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Call for Papers now open for EUNIS 2016

EUNIS (European University Information Systems organization) is happy to announce a CALL FOR PAPERS for its 2016 Annual Congress:

 EUNIS 2016 – Crossroads Where the Past Meets the Future

8 – 10 June 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece

This Congress presents an opportunity for sharing of experience amongst international specialists, users, researchers, decision-makers, and teaching staff from across Europe. The event provides an ideal forum to present and publish the latest results of research, development, and deployment of Information Technology in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Five Track Programme

The Programme is divided into five tracks. The review for each track will be overseen by a track expert and the Scientific Committee, as a whole, will manage the review of all submissions to ensure the best possible Congress Programme.

Submissions are invited under one of the five tracks below:

  • Leadership & Management
  • ICT Infrastructure & Security
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Software Development
  • OpenX & Interoperability

More information here

Please note that those author/s who wish to apply for any of the EUNIS’ Awards, a Full Paper must be submitted and be compliant with the Template Guidelines.

Call for papers closes on 15 February 2016.

Open Education Week Call for participation

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) invites your contributions to and participation in the annual Open Education Week, featuring online and in-person events around the world. You decide how you will participate: host a local event, give a webinar, submit a video about your open education work, use the week to highlight the benefits of open education, get creative and try something new!

Open Education Week (#openeducationwk) is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free and open to everyone. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Submissions need to be sent by 12 February 2016.

More information here

 

Workshop: “Sharing Research Data and OA to publications in H2020”, Nov 18, Ghent, Belgium

As a major funder, through Horizon2020, the EU has been at the forefront of implementing Open Access policies. Following the Open Access pilot in FP7, Horizon2020 brings a strong mandate for Open Access to publications as well as an Open Data Pilot for certain areas of research. The pilot encourages researchers to deposit research data in data repositories to make them accessible and usable to others.
Many questions arise from this policy: how to implement the requirements, where to publish, and what about confidentiality and privacy issues? Issues of priority and planning; what should be taken care of at proposal state, during the project and after the project ends?
The workshop aims to provide answers to these questions. And also provide an arena to exchange experiences, define problems and possible solutions. The target audience is NCP’s, research administrators and project coordinators. Tools will be presented to facilitate data management and experiences will be exchanged to provide hands-on solutions.
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Education & Training 2020 – EC strategic framework

The European Commission has announced a sharpened set of priorities for European Education and Training 2020 (ET2020). The new six priorities are the following:

1. Relevant and high-quality skills and competences for employability, innovation, active citizenship;

2. Inclusive education, equality, non-discrimination, civic competences;

3. Open and innovative education and training, including by fully embracing the digital era;

4. Strong support for educators;

5. Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications;

6. Sustainable investment, performance and efficiency of education and training systems.

In order to identify the new ET 2020 priorities, a mid-term stocktaking was conducted, by means of an independent evaluation, national reports, and in-depth consultations with senior officials from national governments, European social partners and education and training stakeholders.

The stocktaking was rounded-up by a dedicated policy debate at the Education Council of 18 May 2015.

The conclusions of the mid-term stocktaking are reflected in the draft ET 2020 Joint Report, presented by the European Commission on the 8th of September. This draft Joint Report is now transmitted to the Council where it is expected to be adopted later this year.

MOOC on MOOCs

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) launched the new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Development portal.

MOOCs when combined with Open and Distance Learning methods present unprecedented opportunities in sustainable development. COL emphasizes MOOC platforms that provide a good learning experience at low bandwidth and offline where necessary.

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