Sticky Concepts on eLearning

17 July 2011
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E-Technologies in Engineering Education

22 April 2014

Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland) is hosting a conference on e-Technologies in Engineering Education to popularize good practices, methodologies, and the latest technologies in the field. 

The conference will blend the academic and private sectors to offer a rich cross-section of research and best practices. From the academic arena, university faculty, high school teachers, and students in technical fields are invited to join the conference. In the private sector, the event will include representatives of companies working in e-technology, e-learning platform administrators, and topic experts in related fields. 


A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in the academic journals The Journal of Electronic Education "EduAkcja" or The Research Bulletin of the Faculty of Electrical and Control Engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology. 

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ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award

22 April 2014

Nominations are now open for the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award. The award recognises individual educators or teams who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the use of technology to support learning.

In addition to celebrating excellent practices, the award also aims to promote the effective use of learning technologies on a national level (UK). 


The prizes are:


  • 1st prize: £1000
  • 2nd prize: £500
  • 3rd prize: £250

ALT will also award one Special Award for Learners to a student or group of students who have made an extraordinary contribution to the use of technology for learning. The award includes free attendance for up to 2 people at ALT's national conference. 


The winners will be selected based on the following four areas of evaluation:


  • A clear description of the actions taken to develop and support the achievement.
  • Clear, credible, statement of the applicant's approach to the technological, and/or methodological, and/or managerial, and/or teaching and learning choices made by the applicant during the period covered by the application.
  • Major and beneficial impact on practices within the applicant's or team's organisation, community, or sphere of influence.
  • Outstanding overall contribution in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning with the use of learning technology.


The deadline to enter is 23 May, 2014. The competition is open to anyone in the UK and all ALT members outside of the UK. For more information on how to enter, please visit the ALT website. 

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Call for Papers: Quality in Education Technologies

22 April 2014

Authors are invited to submit original research papers (up to 6 pages) for a special session on Quality in Education Technologies at the Panhellenic Conference on Informatics. The deadline to submit a paper is April 23. 

The scope of the special session covers the following topics:
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Synchronous and asynchronous educational Tools
  • Web 2.0 in distance education
  • Virtual classroom
  • Educational software quality
  • HCI in educational technologies


All papers submitted to PCI 2014 should be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings style templates. At least one author from every submission accepted for publication in the proceedings needs to register and attend the conference. 


About the conference


PCI 2014 gives room for scientists, experts and professionals in computer science and the emerging fields of informatics to present original research results, to share experience and to exchange ideas. The conference provides a unique opportunity for presenting methodological approaches to describe, explain, predict, and design information and communication models, architectures, and systems for the business environment. To find out more, please visit the conference website.

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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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