The 2013 Horizon Project Higher Education Advisory Board initially voted on the top 12 emerging technologies — the result of which is documented in this a interim report: the NMC Horizon Project Short List > 2013 Higher Education Edition. This Short List then helped the advisory board narrow down the 12 technologies to six for the full publication.
LinkedUp aims to push forward the exploitation of the vast amounts of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational institutions and organizations. LinkedUp will organise the LinkedUp Challenge to realise personalised university degree-level education of global impact based on open Web data and information. Drawing on the diversity of Web information relevant to education, this aim requires overcoming substantial challenges related to Web-scale data and information management involving Big Data to offer personalised and accessible education services.
Challenge Initialisation and Development (WP1)
LinkedUp will launch an open challenge to identify and promote innovative uses of open Web data in educational contexts. WP1 is responsible for the design and timely execution of the challenge and the interaction with other LinkedUp activities (such as data curation and evaluation). To this end, WP1 will define the main challenge tracks, criteria and incentives as well as the dissemination strategy (jointly with WP4). The LinkedUp Challenge will be organised into different tracks (from an Open Data Challenge up to more specific task-oriented challenges) which will run through different stages, where access will be possible to new participants at the start of each stage.
- Web data success stories: the LinkedUp Challenge will identify and promote highly innovative applications and technologies which exploit open Web data in ways which significantly expand the current state of the art. The latter includes technical dimensions such as scalability or performance as well as non-technical aspects related to legal, privacy or usability issues.
- Open challenge framework: a reusable competition framework which will be established as periodic series of competitions (defined in terms of timelines, categories, requirements, stages, tracks and incentive structure)
- Best practices & lessons learned: throughout the project, WP1 will refine its approach and capture a set of best practices which will emerge throughout the competition
Evaluation Framework (WP2)
One of the main outcomes of the LinkedUp project will be an Evaluation Framework (EF) that can be reused and instantiated to evaluate Open Web Data applications in particular in the educational domain. WP2 will develop the EF that consists of predefined evaluation criteria, metrics, methods and benchmarks for the assessment of open data-based technologies and data itself. Evaluation dimensions include technical ones (such as performance, scalability, precision) as well as non-technical ones (qualitative criteria, legal and licensing issues, usability criteria). The EF will be developed with the help of the Group Concept Mapping (GCM) method and the support of an inter-disciplinary panel of experts. Within the GCM method, experts have to agree on a collection of specific evaluation criteria and their indicators.
- Evaluation framework (EF): a set of evaluation criteria, metrics, methods and benchmarks for the evaluation of data-driven applications and data. The EF will be public and available for any party to use and expand.
- Specific EF instantiations for the LinkedUp challenge tracks: specific subsets of the EF will be developed for the particular assessment in each track (open track vs focused task track). Hence, guidelines for qualitative assessment by experts (open track) will be provided as well as a set of automated assessment metrics and methods (focused task track).
- Evaluation results: in addition, the outcomes of LinkedUp evaluation activities will be published and made available. This will result in a set of publicly available data and technology quality assessments and resulting benchmarks.
Deployment Support: Data, Guidance, Infrastructure (WP3)
LinkedUp relies on a base infrastructure, both technical and organisational, to support the development of educational applications exploiting Web data. While a wide variety of educationally relevant data exists on the Web, most prominently,LinkedUp data curation activities will produce a data catalogue and repository which will offer access mechanisms to a wide range of datasets of relevance to educational scenarios. WP3 will also provide development support for external developers and will collaborate with them on tackling non-technological issues associated with deploying web data applications in an educational environment (for instance, legal and organisational aspects).
- LinkedUp data catalogue & registry: a public catalogue of categorised and described educationally relevant datasets
- LinkedUp data infrastructure: public access mechanisms to educationally relevant datasets (endpoints & APIs)
- LinkedUp support environment: supporting developers in exploiting educational datasets
Community building and dissemination (WP4)
LinkedUp will catalyse an active, diverse and well-connected community in the area of open linked data for education, including open Web data and resource evangelists. We will bridge the research and business communities, ensuring that innovative results and knowledge from academia are transferred to practical applications, eg. in a business context. We will enable and encourage content and data providers to contribute new material to LinkedUp through events, tools, and documentation. In order to facilitate learning about linked data for education, we will create a Handbook on Open Data in Education, a resource for educators, web data providers, and adopters.
- A network of practitioners and experts on open data in education
- Events and workshops to encourage understanding and uptake of open data in education
- Handbook on Open Data in Education: We will collaboratively develop a handbook, gathering best practices on how to use open data to meet educational needs. This will include use cases, tips and tricks for finding data and tools, and guidelines on using data and tools.
Exploitation, Exit and Sustainability (WP5)
The goal of this work package is to develop large-scale scenarios and use cases for the deployment, evaluation and exploitation of the Web data-based application. Use cases serve two main purposes: providing scenarios for the actual deployment of LinkedUp Challenge submissions and to prepare and implement an exit & sustainability strategy for the long-term exploitation of the project results. The latter in particular ensures the persistence and long-term availability of the competition and evaluation framework produced in LinkedUp.
- LinkedUp Large-scale use case scenarios: real-world scenarios for the deployment of the applications developed during the LinkedUp challenge, covering public as well as educational sector
- LinkedUp Exit and sustainability plan: to ensure the persistence and long-term availability of the competition and evaluation framework produced in LinkedUp
- LinkedUp Show cases: will show the application of LinkedUp technologies to use case scenarios, featururing a meaningful subset (software, data, etc.) of the functionality characterising the project demonstrator(s)
The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. Through EC-TEL, established and emerging researchers as well as practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technology developers explore new collaborations, strengthen networks, and complement their core experience. This year's theme is "Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact". We invite contributions for demonstrations, workshops and project meetings, as well as original research papers. A doctoral consortium will also be organized concurrently with the workshops. Please find all details at the EC-TEL 2013 website.
As part of the research for the Report, Kineo conducted over 30 interviews and meetings with leading companies, including Aviva, BT, BP and Vodafone, in order to explore the trends and challenges being faced by L&D departments, and how they were dealing with them. 10 key trends emerged from this research, and these are explored in the report which opens with a foreword from e-learning guru, Clive Shepherd, and ends with a 2013 e-learning to-do list based on the Report's findings.
The monitor provides insight into the latest developments of ICT and education and describes new developments. The question in the monitor answered is: how can ICT effectiveness and efficiency of education improve?
The monitor shows the state of affairs of ICT in teaching (learning) and the use of ICT in secondary processes. The monitor consists of four parts: education and ICT, efficiency and balance, state of affairs in 2012 and yields.
As tecnologias de informação e comunicação (TIC) têm entrado nas escolas, sendo por isso motivo de reflexão actual: quais devem ser as capacidades básicas a adquirir pelos alunos no uso das TIC? Os alunos aprendem melhor com recurso às novas tecnologias? Em que casos tem este tipo de meios revelado melhores resultados? Pode o aluno «descobrir» conhecimentos por si mesmo com o auxílio das novas tecnologias?
Nesta conferência, focar-se-á essencialmente o papel do computador e do multimédia na aprendizagem do aluno. Um professor holandês discutirá o modo de conceber e utilizar recursos tecnológicos para promover a aprendizagem, dois especialistas portugueses abordarão as mais-valias das novas tecnologias para a aprendizagem por alunos com necessidades especiais e por alunos do básico e secundário em áreas das ciências. Estaremos a utilizar bem as tecnologias em prol da aprendizagem?
Dia 3 de Dezembro no Porto; dia 4 em Leiria e dia 5 em Lisboa.
In this year of the Olympics, let us gather at the CARNet Users Conference in the Olympic spirit! Let us be inspired by it, not in order for us to compete with each other, but to re-examine our own abilities.
Can we improve the network we are developing, and it’s security? Do we know how to operate that network in educational institutions? What kind of content do we want to publish on it? To what extent do we want to control the Internet users? How will we teach young people that on the Internet, too, their freedom is limited by the freedom of others? How to use technology which they find interesting in a way to enhance their innovativeness? These and other topics will be addressed at CUC 2012. We invite you to make your own contribution to the discussion by submitting your papers or to propose workshops and encourage further learning!
Additional information about the Conference can be obtained by e-mail at CUC@CARNet.hr.
CARNet Users Conference - CUC 2012 will be held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport.
Zaangażowanie może być czynnikiem prowadzącym do lepszej interakcji pomiędzy uczniami z tej samej klasy, a także pomiędzy uczniami i nauczycielem. Często uczniowie słabo zaangażowani w niewielkim stopniu wykorzystują materiały edukacyjne kursu. Nauczyciele on-line niejednokrotnie muszą wprowadzać specjalne zajęcia edukacyjne, mające na celu zwiększenia zaangażowania ucznia.
Zajęcia edukacyjne oparte na sztuce mogą wspierać społeczne i edukacyjne zaangażowanie ucznia, ponieważ pomagają uczniom i nauczycielom stać się dla siebie bardziej „rzeczywistymi” w środowisku edukacyjnym on-line. Przykłady takich zajęć opartych na sztuce obejmują Photo Cascades, „My” Music Moments i Word Sculptures.