Open Education Challenge

14 February 2014
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Consultation on Opening Up Education Initiative Launched

17 August 2012

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.


View the consultation document pdf - 45 KB [45 KB]

View the questionnaire

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European Competition 2.0 for best practices in EdTech

16 April 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


About Ed2.0Work


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.

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Assess Inquiry in Science, Technology and Mathematics Education

11 April 2014

ASSIST-ME is research project, investigating formative and summative assessment methods to support and improve inquiry-based approaches in European science, technology and mathematics education.

The overall aim of ASSIST-ME is to provide a research base on effective uptake of formative and summative assessment for inquiry-based, competence oriented Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) education in primary and secondary education in different educational contexts in Europe and to use this research base to give policy makers and other stakeholders guidelines for ensuring that assessment enhances learning in STM education. In order to do this, the project will go through three phases: 

In the first phase ASSIST-ME synthesizes existing research on assessment, defines goal variables for STM teaching, and identifies the different educational cultures in Europa.

In the second phase ASSIST-ME designs assessment approaches based on results from the first phase. These will be tested in different education systems around Europe in classrooms in primary and secondary schools by teachers in local working groups and further developed in cooperation between teachers and researchers. 

In the third phase the results of the second phase are validated, shared, and discussed with stakeholders in all participating countries. Based on this ASSIST-ME develops guidelines for implementing and using the assessment approaches and recommendations for policy makers.

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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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Interview with EDEN keynote speaker Prof. Terry Anderson

27 March 2014
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Over 600 educators and entrepreneurs submitted proposals to the Open Education Challenge

25 March 2014

The call for applications to the Open Education Challenge closed on March 21, resulting in a grand total of 611 submissions from 74 countries worldwide. This response represents a wellspring of innovative technologies and practices for opening up education. 

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A summary of the location of applicants


The Open Education Challenge had its inaugural launch on 22 January, 2014. The first phase of the Challenge was the call for applications, open to anyone from any country to submit a business idea “with the potential to transform education.”


Results are promising for the education sector


The response to the call for applications shows that there is strong interest in bringing new technologies and approaches into the field of education. Pierre-Antoine Ullmo, founder of the Open Education Challenge, wrote in his latest blog post:


“In less than two months, 500 applications have been submitted. This is new evidence of the changes taking place in education worldwide: each proposal we receive is a proxy for new contents and teaching practices, innovative devices, technological assessment tools… And a promise to give users the opportunity to learn what, where and when they want.”


Key concepts that the trailblazers are talking about


Certain key concepts were clearly present in the pool of applications. This table shows which keywords were used the most often, and how many times each one appeared.

































Phase 2 starts now


The next phase of the Challenge is to evaluate the proposals and create a shortlist for the next round of evaluation. More information about the results of the call for applications is available on the Open Education Challenge blog. Eventually only 10 of the proposals will be selected to join the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, which offers seed capital of up to 20 000 Euros and mentorship from top experts in education, entrepreneurship, and technology. 



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Guess who had the most new MOOCs in February? (Hint: they're in the lead every time)

14 March 2014
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E-skills for jobs in Europe: Measuring progress and moving ahead report

14 March 2014

The European Commission has published a new report called “E-Skills for Jobs in Europe: Measuring progress and moving ahead.” The report showed that Europe is expected to have about 700 000 unfilled new ICT-related jobs by 2015. 

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The E-skills report showed that many member states have already implemented significant efforts to improve their populations’ digital skills and digital literacy. Of the 27 member states, 12 scored 3 (out of 5) or higher on the scale of e-skills activity. The top countries with the strongest policies for ensuring an adequate supply of ICT practitioners are the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, and Denmark. 


Already at the European e-Skills Conference on 10 December 2013, which gathered over 300 experts on the topic, the preliminary results of this research were discussed. The conclusion drawn was that Europe is on the right track but still a lot needs to be done especially at national Member State level to ensure that the knowledge, skills and competences of the European workforce meet the highest world standards and are constantly updated in a process of effective lifelong learning.


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Application deadline extended to March 21!

14 March 2014
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