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Projects

Quantum Spin-Off

23 April 2014

Quantum Spinoff brings science teachers and their pupils in direct contact with research and entrepreneurship in the high-tech sector.

Quantum Spin-Off seeks to link the insights of modern physics and the opportunities it offers to high-tech enterprising. The project is aimed at teachers and students in upper secondary level and (a) brings them into contact with basic research in nanotechnology and quantum physics and (b) provides opportunities to do their own research.

The idea is to show students how an innovative idea can lead to an application in an enterprise. Under the guidance of researchers and entrepreneurs, the participating schools develop a technical application based on research results and convert this into a business plan.

The outcomes will also include learning and teaching materials on quantum physics and a science teacher training programme.

 

The particular activities of Quantum Spin-off:

  • National Quantum Spin-Off Teacher Training events organised in all participating countries (Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Estonia)
  • Two European Quantum Spin-Off Summer Schools
  • A Spin-Up Day organised in the participating countries to introduce students to quantum physics research and business respectively.
  • A Spin-Off Day organised in the participating countries to present the results of the students’ research activities and the virtual spin-off enterprises.
Events

Project launch: Stimulating Digital Entrepreneurship in Europe

15 April 2014

The European Commission is launching a new public awareness campaign on Stimulating Digital Entrepreneurship in Europe. The launch conference featuring well-known entrerpeneurs and intrapreneurs is on April 29 in Brussels, Belgium. 

Today, Europe’s ambition is to create new business opportunities through novel digital technologies in order to increase growth and create employment. This new campaign will raise awareness about the business opportunities offered by advanced digital technologies, as well as policy makers and academia, venture capital and mentoring schemes.

 

The following topics are up for discussion at the launch conference:

 

  • What can Europe do to inspire, grow and retain digital entrepreneurs?
  • How can Europe transform ideas into successful business?
  • The importance of mentorship, incubators and support.
  • What to do if you have a start-up idea?

 

The conference is hosted by the European Commission, Deloitte, EBN and DIGITALEUROPE. Registration is free and online. 

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Projects

Supporting Quality in e-learning European NeTworks

11 April 2014

The “SEQUENT” project aims to promote excellence in the use of ICT in higher education, with a clear goal to prepare European Universities in line with the European Modernisation Agenda and to make higher education in Europe fit better to cross-border collaboration initiatives in the implementation of innovative and ICT enhanced partnerships.

To this end, the project will base itself on models that have been developed by previous EU funded projects and other internationally recognised models that enhance the quality of ICT in higher education. The project will raise awareness within the European higher education community on the importance of a mainstreamed ICT uptake through project events and the partners’ large memberships.

 

Target groups

The main direct target groups are universities, quality assurance agencies, governments and other relevant stakeholders (EU, EUA, ESMU etc.)

 

Specific objectives

In order to achieve its overall aim, the project will have the following specific objectives:

• Convince governments, universities and QA agencies of the necessity to have a QA approach for e-Learning provision.
• To raise awareness on Open and flexible learning among higher education institutions and networks in the form of lobby activities, profiling and conference presentations throughout the mainstream education channels.
• Further disseminate instruments for different applications of QA and a clear summary of the available method and to promote UNIQUe and E-xcellence as examples of these instruments, promoted towards the same or different stakeholders (sometimes overlap).
• To support universities in the adoption of a QA and e-Learning strategy, through dissemination and training activities.

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Events

MEDEAnet webinar: Digital Ethics

03 April 2014

MEDEAnet is offering a free webinar about digital ethics and acceptable online behaviour, and how these concepts apply to education. 

As great as the internet is, it also involves new challenges when it comes to concepts of right and wrong. Digital ethics is dealing with the social code on the internet. What is appropriate “digital” behavior? What have teachers to consider when using media in education? In this MEDEAnet webinar Donald Heider from the Loyola University, Chicago, USA and Natasha Whiteman from the University of Leicester, UK will introduce you to the concepts of digital ethics and how it can be applied in the classroom. 

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News

EFQUEL has now published the full EIF2014 programme

31 March 2014

EFQUEL has now published the full EIF2014 programme.  This year's conference will be held in collaboration with LINQ from the 7th till the 9th of May in Crete.

The 9th EFQUEL Innovation Forum in 2014 will address one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality for opening up education?

 

Scope of the conference

 

Digital technologies are radically changing the landscape of education and training. Open educational resources (OER), ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs), and the question of how to recognize open learning in formal education are challenging traditional models and practices.

 

These global changes are having an increasing impact on education and training institutions, teachers, learners and publishers, among others. With the introduction of MOOCs in recent years and the uptake of open education resources, open education at large and its quality have become an issue of major importance for education and training institutions, policies and professionals. Studying and learning have evolved from closed to open processes, which demand greater self-organization skills, higher levels of media literacy and new models of support and organization. Education institutions, professionals, policy makers, public authorities for formal education as well as non-formal training providers and learners are discovering the benefits of opening up learning opportunities.

 

However, quality evaluation and development models have not yet matured enough in order to provide guidance for open learning models to all stakeholders how to shape content and learning environments or provide effective support for institutions and educators. Uncertainty is growing as to whether the new open learning environments are fit to lead the European learning revolution needed for the 21st century. In order to make open learning and education more relevant and feasible for organizations as well as learners, innovations have to be combined with well-proven learning traditions and flexible quality standards. In addition new models for recognition of open learning are needed: education institutions need a better understanding of how open education processes can contribute to excellent learning and high quality education provision, and certification schemes need to incorporate more flexible concepts of open education.

 

Keynote speakers

 

Vijay KumarSenior Strategic Advisor for Digital Learning and Director, OEIT, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology. "New Pathways and Promises for Learning Opportunities" 
Pierre Mairesse (tbc): Director, DG Education and Culture, European Commission. "The new European Policy: Opening Up 
Education"
June BreivikDevelopment Manager e-Learning, BI Norwegian Business School. "The future of MOOCs" 
Zhu Zhiting: Dean of School of Open Learning and Education, East China Normal University. "Smart Education" 
 
There will also be a panel discussion with representatives of the European University Association (EUA), the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), EFQUEL, European Students' Union (ESU), European Commission (EC), EADTU (tbc) on the topic, "How to achieve quality for opening up education?" 
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Events

Webinar: Cost-Effectiveness in Lecture Capture

28 March 2014

The Media and Learning Association is hosting a series of webinars on questions and issues related to media in education. The next webinar is about reducing the costs and increasing the impact of recording lectures. 

Can the up-scaling of lecture capture systems help provide savings for Higher Education Institutions, helping the institution work in a more cost-effective way?  Where can savings best be made when putting in place lecture capture services? And what are the advantages of scaling up: shared services? Sharing best practice? Sharing knowledge?
 
These and other questions around up-scaling and cost-effectiveness in Lecture Capture will be discussed in this webinar with Thorleif Hallén, Senior adviser from UNINETT in Norway and Leon Huijbers, Head of the Library NewMedia Centre from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.
Projects

VM-Pass

20 March 2014

VM-Pass stands for Implementing Recognition of Virtual Mobility and OER Learning through a Learning Passport. It is designed to facilitate and increase the volume of recognition of virtual mobility experiences (including Open CourseWare) around Europe.

Despite the rise of Virtual Mobility and OCW (OpenCourseWare)-based opportunities for learning at institutions around Europe, recognition remains uneven and even acts as a barrier to uptake of these flexible forms of learning. In the past year, both UNESCO and the European Commission have called for this problem to be addressed through improved recognition tools.

 

Thus, VM-Pass aims to increase inter-institutional recognition of virtual mobility and OCW-based courses, by:

 

  • Building on results from OER test projects and piloting the use of a student-held learning passport to facilitate recognition & mobility
  • Planning, testing and creating a recognition-clearinghouse to support the verification and investigation of learning passports
  • Creating a typology of quality systems used in VM and OER systems to support the learning passports and recognition-clearinghouse 
  • Engaging in dialogue with multiple institutions around Europe so as to mainstream use of the recognition tools created by the project.

 

These activities together will provide recognition offices with a tool to reduce the bureacracy involved in recognition processes, allow them to share experiences with peers, and compare their recognition decisions with other institutions – thus promoting harmonisation of recognition.

 

All of this together should make it easier for students to have their VM learning recognised and thus increase the volume of students taking advantage of this flexible learning pathway, without increasing the administrative burden on their home institutions.

Media & Learning 2014

19 March 2014
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Don't miss the call for contributions for the Media & Learning 2014 conference

18 March 2014

The Media & Learning 2014 conference is the place to be if you are interested in the latest developments, services and uses of media in education and training. This year's call for contributions is now open and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2014. 

Aimed at both policy makers and practitioners, the purpose of this annual event is to identify policies and initiatives that promote digital and media competence at all levels of education and training as well as to promote best-practice in the take-up and application of media in education and training. The 2014 slogan is From passive to active use of media in teaching and learning.

 

The specific themes are:

 

  • Effective media literacy schemes
  • Embedding film literacy in education
  • Programming as creativity
  • Best research outcomes related to media literacy and education
  • Incorporating video in the design of HE courses, including MOOCs
  • Media supported language teaching
  • Games – an educational media phenomenon
  • Competent and safe use: teaching and assessing digital competence
  • Media supported science teaching
  • Media archives and teaching
  • Cultural education and the role of media
  • Curating OER and OER Repositories

 

The Media & Learning Conference will combine formal and informal discussion opportunities along with inspiring presentations, practical demonstrations and hands-on workshop opportunities.

 

The session types are:

 

  • Plenary sessions - well-known and provocative speakers discuss the overall topic of media education and literacy. These sessions are live-streamed and recorded.
  • Screening sessionsa guided tour of a specific production or media-supported service, project or initiative followed by a short Q&A
  • Presentation and disucssion sessions - sessions devoted to each of the conference themes  
  • Discussion sessions - panel discussions on specific related topic
  • Demonstration space - a space to explore new tools and services that can be used to enhance the learning experience
  • Master classes - small group sessions led by experts to go in-depth into specific subjects
  • Pre-conference workshops - half- and whole-day workshops on specific topics linked to ongoing initiatives

 

Submit your idea

 

The call for contributions is now open, and will close on 31 May 2014. To suggest your contribution to the programme, download and fill in the contribution form and send it to the Media & Learning team via e-mail (the instructions are in the form).

 

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Events

Media & Learning Conference 2014

18 March 2014

Media & Learning 2014 is the place to be if you are interested in the latest developments, services and uses of media in education and training. The main slogan for this year’s edition of the conference is: From passive to active use of media in teaching and learning. 

The idea of active engagement with media will be at the heart of a unique conference programme aimed at exploring the role of media in fostering creativity and innovation at all levels of education and training.

 

The conference themes are:

 

  • Effective media literacy schemes
  • Embedding film literacy in education
  • Programming as creativity
  • Best research outcomes related to media literacy and education
  • Incorporating video in the design of HE courses, including MOOCs
  • Media supported language teaching
  • Games – an educational media phenomenon
  • Competent and safe use: teaching and assessing digital competence
  • Media supported science teaching
  • Media archives and teaching
  • Cultural education and the role of media
  • Curating OER and OER Repositories

 

The event is for both policy makers and practitioners. The purpose of this annual event is to identify policies and initiatives that promote digital and media competence at all levels of education and training as well as to promote best-practice in the take-up and application of media in education and training. 

 

The conference activities will include:

 
  • practical learning opportunities showing how you can apply all types of media in education and training through workshops and hands-on training sessions
  • information sessions describing lots of different initiatives and developments linked to this field supported by European and national programmes
  • sessions linked to the MEDEA Awards 2014, a competition now in its seventh year that recognises and rewards excellence in this field. These sessions will feature winners and finalists from the past and current competitions.
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