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May, 2018 Part 2


May, 2018 Part 2

Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Building synergies between education and culture

"Building Synergies Between Education and Culture" is a joint paper published by the Lifelong Learning Platform, and Culture Action Europe, which aims to enhance the relationship and cooperation between these two pillars not just for economic development reasons but also, and above all, for the benefits they can bring in order to develop more inclusive societies. Read the full paper here.


Searchable Directory of More than 65 Open Universities Worldwide

Throughout the world, more than 65 open universities provide open and equal access to education. Students do not require any formal academic qualifications or credentials in order to be admitted. The 10 largest open universities worldwide have a combined enrolment exceeding 16.5 million students, with the largest numbers in Asia followed by Africa and Europe. Learn more about the directory and help us improve it here.


Let’s Engage in a Much-Needed Worldwide Discussion on the Need for and Best Use of Digital Learning Policy

"Governments see online learning as a means of increasing access to quality learning, enabling flexibility for learners, lowering costs of higher education and a way of enabling collaboration between institutions through co-development of programs, courses and through credit transfer. But online learning creates significant policy challenges – financial arrangements to support part-time, anytime, anywhere learners; quality assurance for online learning; cyber-security for personal information; and completion rates of online versus face-to-face teaching." A publication by EDEN Partner Contact North.


International Conference on Data Science, E-learning and Information Systems 2018 (Data'18)

The 2018 International Conference on Data Science, E-learning and Information Systems (Data 2018) will be held in Madrid, Spain, October 1-2. The conference has the focus on the frontier topics in the theoretical and applied data science and engineering, e-learning and information systems' subjects. For further information visit the Conference Website.


Erasmus+ x10 campaign – Sign the petition!

Imagine what can be done with 10 times more budget for Erasmus+?

The Lifelong Learning Platform, Eurodesk and the European Youth Forum call for ten times more funding for the EU’s most popular programme. Let’s raise our voices and demand a more accessible and inclusive Erasmus+ programme! For more information visit the campaign website, sign the petition and to help us communicate use the #Erasmusx10 social media toolkit.


Publications and Events

ICL2018 Deadline for paper submissions approaching

ICL2018 will be held in Kos, Greece, on 25-28 September 2018. The deadline for complete submissions of Full and Short Papers, Special Session papers, Work in Progress, Posters and for proposals for Workshops and Round Table Discussions is 01 June 2018. For more information and the latest news about ICL2018 visit the Conference Website.


The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond

"We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society." Read the article by Klaus Schwab.


Final Report: Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education

The final report from the ICDE initiated study on delivery models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education across the globe is now publicly released and available for download. Read more and download the report here.


Preparing students for the future of work

"The workforce demands of the future will require a mix of soft skills (eg, creativity and problem solving) and foundational literacies as industries evolve and technology progresses at an ever faster rate. To explore how schools can help K-12 students develop these skills, The Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed 1,200 educators around the world. We examined the principles and teaching strategies critical to 21st century success and how technology can support key classroom initiatives." Read more...


25 Years Of Transformations Of Higher Education Systems In Post-Soviet Countries- Reform And Continuity

The open access book "Transformation of Higher Education Institutional Landscape in Post-Soviet Countries: From Soviet Model to Where?" is a result of the first ever study of the transformations of the higher education institutional landscape in fifteen former USSR countries after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It explores how the single Soviet model that developed across the vast and diverse territory of the Soviet Union over several decades has evolved into fifteen unique national systems, systems that have responded to national and global developments while still bearing some traces of the past. Read the publication here.


Massive open online courses (MOOCs) in perspective

The International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) has just released a special issue on massive open online courses (MOOCs). Edited by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and published by Springer, this issue highlights both the potential of MOOCs and the challenges which have emerged from their development. The contributors address specific, action-oriented pedagogical questions while drawing out connections to key issues in the philosophy of education. Read more...


Macron’s vision of universities networks moves forward

European university networks are now moving forward to build "Networks of European Universities" along the lines that French President Emmanuel Macron proposed at his Sorbonne speech in September 2017. The first such ‘4EU-alliance’ was signed in Heidelberg last month. Other stakeholders are sending position papers to the European Commission webpage. Read more...


Exploring the Open Knowledge Landscape

Lorna Campbell's keynote at the FLOSS UK Spring Conference in Edinburgh gives a broad overview of the different domains, communities and cultures that make up the “Open Knowledge Landscape”, including open education, OER, open courseware, open textbooks, MOOCs, open data, open science, open access scholarly works, maker spaces, open GLAM, open government, etc, and how they relate to Free/Libre Open Source Systems.


ELearning Market Worth over $200bn by 2024

"The eLearning market size is set to exceed USD 200 billion by 2024, according to a research report by Global Market Insights. A major factor contributing to the steep growth of the eLearning market is the rising shift towards flexible education solutions in the corporate and the academic sector. These solutions allow students and employees operating in a range of verticals such as healthcare, BFSI, information, and telecommunication to have access to quality training but are dispersed over a large geographical area." Read more...


The Gates Foundation And Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Want Your Ideas On The Future Of Education

The two social-impact organizations are extending a public invitation for collaborations on research and development to benefit students and educators. Read the article by Jim Shelton and Bob Hughes.


Transformative learning and critical thinking in asynchronous online discussions: a systematic review

"Transformative learning is a fundamental component of the higher education experience. Transformative educational experiences are those in which students are engaged in sustained and critically reflective discourse that challenges their own and others’ assumptions and beliefs. The role of the educator is critical for designing and facilitating a learning environment that is conducive to this type of critical thinking and learning to occur." Read the article here.


What kinds of research matter to educators?

"Tom Bennett’s researchED conference has gone global, traveling from the UK to Canada, the U.S., and soon to New Zeland. In many ways, I agree with one of Bennett’s (2012) main criticisms of how power operates to structure education: “The absence of the teaching professional from the process of consultation, research and policy creation is one of the most glaring deficiencies in the modern educational community.” And while I have some critical remarks about how Bennett conceptualizes what research is valuable to educators, this in no way means that I am criticizing people who put in hard work to organzie researchED events. I offer this writing in the same critical spirit that Bennett uses to approach many issues in education and hope to open up, rather than shut down, conversation." An article by Benjamin Doxtdator.


Connectivity is common factor in top HE systems

"The five top-performing higher education systems are the United States followed by Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark, according to the latest Universitas 21 Ranking." Connectivity between universities, government and the private sector is a key factor, reports Brendan O’Malley. Read more...


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