The consultation on "Opening up Education - a proposal for a European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies", will explore the perceived need for EU action to promote the use of open educational resources (OER) in education.
From 13 August 2012 to 13 November 2012.
New technologies, in particular the internet, together with globalisation and the emergence of new education providers, are radically changing the way people learn and teach. Open access to education resources offers an unprecedented opportunity to enhance both excellence and equity in education. The EU aims to help both individual learners and education and training institutions in Member States to benefit from these opportunities and to increase their contribution to society.
In the last quarter of 2012, the Commission will present a Communication on Rethinking Skills aiming to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of skills supply for higher economic and social outcomes. This will, among other actions, announce a new EU Initiative on "Opening up Education": a proposal to exploit the potential contribution of ICTs and Open Educational Resources (OER) to education and skills development. This new EU initiative on "Opening up Education" will be the topic of a subsequent Communication in mid-2013.
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The recorded sessions of the Business track and the Experience track of the European MOOCs Stakeholder Summit 2014 are now available on YouTube.
The 2nd European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in February 2014 to bring together key stakeholders to collaboratively shape the future of online higher education in Europe. The conference had four tracks: Business, Policy, Experience, and Research.
Many of the conference sessions, alongside an introduction and closing remarks by Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL, and General Chair of EMOOCs 2014, were recorded and edited by the startup Homuork, and these recordings are now available on the Open Education Europa YouTube channel.
You can watch them either individually or as a playlist.
The full conference proceedings and the available presentation slides are also available online, on the EMOOCs 2014 website.
In October 2013, the OECD together with the European Commission published the results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the first comprehensive assessment of the skills of the working age population carried out in the majority of EU Member States.
The OECD's Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), supported by the Commission's DG Education and Culture offers broad empirical evidence about key information processing skills of the working-age population, and about the role of education and training in shaping these skills. In this way, the Survey helps to close a knowledge gap for the 17 participating EU Member States. Skills are a key driver for smart growth and innovation: they are a pre-condition for sustained growth and employability, as well as for social cohesion and inclusion. Education and training systems are the tools for developing and maintaining these skills.
The Survey results offer new, substantial evidence for Member States to learn from each other, and will contribute to the monitoring of the Europe 2020 strategy and to the implementation of the EU Education and Training strategy (ET2020).There are seven key findings of the Survey, which are all specifically relevant for EU education and training policies:
- 20% of the EU working age population has low literacy and low numeracy skills;
- Education and skills increase employability: this represents a challenge for the one in four unemployed who has low literacy and numeracy skills;
- The high-skilled are progressing well through adult learning, but people with low proficiency are easily caught in a 'low skills trap' as they are less likely to participate in learning activities;
- There are significant differences between individuals with similar qualifications across the EU17 member countries: upper secondary graduates in some Member States score similar or better than higher education graduates in others;
- 25% of adults lack the skills to effectively make use of ICTs;
- The skills of a person tend to deteriorate over time if they are not used frequently. The gap in literacy proficiency skills between generations is more than two thirds of a proficiency level (equivalent to five years of education);
- Sustaining skills brings significant positive economic and social outcomes.
At the release of the results of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), the European Commission published a policy note on the results of the survey for EU countries and their implications for education and training policies.
The second round of Europeana Creative is now open for creative developers, designers, start-ups and other entrepreneurs to re-use Europe’s digitised cultural heritage from Europeana in innovative and creative ways!
- business mentoring
- technical support
- assistance with identifying and accessing finance
- facilitation of business partnerships
- access to specialised testing environments
- marketing and promotion support
A recent Eurobarometer survey found that 23% Europeans feel that their education or training has not provided them with the skills to find a job in line with their qualifications.
While formal education may not adequately provide people with the skills and qualifications they need in the job market today, informal education is a popular alternative. The survey also found that 95% of Europeans consider that important skills can be learned informally, such as foreign languages or skills that can be used in different jobs.
The caveat is that skills gained informally (such as in online courses) are not always recognized by employers or institutions. Even formal qualifications may not be recognized abroad. A separate online consultation aimed at education and training specialists, conducted by the European Commission, revealed concerns about the acquisition of job-relevant skills and the validity of those qualifications across borders. There is a strong call for simplified tools for the recognition of skills and qualifications in Europe.
"Our objective is simple: everyone in Europe should be able to have their skills and qualifications understood and recognised, within and across national borders, by employers and educational institutions. They need to be recognised in a fair, comparable and transparent way, so that people's skills and qualifications improve their employability or open the way for further learning," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
If you are interested in discussing the recognition of informal learning, we invite you to join our upcoming webinar on MOOC Accreditation and Recognition on 1 July 2014.
The European Competition 2.0 asks teachers and educators to share the creative and effective ways they are using online resources or applications in their teaching practice.
How to enter
To enter you need to make a short video showing your teaching practice that involves the internet or mobile app. The video must be a maximum of 2:30 minutes. Then you must register on the Ed2.0Work project website and submit your video. The deadline to enter is 12 September 2014 at 12.00noon. Visit the competition website for more information on how to apply.
Judging and prizes
The winners will be decided by an international panel of judges. The winners will be invited to present their ideas (all expenses paid) at the European Conference in the Applications of Enabling Technologies, 2014 20-21 November 2014, Glasgow, Scotland.
The judging team includes:
- Russell Stannard
- Shelly Sanchez Terrell
- Sylvia Guinan
Ed2.0Work is a European Union funded education project that has two missions:
- To create a network that spans education and the world of work and is designed to improve the use of Web2.0 tools in both fields.
- To create a set of tools for the empirical evaluation of Web2.0 tools
The project will create a network between stakeholders in the education and work sectors that will examine how both should be using Web2.0 in the education and work environments.