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April, 2017 Part 2


April, 2017 Part 2

Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EBSN General Assembly and Annual Conference, 2017 “Basic Skills for Integration”

EBSN is happy to inform you that registration for the Annual Conference of the European Basic Skills Network to be organised in Luxembourg on 31 May – 2 June 2017 is now open! This year the conference is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth in Luxembourg, Department of Adult Education as part of the national program for the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Luxembourg.

The conference will provide an opportunity for discussions, exchange of experience and collaborative knowledge production. Basic skills professionals will learn about the basic skills development policy and practice of the host country. Participants will also be introduced to best practices of different aspects of basic skills development for integration and will discuss how EBSN can further contribute to the Upskilling Pathway initiative with special emphasis on the integration sector.


Articles from IRRODL

Examining MOOCs: A Comparative Study among Educational Technology Experts in Traditional and Open Universities

Nati Cabrera, Maite Fernández Ferrer

The Changing Role of the Educational Video in Higher Distance Education

Wolfram Laaser, Eduardo Adrian Toloza


European universities 60 years after the Treaty of Rome

“The Treaty of Rome after 60 years: Achievements and challenges of European higher education” was the theme of a major event organised by EUA member UNICA (Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe) in Rome, Italy from 23 to 25 March 2017. The event was organised as part of the 60th anniversary commemorations and in the context of the UNICA Rectors Seminar 2017, and gathered high-level speakers including Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and Federiga Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. They discussed how the European community as a whole and the European higher education sector have evolved since the signing of the Treaty. The event also focused on the role of universities in overcoming the threats currently faced by the EU. EUA Secretary General Lesley Wilson was among the speakers. She gave a detailed presentation on the achievements of the European universities in the last sixty years.


Christian M. Stracke appointed as ICDE Chair in OER

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) has appointed Christian M. Stracke as ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER). "This appointment from such a leading international association is a great honour which I am delighted to accept in recognition of my activities and achievements for Open Education", says Christian who has been working as Associate Professor for Open Education in the Open University’s Welten Institute for the past 2 years. Read more...


27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference in Toronto, Canada

In October 2017, Contact North | Contact Nord is hosting the 27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference in Toronto, Canada. The 2017 edition of the ICDE World Conference is entitled World Conference on Online Learning: Teaching in a Digital Age – Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning. For more information and registration visit the Conference Website.


First ICT-EDU-ACTION Conference

The first ICT-EDU-ACTION Conference will take place in Stockholm, on 2 June 2017. The conference aims to address the following challenges:

  • Creativity and structure: How to create and manage large scale global R&D projects
  • Problems and opportunities: Scaling up AND increase quality in higher education
  • Inclusion and integration: Innovative ICT approaches for immigrants
  • Learning in depth: How to make use of digital literature
  • Knowledge driven businesses and the role of universities
  • Universities and ICT development for the public sector
  • How to communicate research and development project findings beyond texts

For more information, visit the conference website.


Publications and Events

PISA 2015 Results (Volume III) Students’ Well-Being

The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines not just what students know in science, reading and mathematics, but what they can do with what they know. PISA 2015 Results (Volume III): Students’ Well-Being, is one of five volumes that present the results of the PISA 2015 survey, the sixth round of the triennial assessment.



The bizMOOC consortium has conducted extensive studies on the potential of MOOC. These studies are available in three reports: Identification of opportunities of MOOCs for the business community; Identification of needs and gaps for Higher Education Institutions; Society survey on MOOCs. Check out the website for further information.


Financial Incentives for Steering Education and Training

The present report examines how governments use financial incentives to promote a better alignment between labour market needs, on the one hand, and the supply of skills, on the other.


Validation of non-formal and informal learning

The European Inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning is a regularly updated overview of validation practises and arrangements across Europe. It is compiled in cooperation with the European Commission. The Inventory was endorsed by the Council Recommendation of 2012 on validation and works together with the European guidelines as a tool to support countries to develop and implement validation arrangements. Read more...


Pedagogical Knowledge and the Changing Nature of the Teaching Profession

"Highly qualified and competent teachers are fundamental for equitable and effective education systems. Teachers today are facing higher and more complex expectations to help students reach their full potential and become valuable members of 21st century society." Read the article edited by Sonia Guerriero.


April Open Perspective: What is Open Pedagogy?

What is Open Pedagogy Anyway? When we call anything “open” we need to clarify: What are we opening, how are we opening it, for whom, and why?

"Open pedagogy is a slightly less well-defined term than, say, Open Access or Open Educational Resources (OERs). UNESCO defines OERs as “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them” (Emphasis in original). OERs can support teachers and/or learners, and can reduce/remove textbook costs or provide additional learning material - but they can do more (see the section on content under my understanding of open pedagogy). (Maha Bali, PhD)" Learn more from Maha Bali, PhD and others!


Transforming higher education’s creative capacity

"It has been nearly 20 years since UNESCO issued its World Declaration on Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century. Since its publication, global higher education has undergone dramatic change and global higher education enrolments have increased at a rate of about 5% per year. Today, higher education is in the midst of an academic revolution and many countries have now reached universal access status." An article by Patrick Blessinger about creative learning.


Technology is key to reducing college education costs

"Why is IT ignored in recent Cassells report on future funding for higher education? In 20 years’ time, fewer school leavers will go to college. Far more study options will be available, many on the internet - and much cheaper than what is offered now. Distance learning and work-based learning, including apprenticeships, will become more available, reducing the total cost of education by allowing school leavers to live at home and “earn while they learn”." An article by Brian Mulligan.


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