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Network for the Enhancement of Digital Competence Skills

23 Janvāris 2014

DigiSkills aims to bring together and further develop content, services, pedagogies and practices for lifelong learning in school/university/adult population, formulating specific scenarios of use of learning tools and platforms which will be tested with real users from eight countries and evaluated in terms of their impact, with a particular attention to institutional as well as pedagogical innovation and change.

This way, DigiSkills network aspires to address the necessity to develop an integrative approach in collecting and disseminating best practices that promote ICT enabled learning using innovative teaching and learning practices. To this end, a European network of all relevant actors (teachers and students in secondary education (SE), teachers and students in higher education (HE), parents, policy makers, adults returning to higher education, learners entering the workplace (AE) etc.) shall be formed and motivated through specific educational actions, contests, conferences and summer schools, to develop the competencies necessary in order to properly educate in digital competence and learning to learn skills and thus supporting the transition of Europe to a leading knowledge based economy. Overall the project team that has a network of experts from the education, pedagogy and qualitative research fields aims to design and implement a methodological approach that will contribute to a systematic assessment of the impact of the ICT enabled learning both in terms of learning outcomes and learning activities and to the delivery of a series of recommendations for possible future actions.

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International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies

09 Oktobris 2013

The e-Learning Conference investigates the uses of technologies in learning, including devices with sophisticated computing and networking capacities which are now pervasively part of our everyday lives. The conference organizers are now accepting conference proposals.

The e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies knowledge community, along with its annual conference, associated journal, and book imprint set out to define an emerging idea and field of practice. 


The Conference explores the possibilities of new forms of technology-mediated learning devices not only in the classroom, but in a wider range of places and times than was conventionally the case for education. Our community members and first time attendees come from all corners of the globe. Intellectually, our interests span the breath of the field of education. The conference is a site of critical reflection, both by leaders in the field and emerging academics and teachers.


Those unable to attend the conference may opt for virtual participation in which community members may either submit a video and/or slide presentation with voice-over, or simply submit a paper for peer review and possible publication in the Journal.


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Learning Technologies eXchanges 2013

26 Decembris 2012

This is the second year that Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills are hosting an official eXchange to give the learning and development community a chance to meet, network and collaborate at the event. eXchanges will provide a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with speakers from the conference. 

The eXchange provides an opportunity for L&D practitioners who are visiting the show to directly meet the conference speakers to exchange practical ideas and experiences around themes being discussed in the conference.

A chance to get up close and personal with conference speakers!

The feedback that we received last year was unanimous: What a great idea! Like all great ideas, it's simple and straight forward, but incredibly effective. Each eXchanges will take the form of an informal, face-to-face group conversation looking at answers to practical questions that will stimulate innovation and creativity in learning and development. The eXchanges will last over an hour and their USP is that each one will be lead by an industry-leading expert who is speaking at the conference. 

Every eXchange will give you unprecendented access to much respected industry leaders and conference speakers. Here's your moment to air your questions, problems and even solutions to your e-learning colleagues.

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CELDA 2012 - Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age 2012

05 Oktobris 2012

The IADIS CELDA 2012 conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age.

here have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing that have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines is increasing at a fast pace and affecting academia and professional practice in many ways. Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivism, student-centered learning and collaborative approaches have emerged and are being supported by technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems.

These developments have created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified. However innovative contributions that do not easily fit into these areas will also be considered as long as they are directly related to the overall theme of the conference – cognition and exploratory learning in the digital age.

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IWEP 2012 : International Workshop on Educational Patterns

29 August 2012

Many pedagogical patterns are documented and there are case studies describing their successful application. However, there are still some open questions which might be the reason why these patterns did not get the broad attention they deserve. The main goal of the workshop is to gain a deeper and more grounded understanding of the applicability of the ideas of Christopher Alexander in the field of education.

In his latest work Christopher Alexander describes 15 fundamental properties that make structures more alive and whole. These properties are already described for being applicable in many different domains including education. However, many of these applications seem to be highly speculative and therefore not reliable.



The workshop addresses three main topics.

Topic 1: The meaning of Christopher Alexander's 15 properties for education.

This topic aims at examining the meaning of the 15 properties described by Alexander in The Nature of Order for educational purposes with the focus on one property or a small subset of them. It is hereby important to make this applicability more specific and well-grounded in order to show that indeed the properties are – or are not – applicable. Possible questions to be addressed are:

  • Can specific properties be used for designing educational actions and how can this applicability be supported?
  • What do the properties mean in the field of education?
  • Can we find examples of the properties in successful educational scenarios?
  • Does this application still match with the original ideas of Alexander?

Topic 2: The specific volatile structures of educational situations.

A characteristic of patterns in the domain of education is their volatility, because the structures of a pattern instance which evolve based on social interactions are flexible and short-living. It is therefore difficult to document or measure them in a consistent way. Furthermore, the context of educational situations, ranging from short interactions to curriculum design, is always different, which makes the application of patterns less predictable. Possible questions to be addressed are:

  • How can educational patterns be documented in a way which takes their volatility into account?
  • What consequences does the volatility has for the conscious application of educational patterns?
  • Can we generalize these volatile structures in the pattern format at all?

Topic 3: The empirical ground for educational patterns.

Educational situations are generally hard to generalize. Much empirical research in education are case studies which contain (too) many details and are therefore hard to generalize with respect to different educational situations. Other studies mainly contain general pedagogical principles and offer not much help in concrete situations. Patterns can connect these two views, but there still are open questions such as:

  • How can educational patterns be empirically justified?
  • Which pattern mining methods are appropriate for research in this field?
  • As educational situations are highly dependent on their context, how can they be reliably generalized?
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OER13: Creating a Virtuous Circle

24 August 2012

Building on the strengths of OER10, OER11 and Cambridge 2012 (where OER12 and OCWC12 conferences combined), OER13 will take place at the University of Nottingham, renowned for its Open Nottingham programme which has strategically embraced the agenda of open access to teaching.

The Conference programme will consist of an engaging mix of refereed papers, workshops, symposia, posters and demonstrations exploring the impact of OER on HE within the conference themes.

Creating a virtuous circle

Are we ready to build on the last ten years of investment in open educational resources and move to the creation of a virtuous circle of open educational practice? This shift requires creativity by educators, developers, managers and policy makers with critical examination of past practice to set out practical and achievable plans for the future. How can we avoid open education becoming a vicious circle?

OER13 calls for papers which will open eyes and minds within the three key themes of:

The conference planning committee invites session proposals to bring to each of these themes: lessons learned to inform the feedback loop, stories of current activity to share good practice, and creative solutions to achieving greater emphasis on openness in education.


The theme of Evidence explores what information we have already about open resources and open practices. What have we learned, and how do we use this feedback to adapt our learning? How do we best share and research openly together in the future? How do we demonstrate impact from the evidence gathered? What else do we need to do to adopt a critical approach?


Sharing stories from Experience invites participants to look at what works in open practice and how to foster openness within established systems. What can we learn from the on-going activity of individuals, departments, discipline communities and institutions? How can we best understand and facilitate the spread of open practice, bringing to all learners and educators the experience of exciting new pedagogies?


We are driven by Expectation about the opportunities of openness whilst recognising the need to promote and establish new business models and policies that will realise rather than restrict this potential. This theme focuses on future gazing, and how we plan to deliver this future, given the emergent trends in OER and openness more widely. This theme needs thought-provoking submissions to help us envisage how aligned open practices (such as journals and data) will influence the future. How can we realise the transformative potential of open education, and broaden open practice through a policy and advocacy agenda? How will policy and funding changes affect open practice?

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2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference

01 August 2012

The Learning 2.0 Conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. Subject strands include changes in the classroom (social media, 1:1 computing, "flipped classrooms," digital literacy, maker spaces, gaming, open educational resources, digital textbooks), in student learning (individualized learning, student-directed learning, "hacking" education, personal success plans, ePortfolios, and building a digital presence), in teacher personal and professional growth (lead learning, personal learning networks, peer / open / self-directed PD), in schools (virtual and online schooling, mobile learning, blended learning, MOOCs, immersive environments, learning spaces, entrepreneurship, school leadership, big data, assessment models), and in pedagogy (from teaching to learning, social learning, social / educational networking, passion-based learning, learning how to learn, brain-based learning).

Strand 1:  Classroom 2.0 - The Changing Nature of the Classroom
Strand Tag: "classroom 2.0"
Example Topics:

  • Social media in classroom
  • 1:1 / BYOD programs
  • Flipped Classrooms
  • Digital Writing
  • Digital Literacies / Search Literacies
  • Makerspaces
  • Gaming in Education
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Digital Textbooks
  • Changes to teaching specific subjects: e.g., Math 2.0

Strand 2:  Student 2.0 - Changes to Student Learning
Strand Tag: "student 2.0"
Example Topics:

  • Individualized / personalized learning
  • The learner as agent
  • Student-directed learning
  • Hacking education
  • Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for Students
  • Personal learning or success plans
  • ePortfolios
  • Resume 2.0
  • Personal websites and "branding"
  • Building a digital presence

Strand 3:  Teacher 2.0 - Personal and Professional Development
Strand Tag: "teacher 2.0"
Example Topics:

  • The teacher as lead learner
  • Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and Personal Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Peer Professional Development (PD)
  • Open PD
  • Self-directed PD
  • Passion-based teaching
  • Schools of Education 2.0

Strand 4:  School 2.0 - The Where, When, and How of Formal Learning
Strand Tag: "school 2.0"
Example Topics:

  • Virtual and online schooling
  • Blended learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Immersive environments
  • Alternative Education Models (homeschooling, unschooling, Democratic schooling)
  • School leadership
  • Schools as community hubs
  • Education reform
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Solving digital divides
  • Architecture and learning Spaces
  • Educational entrepreneurship
  • Big data and data analytics
  • Assessment models

Strand 5:  Pedagogy - Re-evaluating Teaching and Learning Methods
Strand Tag: "pedagogy"
Example Topics:

  • From teaching to learning
  • Social Learning
  • Social / educational networking
  • Passion-based learning
  • Technology and pedagogy
  • Learning how to learn
  • Brain-based (cognitive) learning
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Starptautiskie studenti un mūžizglītības izaicinājumi

19 Jūnijs 2012

Neskatoties uz to, ka tikai nedaudzi nepiekritīs viedoklim, ka mūžizglītībai ir jābūt pozitīvai pieredzei, nepieciešams paturēt prātā, ka gados vecāka studenta ķermenis var prasīt to, ka tiešsaistes pasniedzējam būs jāizstrādā papildu rīki un jāattīsta jaunas iemaņas.

Šajā īsajā rakstā mēs apskatām divus izaicinājumus, ar kuriem sastapās starptautiskie studējošie, kas mācību vidē ieviesa dažas problēmas, kas bija saistītas ne tikai ar studējošā vecumu, bet arī ar ģeogrāfisko vidi, kurā viņi studēja. Studējošo vārdi ir izmainīti.

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eLearning Papers 28 on Cyber Security and Education published!

30 Aprīlis 2012

Addressing Cyber Security in schools should foster critical digital literacy, such that children can become empowered to make informed decisions about how they choose to use and share information online. eLearning Papers Nº 28 gives answers to questions such as: What constitutes risk when working with digital media? Or where does the potential reside to engage young people in safe Internet use?

The rapidity with which children and young people are gaining access to online, convergent, mobile and networked media is unprecedented in the history of technological innovation. There are two main foci for e–security research that associated with protecting information both strategic and economic and that protecting people particularly the young. While these are overlapping concerns it is the latter that this special issue addresses.


eLearning Papers 28 presents 8 articles arranged in the two sections, In-depth and From the field. The four In-depth articles give a view of the present discussions surrounding how students can be encouraged to engage in safe Internet use. The fourth From the field articles present examples of best practice scenarios.


Click here to read the whole editorial and the 8 articles.


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Sadarbības mācību aktivitāšu izstrāde drošās informācijas sistēmās

30 Aprīlis 2012

Pētījumu joma par informācijas tehnoloģiju pielietošanu datorizētos sadarbības mācību (CSCL) aktivitātēs rada ļoti sarežģītus scenārijus, kuri ir jāizpēta, izmantojot dažādas pieejas. Viena no pieejām ir apskatīt informācijas drošību, bet ne tikai no tehnoloģiskās puses.

Šajā rakstā mēs norādām, ka pašreizējās e-mācību sistēmas, kas atbalsta tiešsaistes kolaboratīvās mācības, nevar pilnīgi apmierināt drošības pamatprasības un šis ierobežojums būtiski ietekmē sadarbības mācību procesus. Šo problēmu novēršanai mēs piedāvājam pieeju, kas balstās uz publiskās atslēgas infrastruktūras (PKI) modeļiem, kas nodrošina svarīgākās drošības īpašības un pakalpojumus tiešsaistes kolaboratīvajai apmācībai, tādus kā pieejamība, integritāte, identifikācija un autentifikācija, piekļuves vadība, konfidencialitāte, noteikumu ievērošana, laikspiedoli, audita pakalpojumi un kļūmju novēršana.

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