29 novembre 2013

Call for Papers: EUNIS 2014 Annual Congress

LogoEUNIS (European University Information Systems organisation) has published a call for papers for its 2014 Annual Congress which has the theme “Higher education in the digital era”. 
Organised by the ITS (information technology systems) and IT offices of Umeå University in Sweden, the congress will take place from 11 to 13 June 2014 at the university. It aims to provide an opportunity “for sharing of experience amongst international specialists, users, researchers, decision-makers, and teaching staff from all over Europe”. 
The programme is divided into six “tracks” with a track chair responsible for the track content. Tracks include: “CIO and IT management”; “Supporting teaching and learning”; “University management systems – BI”; “University cooperation: Consortia, Partnerships and open source”; “Security”; and “Software development”. 
For more information on how to submit a paper, please visit the website. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2014.

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European Parliament approves budget and programmes for education (Erasmus+) and research and innovation (Horizon 2020)

LogoLast week during its Plenary Session in Strasbourg, members of the European Parliament (EP) approved the next long-term EU budget (multiannual financial framework) for 2014-2020, which includes the next EU programmes for research and innovation (Horizon 2020) and for education (Erasmus+). In separate votes, MEPs also approved the different legislative packages for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, paving the way for both programmes to begin as planned in 2014. 
As outlined recently in EUA’s newsletter, which detailed the main elements and priorities of both programmes, the Horizon 2020 programme will have a budget of approximately 70 billion euros while nearly 15 billion has been earmarked for Erasmus+, which the European Commission noted was a real-terms increase on the present programmes. Horizon 2020. Erasmus+. More...

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Registration open for EUA-CDE Workshop in Izmir, Turkey (23-24 January 2014)

LogoThe EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) will hold its next Thematic Workshop from 23 to 24 January 2014 at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey. The theme of the event is “Outcomes of Doctoral Education – Mindset, Research, Innovation”. 
The workshop is the seventh in a series of thematic workshops of the EUA-CDE, which are open exclusively to EUA-CDE members and bring together university leaders, vice-rectors, deans and heads of doctoral schools, researchers, administrators and other actors interested in the development of doctoral education. To register or find out more, please visit the EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop website. More information on the EUA-CDE is available here. More...

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EUA contributes to two Lithuanian Presidency research events

LogoEUA recently participated in two international events held under the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which focused on human resources for research including researchers’ careers and gender equality issues. 
The first conference “Invest in researchers – better training and careers using new funding opportunities” took place at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in Vilnius from 14 to 15 November. Bringing together a wide range of stakeholders including representatives of EU and national policy bodies, research institutions, higher education institutions, the event aimed to look at the challenges of human resources in research in Europe (with a special focus on young researchers) and examples of good practice from member states. EUA’s Lidia Borrell-Damian was invited to speak on the state of play in doctoral education in Europe. During her presentation, she provided an overview of the general trends in Europe in particular focusing on the development of structured doctoral education within universities. She also spoke about trends in collaborative doctoral education (involving universities and other stakeholders including industry and regional actors) outlining the outcomes of EUA’s work in this area with the FP7 DOC CAREERS II project. Finally, she also underlined EUA’s ongoing work in the area of Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) and the opportunities and key role for universities in the development of these strategies under the new Cohesion Policy framework. 
The second conference entitled “Structural Change Promoting Gender Equality in Research Organisations” (SAPGERIC) took place one week later in Vilnius (21-22 November). The event aimed to look at the “current state of activities at EU level targeted for promoting gender equality in research institutions and enhance the effective dialogue and knowledge sharing between academia, research institutions, funding agencies, researchers, policy makers and society”. EUA’s President Professor Helena Nazaré participated in the event, speaking in a panel discussion on “How to make the collaboration among stakeholders implementing structural change in research institutions and universities effective and sustainable”. During the discussion, she outlined EUA’s ongoing work in the area of gender equality strategies particularly within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the European Commission in July 2012, on working towards the European Research Area goals, which revealed in an EUA member survey that over 80% of the respondent universities have put in place institutional policies promoting gender equality. More information on the event is available here and EUA understands that recommendations from the event are due to be sent to the Council of the EU. More...

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EUA and HUMANE explore university management in times of funding changes

LogoEUA and HUMANE, the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe, co-organised last week (22-23 November) an open seminar at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) dedicated to the challenging question “how to fund universities efficiently”. 
Held in the framework of the DEFINE project, some 60 participants discussed the impact of a variety of measures aiming at enhancing funding efficiency in higher education on university management. Thomas Estermann presented the preliminary results of EUA’s analysis on the topic, covering 22 European countries while case studies from six different countries illustrated the challenges associated with changing funding models, mergers and concentration processes. More...

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Report from 8th European Quality Assurance Forum: ‘Working together to take quality forward’

LogoLast week’s 8th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) brought together more than 400 higher education stakeholders from 50 countries to discuss the latest developments and trends in quality assurance (QA). 
This year’s edition, held at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, focused on the theme “Working together to take quality forward”. Therefore, over the three days, the majority of the plenary and parallel sessions discussed how both individuals and organisations can better understand the role that quality assurance plays in their daily lives, get involved and work together. The opening keynote on quality in higher education by Mats Alvesson from Lund University, and the panel discussion on working together in QA with representatives from different QA stakeholders (including teachers, employers, students and governments) both provoked lively discussions. The presentations and more information from last week’s event are now available on the event website. More...

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MOOCs and the future of your training strategy


  • MOOCs are about the way people learn, not what they learn
  • They offer access to the latest thinking and research
  • They let participants from around the world interact, connect and engage

David Marshall reviews the opportunities that exist now for organisations that get on board with MOOCs and looks at how they can be integrated – even at this early stage of their evolution – into internal training strategies.

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Look who is embracing MOOCs

By Lynn O'Shaughnessy. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have been heralded as a way to reach the disadvantaged, and particularly those without access to higher education in developing countries. 
A new study by the University of Pennsylvania that surveyed nearly 35,000 MOOC students, however, revealed that most of the individuals taking advantage of these online courses already have college degrees. Seventy nine percent of the students possessed a bachelor's degree and 44 percent had taken at least some graduate education courses. More...

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Success of Gender through Comics MOOC Raises Questions about the Role of Online Education

City Town InfoEarlier this year, Christina Blanch, an adjunct professor at Ball State University, taught what turned out to be a very popular MOOC, titled "Gender Through Comic Books." The course's popularity offered insight into the success of MOOCs and the role of online courses in education.
About the Course
According to the course page, students used comics as a medium to analyze gender identity, roles, and stereotypes. Real-time interviews, interactive video lectures, and online student discussions were all parts of the class. In January, Blanch told Wired that the class would have the chance to interview notable comic-book writers; including Mark Waid, Terry Moore, and Gail Simone; as well as Marvel editors Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker. As for reading material, Blanch mentioned that the class would read a range of works, from DC's Batman to smaller publishers' works, such as Saga and Strangers in Paradise. See more...

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The Reports of the Death of the MOOC are Highly Exaggerated

The Times of IndiaBy Meeta Sengupta. MOOCs are still in their infancy, their technical feasibility has been tested but little else. We now know that they work, that there is a large section of the population that is interested. How much of this is a market? We are not sure yet (yes, there are forecasts). And so we arrive at the stage, as with every innovation, where we try to understand revenue models. There are some revenue models for some MOOCs being tested now. Corporate MOOCs of course have a revenue model built in, and there are other pathways to success too. More...

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