12 June 2014 – Thursday Afternoon

  • Parallel Sessions E
  • Coffee Break
  • Parallel Sessions F
  • Meeting for Gala Dinner
  • Conference Gala Dinner

14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Sessions E

Session E1
MOOCs and OERs: Practice and Accomplishment

Chair: Andrea Karpati, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary

Badging and Employability at the Open University

Patrina Law, Leigh-Anne Perryman, Andrew Law, The Open University, United Kingdom

Success Factors for Virtual Mobility Exchange on “Open Educational Resources”

Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Estela Dauksiene, Lithuanian Distance and eLearning Association – LieDM, Lithuania, Elena Caldirola, University of Pavia, Italy, Ignacio J. Blanco, Universidad de Granada, Spain

MOOC Using Existing Open Educational Resources, Setting Up Implementation and Review

Francois Kohler, Anne Boyer, Gerard Casanova, Florence Ducreau, Universite de Lorraine, France

The International Council for Open and Distance Education

Monique Udnaes, International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE, Norway

Session E2
Learning in Virtual Communities and Networks

Chair: Sally Reynolds, ATiT Audiovisual Technologies, Informatics and Telecommunication, Belgium

Promoting Innovative Training & Performance Support at the Manufacturing Workplace. The MAN.TR.A Model for LACE Project

Fabrizio Cardinali, Infinity Technology Solutions, Mehrnoosh Vahdat, Davide Anguita, University of Genoa, Luigi Lupo, Infinity Technology Solutions, Italy

SMEs: Generating Social Capital through Networks and Social Media

David Gray, University of Greenwich, Mark Saunders, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Development of a Strategy for Social Media Usage in Higher Education

Yasemin Gulbahar, Ankara University, Turkey, Christian Rapp, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Social Media as a Tool for Teachers and Student Counselors

Tom Vandries, Davy Nijs, Catholic University College Limburg, Gerard Gielen, Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg, Belgium

Poster Session E3

Moderator: Helga Dorner, Central European University, Hungary

Enhancing 21st Century Skills in a Regular University College Setting through Blended Learning

Sofie Vanmaercke, Wouter Vandekerckhove, VIVES University College, Belgium

LIBE Project – Supporting Lifelong Learning with Inquiry-Based Education

Francesco Agrusti, Francesca Corradi, Valeria Damiani, University Roma III, Italy

Professional Expectations of Graduated Students from the Graduate Course Planning, Implementation and Management of Distance Education (PIGEAD)

Sandra Mariano, Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF, Sidinei Oliveira, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Celso Costa, Carlos Motta, Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF, Brazil

Innovative Development of the University through University-Enterprise Programme

Olga Grishina, Elena Sidorova, Russian Plekhanov University of Economics, Russian Federation

The Value of Using the e-Portfolio to Maximize Outcomes of School to Work Transition for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A University-Based Model

Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Emer Broadbent, The University of Memphis, United States of America

Paradigm Shift in Higher Education Collaboration: Cooperation Instead of Competition

Aniko Kalman, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Synergy Session E4

Synergy Working Groups

Building on the foundations of the short presentations delivered in the "Synergy Fairground" sessions (on Wednesday the 11th of June), 4 thematic Working Groups will allow the promoters of the introduced projects as well as non-presenting members of the audience to discuss overlaps and synergies between the represented initiatives and develop new ideas for future collaboration (whether that is the organization of a joint event, reciprocal piloting/peer review, community sustainability or a new partnership for a future project).

This session will have the following two themes covered:

Workshop Session E5

U.S. Approach to Gainful Employment, Funding Mechanism, and International Partnerships

Rob Robinson, Darcy Hardy, Blackboard Inc., Marci Powell, Polycom Inc., United States of America

A critical problem impacting employers today is a lack of trained, skilled workers that are qualified for the positions that they have available. While these positions remain vacant, there are many individuals across the United States who are unemployed or underemployed because they don’t currently have the skills or education required to obtain affordable wage employment.

Utilizing distance learning technologies afforded through the US Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, higher education, community and technical colleges, in partnership with their local Workforce Investment Boards and other agencies, work together with private industry to design and deliver course programs and curricula.

This workshop, led by U.S. Distance Learning Association leaders, will focus on one approach the United States is taking to address the challenge. We will highlight some of the best approaches taken by TAACCCT grantees, and will also highlight an effective U.S./European partnership, a recipient of a USDLA International award.

Workshop Session E6

Strategies for Educational Changes: What can we learn from the Development of e-Portfolios & Open Badges?

Igor Balaban, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Serge Ravet, ADPIOS, France

The aim of the workshop is to encourage participants to contribute to the reflection on technologies and educational changes. Based on the extended experience of the members of the Europortfolio Network, we will elicit the different factors that hinder/accelerate educational change. For that purpose, we will explore the history of the development of two different, while closely related, technologies: ePortfolios and Open Badges — the history of ePortfolios goes back to the early 90s, while Open Badges, is a more recent initiative supported by the Mozilla Foundation: September 2011.

The lessons learned from the comparative analysis should encourage participants to take responsibility for innovation in their own practice and institutions. The work produced during this very interactive workshop will contribute to (and be acknowledged in) a Green Paper that will be published in 2014 within Europortfolio Network initiative (LLP/KA3-ICT).

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30 Parallel Sessions F

Session F1
Collaborative Learning and Work in Online Environments

Chair: Paul Prinsloo, University of South Africa, South Africa

Personalized Learning & Collaborative Working Environments Fostering Social Creativity and Innovations Inside the Organisations

Thomas Kretschmer, Christian M. Stracke, University of Duisburg-Essen – UDE, Germany, Janez Hrastnik, AMIS, Slovenia

Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals

Corrado Petrucco, University of Padova, Italy

The importance of collaborative learning in multi-professional continuing education

Lynette Nagel, Alecia Samuels, Gaby Pretorius, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Virtual Collaboration in the Built Environment

Mark Childs, Loughborough University, Stephen Austin, Coventry University, Robby Soetanto, Jacqui Glass, Zulfikar Adamu, Chinwe Isiadinso, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, Paul Poh, Dmitri Knyazev, Ryerson University, Canada, Harry Tolley, University of Nottingham, Helen MacKenzie, East Coast Education Limited, United Kingdom

Session F2
Applications of New ICT Tools in School Level Education

Chair: Antonella Poce, University Roma III, Italy

The Role of Key-Stakeholders and Collaborators in the Long-Term Sustainability of an e-Learning Portal: The Case of Open Discovery Space Portal

Georgios Xydopoulos, Munir Abbasi, Lampros Stergioulas, Brunel University, United Kingdom, Xenia Ziouvelou, Athens Information Technology Center of Excellence for Research and Graduate Education, Greece, Luis Anido, University of Vigo, Manuel Fernandez, University of Uvigo, Spain, Barry Phillips, Sero Consulting Ltd., United Kingdom, Yannis Vavasis, INTRASOFT International SA, Greece

Distinctions between Computer Self-Efficacy of Pupils and Teachers in Elementary School

Tomislav Topolovcan, Milan Matijevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

The Use of a Virtual Laboratory among Slovenian Primary School Chemistry Teachers

Natasa Rizman Herga, Primary School Ormoz, Dejan Dinevski, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Poster Session F3

Moderator: Thomas Fischer, MENON Network, Greece

The Selection and Training Framework for Managers in Business Innovation and Transformation Projects – The Educational Pattern and Recommendations

Antoine Trad, Webster University, Switzerland, Damir Kalpic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Exposing Computer Science Prospective Teachers to Academic Research

Ela Zur, Tamar Benaya, Open University of Israel, Israel

Towards an Optimal Blended Teaching and Learning Environment: Creating Powerful Blended Learning Environments Based on the Power and Motivation of Teachers

Lore Demedts, Frederic Raes, Olaf Spittaels, Eline Sierens, Artevelde University College, Belgium

Bridging Teachers and Technology: Developing a Training in Digital Didactics

Griet Lust, Eline Sierens, Frederic Raes, Artevelde University College, Bert Coolen, European Federation for Open and Distance Learning – EFODL, Belgium

Work Training: UNAM’s Contribution to the Mexican Society

Jorge Leon Martinez, Edith Tapia Rangel, National University of Mexico – UNAM, Mexico

Building an Entrepreneurial Thinking within an University

Sandra Mariano, Rafael Cuba Mancebo, Valeria Castro, Isabella Chinelato Sacramento, Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF, Brazil

Pre-Calc Students from Digital Online Courses, Performance on Calculus Courses at University Level

Morten Brekke, University of Agder, Norway

Developing Writing English Skills of Communication Science Students

Vedrana Vojkovic Estatiev, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Efficient and Comprehensive Approach to the Employee Training

Julija Lapuh Bele, Helena Mis Smalc, David Rozman, Darko Bele, B2 d.o.o., Slovenia, Samra Mujacic, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Workshop Session F4

Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in e-Learning (TALOE) – E-Assessment Practices

Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal, Juri Lossenko, Information Technology Foundation for Education, Estonia, Sandra Kucina Softic, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Laszlo Komaromi, Dennis Gabor College – DGC, Hungary, Ines Gil-Jaurena, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia – UNED, Spain, Isabel Martins, University of Porto, Portugal

The main goal of TALOE project is to develop a web-based platform to help teachers and trainers decide which e-assessment strategies to use in their online courses. The main idea is that a teacher will describe the learning outcomes (LOs) of their course or module and the TALOE platform will analyse them and provide an e-assessment strategy that is consistent with the intended learning.

The focus of this workshop will be on the innovative e-assessment strategies. The project researched and selected e-assessment practices based on the criteria also developed by the project partners, which focus on both the model type, the pedagogy and the techniques as well. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss the selection criteria and the e-assessment practices with other educators and e-learning experts by splitting into groups and analyze them via moderated questions. The results will be published as main output taken the format of a report and incorporated in the web tool that will be developed in the second stage of the project.

Workshop Session F5

Video Use in Higher Education: Promoting High Quality Higher Education with Up-to-date Media Approaches

Sonia Hetzner, Stefanie Zepf, Claudia Schmidt, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

All over Europe universities face the challenge of improving education, accommodate a raising number of students and meet difficult budget requirements. Students are demanding better, faster and adapted to their needs education helping them to compete in a globalised world. Furthermore students expect more and more universities to provide access to good quality electronic learning tools.

Universities and other higher education organisations have used videos for many years to introduce special issues to their students, or for promoting collaboration on web-based video technologies in order to save time and travel costs. However a big majority is still very reluctant to use videos to improve education, promote flexibility and offer better support despite budget constraints.

The workshop will give an introduction to the topic, analyse good practice examples of video use in higher education, review interesting, sometimes unexpected evaluation result and promote high quality use of video in higher education at lower costs.

Workshop Session F6

Creating Meaningful Learning for Children with a Medical Condition, Key Educational Factors and Related ICT Solutions

Michele Capurso, University of Perugia, John Dennis, LeHo Project, Italy, Matteo Uggeri, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Italy

This workshop focuses on the practical use and potential problems associated with ICT for the education of children with medical conditions.

During this workshop, a list of key educational factors such as relationships, making and constructing knowledge, assuming public roles, metacognition and individual differences will be introduced.  In addition, related ICT technologies that are designed to help enable these children learn “as if” they were in a mainstream educational system will discussed.

Workshop results will be later integrated with other focus groups’ results coming from all over Europe and Egypt, as part of the work of the EU funded project LeHo (Learning at Home and in the Hospital – multilateral Lifelong Learning programme http://www.lehoproject.eu/en/).

An aggregate list of the key educational factors/ICT solutions as determined by a panel will be made readily available to all participants following the workshop.

18:30 – 18:45 Meeting for Gala Dinner

Leave from SRCE Building

19:30 – 23:30 Conference Gala Dinner

Restaurant Okrugljak