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The aim of this short questionnaire is to gather information about the types of skills project managers and others involved in the communication and dissemination activities of Lifelong Learning Programme funded projects require in the area of web strategies and social media.
Help to find out the real needs of project coordinators and partners in respect to these topics by completing a short questionnaire (which takes about 5 minutes). Your replies will help to ensure that the resources and training provided is appropriate, relevant and fit-for-purpose. The results will be published here.
Read more about the Web2LLP project here.
The new European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network is hosting a conference for critical reflection on assumptions and value judgements of the transformative processes occurring in education.
The ESREA Network aims to broaden the discussion of transformative learning to include critical theories and a more holistic understanding of education. Rather than viewing education as an individualistic activity in preparation for the labour market, the conference hopes to bring back ideas of education as a collective and intrinsically valuable endeavour.
The conference is open to all European researchers and adult educators who wish to actively participate in this discussion. The aims of the conference are:
- To create a space in which we can interrogate TL and other concepts of transformation and its dynamics, in interdisciplinary ways, helping invigorate understanding of emancipatory forms of education.
- To bring alongside TL theories, those of critical theory, Freirian-inspired understandings, psychoanalysis etc., to build a dialogue between those who may be motivated by similar ends, but may assert the importance of different conceptual frames.
- To build a strong, vigorous, diverse and interdisciplinary ESREA Network, to enhance scholarship and research of transformative processes in learning and education in diverse settings, cultures and societies.
The overall theme of the conference is "What is the point of transformative learning?" and the programme includes keynote speakers, round-table discussions, experiential workshops and research presentations. Earlybird registration ends on April 30, after which the full fee is applicable.
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) has announced details of an upcoming workshop exploring the design, implementation and support of work-based learning in continuing vocational education and training (CVET).
With Europe’s population expected to have progressively longer working lives, the need for adults to regularly update and broaden their skills through CVET is an issue of increasing importance for human resources professionals.
The event, taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece later this year, will place particular focus on ‘effective use of work-based learning in CVET in firms’ and ‘how public policy and new forms of governance can support good practice’.
Cedefop have issued a call for papers ahead of the workshop, inviting texts that focus on one or more of the following issues:
· Work-based learning (WBL) in CVET in firms: approaches, challenges and success factors
· Supporting the effective use of WBL in CVET in enterprises – the role of public policies and governance models
The deadline to submit papers is 23.05.2014. Click here for more details on the workshop.
The Networked Learning Conference is an international, research-based conference. The focus of the conference is network learning in formal or informal settings in higher education and lifelong learning.
The conference is an opportunity to participate in a forum for the critical examination and analysis of research in networked learning ie learning and teaching carried out largely via the Internet/Web which emphasises dialogical learning, collaborative and cooperative learning, group work, interaction with on-line materials, knowledge production and design for learning.
Presentations will follow the main themes of:
- Theory: perspectives and paradigms (e.g. sociomaterialism, networked individualism)
- Methods: research design, data and analysis (e.g. learning analytics, big data, phenomenography, ANT and post-ANT)
- Debates: critical ideas and emerging issues (e.g. sustainability, open and public, democracy, occupy, posthumanism, digital scholarship)
- Design: architectures, spaces, mobilities and pedagogies (e.g. MOOCs, communities and networks of practice)
This conference is considered a major event in the international 'technology enhanced learning' conference circuit, and provides a friendly, collegiate context for meeting researchers and practitioners in networked learning. All submissions are peer reviewed, and accepted papers published in conference proceedings
Further details on submission at:
Pre-conference online Hot Seats will run from September 2013 to March 2014: Details of Hot Seat hosts can be found at: http://networkedlearningconference.ning.com/
Using MOOCs to foster web talent in Europe is part of the European Commission DG Connect’s Web Entrepreneurship Action Plan aimed at strengthening the environment for entrepreneurs seeking to start and develop their own web businesses, and to provide support to web entrepreneurs who want to scale-up their small businesses Europe-wide.
Building and empowering an environment for web entrepreneurship in Europe through MOOCs
The new MOOCs for Web Talent network will present a precise mapping of European MOOCs in the area of web development. The network facilitates actions to increase the creation and use of MOOCs to foster web talent in Europe.
An online group
The MOOCs for Web Talent group on the Open Education Europa portal provides information about MOOCs for web skills, and at the same time aims to connect an extended network of MOOC providers and learners in order to raise awareness about the idea that fostering ICT and web entrepreneurs can help create new jobs that transform the European economy and society.
In addition, an EU MOOC conference will take place during autumn 2014 to bring together potential course followers, universities and early adopters.
We invite you to form part of this network by creating and engaging in discussions that contribute towards fostering web talent in Europe.
MOOCs for web skills scoreboard
This scoreboard shows how many MOOCs for web skills each country in Europe offers. For this scoreboard the following skills were taken under consideration:
- Core Web skills
- Web authoring
- Programming and design
- Graphic design and animation
- Software Engineering
- eLearning and Gamification
- Digital art
The MOOCs included in this infographic were listed on the websites of the following initiatives:
European Higher Education Institutions at the Open Education Europa portal, Alison, FutureLearn, Iversity, Miriada X, Open Course World, OpenupEd , UNED Abierta, UnX.
The Hands-on ICT project team is looking for teachers to contribute to the design of a new course on Creativity Techniques and ICT skills. Fill out the online survey to give your input.
Computers, the internet, smartphones… All these tools are just a means to an end. The Hands-on ICT project (HANDSON) recognizes that ICT tools only add value to the education sector when they are used with skill and creativity to improve existing good practices.
The project trains and supports teachers in the use of ICT. The approach integrates various tools into practical activities that include other competences.
The HANDSON project team is designing a course on “Creativity Techniques” targeted at teachers. The course will teach both creativity techniques and ICT skills. As part of the course design, the project team is seeking the input of teachers to help identify participants’ needs.
An online survey is now available that is open to all teachers. The survey should take a maximum of 20 minutes to complete and the responses will remain confidential.
The course itself will also be online and open to all teachers. You can leave your contact details with the HANDSON project team if you would like to be informed when the course is available.
At this year's Lifelong Learning Week, from 2-6 December 2013, organizers EUCIS-LLL will launch their Manifesto for the European elections. The upcoming European Elections will be a general focus for this week. Many events will take place in order to to provide ideas on how to modernise education and training systems in Europe. The events will take place in the European Parilament in Brussels.
Today, the concept of “lifelong learning” is widely used but its meaning differs according to whom is using it. According to EUCIS-LLL, lifelong learning covers education and training across all ages and in all areas of life be it formal, non-formal or informal. It shall enable citizen’s emancipation and full participation in society in its civic, social and economic dimensions. The idea of organising Lifelong Learning Weeks aims to raise awareness on lifelong learning in Europe and to put forward the need to adopt a holistic approach at all levels of decision-making, implementation and evaluation. This is necessary if we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy as set in the Europe 2020 strategy.
Developing human potential has been a persistent EU policy aim even in the recent years of economic crisis. Among the goals of the European Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, Europe 2020, we find employment and innovation, featuring education as a major lever.
The year 2014 is important as the start of the new European programme period until 2020. This coincides with intensive developments in ICT-supported learning, educational innovations and, in particular, open educational resources. With present economic trends, the key question being growth and employability, it is highly important how employers accept job candidates with the certifications and competences from the new world of learning, characterised by many innovative approaches and open educational settings.
The EDEN Conference welcomes both academics and professionals to discuss research, projects and experiences related to the conference themes. There will be paper presentations, poster presentations, workshops, and demonstrations. The Synergy Strand is a platform for sharing research findings and output in order to facilitate collaboration and new partnerships.
A call for contributions is now open, and submissions will be accepted until 31 January 2013. Registration for the conference will open in mid-February.
OER4Adults aimed to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in adult learning in Europe, identifying enablers and barriers to successful implementation of practices with OER.
This report presents an overview and analysis of Open Educational Practices for Adult Learning in Europe. It is a contribution to the construction of a knowledge base on Opening up Education and is part of a wider scientific agenda on ICT and Learning being developed at IPTS, mainly in collaboration with DG Education and Culture.
The project drew on data from four main sources:
- OER4Adults inventory of over 150 OER initiatives relevant to adult learning in Europe
- Responses from the leaders of 36 OER in itiatives to a detailed SWOT survey
- Responses from 89 lifelong learners and adult educators to a short poll
- The Vision Papers on Open Education 2030: Lifelong Learning published by IPTS
Analysis revealed 6 tensions that drive developing practices around OER in adult learning and that structure the paper:
- Open versus free
- Traditional versus new approaches
- Altruism versus marketisation
- Community versus openness
- Mass participation versus quality
- Add-on versus embedded funding
As Europe approaches the 2014 elections for the European Parliament, debate is mounting around vital topics such as the future of education and learning in Europe. The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) has released a Manifesto that puts forward three priorities and 12 policy recommendations for the advancement of lifelong learning.
While education remains the jurisdiction of member states, the EU has gained significant influence in the domain, particularly with the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy. The EUCIS-LLL Manifesto calls for increased dialogue and cooperation between the EU and civil society in order to ensure the democratic engagement of citizens with the educational policies that will shape their future.
The Manifesto identifies three top priorities for MEPs to consider:
- Ensure accessible and quality learning for all
- Invest in the social dimension of education and training
- Bring the EU closer to its citizens
The overall vision of the Manifesto is to recognize and validate life-long learning as a crucial instrument for employability, social inclusion, civic engagement, and personal fulfillment. Ensuring that Europeans are able to acquire the necessary skills for success now and in the future requires a flexible and broad approach to learning, whether that be through formal, non-formal, or informal learning. Education and training are indisputably fundamental to developing human capital, and investment in the sector should reflect its value.