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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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Video recordings from the Business and Experience tracks of EMOOCs 2014 are now online

08 July 2014

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. 

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The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC): Implications for education and training policies in Europe

03 July 2014

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.


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European policy note on the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)

30 June 2014

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 results of the latest round of the OECD TALIS survey inform and support the EU’s policy work with Member States, notably through the Strategic Framework for Education and Training (ET2020). The Commission's 2012 Communication Rethinking Education: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes set supporting Europe's teachers as one of its priorities, since high quality and well-trained teachers have an important influence on ensuring that learners develop the skills and competences demanded by a rapidly changing global labour market. The Rethinking Education's proposals were endorsed in the 2013 Council Conclusions on Investing in Education and Training, which confirmed the importance of revising and strengthening the professional profile of the teaching profession. Through the 2014 Council Conclusions on Effective Teacher Education, Member States committed to increase the attractiveness of the teaching profession, ensure quality Initial Teacher Education, and promote professional development. 
The TALIS 2013 survey covered 19 EU countries and regions (BE nl, BG, ES, CZ, CY, DK, EE, FI, FR, HR, IT, LV, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SK, UK-ENG), as well as 15 other non-EU countries and economies. The release of TALIS2013 data, based on perception of teachers and school leaders on teaching practices, working conditions and school environments, is particularly timely in view of forthcoming EU priorities, and within the framework of the 2014 European Semester.
In 2014, the Commission proposed a Country-specific Recommendation on quality of schools and/or basic skills of young people for 11 countries participating in the TALIS survey (BG, CZ, DK, ES, FR, IT, LV, PT, SE, SK, and UK-ENG). The European Social Fund provides funding opportunities for EU Member States to invest in teacher education, particularly in the less developed regions. The ongoing negotiations on funding priorities for the 2014-2020 period are expected to result in ESF support for the majority of EU Member States on teacher education, and in particular the on continuous professional development of teachers. Teachers and teaching are also key themes of the peer review on schools that took place at the meeting of Director Generals of schools (DG Schools) in Athens in March 2014. 
While taking full account of the perception-based nature of the TALIS data, as well as the underpinning socio-economic and cultural contexts, the European Commission policy note sets to highlight key European findings from the survey and contribute to shaping the new political priorities for education and training. 
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Round 2 of the Europeana Creative challenge has started!

25 June 2014

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!

The challenge is to make creative use of digitized European cultural heritage from Europeana in an application. The top ideas will get personalised incubation support to help bring the idea to the market.
The incubation package includes: 
  • business mentoring
  • technical support
  • assistance with identifying and accessing finance
  • facilitation of business partnerships
  • access to specialised testing environments
  • marketing and promotion support
The themes of this round are Tourism and Social Networks. To get some ideas and inspriation for what applications in these sectors using Europeana content might look like, take a look at the Pilot Applications that the Europeana Creative team has developed. 
Apply online before the deadline of August 28th 2014 at 16h CET. The best applications will be invited to pitch their concept at the Open Innovation Challenges event in Barcelona on the 23rd of September 2014, where the winners will be chosen. 
Meet the winners from the first round of challenges, on the themes of Natural History Education and History Education, in the Europeana Creative blog. 
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New survey highlights need for better job-relevant skills training in Europe

18 June 2014

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. 

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Global growth of MOOCs may be losing steam

03 June 2014
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Blended Learning for Professionals - Master in EU Studies Online

21 May 2014
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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.