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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review)

Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income. <Article by Michelle R Weise>

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I have mixed feelings about competency-based education but see its role and importance in many contexts. This is a very thought provoking article from Michelle Weise which although focused on higher education in the USA underlines the importance of the work Aqua-tnet has been doing in Europe with ESCO, ECVET, Tuning and other initiatives. 

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skillage - are you ready to get hired ?

skillage - are you ready to get hired ? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Skillage assesses your understanding of ICT in an employment setting. Each question has a number of possible answers that will explore a particular ICT skill. Some have straight answers, but some will make you think a bit. You might even disagree with some of the answers, but its designed to make you think about each topic, and consider if you really know how to do it.

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If you have attended an Aqua-tnet workshop on Digital Teaching Skills/ICT you should score well here!

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Cedefop | News | ESCO Taxonomy - Classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations just released

ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. It identifies and categorises skills/competences, qualifications and occupations relevant for the EU labour market and education and training, in 25 European languages. The system provides occupational profiles showing the relationships between occupations, skills/competences and qualifications.

 

ESCO is the only European standard terminology linking skills and competences and qualifications to occupations and will be available free of charge to all labour market, education institutions and other stakeholders.

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Aqua-tnet has been contributing to this!

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DigiSkill Network

DigiSkill Network | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The strategic guidelines of Europe 2020 put particular emphasis in strengthening horizontal cooperation and the sharing of experience and good practice among the Member States. It’s really crucial for education to fulfil its role in the knowledge triangle, research and innovation objectives and outcomes need to feed back into education, with teaching and learning underpinned by a strong research base, and with teaching and learning environments developed and improved through greater incorporation of creative thinking and innovative attitudes and approaches. Additionally there is a mainstream of eLearning in national policies for the modernisation of education and training, including in curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers.


According to the OECD survey, teachers have few incentives to improve their teaching, as while the most common types of professional development activity available to them are not the most effective. The majority of teachers would like more professional development (particularly on ICT skills, and student behaviour). It has to be mentioned that education and training play a fundamental role in achieving the ‘Europe 2020’ objectives.


All the above create a great deal of activity to ensure basic ICT skills as part of digital competence and learning to learn skills. Current developments in ICT and Web 2.0 technologies have offered the potential for new services, which has significantly transformed our day-to-day personal and professional activities; bare the potential to do the same for education and training. Known as ICT learning, using such technologies can be as simple as accessing a training timetable online, through very complex as developing virtual communities of practice for sharing and creating knowledge.

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New project to help promote and develop digital teaching and learning skills

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Erasmus+ Call and Guide Published

Erasmus+ Call and Guide Published | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, can start to prepare their grant applications from today.

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Companies and other organisations interested in knowledge and skills alliances can get in touch with Aqua-tnet to help build appropriate partnerships.

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Free Online Courses, Workplace Skills Training, Interactive Education and Multimedia Learning | ALISON

ALISON is the worlds leading provider of free online courses with certificates for basic and essential workplace skills. Start your elearning and online training today and educate yourself for free!
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An interesting hybrid approach to providing on-demand self-paced learning in work-related knowledge

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