, the quality of the applications of open high school and the services provided and problems which occur in the praxis. Opinions of the students have been analyzed through content analysis, a qualitative research method. The main purpose in content analysis is to attain concepts and connections, which can serve the purpose of explaining the collected data. As a consequence verbal data is transformed into quantitative data (Coffey and Atkinson, 1996; Glesne, 1999, Yıldırım and Şimşek 2000). Initially, the categories of analysis are identified in content analysis (Coffey and Atkinson, 1996; Yıldırım and Şimşek, 2000). While analyzing students’ answers, categories are being identified.

Expected Outcomes

It is widely accepted that new information and communication technology application in education provides immense boost for open high school. In Turkey, some of the population under 25 has disabilities to access the educational opportunities, open high school presents a good alternative for these students. The other researches concerned with open high school (Alston, and Kent, 2008; Huett at all, 2008; Özerbaş, 1998) and the views of the participants who were interviewed in this research pointed out the importance of the long distance education for those who can not access formal education because of various reasons. Compared to the statistics of 2010 it has been realized that the number of female students of open high school has increased in 2011 and has become nearly equal to the number of male students. The number of enrolled student increased from 44.000 to 543.155 between the years 1992 to 2011.

References

Açık Eğitim (2010). Açık Eğitim Çizelgesi, Ocak-Agustos 2008-2010. Ankara. Adıyaman, Z. (1997). A Study of Drop-out at Open High School: Reasons and Recommendations, The Graduate School of Social Sciences of Middle East Technical University, (Unpublished Master Thesis), Ankara, Turkey. Alston, M. and Kent, J. (2008). Education for Isolated Children: Challenging Gendered and Structural Assumptions. Australian Journal of Social. Spring.(43):3. Briggs, A. R. J. And Coleman, M. (2007). Research Methods In Educational Leadership and Management.(2nd ed.). London: Sage. Huett, J.; Moller, L.; Foshay, W. R. And Coleman, C. (2008). The Evolution of Distance Education: Implications for Instructional Design on the Potential of the Web, TechTrends, September/October, (52):5, Number 5 Coffey, A. And Atkinson, P. (1996). Making Sense of Qualitative Data. London: Sage. Glesne, C. (1999). Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An introduction (2nd ed.). Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: Longman MEB.(2001) Açıkögretim Lisesi 2000–2001 Öğretim Yılı İstatistiksel Verileri, Millî Eğitim Bakanlığı Eğitim Teknolojileri Genel Müdürlüğü, Ankara, Türkiye. Özerbaş, M. A. (1998). AÖL Ders Programlarına İlişkin Öğrenci Görüşleri: Erzurum il Örneği, Uzaktan Eğitim Vakfı Yayınları, Ankara, Türkiye, yayınlanmıştır.) Özdemir, S. (2010). An Examination of The Educational Programs Held For Juvenile Deliquentsn In Turkey. Education, Spring, (130): 3. Reid, K.M.; Aqui Y. and Putney L. G. (2009). Evaluation of an Evolving Virtual High School Educational Media International. December, (46):4, 281–294. Sujatha K. (2002). Distance Education At Secondary Level in India: The National Open School, UNESCO, Working document, International Institute for Educational Planning, http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001262/126210e.pdf. Access Date: 03. 01.2010 Uluğ, F.(1994). Distance Education in Turkish Secondary System, Educational Technology Research and Development, Vol. 42, Number: 4, pp. 116-119, 1994, USA. Yıldırım A., and H. Şimşek. 2000. Sosyal bilimlerde Nitel Araştırma Yöntemleri. Ankara: Seçkin Yayıncılık.

Author Information

Pelin Taşkın (presenting / submitting)
Ankara University
Faculty of Educational Sciences
Ankara
Saadet Kuru Cetin (presenting)
Ankara University
Faculty of Educational Sciences
Ankara

June 21, 2020

MicroHE Final Conference – 23 June 2020 – Joining Instructions

Updates from this European conference.

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for registering for the MicroHE Final Conference on 23 June, an event embedded in the 2020 EDEN Virtual Annual Conference on 22-24 June, hosted by the Politehnica University, Timisoara, Romania. Registration for the MicroHE Final Conference was free. Please note, that the number of this special registration will be limited, and this registration only gives access to the MicroHE sessions.

After the plenary session the MicroHE strand will be continued in workshop form in 3 Sessions. All 3 Sessions will take place in the e-meeting platform Zoom, accessible on the same link below. If you are not familiar with Zoom, please make sure you connect 15 minutes prior to the event. Also you can test your settings via this weblink.
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You can also follow the MicroHE strand through our YouTube channel.
Watch live on YouTube
The MicroHE Conference keynote address of
Anthony Camilleri: Micro-Credentials in the Future European Policy Landscape.
h 10:30-11:00

After the plenary session the MicroHE strand will be continued in workshop form in 3 Sessions:

SESSION A: h 11:30-13:00

Impact of micro-credentials on new learner paradigms

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SESSION B: h 14:00-15:30

Technology powering the future of micro-credentials

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SESSION C: h 16:00-17:30

Impacts of Micro-Credentials on Institutional Processes

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June 19, 2020

EDEN 2020 – Welcome From The President

An update from this European conference.

EDEN 2020 – Welcome from the President

The Future of Education after the Pandemic –
How Can Artificial Intelligence Make It more Efficient

Sandra Kučina Softic, EDEN President 
The 29th EDEN Annual Conference is quickly approaching. For the EDEN association and its members, this is the biggest and most important event of the year. The Annual Conference is held each year in June, and every one of us looks forward to it: meeting friends and colleagues, sharing experiences and knowledge, and getting some new ideas to take back to the workplace. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Conference will be held fully online, and albeit completely virtual, I am certain that this will not make the conference any less good or interesting – or any less of a place to network – than a face to face event. It has been a challenge to move such a big conference online through the last months, but challenges are here to make us better, providing us with opportunities to be innovative and to act and advance with determination.

Hosted by the Politehnica University Timisoara, this year’s EDEN Annual Conference will focus on a very important and current topic: Human and artificial intelligence for the society of the future. As a result of the pandemic, educators have had to adopt new technologies and to use more tools powered by advanced artificial intelligence. The lockdowns and the forced move to online teaching and learning have changed the role of physical space in education and has put more pressure on teachers to design new learning environments that are flexible, adaptable, and suitable for a multitude of different users at the same time. We recognise the need of the education community, and this will be evident during the three days of five parallel sessions with distinguished keynotes at the EDEN Annual Conference. The conference will offer something for everyone, and I am sure you will find interesting and relevant information and will enjoy engaging with others in discussions on the many topics presented at the conference. In addition, let us not forget the social programmes provided by our host, which will make you feel as if you are in Timisoara in person at the moment!

For the last three, four months we have all become much more aware of uncertainty and the impossibility to control the events impacting our lives. We are slowly recovering from the pandemic, from the lockdown, from working, teaching and learning from home, from not being able to meet friends… Such situations and changes affect us all, and it is not easy to adapt to new situations. However, what has been the most memorable part of these challenging times has been the support of and collaboration with friends and colleagues, as well as people whom we do not know personally. One example of this was the EDEN initiative education in time of pandemic – webinars #onlinetogether, which started at the end of March,  through eleven weeks addressing timely and relevant topics related to the day-to-day challenges teachers and educators have been facing and continue to face during the pandemic. Eleven webinars with 35 speakers and moderators – experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning – gathered more than 3500 participants from all over the world. This initiative confirmed the need for collaboration, for sharing and networking within the education community. This is why EDEN plans continuation of this initiative for the autumn, further focusing on the issues confronting education in the time after pandemic.

Challenges, brought to all of us by the pandemic, have forced us to move from our safe comfort zones into the unknown. Things we have been talking about for ten or twenty years have suddenly become possible and are swiftly pushing teachers, students, and educational institutions into the digital era, regardless of their interest, skills or level of education. Although a situation that has been forced upon us, the pandemic also offers an opportunity to take up the challenge. Let us take advantage of it and jointly find ways for making education and our lives better! Join us next week for the EDEN Annual Conference – be a part of our community, share and collaborate, contribute and make a difference.

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June 13, 2020

EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference: Detailed Programme Available!

The full program for this virtual conference from our colleagues in Europe.

Human and Artificial Intelligence
for the Society of the Future

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EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference: Detailed programme available!

Dear EDEN Members, Partners, Friends,

The EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference drawing close, we look forward to this unprecedented (as regards to the completely virtual platform) EDEN event on 21-24 June.

The conference will be hosted by the Politehnica University, Timisoara, Romania’s European Capital of Culture in 2021. Throughout the three conference days, nearly 50 selected scholarly papers will be presented. In addition to the 10 submitted workshops, EDEN will present conceptual sessions about the Covid-19 webinars’ experience, on leadership, strengths and opportunities of the Association. The Open University UK will feature with their 50th Anniversary session. The PhD Symposium strand is integrated in the conference programme with progress report of young scholars and discussions by senior academics. The Microcredentials in Higher Education strand on Tuesday will be introduced by Anthony F. Camilleri’s keynote presentation: ‘Micro-Credentials in the Future European Policy Landscape’. Timisoara University will provide you with some exciting social events as well (ie. a Timisoara Live Virtual Tour).

REGISTRATION

Detailed programme available!

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand, ensuring digital interactivity and cooperation on the social web. Please find the detailed programme by hitting the button below.
Detailed programme

Keynote speakers

Daniella Rus

Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); and Deputy Dean of Research for Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT. Rus’ research interests are in robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science.

Georgi Dimitrov

Deputy Head of Unit “Innovation and EIT” and Project Team leader of the “Digital Education Action Plan update” at the European Commission

Jesus G. Boticario

Full Professor (CS. and Artificial Intelligence) at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), who will give his presentation on the topic “Massive Deployment of Artificial Intelligence at Higher Education Institutions”.

Prof. Demetrios Sampson

Professor, Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus.
Demetrios Sampson is engaged in teaching and research in the field of Learning Technologies and Digital Learning since 1996. He is the co-author of 350 articles in scientific books, journals, and conferences, and the editor of 15 books, 35 special issues in academic journals and 40 international conference proceedings, with more than 6000 citations.

Martin Dougiamas

CEO, Moodle, Australia.
Martin Dougiamas is the founder and CEO of the open-source Moodle software project launched in 1999. He continues to guide and grow the enterprise with the support of 80 employees globally and two major offices in Perth, Australia and Barcelona, Spain.

Prof. Denise Whitelock

Interim Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University.
Professor Denise Whitelock is the interim Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University.  She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning and has over twenty-five years’ experience in Artificial Intelligence for designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education.

Anthony F. Camilleri

Director at Knowledge Innovation Centre, Malta.
Anthony F. Camilleri’s expertise is in Quality Assurance processes and knowledge transfer of research. Within Quality Assurance he has given training on techniques for peer-review to quality assurance agencies around Europe, and contributed to the UNIQUe and ECBCheck guidelines on quality assurance of e-learning. With respect to knowledge transfer, he has worked with several associations to better describe their research outcomes through their communication channels, included through improved and more targeted web presence, better social media handling and production of final publications, including most recently OERTest and EQUNET. He has also developed a methodology for improving impact measurement of dissemination and exploitation activities within EU projects. Mr. Camilleri was previously engaged as Quality Services Manager for EFQUEL, where he was responsible for coordination of projects linked to OER including OERTest and VMPass.
As you can see upon registration, conference fees are kept reasonably low and young scholars can apply for waived fees.
The double-blind peer reviewed papers will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISSN, discovered and linked by Google and Google Scholar, Alma (ProQuest), EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS), with further indexing via the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).

We look forward to seeing you online on 21-24 June!

REGISTRATION

Contact

Conference website: https://www.eden-online.org/2020_timisoara/

Inquiries in relation to the conference should be sent to timisoara@eden-online.org

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June 11, 2020

MicroHE Final Conference – Free Registration

Note this free online course from our European colleagues.

Dear Colleague,

The registration for the 2020 EDEN Virtual Annual Conference on 21-24 June is open, you are welcome at this long-awaited event, hosted by the Politehnica University, Timisoara, Romania. Hereby we would like to call your attention to the MicroHE Final Conference on 23 June, embedded in the large-scale conference events. Please note that registration for the MicroHE Final Conference is free. 

Registration for the MicroHE Final Conference is free. Please note, that the number of this special registration will be limited. The event is embedded in the EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference, and this registration only gives access to the MicroHE sessions.REGISTER
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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

MicroHE was built on the conviction that micro-credentialing in Higher Education can be the key to the successful transformation of universities’ service offering, attracting more learners and providing them with high quality micro-credentials that are portable, modular and stackable.
The project has already produced highly influential outputs such as the MicroHE meta-data standard, that has become an important building block of the new Europass data model, the first European issuer of blockchain-secured stackable ECTS credentials, and an ‘invitation only’ Digital Credentials Masterclass, where a selected groups of experts analysed and discussed the future development of micro-credentialing in the coming 5 to 10 years.

We are in the process of conducting a Delphi survey to forecast the impacts of continued modularisation of Higher Education on HE Institutions and examining the adequacy of European recognition instruments for micro-credentials, in particular ECTS, the diploma supplement and qualification frameworks.

While the project partnership is busy completing their mission, the overall European Policy Landscape is rapidly changing as well, echoing the MicroHE sentiments and calls for action. The new Europass, the European Commission’s recently assembled Micro-Credentials Consultation Group and the MICROBOL (Micro-credentials linked to the Bologna key commitments) project are exemplary initiatives that speak for themselves.

The MicroHE Conference keynote address of
Anthony Camilleri: Micro-Credentials in the Future European Policy Landscape.

After the plenary session the MicroHE strand will be continued in workshop form in 3 Sessions:

SESSION A

Impact of micro-credentials on new learner paradigms

MORE INFO

SESSION B

Technology powering the future of micro-credentials

MORE INFO

SESSION C

Impacts of Micro-Credentials on Institutional Processes

MORE INFO

The event is embedded in the
2020 EDEN VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Registration for the MicroHE Final Conference is free. Please note, that the number of this special registration will be limited. The event is embedded in the EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference, and this registration only gives access to the MicroHE sessions.
REGISTER
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Tuesday, 23 June 2020
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