The voice of the industry is often on middle volume in various education systems when it comes to designing strategies. With the latest wave of reforms and readjusted goals thanks to the economic crisis, this voice is becoming louder and louder in various countries. Policy makers and institutional stakeholders listen carefully in order to keep up with the high-speed train of business developments. One of the world's leading consultants in learning technologies, solutions and standards, former Chair of ELIG, the European Learning Industry Group, Fabrizio Cardinali has often played the role of the facilitator between the industry and educational policy-makers. Dr Andras Szucs, Secretary General of EDEN invited him for a deep conversation where the two take us on a journey in time and paint a manifold perspective of present and future demand towards learning economies where 3D printing, crowdfunding and smart design play a key role.
Interview by Steve Wheeler, Plymouth University, UK
Professor Terry Anderson, who is based at Athabasca University in Canada, is one of the famous figures of contemporary education, and his list of achievements is lengthy. He is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and is Editor Emeritus of the influential online open access journal International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) retiring after 10 years as editor.
A Student-Led, Flipped, Inquiry-Based Learning Classroom Doing Authentic Work by Jane Healey, Ph.D. A recent popular magazine asked what education will be like for the class of 2025. While the accompanying article mostly rehashed the...
Alan Tait Professor of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, United KingdomJeff Haywood Vice-principal, Knowledge Management at University of Edinburgh, United KingdomBlaženka Divjak Vice Rector for Students and Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Carla Pereira (via video link) Head of Unit at European Commission, Directorate-General Education and Culture
Terry Anderson Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research (CIDER), Athabasca University, CanadaOlaf Zawacki-Richter
Professor of Educational Technology, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany
Jim Devine DEVINE Policy | Projects | Innovation, Ireland
Fabrizio Cardinali SVP Global Business Development sedApta Group, LACE Project, Workplace Learning
A marvellous lineup for this year's #eden14 conference in Zagreb!
Transnational Learning Forum for Exchanging Practices and Ideas Including: The eLene2learn’s Transnational Workshop The DigiSkills’ Best Practice Exchange Forum POERUP and Open Discovery Space Presentations...
From the #EDENOslo Confrerence blog by Alastair Creelman: Day 2 of the conference ended in a euphoric high with the closing keynotes. However I would like to take a step or two back and reflect on a remark from a session I attended. There's been a lot of talk about tsunamis, revolution, disruption and other radical terms of major upheaval in education. But let's just remember that we've been here before several times.
At the end of the 1990s the dotcom boom was in full flight and e-learning was on everyone's lips. It was going to completely change the education system and large scale online universities started springing up all over the world and established universities rushed to start offering online courses and degree programmes. Then came the crash and online learning got more integrated into the traditional system and we returned to business as usual, though with a few new elements and a few lessons learned. The system got a fright but then the innovations were absorbed and the threat of revolution was averted.
Don't get me wrong, I believe that we are in a period of exciting change and see the promise of a new focus on learning with technology as a powerful tool. But I also think it's dangerous to underestimate the power of tradition and that we're challenging established business models that will fight back. Already the openness of the mainstream MOOC market is being diluted as they develop into franchising deals for digital course material with full copyright on everything. The truly open and innovative initiatives such as OER University, Peer 2 Peer University and the original connectivist MOOCs are virtually never mentioned though they all continue to operate within a limited but enthusiastic and creative community.
We need to feel inspired and euphoric as we did yesterday but we also need to question and test our ideas critically. We need to remember not to put too much trust in big name companies whose aim is of course to provide return on investment. Coursera and all the others are still evolving and the model is clearly that of freemium, not free. You give away a bit for free to persuade people to buy the premium version. Let's remember the past and beware of bubbles.
Since 2008, EDEN is continuously granting the Best Research Paper Award at EDEN’s Annual Conferences as well as at EDEN’s bi-annual Research Workshops. A high quality standard selection process shall guarantee the branding of a distinguished and reputable award for scholarly conference papers in the field of open, distance and e-learning.
23 Conference papers have been selected as research papers and evaluated against the following criteria: (i) contributes convincingly to the theme(s) of the conference; (ii) deals with a research question of relevance for conference participants; (iii) rigorous examination/research methods are applied; (iv) findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined; (v) conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and/or further research); (vi) literature is reviewed against the state of art. In addition, authors needed to confirm that at least 30% of their paper has been originated for and at least one author has registered for participation at the 2014 Annual EDEN Conference in Zagreb.
Prof. Haywood is one of the keynote speakers of the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb (#eden14). Alastair Creelman (Linnaeus University, Sweden) sat down for an in-depth interview prior to the Conference to discuss open learning, certifications and employability and the problematics of universities meeting the demands of industry for digitally literate critical thinkers who have real skills.
The interview touches on hot topics such as how do universities build curricula that make use of the best technology to support personalised pathways leading students towards employment.
Join the Conference in Zagreb to tell the professional and academic community about your research, projects and experiences.
Submissions for paper presentations, posters, workshops and demonstrations are welcome that relate to the conference themes. Furthermore EU projects and practices are invited to introduce themselves within the Synergy Strand, our newest collaboration initiative.
Open Group for Synergy participants within the EDEN online community. Examples of Content:
Joint LLP presentation at Online Educa Berlin
ICT supported language teaching and learning
Open Educational Resources and OER repositoriesHow to make educational policies more constructive
ICT and learning to learn competences, teacher training and learner support
TRANSIt project presentation
HandsOn ICT leafletPOERUP policy doc presentation (21 Oct 2013)ProM demonstration (21 Oct 2013)DigiSkills project presentation (19 Oct 2013) Group bookmarksODS - The Talk "iPads or PCs - comparing tablets and PCs for science teaching purposes"Manfred Lohr's materials iPAD for teachers including learning scenarios Network for sharing innovative teaching & learning practices with ICT (DigiSkills)interACTMOOGE
Online collaboration for the Synergy workshop happened on the NAP (Network of Academics and Professionals) Area. All registered participants have access.
One of the Synergy Workshop's aims is to facilitate the collective development of new, feasible ideas and plans, the creation and/or strengthening of new/existing partnerships and to induce future collaborations by engaging the conference participants in highly interactive and practical working group activities (such as producing written outlines for future collaboration whether it is the organisation of joint events, reciprocal piloting/peer reviews, community sustainability or a new partnership for a future project).