Sticky Concepts on eLearning

17 July 2011
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The Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (3rd edition)

14 April 2014

This is an online course to help you understand better how to use technology to enhance your teaching practice. The course is aimed primarily at people teaching at Higher Education level, whether in Higher Education Institutions or Further Education Colleges. The course is now over, but the materials will remain available for the next few months.

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Quality Evaluation Survey of Learning Management Systems

14 April 2014

The eLearning Industry is appealing for participants to take their Quality Evaluation Survey of Learning Management Systems (LMSs).

The survey has been launched with the aim of developing a New Evaluation Framework for LMSs (the platforms that handle the management, delivery and tracking of the learning process in on-line learning environments).


The survey will evaluate the quality of LMSs from the perspective of learners, instructors and administrators. Organisers are optimistic that this will be the largest survey into LMSs ever conducted, and are hoping for responses from over 500 participants.


For more information, including details of how to take the survey, please visit the official website. The survey will remain open until May 10th 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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Designing Your First MOOC from Scratch: Recommendations After Teaching “Digital Education of the Future”

24 March 2014
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been a very promising innovation in higher education for the last few months. Many institutions are currently asking their staff to run high quality MOOCs in a race to gain visibility in an education market that is increasingly abundant in choice. 
Nevertheless, designing and running a MOOC from scratch is not an easy task and requires a high workload. This workload should be shared among those generating contents, those fostering discussion in the community around the MOOC, those supporting the recording and subtitling of audiovisual materials, and those advertising the MOOC, among others. Sometimes the teaching staff has to assume all these tasks (and consequently the associated workload) due to the lack of adequate resources in the institution. This is just one example of the many problems that teachers need to be aware of before riding the MOOC wave.
This paper offers a set of recommendations that are expected to be useful for inexperienced teachers that now face the challenge of designing and running a MOOC. Most of these recommendations come from the lessons learned after teaching a nine-week MOOC on educational technologies, called “Digital Education of the Future”, at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain.
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Publication of the NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition

18 February 2014

The New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition has just been published. It highlights emerging technologies and practices that are likely to have significant impact in the higher education sector over the next five years. 

The 2014 edition covers 18 topics that an expert panel selected: six trends, six challenges, and six technological developments that are “very likely to impact technology planning and decision-making.” The topics are also organized by timeframe, from immediately relevant topics to those that will take up to five years to hit their stride.


The topics covered in the report are as follows:



  • Growing Ubiquity of Social Media
  • Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning
  • Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment
  • Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators
  • Agile Approaches to Change
  • Evolution of Online Learning



  • Low Digital Fluency of Faculty
  • Relative Lack of Rewards for Teaching
  • Competition from New Models of Education
  • Scaling Teaching Innovations
  • Expanding Access
  • Keeping Education Relevant


Technological developments

  • Flipped Classroom
  • Learning Analytics
  • 3D Printing
  • Games and Gamification
  • Quantified Self
  • Virtual Assistants


The NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. It is part of the NMC Horizon Project, a larger research programme that focuses on current and upcoming education technology. 

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Understanding modern business & organisations

11 December 2013

Gain high-level perspective on the world of business and organisations today in preparation for a better understanding of tomorrow

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Université Montpellier 2

15 November 2013
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Bett 2014: the global meeting place for the education technology community

15 November 2013

Bett is the global meeting place for the education technology community, bringing together 35,000 educators and learning professionals every January. Attending the event is the best way to see the latest technology and innovative solutions in order to shape and improve the way people learn from the classroom to the boardroom.

Although Bett is an award-winning trade show, the event certainly surpasses the expectations of a conventional trade show. Bett 2014 will include three CPD accredited summits, the "learn live" lecture series, and numerous networking and fringe events. Bett is free to attend and you can register online. 

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Dublin Institute of Technology

14 November 2013
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