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Open Learning and its Future of Assessment, Certification and Quality Assurance.  Open learning is scaling up again after the ODL-peak in 1990’s. Thanks to the ongoing changes in societies, working life and technology enabled globalization of education, open education has more potential users today than ever before. The major question is how to implement it for achieving best learning results.  Many initiatives took place during the last years: The ongoing debate on Open Educational Resources was leading to the influential 2012 Paris OER Declaration by UNESCO. In 2013, the "Opening up Education" communication was published by the European Commission demanding for "Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational Resources". And this year, the "Declaration of Crete" calling for "Re-establishing Openness as Default" was approved in a common workshop of the International Community for Open Research and Education (ICORE) and the Open Education Consortium (OEC) at the international LINQ conference 2014. Today open learning is introduced in many educational systems and sectors throughout Europe thanks to major flagship initiatives like Open Discovery Space and Inspiring Science Education involving all 28 EU member states and beyond. The proof of concept and potential benefits will be demonstrated and evaluated in the next years requiring a strong focus on assessment, on certification and in particular on the key quality dimension in open learning. Currently the vision of open learning is applied and amended for opening up education combining innovations and quality (Stracke 2014). This issue of eLearning Papers presents a collection of in-depth articles and reports from the field on "Assessment, certification, and quality assurance in open learning". These papers provide a comprehensive glimpse to what is taking place in open learning today.

<div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;">Open Learning and its Future of Assessment, Certification and Quality Assurance.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Open learning</strong>&nbsp;is scaling up again after the ODL-peak in 1990’s. Thanks to the ongoing changes in societies, working life and technology enabled globalization of education, open education has more potential users today than ever before. The major question is how to implement it for achieving best learning results.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many initiatives took place during the last years: The ongoing debate on&nbsp;<strong>Open Educational Resources</strong>&nbsp;was leading to the influential 2012 Paris&nbsp;<a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/access-to-kno... Declaration by UNESCO</a>. In 2013, the "<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/education/policy/strategic-framework/education-techn... up Education</a>" communication was published by the European Commission demanding for "Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational Resources". And this year, the "<a href="http://wiki.icore-online.org/index.php/ICORE_Declaration_of_Crete">Decla... of Crete</a>" calling for "Re-establishing Openness as Default" was approved in a common workshop of the International Community for Open Research and Education&nbsp;<strong>(ICORE)</strong>&nbsp;and the Open Education Consortium&nbsp;<strong>(OEC)</strong>&nbsp;at the international LINQ conference 2014.</span></div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px;">Today open learning is introduced in many educational systems and sectors throughout Europe thanks to major flagship initiatives like&nbsp;<strong>Open Discovery Space</strong>&nbsp;and Inspiring&nbsp;<strong>Science Education</strong>&nbsp;involving all 28 EU member states and beyond.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px;">The proof of concept and potential benefits will be demonstrated and evaluated in the next years requiring a strong focus on assessment, on certification and in particular on the key quality dimension in open learning. Currently the vision of open learning is applied and amended for opening up education combining innovations and quality (Stracke 2014).</span></div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px;">This issue of&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px;">eLearning Papers</strong><span style="font-style: normal; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 13.63636302948px;">&nbsp;presents a collection of in-depth articles and reports from the field on "Assessment, certification, and quality assurance in open learning". These papers provide a comprehensive glimpse to what is taking place in open learning today.</span></div>


ePaper Articles: 

  • Quality Assurance for OER : Current State of the Art and the TIPS Framework
  • Students as evaluators of open educational resources
  • Student’s Quality perception and learning outcomes when using an open accessible eLearning-resource
  • An Assessment-Recognition Matrix for Analysing Institutional Practices in the Recognition of Open Learning
  • Peer-review Platform for Astronomy Education Activities
  • Seven features of smart learning analytics - lessons learned from four years of research with learning analytics
  • Quality assurance in online learning: The contribution of computational linguistics analysis to criterion referenced assessment
Editorial Number: 
40
eLearning Authors: 
christian.stracke
Tapio Koskinen
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