ACA European Policy Seminar: 4th Dec, Brussels

English-medium instruction (EMI) has become a systemic feature in many European countries, particularly at the Master level. Even though the growth curve now shows signs of flattening, the number of English-taught programmes (ETPs) in Europe has seen a very steep rise in the last 15 years. This ACA European Policy Seminar will present, amongst other things, the key findings of ACA’s latest (2014) Europe-wide surveys of this form of tuition. There are some surprises in store.

But this is only one item on the seminar’s agenda: In an opening presentation, Adrian Veale of the European Commission will tackle the difficult question which language – or languages – Europe’s new global outreach strategy (“Europe in the world”) should use to attract the world’s young talents to our continent’s universities and colleges.

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Students in the digital age: 20 Nov, Brussels

DG Education and Culture and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch event “Students in the digital age – current state of play – assessing students’ computer and information literacy skills across 21 countries.

This event will be held on 20 November from 10:00-11:30 at the Conference Centre “Albert Borschette”, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels.

The event will also be streamed live from 10:00-11:30 here.

To take part in the event please register here.

If you have any questions or for further information about this event, you are welcome to contact Helen Oberg on +32 2 743 66 81.

Open Education Europa: Exploring the cyber-physical continuum in education

Learning in cyber-physical worlds by Open Education Europa

eLearning Papers is a digital publication on eLearning by, a portal created by the European Commission to promote the use of ICT in education and training.

The issue No 39 of eLearning Papers features a collection of articles that highlight these approaches and their potential for the development of better learning experiences. It focuses on exploring the cyber-physical continuum in education.

What lies in the space where the cyber world and physical world converge? A spectrum of blended augmented experiences and a fount of new opportunities for educational practice. The success of this projected convergence depends on the availability of affordable virtual reality hardware, such as wearable haptic and movement tracking devices, and the use of engaging instructional approaches such as experiential learning, gamification and problem-based learning.

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October 27th: join the MOOC !

A MOOC to learn and design ICT-based learning design activities

On behalf of UOC (Open University of Catalunya) and the Hands-On ICT project (EU funded project from the Lifelong Learning programme, we would like to inform about an upcoming MOOC on teacher training. The main aim of this course is to support educators in the design and adaptation of lessons or learning activities that include the use of ICT tools. It is a practical and hands-on oriented MOOC during which educators will create a learning activity ready to be use in their educational scenarios afterwards.

Here are some reasons for joining this MOOC:
– take part of the first MOOC to be facilitated in 7 languages (English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Slovenian, Greek and Bulgarian)
– learn about ICT tools for learning and teaching
– learn how to apply the Learning Design Studio approach
– design a learning activity for your teaching activities ready to be implemented in your lessons
– try the beneficies of peer-mentoring, both as a mentor and a mentee
– benefit of the help of a team of international facilitators
– be part of a worldwide community interested in ICT in education
– try new learning tools such as Canvas, ILDE, Hangouts and others

The MOOC is free of charge and will start on October 27th. It lasts 5 weeks. By the end of it you will receive a certificate of participation and a set of badges compatible to be added on the Mozilla Backpack.

Join us as a participant!

We are also still looking for facilitators. For more information on being a facilitator go here

UK 2014 Survey of Digital capabilities: embedding and support

UK 2014 Survey of Digital capabilities

The UCISA-DSDG User Skills Group has just launched the first biennial Digital capabilities survey of the UK HE sector, focusing on what can also been referred to as digital capabilities, digital literacies or digital competencies.

This survey, and future versions, will seek to establish how institutions are developing staff and students to perform efficiently and effectively in a digital environment. It will complement the Technology enhanced learning (TEL) survey that the UCISA-DSDG Academic Skills Group carries out, but will look at broader digital capabilities rather than TEL software and approaches.

The survey is already running in the UK and will be open till Friday 5 September 2014. Contact for further information or follow on Twitter at #ucisadigcap. The survey is currently open to UCISA members only. But, due to the EUNIS involvement, this has a chance to be extended to more countries in the future.

Outputs from this survey will include a report detailing data and trends analysis, case studies exploring themes, issues and good practice in more detail with also recommendations on how the sector can develop and be better supported by national bodies.

The final results will be officially presented in next UCISA events, but preliminary results will be also presented during the next BencHEIT Task Force Meeting in December 2014. In that occasion, the coordinators of the UCISA Digital capabilities survey will share their national experience with the EUNIS Community and together we will explore the opportunity of scaling the project at the European level.

EUNIS is willing to promote any national activity that might be interesting and useful for the whole European community, in order to share as many information as possible among us.

More information on the survey here