The Perspectives of the European instructional designer

The webinar was run by Denes Zarka, ICT-enhanced learning designer on 26 October 2016 as part of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) ASCILITE LIVE! webinar series. This webinar focused on the problems and solutions of a learning designer in the context of open learning. He explored what “open” stands[…]

The use of Open Badges to recognise non-formal and informal learning

Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship are more and more in demand on today’s labour market and they may prove to be the decisive factor between two candidates with equivalent qualifications and experience. But how can we measure, improve and publicly display these skills in CVs or e-Portfolios? The ERASMUS+ funded eLene4work[…]

WHAT and HOW to Teach with Video

A 4-week MOOC is to start in January based on the book by Jack Koumi Designing video and multimedia for open and flexible learning (2006, reprinted 2009). The MOOC includes powerful teaching/learning roles for which video is potentially capable as well as pedagogic design principles to achieve this potential. WHAT to teach with video: Powerful[…]

How to Improve Soft Skills to Ensure Better Employability and the potential of open badges in recognizing skills development

Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship are more and more in demand on today’s labour market and these competencies may prove to be the distinguishing factor between two candidates with equivalent qualifications and experience. How can we measure these skills? How can students and young workers demonstrate these skills in a CV[…]

National Distance Learning Week in the USA

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) annual National Distance Learning Week will be held on 7-11 November, 2016. After our successful collaboration last year, EDEN is yet again pleased to be the global partner of the event, contributing with several webinars on educational leadership (HE focus), home and hospital education and teacher creativity (K12[…]

Preparing Higher Education leaders to become the change makers of the university of tomorrow

The 1st D-TRANSFORM leadership school will be a unique opportunity to update leaders and senior managers in European higher education institutions with knowledge, skills and attitudes which they need to have in order to make effective decisions about the use of digital techniques in learning and teaching, drawing on expert presenters including from innovative universities.[…]

Content analysis and critical thinking – An Assessment Study

The lecturer, Antonella Poce was speaking about the project of the University Roma Tre that assessed the following hypothesis: with providing further cultural insights according to well-defined models on which to undertake guided discussions, the critical thinking skills of students increase. The students’ written productions were treated with a lexicometric analysis using the Taltac software,[…]

Planning a project

This module is addressed to teachers in secondary (high school, general or vocational educational establishments) or higher education whose students are preparing to undertake a mobility period abroad. It is also hoped that this module will raise interest among teachers who are keen to improve their knowledge in the field of mobility project planning. Learning[…]

Intercultural skills

This module is addressed to teachers in secondary (high school, general or vocational educational establishments) or higher education whose students are preparing to undertake an international mobility. We would also like to arouse interest among teachers who are keen to improve their knowledge in the field of intercultural competences. The teacher-activities are mainly addressed to[…]

ICT for education and virtual exchanges

This module is aimed at secondary education teachers (secondary school, general or vocational teaching establishment) or higher education, where learners are preparing for international mobility. It will also interest teachers who wish to further their knowledge on the subject of virtual exchanges. Learning objectives (skills and competences) At the end of this module, the learners[…]

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ODS Teachers Academy

This training framework is targeted to both non-technically oriented teachers as well as to IT-coordinators.The modules are self-contained for flexibility and offer individual learning paths, to take into account different levels of ICT competence and experience with metadata and repositories. Some modules assume little experience with ICT and provide a general practical introduction, others build[…]

EMPORT – Improve employability and enhance European competitiveness through the acquisition of language and cultural competences in Portuguese

A multimedia-rich free short language courses specifically designed for people who want to develop or expand their businesses in Portuguese speaking countries. EMPORT can not only help you learn the necessary basic business vocabulary and idioms, but does this with special focus on cultural variants of the language, like Brazilian, Angolan, etc. in an interactive,[…]

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ODS Content Providers Academy

This training framework is aimed at training content providers, considering that a Content Provider (CP) is any organization that provides metadata that enables access to digital content for its use in the Open Discovery Space portal (ODSP). A content provider not necessarily hosts the learning resources that it is contributing to the ODSP -acting as[…]

Be aware what you are asking for! Assessment criteria and analytics

The lecturer, Blaženka Divjak (professor at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics) discussed how assessment guides student learning in higher education. She highlighted the importance of designing an assessment that encourage deep approach to learning as well as assessment methods that are clearly connected with intended learning outcomes of the study program or the[…]

Mind the Gap! Perceptual differences and learning

The lecturer, Steve Wheeler (associate professor of Learning Technology in Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth University) discussed different gaps teachers and students face every day – generational gaps, gaps in understanding, expectation gaps, gaps in literacy, intention gaps – which can be widened or narrowed by using technology. He also explored flipped roles, digital assessment and[…]

Composing assessment for the multimodal classroom

The lecturer, James Lamb, Assistant Director of Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS), in Edinburgh, argued that the increasingly digital nature of teaching and learning in higher education calls us for to fully consider the possibilities of multimodal assessment and feedback. He began with a short presentation where he contextualise the subject though reference[…]

A journey through the assessment and feedback landscape: from principles to effective practice

Dr. Gill Ferrell, Consultant at Aspire and Board Director of EUNIS, presented the outcomes of a 3 year programme of activity to enhance assessment and feedback practice in the UK. The programme involved over 30 universities working directly with around 2,200 staff and more than 6000 students covering all of the main academic disciplines. Dr.[…]

Reflections on collaborative assessment: materiality, dialogue and group connoisseurship

Two lecturers, Clara O’Shea, Associate Lecturer with the MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and Tim Fawns, Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh, presented three productive challenges when tackling group work in digital environments: the role of the material in the learning assemblage; the tension[…]

Assessment Strategy: Managing and Supporting Assessment Designers

The presenters from Dublin City University, Elaine Walsh and James Brunton introduced their project launched in 2012 by the humanities programme team of the Open Education Unit, aimed at enhancing the quality of assessment writing. In 2014 the team developed an online assessment writers resource and delivered associated training workshops. One of the main realisations[…]