eLearning Africa is the Continent’s largest gathering of high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government. The key networking event for developing eLearning capacities on the Continent, eLearning Africa 2013 will take place from 29th to 31st May in Windhoek, Namibia, under the overall theme of tradition, change and innovation. Serving as a pan-African platform, eLearning Africa is a must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities. eLearning Africa takes place in a different African country each year, and the conference languages are English and French. At the 2012 event, 1483 teachers, educators, trainers and ICT professionals from 69 countries convened in Cotonou, Benin.
[sic] is the name of a series of conferences on trends in the Information and Knowledge Society. Our conferences take place once per month and are designed to discuss current issues about the Information Society.
Learning Analytics is a rapidly growing research field and commercial , with potentially disruptive potential. While educational researchers have for many years used computational techniques toanalyse learner data, generate visualizations of learning dynamics,and build predictive models to test theories — for the first time, these techniques are becoming available to educators, learners and policy makers.
Learning analytics promise is to transform educational research into a data-driven science, and educational institutions into organisations that make evidence-based decisions. However, critical debate is needed on the limits of computational modelling, the ethics of analytics, and the educational paradigms that learning analytics promote.
EUNIS Congress is leading ICT conference in Higher education in Europe since 1998 that attract a large audience (300-400 professionals).
It represents an opportunity for sharing of experience amongst international specialists, users, researchers, decision-makers, and teaching staff from all over Europe. Moreover, it is a very good event to present and publish the latest results of research, development, and deployment of Information Technology in HEIs.
Riga Technical University, located in Riga, Latvia, will host the 19th EUNIS Congress.
Commission issues action call in Davos - with IT sector and telecoms companies - to close digital skills and jobs gap in Europe
Europe faces up to 700.000 unfilled ICT jobs and declining competitiveness. The number of digital jobs is growing – by 3% each year during the crisis – but the number of new ICT graduates and other skilled ICT workers is shrinking. Our youth need actions not words, and companies operating in Europe need the right people or they will move operations elsewhere.
Today, the Commission is issuing a call to action to companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society to join us in a massive effort to "turn the tide". Young Europeans should have the tools to enter digital careers or to create jobs as entrepreneurs.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "The digital skills gap is growing, like our unemployment queues. We need joint action between governments and companies to bridge that gap. The ICT sector is the new backbone of Europe's economy, and together we can prevent a lost generation and an uncompetitive Europe. So I am expecting concrete pledges by companies, everyone I meet will be getting the same request. The Commission will do its bit but we can't do it alone – companies, social partners and education players – including at national and regional level - have to stand with us."
The Commission will collect pledges on new jobs, internships, training places, start-up funding, free online university courses and more. Companies such as Nokia, Telefónica, SAP, Cisco, HP, Alcatel-Lucent, Randstad, ENI, Telenor Group, ARM, as well as the CIO community, CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) and Digital Europe are in the first wave of those committing to act. On 4-5 March the Commission will include pledges received from partners and build them into the launch of a Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs at a major pledging conference. The conference is open to all who want to actively support this common cause.
We seek active collaboration in areas like industry-led training, assisting labour mobility, certifying skills, improving school and university curricula, raising awareness, and creating an entrepreneur friendly environment for start-ups.
One concrete area for action could be training vouchers. Successful German and Spanish voucher based training models provided jobs for 60-70% of the 20,000 participants and we should seek to replicate and scale up this idea on a European scale.
Other key elements of the Coalition will include mobility assistance. Such assistance is likely to range from English language learning support to facilitating mobility for unemployed persons and standardised certification of skills, via a transformed eCompetence Framework available in all 23 official languages of the EU.
In recognition of the job creation potential of web start-ups, the Commission is also launching Startup Europe, a single platform for tools and programmes supporting people wanting to set up and grow web start-ups in Europe.
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Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou calls for more ICT in education at Education Ministers' conference in Oslo
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, outlined some of the ideas which will be explored as part of the Commission's new strategy on 'Opening up Education' when she addressed European Ministers and high-level policy-makers in Oslo.
The way in which education and training systems can fully reap the benefits of modern technologies is at the core of the meeting, organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Cyprus Presidency of the EU. The Commission intends to launch its new strategy, focused on the use of ICT and open educational resources (OER) to enhance education and skills development, by mid-2013.
"The digital revolution must not stop at the classroom. The web, social networks and online open educational resources offer huge possibilities to modernise teaching and learning. These are areas where EU cooperation adds value and delivers results," said Commissioner Vassiliou ahead of her visit.
Ministers of Education from EU Member States, candidate countries as well as EFTA states participated in the two-day event.
The Serious Sports project aims to develop a digital sports game and reusable framework that will offer sports/fitness coaches the opportunity to simulate the physical conditioning, training content and structure in different (training) seasons for a European-wide sparring sport.
The project will seek to provide resources and self-assessment techniques as part of this digital sports game to support coaches, vocational teachers and others involved in sports through game based learning and reinforcement techniques.
The project also intends to research, enhance and promote the use of game based learning in all areas of sport and support the recognition and evaluation of social, communication and organizational skills acquired in all possible learning scenarios.
This page provides an INDEX to the PREDICT 2012 report that provides a detailed analysis of the state of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Research and Development (R&D) activities in the European Union.
- First an overview of the importance of the EU ICT sector and of its R&D is provided.
- Detailed information is then provided by ICT manufacturing and services sub-sectors, by EU Member States, and by comparison with the USA. Data and analyses are provided according to the following categories: Size of the ICT sector in terms of its share in GDP (i.e., ICT sector value added), ICT sector employment and labour productivity, ICT sector business expenditures in R&D (ICT BERD), estimates of public funding of ICT R&D at EU and Member States levels, and ICT Sector R&D personnel.
- Finally, a comparison of main indicators is provided, by sub-sectors, by Member States, and with the USA.
The ICT Proposers' Day is a unique networking opportunity to build partnerships and projects targetting the new Information and Communication Technologies Work Programme for 2013.
Networking for European ICT Research & Development
The event will provide:
- first-hand information from European Commission officials on the upcoming calls for proposals and the ICT Work Programme 2013, offering around 1.5 billion euro of EU funding
- an opportunity to present and discuss your project idea during one of the networking sessions
- an electronic platform for exchanging ideas and finding right partners to form project consortia
- a face2face brokerage event with pre-arranged meetings within the ICT Proposers' Day
- guidance on how to present a successful proposal
Who should attend?
Everyone who is interested in responding to calls for proposals for R&D projects in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. It is an exceptional occasion to meet potential partners from academia, research institutes, business and industry, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe. More than 2000 participants are expected to attend!