Adult Education Made Accessible

23 July 2014

Not everyone has equal access to adult education - a key factor that is affecting participation rates in Europe. The AEMA Network aims to change that.

The AEMA Network, consisting of 12 organisations from 11 European countries, intends to improve access to adult education by developing a shared network and quality framework on accessibility issues in adult education provision.


The network, funded with support from the Grundtvig programme of the European Commission, will reach out to people with disabilities, accessibility experts, disability organisations, governmental organisations, funding bodies and Adult Education providers, with the overall aim of increasing the accessibility, participation, transparency and quality of Adult Education in Europe.


The network will provide further visibility to accessibility practices by awarding Accessibility Quality Badges for Adult Education Providers and Accessibility Competency Badges for experts on Accessibility.


The project objectives are:


  • Contribute to an increased participation rate of people with disabilities in Adult Education.
  • Increase the number of Adult Education providers who publicly commit to improve accessibility in their own organisations.
  • Achieve transparency and a shared understanding of what is quality in Adult Education.
  • Communicate news and results related to the AEMA Network, and spread the word of good practice in Adult Education
  • Develop sustainable networks (both national and European) based on a shared commitment to move the accessibility agenda forward.
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VMPass seeks partners for Living Lab to pilot new system for OER recognition

18 June 2014

Virtual mobility and open education is on the rise in Europe, but the challenge of certification and recognition still looms large. The VMPass project is recruiting partners for its Living Lab to pilot the use of a student-held learning passport. 

Both UNESCO and the European Commission have called for better recognition tools in open education. Currently, the barriers to uptake include:


  • lack of knowledge of OER and course providers,
  • lack of transparency in institutional and instructional processes, and
  • lack of trust in institutional quality systems.


VMPass is piloting a system that provides students with a learning passport to document their learning achievements. Secondly, the project is establishing a recognition clearinghouse where other institutions can check the validity of a students’ learning passport.  


Educational institutions are invited to join the projects’ Living Lab, a participatory research method in which partners actively explore and test out the new tools and provide feedback for ongoing improvements. Both OER providers and institutions recognizing OER are invited to join the Lab.


More information about participating in the Living Lab is available on the VMPass website.

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Learning at Home and in the Hospital

16 June 2014

The LeHo project identifies and implements ICT-based solutions to help childrent with medical conditions to participate more fully in mainstream education. 

Despite the fact that education represents the most important factor in prevention and mediation of the psycho-social consequences of illnesses in children and youngsters, students with medical issues are still often more isolated and less engaged in mainstream education, and face social difficulties resulting in lower academic achievement.


Within this framework, ICT can play a key role in providing better communication and mediation of the educational processes whilst a student is absent from school due to a medical condition.


The aims of this project are to:

  • outline key educational factors and good practices needed by students who are ill;
  • explore and design ICT-based solutions which will enable children in hospital, receiving home therapy, or who attend school part-time due to illness, to access education;
  • verify how technology can impact on the methodology and pedagogy in Home and Hospital Education (HHE).


Moreover, the initiatives adopted in the HHE, which represents an educational extreme, may also be effectively applied in ‘normal’ didactical situations because they are designed to be innovative and to improve education in difficult contexts.


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Workshop on Video in Higher Education

13 June 2014
In anticipation of the Media & Learning Conference 2014, the workshop “Video in Higher Education” will be organized at the Ministry of Education and Training, Brussels on 19 November 2014. 
Video is everywhere today: it has entered our lives, transforming the way we live, work, learn, communicate and play. In education, video can be found at the heart and the helm of some of the most innovative trends in higher education: to achieve deeper learning during face-to-face time, as primary part of content in distance and blended learning situations, especially in MOOCs.
This one day workshop aims to bring together some of the most innovative practitioners involved in providing video services in European Higher Education Institutions to discuss and exchange experiences, to highlight collective challenges and to explore opportunities for collaboration. It builds on the successful workshops held on lecture capture in Leuven in 2012 and 2013 prior to the Media & Learning Conference.
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Media & Learning webinar: Lectures in the cloud

28 May 2014

The Media & Learning Association invites you to join a free webinar on cloud-based tools for hosting videos such as recorded lectures. 

Hosting video services on the cloud is increasingly popular amongst educational institutions all over the world. Take part in our June webinar when we will be joined by a number of different vendors who will present their solutions and answer your questions about security, QoS, total cost of operation, deployment issues and the various parameters you need to consider when choosing for a cloud based solution for your video resources and services.


Visit the event page for more information or to register. 

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Online Educa Berlin 2014 opens calls for proposals

19 May 2014

Open Educa Berlin is one of the foremost European events on technology-enhanced teaching and learning. The call for proposals is now open for a wide range of session formats. 

Online Educa Berlin draws a diverse crowd from both public and private sectors, converging on the common ground of technology-enhanced education. The call for proposals is open to a number of presentation formats:


Pre-Conference Workshops: Learning practical skills
Pre-Conference Seminars: Interactive knowledge sharing
Presentation Sessions: Engaging talks on a specific topic, grouped to form a conference session
Research Domain Presentation Sessions: In-depth talks, grouped to form a conference session
Discovery Demos: Show and Tell
Knowledge Exchange Sessions: Multiple topics, several hosts
Discussions and Debates: Viewpoints and engagement
LAB Sessions: Learning practical skills
Learning Cafés: One theme: sharing and creating knowledge together
Suggest a format: Delegate-driven and highly interactive


The content selection process will be overseen by the Conference Steering Committee and the Conference Advisory Committee. The quality of proposals is defined by their relevance to the themes of the conference, the extent to which they are grounded and supported by clear reasoning, their conceptual clarity and their evidence and references. Proposals should also be directed towards a target audience and have a strong participatory focus (e.g. concentrate on engaging participants, promote collaboration and provide knowledge about [free] tools and resources). 


Please see the full call for proposals make your submission before June 2014.

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MEDEAnet webinar: social media use in the classroom

12 May 2014

Social media can be a very powerful tool that supports innovative types of learning and teaching. In this one-hour MEDEAnet webinar you will get an overview on how educators in schools can use social media to enrich teaching and learning in various different ways and what has to be considered.


This session will help you to understand the possibilities and challenges social media is offering and how it can be used in a fruitful and educationally valuable way. This webinar is aimed at teachers, educators and media producers interested in social media for learning.

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Media and Learning webinar: open licensing of content in higher education

13 May 2014

More and more teachers and educators are starting to share their teaching material as OER and using Creative Commons licenses. People working in the education field feel the need to go beyond the borders of their own institutions and get inspired by material from other institutions and countries, or share their own work to a broader public.

How about video and photo material or lecture capture recordings, can they be shared easily? What should we keep in mind when we want more openness but do not want to infringe any copyright or Intellectual property rights? And how about the exchange between various countries and all the different laws? In this webinar we will discuss some of these issues and show some examples of good practice on how open licencing and the sharing of teaching materials can be done nowadays.

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EUCIS-LLL Annual Conference on the ET2020 Review: Addressing Inequalities in Education and Training

06 May 2014

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) will host their Annual Conference on the ET2020 Review in Brussels on 3rd June. The event, organised in partnership with the Learning for Well Being Consortium, will focus on what EUCIS-LLL plan to achieve by 2020, and how they plan to do so.

The results of discussions held on the day will feed into the debate linked to the next cycle of ET2020 (2015-2017), the midterm review (2015-2020) and the broader Europe 2020 Review.


It is a unique opportunity for people to voice concerns and to work with others in building possible solutions for the future of learning in Europe.


Registration is open to all, although there is a participation fee of 50€ to cover organisational costs.

You can find more information about the event, including details of how to register, by clicking here.


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