The EFQUEL Innovation Forum is the leading conference for practitioners in international quality and innovation in e-learning, training and development. The 8th EIF will take place at the Open University Catalunya in Barcelona on 26-27 September 2013.
This year’s EFQUEL conference will focus explicitly on quality issues, taking stock of where e-learning stands now, how the quality scene has evolved and what the future perspectives are and could be.
During the opening keynote session of EIF 2013 Sir John Daniel (Commonwealth of Learning) and Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (UNESCO) will give a joint presentation on the theme “Refocusing Quality in eLearning”. They will be surveying the online learning scene as it now is and situating the challenges of quality in eLearning in the context of quality in higher education. This presentation draws on the “A Guide to Quality in Online Learning”, published by Academic Partnerships.
Other keynote speeches will be delivered by Guy Haugh, a renowned consultant in change/modernisation in higher education and research, who will address the challenges of QA for the future, with the new wave of e-learning emerging through new and fascinating developments like OER, MOOCs and social media.
Josep Grifoll, from AQU, the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, will talk about the need of an effective and efficient external Quality Assurance scheme for e-learning and a clear definition of what e-learning is, as a process and as a product. An observation of the current European scenario shows an enormous diversity in the position and purpose of e-learning provision. This is probably one of the current obstacles for a higher development of an external quality assurance system in the sector.
Jon File, from CHEPS (University of Twente, the Netherlands), will present U-Multirank, a new multidimensional, user-driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions. The dimensions it includes are teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. Based on empirical data U-Multirank will compare institutions with similar institutional profiles and allow users to develop personalised rankings by selecting indicators in terms of their own preferences.
The theme of “Dynamic knowledge increase in changing times” of our past year's Corporate Universities & Ac@demies Summit in Paris attracted the forward-looking top-level enthusiasts from 28 countries. They managed to recontextualize the significance of integrating corporate learning needs in high-education and business practice.
“The conference was great, with different insights and various backgrounds – academics, people from the business, consortia..., we all could share our own experience, so it was very rich. I think this was the first time we covered only the topic of corporate universities,” revealed the Chairman of the Main Summit Day 1, Steve Fiehl, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder of CrossKnowledge, France.
The bar had been raised pretty high and our 2nd Annual Corporate Universities and Ac@demies Summit managed to exceed these expectations! This year we will be coming together for the 3rd edition of an even more insightful Corporate Universities and Ac@demies Summit, scheduled for 2-3-4 July 2013.
Why to start looking forward to it?
In 2013, 3 days of the 3rd Summit will divide sessions into streamed blocks and peer-2-peer learning sessions while putting the focus on 3 main topic areas.
As the corner stone for further knowledge, creative designs & development of corporate universities, including various learning cultures around the globe will be presented on the first day, followed by management and leadership skills for a successful mature CU on the second day. On the last day of the event, participants will have the unique chance to enjoy a one-of-a-kind digital learning, learning technology and corporate education exhibition.
The attendance is expected to reach 100+ senior-level participants and registrations had not been closed yet, there are still highly beneficial opportunities to join us!
25+ expert speakers and panelists and 70+ delegates from both private and public sectors are already committed to spend 3 days with us in Brussels and contribute with their knowledge, practical insights and innovative ideas!
Hope to see you there!
About Fleming Europe
Established in Slovakia, Fleming Europe represents a Pan-European B2B networking channel for specialists to collect & share knowledge. Since 2004, the company has been encouraging decision makers to share their experiences through market leading conferences, trainings and webinars. The annual audience of 10,000 Banking, Defense, Energy, Oil & Gas, Pharma, Telco and Transport peers benefit from insights on industry trends when applying them to their own business practices.
For more information visit www.flemingeurope.com
Analysing Professional Discourse in Interactive Learning: Integrating Historical and Situational Perspectives
Written environments in online learning enable professional discourse to be analysed in depth and provide greater knowledge for improving learning and for planning and delivering courses aimed at professional development.
Until now, research into professional discourse has highlighted the importance of a) interaction in the development of professional discourse, b) the need to analyse professional discourse as much from a historical point of view as from a situational one and c) the influence the demands of the context have on this discourse.
Published by the “Journal of Interactive Learning Research” in 2010, this paper takes this triple result and delves further into the professional discourse verbalised by 21 educational psychologists taking an online practice development course, and incorporates an integrated historical and situational analysis.
Available for download from UOC's Institutional Repository.
At this large-scale event, consisting of 2-day summit and 1-day post-conference workshop, 25+ forward-looking top-level experts will focus mainly on creative design and development of corporate universities, management and leadership skills for a successful mature corporate universities. Furthermore participants will benefit from 3 parallel streams, smaller group discussions and one-of-a-kind digital learning, learning technology & corporate education exhibition.
Intergenerational learning (IL) aims to improve dialogue among generations through civic participation in common social and institutional spaces, and carry out informal learning of key competences for lifelong learning, both by adults and children. IL has as its goal fostering social cohesion.
Contemporary European society needs social cohesion that is built on the basis of a new integrated and complex dimension of social tissue, where diversity (among cultures, age, gender) is considered an opportunity.
ARTinED project resources are now ready on the website for all European primary schools. This European Union funded project is designing innovative methodologies to both improve the teaching of any primary school subject by using the arts and using the arts to improve creativity, engage and inspire children to learn.
ARTinED - A new approach to education using the arts http://www.artined.eu/index.html
is a significant European Union funded education project that has been designing innovative methodologies to:
· To improve the teaching of any primary school subject by using the arts
· Using the arts to improve creativity, engage and inspire children to learn
ARTinEd has created:
· A methodology
· In-service training course
for teachers and authority curriculum experts to enhance European teachers’ knowledge and confidence in using the arts in their daily teaching in any school subject.
About using the resources
ARTinEd is now open to primary schools across Europe (ages 6 to 11) to pilot the resources that have been prepared and tested. You can use the resources now and in to the future, it is important for the project that we know you are using them. All the information you need is available on the project website in the resources section http://www.artined.eu/resources.html . If you would like to be involved please complete the form below.
What you will do
The project has made a primary level course on the environment that includes different art forms. Each school can use one or as many parts of the course as they wish.
You will need to request that a page is created on ARTinED Wiki for your school so you share in text, pictures and videos the work your students have completed. Just write to joel.josephson AT joel-josephson DOT org with the name of the school, after you register on the wiki (full name please). http://artined-eu.wikispaces.com/home
The Viducate Network has launched a new version of its guide to promote video production and media education in Europe.
The document, targeted to teachers and educational professionals, provides an introduction of how to use video production in the classroom. It includes first ideas for different school subjects and an updated background to what production involves and needs.
EDULEARN13, the 5th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies will be held in Barcelona (Spain), on 1-3 of July 2013.
EDULEARN13 is an International Forum for those who wish to present their projects and discuss the latest innovations and results in the field of New Technologies in Education, E-learning and methodologies applied to Education and Research.
Contributions to EDULEARN13 (in person or virtually) are welcome, as a way of sharing results and experiences in Education, Research and learning/teaching technology. The deadline for abstracts submission has been extended to 11 April 2013.
Two ISBN publications will be produced with all the accepted abstracts and papers that will be included in the digital library database of innovation projects in Education and New Learning Technologies.
This conference will be held at international level, and more than 700 delegates from 75 different countries are expected to attend.