Free, peer-reviewed, open source textbooks are now accessible via the recently launched panOpen OER platform.
Resources on the website are divided into 7 different categories (biology, business, chemistry, psychology, sociology, physics and English), with material reviewed and rated by a vast network of scholars and teachers from across the globe.
Available learning tools include self-grading quizzes, homework, highlighting, note-taking, annotation, and real-time chatting. To browse all resources and to learn more about the platform, visit panopen.com.
On May 22nd, Dr. Brian Jacobs (founder and CEO of the platform) will lead a discussion to both address the main challenges currently facing the OER movement, and explore the new platform in more detail. You can find more information about the webinar, including details of how to register by clicking here.
The ePlatform for Adult Learning in Europe aims to be a community hub for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy-makers, and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning. The recent OECD study on adult skills showed that one in five adults in the EU have very low levels of literacy and numeracy, and that one in four lack the skills to use digital technology effectively. EPALE is an initiative to improve adult learning in order to increase the skill level of Europeans.
EPALE will include news, events, ideas, and resources in multiple languages. The website will be organised around the following five themes:
- Learner support
- Learning environments
- Life skills
- Policies, stategies, and financing
As the website is being built, EPALE is seeking the input of adult learning professionals to help shape the content and priorities of the platform. The website states:
"We are committed to involving you, the adult learning community, throughout the development of EPALE, so that it meets your expectations and gives you what you need from a Europe-wide online community."
You can now take the online survey which will remain open until 15 May 2014.
This site consists educational materials for kids at home and in school.
The Go-LabZ Online Lab Repository has been launched by the Go-Lab project with the aim of bringing science closer to students and offering an easy access to online science laboratories (remote and virtual) for the large-scale use in schools.
The Go-LabZ Repository offers access to online laboratories hosted by reputable institutions like CERN and ESA. The labs can be either remote labs that provide students with the opportunity to collect data from a real physical laboratory setup from remote locations around the world. On the other hand, there are virtual labs that students can use to simulate experiments with virtual equipment. The repository also includes supporting resources like scientific databases.
Different learning applications (apps) are a part of the Go-LabZ Repository. Teachers can integrate them into their inquiry learning spaces for students to use. For example, some apps can help students to create hypotheses, design experiments, make predictions, and formulate interpretations of the data. Simple apps, such as a calculator app or a notepad app, support basic but useful tasks.
The Go-Lab project expects that this repository will allow teachers to create customized inquiry learning spaces for their students to enrich their classes with interactive activities and join a big international teacher community. Students, on the other hand, will be able to perform personalized scientific experiments with online labs and learn from experience rather than simple books.
To get started, educators must register for Graasp, the authoring platform for the Go-LabZ Repository.
MINGLE takes into account the main principles of lifelong learning and liberal adult education, as the key to develop work related skills and competencies but also skills for personal formation in the community.
Moreover, the core concept of this proposal is based on the assertion that liberal adult education has significant outcomes for the development of skills required for active citizenship and full participation in society. We assert that civil society is based on active citizenship; the latter requires strong social capital, social networks, and lifelong learning skills. Through the proposed project we aim at upgrading self-initiated participation in informal or formal adult lifelong learning activities (often seen as leisure time activity), to a valuable easy-to-access and easy-to-follow process for individuals, enhancing at the same time its benefits for society in general.
The project’s goal is to enhance the quality of life and facilitate the social and economic integration to local society of migrant workers, by improving their access to language training courses and other guidance material, helping them become active members of the hosting society. This will be achieved by developing a web-based, easy-to-use, vocationally - oriented Distance Learning Application and the respective educational content for teaching the language of the receiving country to the migrants. In particular 4 courses will be elaborated: 2 Greek language courses addressed to Bulgarian migrants willing to work in Greece or Cyprus in Tourism or care sector and two Italian language courses addressed to Rumanians willing to work in the two same sectors in Italy. Through the DLA migrants will also socialise and communicate with each other, forming a learning group comprised of people from the same country.
This material contains non-formal methods that you can use when language is a barrier, when you have groups that do not speak a common language. A product of the "Volunteers across Frontiers" EVS Project by CADDRU.
You don't have to be a genius to understand the work of the Nobel Laureates. These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you're having FUN!
This webinar reports on the approach to OER adaptation adopted by the DFID-funded, UK Open University-led TESS-India (Teacher Education through School-based Support) project, which is developing OER for use within India’s teacher education system. TESS-India aims to enhance the access of teacher educators, head-teachers and teachers to free, high-quality educational materials
Arguably, the benefits of OER are greatest in low- and middle-income countries, where they have the potential to increase access to learning for those who may otherwise be excluded. However, for OER to be truly useful to educators and learners they need to be adapted to suit the contexts in which they are to be used. Adapting OER for local contexts remains one of the greatest challenges for OER (Wolfenden and Buckler, 2011) yet little is written about how to support communities of users to adapt materials.
This webinar reports on the approach to OER adaptation adopted by the DFID-funded, UK Open University-led TESS-India (Teacher Education through School-based Support) project, which is developing OER for use within India’s teacher education system. TESS-India aims to enhance the access of teacher educators, head-teachers and teachers to free, high-quality educational materials. The project spans seven Indian states and the resources, therefore, require localisation to meet diverse linguistic, cultural and pedagogic needs.
Presenters will explain the two-tier model of localisation that TESS-India has adopted and report the findings of research conducted after the first localisation workshops in India, focusing on the following research questions:
- How has the TESS-India project managed and supported the process of OER localisation?
- What tools, processes and mechanisms appear to be useful in supporting communities of users to localise OERs?
- What challenges has the project faced and what is the impact of these challenges on the localisation process and product?
- What is the impact of context on both the process and product of OER localisation?
Interactive, connective, informative: The new website of Science on Stage Europe has been relaunched at www.science-on-stage.eu.
The European platform for science teachers now unites all of the association’s activities in 24 member countries under one umbrella. A virtual map lets teachers and interested parties easily browse all participating Science on Stage countries from Finland to Portugal and Slovakia to Ireland. With only a few clicks, users can find current activities of Science on Stage in their country or find out how to apply for the Science on Stage festival, Europe’s biggest science teaching event.
As an umbrella organisation, Science on Stage Europe coordinates and connects the member countries’ activities for the promotion of STEM education in the European network. It also allows science teachers to network and exchange ideas and share innovative concepts between countries.