Report on eMOOCs 2014 by Prof Yves Epelboin
EPFL, Lausanne 10-12 February 2014
eMOOCs 2014is the first European Conference on MOOCs organized by EPFL (Lausanne,Switzerland), one of the European leaders.
More than 450 people attended. The conference was organized with some keynote lectures and four parallel tracks: policy, experience, research and business.The policy track was on invitation only, for the others there was a call for papers.
Representatives from the main operators were present: Coursera and EdX of course but also MiriadaX (Spain), Futurelearn (UK), FUN (France), Iversity (Germany), Orange (France), Google.
EUA Annual Conference 2014
EUA Conference: Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching, is hosted by Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, Belgium on April 3-4, 2014.
European higher education has been in constant flux for well over a decade. However, some voices are predicting that the real revolution still lies ahead. Labour market demands and technological innovation are often cited as factors triggering change, with MOOCs, growth in private for-profit providers and increased global competition between institutions and countries given as evidence that disruptive change is already underway. Fears are being voiced that universities could run the risk of losing significance, if they continue to follow current learning and teaching models, which, some argue, may be unable to respond to the urgent need for more and better higher education at lower costs.
Read more at the event website
EUNIS Rectors’ Conference: April 3-5, 2014, University of Helsinki and Aalto University, Helsinki and Espoo, Finland
The theme of the conference is The New Digital Era in Higher Education.
The conference speakers aim to give the answers on what every rector should know to stay on top of the constant changes both in technology and in the overall environment:
- Massive Open On-Line Courses (MOOCs)
- Cloud technologies
- Collaboration requirements to save costs
- Competition on resources
- Co-operation with enterprises
- Expectations of the society in general
More information at the event website