09 novembre 2013

The e-Learning Café project of the University of Porto

http://openeducationeuropa.eu/sites/all/themes/elearning_theme/images/call_of_paper.jpgBy ligia ribeiro, Andrea Pera Vieira, Pedro Leão Ramos Ferreira Neto, Maria Pinto. The e-Learning Café project of the University of Porto: innovative learning spaces, improving students’ engagement in active and collaborative learning.
This paper reports the ongoing research project headed by the University of Porto and the research group Centre of Spatial Representation and Communication, from de R&D Centre of its Faculty of Architecture (FAUP), which aims the design and study of hybrid spatial environments.  
E-Learning Centres. Our main objective is to present and discuss the contribution of the E-Learning Café project of the U.Porto and of the successful implementation of its program, focused on learning physical spaces able to combine social interaction with diverse pedagogical and cultural activities. All these have proven to be an important relational dimension for all the people working or studying at U. Porto and an asset to foster the openness of the University to the society.

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Research challenges in informal social networked language learning communities

http://openeducationeuropa.eu/sites/all/themes/elearning_theme/images/call_of_paper.jpgBy Katerina Zourou. How does the design of social networked language learning communities have an impact on the way evidence based research is conducted? 
This paper critically examines the degree to which the design of data accessibility and data ownership impact the research activity and the challenges faced by researchers who take these communities as object of analysis. To illustrate these challenges, I take as example web 2.0 language learning communities, the most well-known being Babbel, Busuu and Livemocha, among all possible types of informal, social network based language learning. This study illustrates the tension between on the one hand, the need for a more evidence based understanding of the under-explored field of informal social network based learning, and on the other hand, the obstacles to this scientific exercise. Finally, I discuss how this tension is situated in the current landscape of global research activity that calls for more open, transparent and participatory structures for data sharing and collaborative research.

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Issue No.34 Design for Learning Spaces and Innovative Classrooms

http://openeducationeuropa.eu/sites/all/themes/elearning_theme/images/call_of_paper.jpgDuring the last couple of decades our perception of what constitutes a good learning environment has changed. Educational institutions are facing new challenges resulting from technologically driven changes in teaching and learning, globalization of higher education and changes in the economic climate. Efficient use of facilities is becoming increasingly important as the funding mechanisms of educational institutions are becoming more results oriented. The design of spaces to support the generation of knowledge by students themselves is an important yet neglected field.
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Tapio Koskinen Secretary General - EDII Secretariat
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Transversal key competences for lifelong learning: Training teachers in competence-based education - TRANSIT

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8The project aims to have a positive impact on the development of students’ key competencies through building teachers capacity on competence-oriented education.
A pilot teachers training methodology will be developed on the didactics and e-assessment of key transversal competences, which could be adopted by interested stakeholders promoting educational change. The methods of the project are founded on a holistic view of student learning, personal and social development, going beyond subject boundaries and finding application in a wide spectrum of curriculum subjects. The TRANSIt approach aims to contribute to the development of creativity, adaptation to the rapidly changing circumstances, intercultural and multilingual competences, social development, “learning to learn” competences and an improved perception of one’s own capacity to solve problems.
Resource Links Transit Project

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Game-Based Research in Education and Action Training - GREAT

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8GREAT was a Life Long Learning project, supported by Leonardo Da Vinci EU programme, Transfer of Innovation. The project aim was to transfer innovative methodologies in learning and training, to enable trainers and teachers and training providers representatives to improve their work performance, by enhancing their creativity and innovation through game-based learning.
Traditionally, educational and training systems promote an educational paradigm focused on the trainer as the center agent of the action, and less as a facilitator/mentor of knowledge and learning experience. In this sense, game based learning includes paradigm for the future of learning and takes importance on the E&T 2020 strategy, as part of informal and non-formal learning that promotes every dimension of these activities.
Resource Links GREAT project website.

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Connect your university classes in virtual exchange

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8The UNI-Collaboration platform is aimed at supporting university educators and mobility coordinators to organise and run online intercultural exchanges for their students.
In these exchanges, students from universities in different countries collaborate together using online communication tools to carry out collaborative projects and to learn about each other's language and culture. By taking part in such projects, students can develop foreign language skills, intercultural awareness, electronic literacies as well as learning more about their particular subject area.
If you are a teacher working at a university in Europe or elsewhere, this platform will help you to find partner teachers and classes in other countries, to read about tasks, successful projects and evaluation tools and to exchange questions and experiences with an experienced community of practitioners.
Website: UNI-Collaboration PLatform.

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OpenMOOC: A new open source MOOC platform

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8The platform is completely open-source and offers the fundamental features of a MOOC:

Identity Provider: Students can register and create a user identity for the course.

Video: video content is streamed from YouTube and can be integrated with documents, teacher’s remarks, and the discussion forum. The content is available from any kind of internet-connected device.

Modules: the courses are broken down into “knowledge pills” which consist of a short video accompanied by supplementary materials, such as documents, links, or exercises. The pills can be used as homework or exams by configuring the deadlines and whether or not students can see the answers.

Discussion forum: Each course has associated an intelligent discussion forum where students and teachers can discuss and collaborate.

Askbot: A question and answer platform for direct communication between the teachers and students.

Several organizations are already using OpenMOOC, notably the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. The OpenMOOC website includes the project documentation, roadmap, blog, and download and setup instructions. The source code is hosted on GitHub and programmers are welcome to contribute patches, create a fork of the project on GitHub and submit a pull request. To find out more about the platform and its features, please visit the OpenMOOC website.

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New Promotional Partnership Between StudyPortals and Open Education Europa

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8Open Education Europa is pleased to announce a new partnership with Study Portals, an online platform that helps students to understand the options and opportunities available for international study.
Open Education Europa and Study Portals share a commitment to providing easily accessible and comprehensive information to students in Europe, empowering them to improve and expand their own educational experience.
Students are more mobile than ever before, and international experience is a valuable asset. The problem is that it can be difficult to find and understand the many opportunities available from the array of institutions across Europe. Study Portals offer specialized platforms to search and compare courses at various levels (BachelorMaster, and PhD). Furthermore, students can find valuable information about scholarships and read about other students’ experiences and opinions of the institutions they have attended. More...

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Is the young generation properly skilled for the challenges of tomorrow?

http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/Images-UserInterface/bg_cedefopLogo.gifCedefop's Steve Bainbridge took part in a debate on the subject organised by The Economist in Athens. He argued that 'in response to a more demanding world, more young people than ever before are preparing themselves through learning.' 
The Cedefop senior analyst added that, by 2025, the best qualified will be the young and that 'given the current economic situation we need to do more to create opportunities for our young people to use and develop the skills they have.'
Michael Jacobides, Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Enrepreneurship and Innovation, London Business School, argued the opposite. Mr Bainbridge narrowly won the vote.



Read Steve Bainbridge's speech (DOCX  176.08 Kb 04/11/2013)
See the presentation (PPT  2688.50 Kb 04/11/2013)

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ESCO Taxonomy - Classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations just released

http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/Images-UserInterface/bg_cedefopLogo.gifESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. It identifies and categorises skills/competences, qualifications and occupations relevant for the EU labour market and education and training, in 25 European languages. The system provides occupational profiles showing the relationships between occupations, skills/competences and qualifications.

ESCO is the only European standard terminology linking skills and competences and qualifications to occupations and will be available free of charge to all labour market, education institutions and other stakeholders.

Cedefop has collaborated with this project.


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