23 février 2013

IADIS International Conference: Mobile Learning 2013: Free as Birds Learning in the Cloud

HomeLisbon, Portugal. The IADIS Mobile Learning 2013 International Conference seeks to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of mobile learning research which illustrate developments in the field.
Mobile learning is concerned with a society on the move. In particular, with the study of “…how the mobility of learners augmented by personal and public technology can contribute to the process of gaining new knowledge, skills and experience” (Sharples et al. 2007).
A growing understanding of the learning and instructional affordances of mobile technologies (alongside technological developments), have enabled the design and investigation of mobile learning experiences across contexts and dimensions of mobile learning. For instance, the literature in the field is rich in studies which investigate how learners move physical locations, utilising several devices/technologies, interacting with various social networks (perhaps across formal and informal learning settings), as they pursuit a learning path or event.
There is much appreciation of learning principles, such as contextual, situated, augmented and collaborative among others, particularly suited to mobile learning. There is a well of studies reporting on how these principles can be best applied in the field. There are also always new technologies being implemented in the context of mobile learning for example, ‘smarter’ phones, e-readers, tablet and augmented reality applications. However, the evaluation of mobile learning is an area that has lagged behind.
The mobile nature of mobile learners and the application of traditional evaluation strategies and tools, have often limited the scope of investigation to what can be observed by researchers or captured by external recording devices (such as video or sound). Thus, a challenge remains to understand what happens while learners are on the move.
The advent of cloud computing and learning analytics offer potential for exploring innovative mobile learning experiences and alternative evaluation strategies which may in turn, shade light into what learning happens in the move.

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XII Congreso Internacional EXPOELEARNING 2013

XII Congreso Internacional EXPOELEARNING 2013EXPOELEARNING es un Congreso y Exposición que permite estar al día sobre la planificación, diseño, dirección y la implementación del e-learning y RRHH.
EXPOELEARNING tendrá su Congreso central, con dos días de conferencias en los que intervendrán expertos en e-learning, representantes de la Aministración Pública y empreas, que presentarán iniciativas en e-learning con gran proyección internacional.
El XII Congreso Internacional de EXPOELEARNING contará este año con un programa de actividades renovado, con mesas de debate de alto nivel didáctico en el que se debatirá sobre diferentes implantaciones y visiones de e-learning y RRHH 2.0.
Bajo la temática central de "SOCIAL LEARNING", el miércoles 13 hemos estructurado mesas de debate en la que participarán reconocidos expertos, representantes de la Administración Pública y empresas, en las que se aportará una reflexión fresca, actual y experiencias concretas sobre las siguientes temáticas:
§   Tendencias en Social Learning: Contenidos abiertos, Gamificación y MOOCs
§   Content Curators: La reconversión de los formadores internos
§   Formación por competencias, experiencial y situada:  Aprender haciendo y Comunidades de práctica
§   Aprendizaje informal y PLEs para todos
El bloque de la mañana del jueves 14 estará dedicado a #CONVERSACIONES20 en el que se conversará, bajo un formato de mesas de debate, sobre la nuevas formas de gestión del talento y herramientas para nuevas organizaciones 2.0

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Filling the gaps: e-skills and education for digital jobs

HomeOn the occasion of the European conference "Filling the gaps: e-Skills and Education for Digital Jobs", the Commission is planning the launch of a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.
This European high level Conference will be hosted by:
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe
Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship
Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Laszlo Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is an EU wide multi-stakeholder partnership seeking to address the shortfall in the number of professionals with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills that are highly demanded by the industry. The goal is to increase the supply of ICT professionals by 2015, so as to ensure a sufficient number of them in Europe by 2020. In order to achieve this, the European Commission is offering to forces with industry associations and is inviting Member States, regions and concerned stakeholders (from industry, education, public employment services, various national platforms and others) to engage in this partnership.
The Grand Coalition mandate is expected to run from 2013 – 2015 with a review foreseen at the end of this term. The Grand Coalition shall pursue the developments made in recent years in the context of the e-skills strategy and give life to the Commission's announcement of the creation of multi-stakeholder partnership in the Employment Package of April 2012 to tackle the linked issues of a lack of ICT skills and several thousands of unfilled ICT employment vacancies in Europe.
The Conference will mark an important milestone on the promotion of multi-stakeholder partnerships on ICT skills and jobs with the official launch of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. In addition, commitments of actions and pledges from stakeholders and a shared roadmap will be presented.
Top-level participation, by invitation only, is expected at this high profile event.

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17th Meeting of the EDUC Commission

17th Meeting of the EDUC CommissionThe chair, Mr Anton Rombouts, invites you to attend the commission's 17th meeting, to be held at the Committee building, 101 rue Belliard/Belliardstraat, 1040 Bruxelles/Brussel (room JDE 52) on Monday 25 February 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Website: http://cor.europa.eu/en/activities/commissions/educ/work-in-progress/.
10.30 a.m.–11 a.m. The political coordinators' meeting will be held in camera (room JDE 70).
The draft agenda is as follows:
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
1. Adoption of the draft agenda (CDR2382-2012_00_01_TRA_CONV-POJ)
2. Approval of the minutes of the 16th meeting (CDR2381-2012_00_00_TRA_PV), held on 22 November 2012 in Brussels
3. Statement by the chair
4. Organisation of future work
For decision:
- Appointment of rapporteurs
- Renunciations: Decisions not to issue an opinion
- Proposals for own-initiative opinions
For information:
- Ongoing work programme (CDR1674-2012_00_02_TRA_TCD)
- Follow-up of opinions (CDR244-2013_00_00_TRA_TCD)
- EDUC work programme for 2013 (CdR 2144/2012 rev. 1)
5. Opinion on Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe
COM(2012) 529 final
EDUC-V-026 – CDR1673-2012_00_01_TRA_PA
Rapporteur: Gábor Bihary (HU/PES)
- Presentation of the draft opinion by the rapporteur
- Statement by a representative of the European Commission (tbc)
- First discussion and adoption of the draft opinion
- Adoption foreseen for the plenary session of 11-12 April 2013
6. Opinion on Enhancing and Focusing International Cooperation in Research and Innovation
COM(2012) 497 final
EDUC-V-027 – CDR2076-2012_00_01_TRA_PA
Rapporteur: Paolo Valentini Puccitelli (IT/EPP)
- Presentation of the draft opinion by the rapporteur
- Statement by a representative of the European Commission (tbc)
- First discussion and adoption of the draft opinion
- Adoption foreseen for the plenary session of 11-12 April 2013
7. Opinion on Cultural and Creative Sectors for Growth and Jobs
COM(2012) 537 final
EDUC-V-029 – CDR2391-2012_00_00_TRA_PA
Rapporteur: Anton Rombouts (NL/EPP)
- Presentation of the draft opinion by the rapporteur
- Statement by Ms Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for "Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU"
- Statement by a representative of the European Commission (tbc)
- First discussion and adoption of the draft opinion
- Adoption foreseen for the plenary session of 30-31 May 2013
1–2.30 p.m.: Lunch buffet reception, hosted by EDUC chair Mr Anton Rombouts
2.30–4 p.m.
8. Opinion on Rethinking Education
COM(2012) 669 final
EDUC-V-030 – CDR2392-2012_00_00_TRA_PA
Rapporteur: Fiona O'Loughlin (IE/ALDE)
- Presentation of the draft opinion by the rapporteur
- Statement by a representative of the European Commission (tbc)
- First discussion and adoption of the draft opinion
- Adoption foreseen for the plenary session of 11-12 April 2013
9. Opinion on Closing the Innovation Divide
EDUC-V-031 – CDR2414-2012_00_00_TRA_DT
Rapporteur: Markku Markkula (FI/EPP)
- Presentation of the working document by the rapporteur
- Statement by a representative of the Council of the EU (tbc)
- First discussion and adoption of the draft opinion by EDUC on 25 April 2013
- Adoption foreseen for the plenary session of 30-31 May 2013
10. CoR conference "An agenda for new skills and jobs" (28 February-1 March 2013, Dublin). Preparation of the second CoR conference on the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives
- Presentation of preliminary findings of the Europe2020 platform survey
- Discussion
11. Any other business
Confirmation of the date of the next meeting: 25-26 April 2013 in Espoo, Finland.
Interpreting: 15/13 BG/DA/DE/ET/EL/EN/FR/IT/LT/HU/NL/PL/SK/FI/SV
(participants may speak in their own language) – to be confirmed
(participants may listen in) – to be confirmed
Amendments must be submitted through the online tool for tabling amendments (available on the Members' Portal: http://cor.europa.eu/members) no later than midnight (Brussels time) on Wednesday 13 February 2013.
N.B.: Only members of this commission and alternates appointed to attend the meeting will be entitled to travel and subsistence payments.
Members are asked to use the online system for delegation of presence and voting rights in order to confirm their presence at the meeting or to notify the secretariat of any delegation of presence to another member or alternate under Rule 5(2) of the Rules of Procedure. The online system is accessible through the Members' Portal on the CoR main website. The deadline for submitting a delegation of presence is at midnight on 24 February 2013 (midnight before the meeting).
The Helpdesk (+32-2-546-9697; email: helpdesk@cor.europa.eu) is at your disposal to provide you with any assistance you may need.
Observers wishing to attend the meeting are asked to confirm their presence by sending an email to the commission secretariat at the following email address: educ@cor.europa.eu.

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Online EDUCA Berlin 2013: Call for Proposals now open

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013: Call for Proposals now openWhat role does technology play in promoting creativity and innovation? How is the world of learning changing, and how can technology help us change the world? Proposals are now being accepted for this year's Online Educa Berlin 2013, which will focus on these questions.
Proposals are being accepted
from now until June 3 for Online Educa Berlin 2013, to be held December 4-6 in Berlin. This year's event will encompass:
Creativity and Engagement

Work and ‘Life-Wide’ Learning

Global Learning Redefining
Formal Learning
Modern Problems: Smart Solutions

Learning Analytics

Chief Learning Officers, HR professionals, learning and talent development leaders are encouraged to send in their proposals, with practical strategies and solutions for the Business Educa's conference's themes. Video Educa is also accepting proposals, which should exemplify uses for video within education. Detailed information can be found at Online Educa's website.

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Outside the Classroom: eLearning Papers Special Edition 2013 published!

Outside the Classroom: eLearning Papers Special Edition 2013 published!We are proud to present the 4th Special Edition of eLearning Papers. This special edition puts the spotlight on last year’s highlighted papers selected by the editorial board according to the quality of the articles, and also taking into account the feedback from our readers.
As the integration of digital media and technology in education is a policy priority throughout Europe, this special issue brings together five articles that discuss the onging transformation in schools and institutions as well as the evolution towards Open Educational practices.
Innovating Teaching and Learning Practices: Key Elements for Developing Creative Classrooms in Europe an article by Stefania Bocconi, Panagiotis Kampylis and Yves Punie looks at how to innovate teaching and learning practices.
The Ageing Brain: Neuroplasticity and LifeLong Learning by Eleonora Guglielman examines the increasingly important role of adult education in comparison to the low participation observed in training activities. Read more...

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Africa’s Learning Landscape in 2013

Africa’s Learning Landscape in 2013How are new technologies changing the African learning landscape? Weigh in by taking a few minutes to complete the The eLearning Africa 2013 Survey. Participants who do so before February 20th, have a chance of winning a tablet computer. You can fill in the survey here, or email elareport@icwe.info.
This extensivepan-African survey will provide the basis for the eLearning Africa 2013 Report, to be presented at the eLearning Africa 2013 conference in Windhoek, Namibia, May 29-31, 2013. All those involved with learning technologies in Africa are encouraged to take part. The objective is to explore the development of locally-produced digital content, examine the challenges and opportunities that are shaping Africa's eLearning sector, and analyse the integration of learning technologies in Africa.
Last year's report considered the constraining effect that lack of bandwidth has on African eLearning, the importance of government as an agent of change, and the use of ICT to improve the quality of teaching. A free copy is available for download here. Read more...

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National student fee and support systems

National student fee and support systems 2011/2012
This new Eurydice report provides a detailed overview of the national public fee and support systems in place across European countries. The report contains key points which enable readers to have a good overall understanding of the topic while the national diagrams aim to show the main characteristics of each system. Download the report National student fee and support systems.

Approximately 70% of students pay fees
Approximately 30% of students receive social grants

- The amount of fees per year fixed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research is EUR 177 in the first cycle (L1, L2, L3) and EUR 245 in the second cycle (M1, M2). However, a number of universities have decided to add associated costs related to specific services (e.g. for diplomas related to continuing learning and training). In some public universities, the tuition fees can reach more than EUR 2 000/year.
- Fees in the grandes écoles and Engineering Schools vary, but the most common amount is EUR 584 per year. However, tuition fees in some of them reach up to EUR 13 500/year, depending on family income.
- Students who receive a grant (approximately 30% of the student population) are exempted from fees.
- Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need to students that are less than 28 years of age.
- The amount awarded for the need-based grant depends on the assessment of social criteria, and varies between EUR 1 606 and 4 600 per year. The merit-based grant ranges from EUR 1 800 to 6 102.
- Loans are also available, with a maximum amount of EUR 15 000, but less than 0.1% of university students take out such a loan.
- Parents are eligible for tax relief if students are financially dependent on them and are less than 25 years old. The amount of tax relief is proportional to the amount of taxable income of the household.
- Family allowances are paid for two or more dependent children that are under 20 years old. The minimum amount is EUR 127 per month and increases with the number of eligible children. An additional amount of EUR 63 per month is paid for every child that is aged 16-20 years.
Report reveals wide fluctuations in cost of higher education and support for students

The cost of higher education for students varies dramatically in Europe, according to a new report issued by the European Commission today. Tuition fees are highest in England, where students pay up to £9 000 (around €11 500) per academic year, while nine countries (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Malta, Norway, UK (Scotland) and Sweden) do not charge fees in most cases. The Nordic countries tend to be the most generous, although Finland and Sweden recently joined Denmark in introducing fees for international students. All countries, except Iceland and Norway, now charge non-European students.
Many of the non-charging countries, such as Austria, UK (Scotland) and the Nordic countries, also provide generous student support such as maintenance grants and loans (see Highlights of the report). This information on tuition fees and support is now readily available online for students who want to compare the cost of their education in different European countries.
"I hope the fact that it is now easier for students to compare the cost of education in different countries will lead to increased student mobility and allow students to choose the course that is best for them"
said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. "This report is both timely and important: it reminds us that modernised education and training is the bedrock of long-term prosperity for Europe and key for overcoming our economic difficulties."
The report highlights that major differences also exist with regard to student support, which is generous in Germany, the Nordic countries and the UK, while students in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania receive only limited financial support. There are also significant differences as to who is entitled to support: subsidies can be distributed on a needs-only basis or be readily available to all. Family allowances and tax benefits to parents of students are a significant element of the overall package of student support in around half of the countries.
Highlights of the report
Highest Fees

The highest fees are charged in the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Until 2012 they were set at £3 375 per year for bachelors' courses. As of September 2012, this level increased in England to a new basic tuition fee of £6 000 and a maximum of £9 000. Students in England receive a loan to pay the fees and do not have to re-pay this until they are in relatively well-paid employment. In Wales, however, the additional cost of tuition fees for Welsh domiciled students will be met by the Welsh government, even if they study outside Wales. Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, fees will rise only in line with inflation at £3 465 in 2012/13.
No Fees

At the other end of the scale, there are 9 countries where students (not including international students from outside the EU/EEA) are not charged fees. They are Austria, Cyprus (bachelors' level), Denmark (though part-time students are charged), Finland, Greece and Malta (bachelors' level), Norway, UK (Scotland) (bachelors' level) and Sweden.
In Germany, for the new academic year 2012/13, two Länder (Bavaria, and Lower Saxony) charge fees, while the other 14 do not.
Proportion of fee payers

The proportion of students who pay fees in each country ranges considerably. In a number of countries all students pay fees, and this is the case in Belgium (Flemish Community), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Turkey. In seven countries (Belgium's French Community, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania) a majority pay fees. In four countries (Croatia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia), a minority pay fees, and finally there are the 9 countries mentioned above where, apart from the exceptions mentioned, students do not pay.
International student fees

For students coming from outside the European Union, fee levels tend to be higher. They are generally set by higher education institutions themselves, although in some countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Romania) there are central-level regulations governing fee levels.
In 6 countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein and Norway) students from outside the European Union are treated in the same way regarding fees as those from within the European Union.
Differences in fees between cycles

Fees levels tend to be higher for Masters' level (second cycle) than for bachelors' level (first cycle), and fees are also charged to more students in the second cycle. In Greece, Cyprus, Malta and UK (Scotland), fees are charged in the second cycle but not in the first, while higher levels of fees are typically charged at Masters' level in Ireland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Student support takes different forms and aims to meet different needs from country to country. However, the most common forms of support are grants and loans, which sometimes operate in conjunction (where the student receives loans and grants) and sometimes separately (student receives either a loan or a grant).
All countries, with the exception of Iceland and Turkey, provide some types of grant to at least some students. In Turkey there are fee reductions for some students, but no grants. There is a wide range of situations in other countries regarding the likelihood of receiving a grant.
In Denmark, Cyprus and Malta all students receive grants. In Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) the majority of students receive grants.
In the vast majority of countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, UK (Scotland), Slovakia, Spain) only a minority of students receive grants. The proportion varies from 1% of the student population in Greece to around 40% in Hungary.

While it may be theoretically possible for students to take out loans in all countries, they are considered as a main feature of student support systems if more than 5% of the student population takes out such a loan. This is the case in 16 countries: Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, the UK (all parts), Iceland, Norway and Turkey.
Other support: family allowances and tax benefits for parents of students

Student support systems may consider the student either as an individual or as a member of a family that may need support. In the Nordic countries, in particular, the student is considered as an individual, and it is the individual who receives support. However, in many other countries, support may depend on overall family circumstances, and some forms of support may be channelled to other members of the family rather than the student.
Family allowances and tax benefits play a significant role in student support in a number of countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia (tax benefits only), Greece, France, Ireland (tax benefits only), Italy (tax benefits only), Latvia (tax benefits only), Lithuania, Malta (tax benefits only), Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia (tax benefits only), Slovakia and Liechtenstein (tax benefits only).
The report is produced for the Commission by the Eurydice network, which consists of 38 national units based in the 34 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey). It is co-ordinated and managed by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. The review on student fees and support will be carried out annually from now on in order to take stock of changes.
For more information

The full report is available here.

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ETF to work closer with a key Euro-Mediterranean body

European Training FoundationMadlen Serban, director of the ETF, and Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso and Youssef Ali Abdelrahman, co-presidents of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) signed a Declaration of Intent in Brussels on 18 February 2013.
The Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) is a consultative assembly which aims at bringing a regional and local dimension to the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. It gathers 84 members from the EU and its 16 Mediterranean partners who are representatives of regions and local bodies holding a regional or local authority mandate.
ARLEM and the ETF within their respective mandates and in view of implementing their work programmes intend to promote:
- the sharing of relevant experiences and good practices in the area of multi-level governance and as regards the contribution of human capital development to cohesive territorial development in the partner countries where ETF is developing its project;
- the networking between local and regional authorities in the EU and partner countries in support to human capital development;
- the exchange of information in relation with the multi-level governance and regional and local development;
- the provision of ETF expertise for ARLEM resolutions and conclusions on aspects related to the area of human - the  participation of ARLEM in the projects related to multi-level governance initiated by the ETF.
The ETF and the ARLEM agreed to network, to regularly meet and exchange information on their work and contribute to each others activities and meetings.

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When MOOCs melt down

By Robert Talbert. Having a bad month, indeed. First it was this MOOC on “Fundamentals of Online Learning” that, ironically, had to be shut down for reasons involving the failure of online learning technology. Now it’s this course on “Microeconomics for Managers” in which the instructor, Richard McKenzie, walked away from the course.
You might argue that these two courses are the exceptions that prove the rule, since Coursera currently offers 222 courses, with more coming on the horizon and only two have melted down (at least publicly). Udacity did have a similar situation a while back, when a logic and discrete math course was cancelled before it began, due to “lack of quality”. Udacity does offer far fewer courses than Coursera at the moment, which makes this one “failure” stand out.
It raises the question – just how much thought is given to instructional design issues when MOOCs are drawn up? And a related question – how much peer review is given to MOOCs, and their professors, before they go public? Read more...

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