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March, 2017 Part 2


March, 2017 Part 2.

Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Global MOOC Survey: Final call to all MOOC learners, designers and facilitators to contribute

The Global MOOC Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses is coming to an end soon, closing in the end of April 2017. Several hundreds of people have already contributed but all opinions are needed. Therefore we encourage all MOOC learners, designers and facilitators to take the last chance and to contribute and share their personal opinions! For more information visit the MOOQ (European Alliance for Quality of Massive Open Online Courses) website.


EUA launches TRENDS 2018 survey

EUA invites all European universities and higher education institutions to participate in the TRENDS 2018 survey. The eighth in the series, the EUA flagship initiative aims to map developments in Europe’s changing higher education landscape.


EADTU Conference announcement: call for abstracts

The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2017 (OOFHEC2017) will be hosted by the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK): 25 - 27 October 2017. Find here the scope and themes and the template to submit your abstract or workshop. Deadline for submission of abstract is 1 May 2017.


Articles from IRRODL

Why Do Academics Use Academic Social Networking Sites?

Hagit Meishar-Tal, Efrat Pieterse

Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC

Mariana de Lima, Marta Elena Zorrilla

Analysis of Social Media Influencers and Trends on Online and Mobile Learning

Chien-wen Shen, Chin-Jin Kuo, Pham Thi Minh Ly


Publications and Events

Call for papers WLS - LINQ 2017

The Call for Scientific Papers by the international conferences World Learning Summit (WLS) and Learning Innovation and Quality Conference (LINQ) is open! As of 2017, World Learning Summit and LINQ are joining forces to build on that sense of difference, creating a world conference on education’s digital future. The theme for this year´s summit is “SMART UNIVERSITIES”. The extended deadline for submissions is 15 April 2017. Read more...


European Figures in Distance and e-Learning

"In my contribution on European figures who have really made a difference in distance and e-learning I want firstly to observe that Europe has produced, or at least been the happy host of many of the major figures in our field. A question to be returned to is whether there is a unifying theme to theory and practice in Europe, so a particular European perspective on distance and e-learning, or rather a set of theorists and innovators who happen to have been based in Europe." An article by Alan Tait.


Perspectives and Prospects as long-awaited TNE Bill is approved in the Netherlands

After two years in the making and a heated policy debate, the Dutch House of Representatives – the Lower House of Parliament – has passed a Bill that will further encourage international joint programme development and allow Dutch higher education institutions to start offering full Dutch degree programmes abroad. This article by Dr. Rosa Becker aims to give an overview of the main TNE (transnational education) points that the Bill covers, and to indicate the initial resistance around strong points of concern and the reasons the Bill has been approved.


Leadership Choices for the Future

"Leadership is inherently viewed as positive and good (Kellerman 2004). The reality, of course, is something quite different. There are good leaders and there are bad leaders, male and female. There are those who believe that any action by leaders is better than no action at all. This is wishful thinking and absolute nonsense. If leaders make bad decisions, those actions paralyze the organization, its members, and damage the public and society in many cases." An article by Don Olcott, Jr., Darcy W. Hardy, and Theresa E. Madden.


Should students build their own degrees by studying at several universities?

"Here’s the big idea: students should be able to move seamlessly between higher education providers, picking up academic credits along the way, to create their own degree package. This beguiling picture of a fully flexible higher education system prompted amendments to the higher education and research bill announced by universities minister Jo Johnson." An article by Jon Scott about the risks of moving between higher education providers.


Competition for new Innovation Communities: EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban mobility announced!

At a conference in Brussels organised by the European Commission, the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) has announced plans to re-launch the competition for a new innovation community, EIT Manufacturing, at the same time as for EIT Urban Mobility in 2018.


2017 Corporate eLearning Movers and Shakers Announced

Bob Little Press & PR has published the 2017 Corporate eLearning Movers and Shakers List, ranking the top 100 most influential people in corporate eLearning; Elliott Masie, Rebecca Stromeyer and Laura Overton positioned in top three. For the first time, the list is now published as one single "world ranking", replacing the previous North America, Europe, UK, and APAC regional lists.


Fast-track degrees may hit education standards, British government warned

Plans for fast-track degrees with higher annual fees risk adversely affecting the quality of education received by university students, the government has been warned. The two-year degrees proposed by the government will cost the same as a three-year course, meaning annual fees for them will be higher. Ministers are expected to table a bill to lift the current £9,000-a-year cap on tuition costs so universities can charge higher annual rates. Read more...


5 Online Education Trends to Watch in 2017

In the past few years, more students enrolled in online courses, more organizations offered alternative credentials such as digital badges and nanodegrees and more employers accepted online degrees from job candidates. Here are five trends experts say students might see in online education in 2017.


Universities must address local and global challenges

Universities face a dual and potentially conflicting responsibility to address both the local demands of society based on the race for global competitiveness and local and global demands to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable society at local and global level, according to new report by the Global University Network for Innovation. An article by Brendan O'Malley.


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