07 décembre 2013

OECD LEED - Cedefop Green skills forum 2014 Green skills and innovation for inclusive growth

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingThe challenges of greening the economy and the implications for employment and skills vary across regions and local areas, depending on their economic and industrial structure, as well as their current and potential innovative activities. Despite these national differences, sustained and inclusive employment is a shared objective for policy makers in all types of localities.

The 2nd Green Skills Forum will have a special focus on the links between skills and knowledge needs and inclusive green growth. Experts in innovation, employability and skills development policies will draw lessons from work conducted by Cedefop, the OECD and other organisations in this area. The discussions will help identify the obstacles and challenges lying ahead for the development of skills, education and training policies. The Forum’s outcomes will contribute to inform new work to be conducted to address the transition of labour markets to greener employment growth.

Link: Green Skills Forum website.

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Early eLearning of Neighbouring Languages - ELENA

QuizDigital learning package for early Dutch, French and German  
How can young children be motivated to learn languages that are not part of their daily life, when English seems to be the most popular option? How can parents and carers be involved in the learning of these languages both inside and outside of school?

These questions are addressed in the ELENA project. The ELENA project aims to create a motivating environment for the learning teaching and learning of the neighbouring languages Dutch, French and German. ELENA is not only the name of the project, but also the name of the central character. Elena takes children aged between 4 and 8 years old on an adventure, introducing them to their neighbouring languages through various themes that relate to the child’s world and experiences, such as family and school. ELENA goes also mobile, connecting children through their mobile phone to neighbouring languages in a real world context in an interactive and playful way. The game "Elena goes shopping", for example, directs and guides the players to go shopping for ingredients to make Dutch pancakes.

For more information, visit the ELENA website.

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HEFCE responds to the Autumn Statement

HEFCE logoThe Government has announced that it will remove the cap on student numbers at publicly-funded universities and colleges from 2015-16, with an additional 30,000 students for 2014-15, and provide an additional £185 million for STEM subjects over four years from 2015-16.
Steve Egan, HEFCE Interim Chief Executive, said:

    'Removing controls on the numbers of students entering higher education will give more people the opportunity to benefit from higher education. We welcome the additional support for STEM subjects, which will help universities and colleges to capitalise on the upturn in demand in these areas and support economic growth.
    'We look forward to further details from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in due course.'

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Top 10 e-Learning Statistics for 2014 You Need To Know

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MuLF8e1s7kM/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAO0/tQ1UlWAUjFI/photo.jpg?sz=104By Christopher Pappas. The rise in e-Learning's popularity isn't showing any signs of slowing. In fact, judging by the following Top 10 eLearning statistics for 2014 article and infographic, the future of the e-Learning Industry is brighter than ever.
e-Learning has revolutionized the educational sector, and has changed the way we look at knowledge and skill acquisition altogether. Thanks to modern educational technology, e-Learning tools and techniques just keep getting bigger and better. Today, they are providing learners with a more impressive, and more effective, educational experience. More...

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Learning is not simply a process of reception and filtering

C’est en assistant à un concert de Jazz ce vendredi que le rapport entre cette structure musicale ou plutôt la méthode musicale mise en œuvre et les cMOOC s’est imposé.
Le Jazz repose sur l’interaction entre les différents musiciens. Ils s’écoutent et se répondent. Il y a aussi une grande part d’improvisation. C’est de l’interaction entre les différents musiciens que l’œuvre né à elle même.
Alors que dans un concert de musique classique, les partitions existent déjà et sont respectées "à la note" par les musiciens. Ces derniers n’ont guère de liberté à l’intérieur de la partition, ni d’espace de créativité, mise à part l’interprétation.

Comme l’a dit Stephan Downes, lors des entretiens Jacques Cartier du 25 et 26/11/2013 à l’ENS-Lyon : "­ Dans les MOOC l’important ce ne sont pas tant les contenus, mais ce qui se passe entre les gens. L’interactivité est créatrice, les ressources doivent venir des différents participants ".

Pour mémo : une définition des xMOOC et cMOOC donnée sur son blog par Simple It, http://www.simple-it.fr/blog/2013/06/xmooc-cmooc-quest-ce-qui-marche-vraiment/. More...

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Mobile Learning Booms in Global Markets

ASTDBy Ryann K. Ellis. Africa and the Middle East bypass e-learning and head straight for mobile learning. 
The mobile learning markets in Africa and the Middle East are thriving, according to two new reports from industry analyst Ambient Insight. 
In fact, the mobile learning market in Africa is the highest in the world, according to The 2012-2017 Africa Mobile Learning Market, which reports that the five-year compounded annual growth rate is 38.9 percent. The report also forecasts revenues from mobile learning products to grow more than five times to reach $530.1 million by 2017, up from the $102.4 million reached in 2012. More...

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MOOC Platforms : a primer - biggies, newbies & freebooters

My PhotoBy Donald Clark. As the MOOCosphere expanded, more and more platforms sprung into action. Some have already delivered large numbers of MOOCs, such as the open source platform EdX and the Coursera. The other big ticket platform is Udacity which has now morphed into a specific market – corporate training. Although the wellspring was in the US, the UK, Europe, India, Russia, Brazil and many others have joined the party. The global LMS/VLE vendors (Blackboard, Desire2learn, SAP) and Moodle have jumped on the bandwagon. Some so-called MOOC platforms aren’t really platforms at all – they’re aggregators. More...

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Why students need to fail

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Moira MacDonald. How falling flat on your face may be a terrific way to learn. 
In the world of education, “failure” is about as dirty a word as you’ll find, short of four letters. Heavy with negative baggage, considered by some a motivation killer, failure is the term that gets shushed out of the room – the thing that’s best not talked about. More...

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Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe

EC JRC BannerAuthors: Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Allison Littlejohn, Eleni Boursinou
Editors: Christine Redecker, Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, Yves Punie
EUR Number: 26258 EN
Publication date: 11/2013
This report synthesizes the findings of the "OER4Adults study", a study conducted in 2012-13 by a team from the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, under a contract with the European Commission Joint Research Centre IPTS, and in collaboration with DG Education and Culture. The project 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. The report identifies over 150 Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives, and develops a typology that classifies them primarily by their main activity type. A survey based on the typology drew 36 responses from initiative leaders, and these are analysed against a context of developments in adult learning to arrive at an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing OER in adult learning in Europe. The analysis reveals six tensions that drive developing Open Educational Practices in adult learning; open versus free; traditional versus new approaches; altruism versus marketisation; community versus openness; mass participation versus quality; addon versus embedded funding. The report recommends: 1. Recognising that ‘learning’ takes place everywhere; 2. Extending the range of people and organisations that produce and use resources; 3. Thinking about OER more broadly than as content; 4. Promoting awareness of open licensing and its implications; 5. Improving the usability of OER; and 6. Planning for sustained change.
Download a copy.

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06 décembre 2013

Arab Thought Foundation launches two strategic initiatives to promote job creation in the Arab world

Annual Conference (FIKR12) concludes in Dubai discussing roadmap to create 80 million jobs by 2020
Vocational training, public private partnerships, investing in R&D and promoting quality of education proposed as key pillars for job creation strategies
Dubai, UAE; December 6, 2013: The Arab Thought Foundation (ATF) concluded its annual conference (FIKR12) in Dubai with the launch of two key initiatives to support the goal of creating 80 million jobs by 2020. 
A strategic moving forward document to facilitate more investments and create jobs is the first initiative, and it will be launched in consultation with experts by the end of this year. The second initiative is to launch a classification system for Arab universities as part of measures to strengthen the quality of education. The rating system will first be applied in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Lebanon. More...

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