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Innovating Pedagogy 2014 | Open University Innovations Report #3

Innovating Pedagogy 2014 | Open University Innovations Report #3 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.

 

This third report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.  


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An easy-to-read summary of this year's top ten pedagogy innovations!

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Official proceedings | LINQ 2014 - Learning Innovations and Quality

Official proceedings | LINQ 2014 - Learning Innovations and Quality | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The official EIF/LINQ proceedings with all scientific papers and project descriptions are available online! Feel free to distribute it and share it according to open Creative Commons licensing.

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Here's the proceedings document to complement the links to interviews and presentations posted previously

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Anne-Christin Tannhauser and Anthony F. Camilleri: Credits for Learning with Open CourseWare – Introducing a Learning Passport

The presentation created by Anne-Christin Tannhauser and Anthony F. Camilleri presents a number of scenarios for the unbundling of learning, together with proposals on how to improve the recognition and transfer of credit achieved through open learning.

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This is a very timely initiative - A learning passport for open courseware. 

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EUROPA - Press release - EU high level group: train the professors to teach

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The EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education publishes its first report today on improving the quality of teaching and learning in universities. The group, chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, makes 16 recommendations which include a call for mandatory certified training for professors and other higher education teaching staff, more focus on helping students to develop entrepreneurial and innovative skills, and the creation of a European Academy of Teaching and Learning.

 

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "My goal in setting up the group was to encourage new thinking and ideas. Its recommendations are timely, practical and do not necessarily require large amounts of additional expenditure. Quality teaching in our higher education and training systems is crucial for ensuring that students are equipped with the right blend of skills for their future personal and professional development. The Commission will do all it can to support the implementation of these recommendations."

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Rather late picking this up, but an interesting report that counters the trend to prioritise research excellence over teaching quality 

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Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources: TIPS Framework Version 2.0

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Very useful contribution on ensuring quality in OER

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EIF/LINQ 2014 Conference Interviews

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The EFQUEL Innovation Forum & LINQ Conference held in May 2014 addressed one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality for opening up education? This page collects a selection of audio interviews with some of the key speakers.

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If like me you were unable to attend this conference - catch up with some of the key ideas through these short interviews.

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Member States urged to improve quality checks in universities and vocational colleges

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Member States urged to improve quality checks in universities and vocational colleges | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Member States must shift from a box-ticking approach and upgrade their quality systems if they want to improve the performance of universities and vocational colleges, according to two reports published by the European Commission today on quality assurance in higher education and vocational training. The reports highlight that, although progress has been achieved, further reforms are needed to ensure a 'quality culture' so that teaching is more closely aligned with labour market realities and societal needs. They also call for more emphasis to be given to international cooperation and for students to have a greater say in decision-making.

 

“Quality assurance is the basis for building trust in our education systems and we need to make greater use of its potential as a catalyst to modernise our universities and vocational education colleges. Our aim is to drive up standards in a way that encourages diversity and employability rather than uniformity,” said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

The report on higher education sets out how quality assurance is helping to establish quality goals and address challenges such as the expanding student population in Europe, which has grown by more than 25% to 20 million since 2000. It underlines the importance of making the most of ICT-based technologies. Transparency is also vital: quality assurance results should be publicly available and feed into strategic decision-making.

 

The report on the European quality assurance reference framework for vocational education (EQAVET) shows that it has also helped develop a quality culture, through support such as an online tool to build and monitor quality assurance systems, and by encouraging the sharing of experience and best practice through the EQAVET network. But, here too, further action is needed to make quality assurance more transparent and increase mutual trust in qualifications awarded in different countries."

 
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eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit

eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

eCampusAlberta is committed to ensuring that its quality practices match or exceed current good practice in the post-secondary education sector. This eToolkit is designed to support post-secondary institutions in the design, creation, and assessment of quality online courses.

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Useful materials and standards to guide teachers in the production of elearning materials

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