European Ministers confirmed their support for the Opening up Education initiative at the recent Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting. The recently approved Erasmus + programme will provide support to initiatives related to open education.
The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council met on 25–26 November, 2013, which brought together Ministers from across Europe to discuss numerous issues related to youth and education. The meeting included a public debate on Open Educational Resources and digital learning. More...
Starting in January 2014, Udacity will offer technical training courses from corporate partners such as Google, Salesforce.com, Autodesk, and Nvidia. While the courses will offer accreditation, they will not be free.
The promise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) was a big one. The New York Times declared 2012 “The Year of the MOOC.” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote about the “budding revolution in global online higher education.”
“Nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms that are being developed by the likes of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and companies like Coursera and Udacity,” wrote Friedman. More...
The British Council has announced that starting in January 2014, it will offer a portfolio of MOOCs for English language learners. The courses will be available on Futurelearn, the UK’s first MOOC platform.
The British Council’s MOOCs will enable learners to access courses to prepare for higher education in English and to prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessments.
In 2013, over 2 million English language learners took an IELTS test. Access to open English classes online should make it easier for learners to prepare for the assessments and for their eventual work or study in English.
FutureLearn is the UK’s first MOOC platform, owned by The Open University, and its course structure encourages online interaction and social learning. FutureLearn will lend its expertise in online learning to the British Council’s extensive global experience in language pedagogy.
“This new initiative with the British Council provides a valuable opportunity for us to support the development of English language and communication skills for our learners around the world,” said Simon Nelson, Chief Executive of FutureLearn. “We are pleased to welcome the British Council as creators of MOOCs alongside our world-class university partners.”
In 2014, the LINQ conference will take place in cooperation with the EFQUEL Innovation Forum to form a “mega-conference” on the theme of quality in open education.
Technological and pedagogical innovations have rapidly been making their way into the education mainstream over the past few years, but there has been a lack of evaluation of these changes. Tools and standards for quality evaluation and models for development are needed in order to guide educators and policy-makers in their decisions.
LINQ 2014 is seeking scientific paper submissions, as well as proposals for interactive workshop sessions such as learning café sessions, debate formats, thematic table workshops, etc. Contributions to the conference should focus on one or more of the following areas:
- Quality indicators and methods to describe, measure and evaluate quality for open education, OER and MOOCs
- Conceptual contributions on new and innovative quality models, methodologies, standards and approaches for e-learning and open education
- Experiences and reports from practice with implementation of quality approaches for open education
- Required competences by institutions as well as by learners for designing, practicing and improving open learning with high quality
- Local, national, regional and European quality projects in the field of the conference
- Methodologies for and experience of recognition of open learning in formal education and training
- Certification of e-learning and open education in institutions, programs and courses
- Integrated innovation and quality approaches
- Global aspects of high-quality Open Education (e.g. collaborations, comparative studies, cultural aspects)
The deadline to submit papers is January 10, 2014. All papers will be reviewed by the international Scientific Programme Committee in a hybrid review process: open review process and double blind review combination. Please see the Call for Papers for more information.
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The EDEN Annual Conference will take place in Zagreb in June 2014 on the overall topic of “from education to employment and meaningful work with ICTs”. The call for contributions is now open to submissions of papers, posters, workshops, and demonstrations.
OER4Adults aimed to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in adult learning in Europe, identifying enablers and barriers to successful implementation of practices with OER.
This report presents an overview and analysis of Open Educational Practices for Adult Learning in Europe. It is a contribution to the construction of a knowledge base on Opening up Education and is part of a wider scientific agenda on ICT and Learning being developed at IPTS2, mainly in collaboration with DG Education and Culture.
The project drew on data from four main sources:
- OER4Adults inventory of over 150 OER initiatives relevant to adult learning in Europe
- Responses from the leaders of 36 OER in itiatives to a detailed SWOT survey
- Responses from 89 lifelong learners and adult educators to a short poll
- The Vision Papers on Open Education 2030: Lifelong Learning published by IPTS
Analysis revealed 6 tensions that drive developing practices around OER in adult learning and that structure the paper:
- Open versus free
- Traditional versus new approaches
- Altruism versus marketisation
- Community versus openness
- Mass participation versus quality
- Add-on versus embedded funding
This paper, commissioned by the UK Higher Education International Unit and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, selects a number of current trends and considers their consequences for higher education sectors over this short timeframe.
The main themes addressed are:
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- demand for HE
- international mobility and TNE
- technology and the MOOCs phenomenon
- partnerships and networks
- leadership and management
- trade liberalisation
- rankings as an institutionalisation of competition
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