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EUNIS 2016: call for papers extended till 29th of February 2016

Dear Colleague,
The call for papers deadline has now passed, however due to a number of requests we have agreed to extend the period to allow for more submissions. We’ve had a fantastic response so far and look forward to receiving further papers before the final deadline. Please note the new deadline date is Monday 29th of February 2016This is the final deadline and no further extensions will be considered. 

Submissions are invited under one of the five tracks below:

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

For further information on how to submit please visit the web herePlease note that to apply for any of the EUNIS’ Awards, a Full Paper must be submitted and be compliant with the Template Guidelines.

Registration for EUNIS 2016 is now open – secure your place today! Start thinking about your plans for this summer! Are you ready for research, networking and recreation? Register early for the reduced fee. Early bird offer ends April 30, 2016.

Early Bird (by April 30, 2016) EUNIS Member: 400€,  EUNIS non-Member: 500€
Late registration (after April 30, 2016) EUNIS Member: 500€, EUNIS non-Member: 600€

The first 100 delegates to register will be entered into a prize draw to win a Greek Wine gift assortment.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline (Final Call): 29 February 2016
Early registration ends: 30 April 2016
Late Registration ends: 31 May 2016
We look forward to welcoming you to EUNIS 2016 this June.
With kind regards
EUNIS 2016 Congress Team

Join the BencHEIT survey 2016

About the BencHEIT project

BencHEIT is a European level voluntary study on a non-commercial basis. Its aim is to establish a comprehensive knowledge of how cost efficiently IT works in European universities, and universities of applied sciences! It is the first serious European level effort to create a survey which would be meaningful and useful in the European higher education context. BencHEIT works on the basis of voluntary work and total openness – every participating university or higher education institute can see all the data of all other participants, but commercial use of the data is prohibited.

Started as a country-wide Finnish initiative supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Bencheit now aims to expand on a Pan-European level. The number of participants have increased every year since we started the project in 2012. Last year we had 49 participants, from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Greece and Slovenia.

 Join the survey now

Everyone is welcome to participate in the fifth round of BencHEIT which has already started. The survey is completely free of charge. All you need to do is sign in to Eduuni, the collaboration platform we use, and you are all set. The survey form is in Excel, and you have to finish the data collection until 19th of April 2016. For a first timer that takes about 10 working days, but the process gets easier every year.

Video instruction for Eduuni is available here

We had a webinar where we introduced the project, benefits of participating, and also the tools.  If you missed it, you can watch it here.

The materials from the latest BencHEIT workshop in November 2015 are available here.

Coming up

The analysis will be ready in May 2016, and results presented at the EUNIS 2016 annual Congress in Thessaloniki 8-10th of June 2016. There will also be a pre-congress for the ones interested in discussing IT benchmarking and the possible common indicators with other similar projects going on 7th of June 2016. In the end of the year there will be a whole day´s workshop in Trondheim.

Useful links:

Any questions, regarding the survey or if you want to join, contact:

EUNIS 2016: registration now open!

Dear EUNIS Attendees,

We are excited to invite you to join us at EUNIS 2016 taking place on June 8-10, 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece.


The Congress will be held at Aristotle University in the historical city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki, the second largest city and co-capital of Greece, is world known for the Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine monuments, the charming shopping thoroughfares, the indulging local cuisine and the exciting nightlife. EUNIS 2016 offers the opportunity to explore a unique place to visit.

Congress Scope

This Congress presents an opportunity to share the latest 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 in research, development, and deployment of Information Technology in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The Programme is divided into five tracks, as follows:

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

Read more information here

Call for papers

Call for papers deadline is February 15, 2016. Authors are invited to submit their papers in English. All submissions and updates on submissions are done using the EasyChair system. All submitted papers/abstracts will be subjected to the reviewing processes conducted by the Scientific Committee (at least three reviewers for each paper/abstract). Please check Submission Guidelines.


Please note that those author/s who wish to apply for any of the EUNIS’ Awards must submit a full paper.

Paper Publication

All accepted abstracts from all the tracks and the submitted full papers will be published online in the Congress Proceedings, prior to the Congress. Accepted papers must be presented at the Congress by one of the authors.


Registration for EUNIS 2016 is now open – secure your place today! Start thinking about your plans for this summer! Are you ready for research, networking and recreation? Register early for the reduced fee. Early bird offer ends April 30, 2016. To book your place please visit:

Early Bird (by April 30, 2016) EUNIS Member: 400€,  EUNIS non-Member: 500€

Late registration (after April 30, 2016) EUNIS Member: 500€, EUNIS non-Member: 600€

The first 100 delegates to register will be entered into a prize draw to win a Greek Wine gift assortment.

Keynote Speakers

  • John O’Brien, President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, The history of the future of educational technology
  • John Seiradakis, Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Director of the Laboratory of Astronomy of Aristotle University,The Antikythera Mechanism: Τhe 1st ever computer, built 2000 ago
  • Joseph Sifakis, Emeritus Senior Researcher at CNRS, full professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and director of “Centre de la Recherche Intégrative” (CRI)-Grenoble, The Internet of Things – The Ultimate ICT Revolution
  • Jean-François Dechamp, Policy Officer, European Commission (TBC), Open Science and the European Commission

For more and updated information please check

Explore Thessaloniki and the surrounding area

To discover how you could combine your stay with leisure and pleasure please check &

Conference Contact:
Web site:

Looking forward to welcoming you in Thessaloniki

EUNIS 2016 Congress Team

MOOCs again !

amphiStill writing on MOOCs while, in a previous newsletter, I explained how the term disappeared in the United States? Am I waisting your time (and mine)?

Try searching the Educause 2015 reports, using this word as a a keyword: itwill return only a couple of papers!

Yes, the word seems to disappear but I declare that MOOCs are still alive and live very well. They are just hidden under other wordings.

The leaders of American universities, whom I had the chance to meet last November at EDUCAUSE 2015, doubt that the initiatives of some universities, like ASU or Champaign, to validate MOOCs certifications in their own curriculum, will be generalized. For most American universities MOOCs are mostly another use, a by-product, of online courses first thought for internal use as SPOCs. Whenever an institution can afford the development of an online course, offering it as a MOOC, opened to the general public, does not cost much and serves as a vehicle for communication.

I had the opportunity on several occasions to explain that building a MOOC is expensive and that it must be used by hundreds of students to recover the investment. If we take only this factor into account, MOOCs would be restrained to the bachelor levels, mainly the college, where classes are crowded. No MOOCs for master levels or for specialized studies! MOOCs being an excellent communication product, the expenditure could be partially allocated to the communication line in the budget of the institutions but there is no hope to recover for the cost of development of all the MOOCs.

In short, the massive use of MOOCs and their avatars, SPOCs and other online courses, is a great idea to change the pedagogy but only for the richs. It is not with the declining budget of most European universities today that we could see encouraging signs of a rapidly changing pedagogy in our institutions.

Not at all! A group of universities, all around the world, is showing us the right way. They have decided to pool their efforts together. This announcement comes from Inside Higher Ed this month.

 TU Delft in the Netherlands, ETH Zürich (member of EUNIS) in Switzerland, ANU in Australia, Boston U. in the United States, University of Queensland and University of British Columbia in Canada have decided to pool their efforts and to integrate in their curriculum the best MOOCs of their partners. Students of the consortium will be able to follow online courses, among a selected set of about 200 MOOCs, and to credit the corresponding ECTS in their own institution. All MOOCs built by these universities will not necessarily be selected by the consortium. Their quality, the number of ECTS they represent must be approved by all.

 This is probably the most important news, in the world of MOOCs, in the recent past, and may be much more:

  • MOOCsare integrated in universities curriculumsas they are. I mean theyare not played separately for internal use in different universitieswith a tutoringas it is the case for SPOCsbutplayed, at the same time, for the general public. Some AmericanuniversitiesalreadyemployMOOCsto attract newstudents,as mentioned before, but this is the first timethat MOOCs are offered to the students, inside a normal curriculum, to enlarge the offer and possible subjects.
  • Cooperationis taking placeat an international scaleand thiswill probably lead toaform of internationalizationof qualifications.
  • And, most importantly, these universities remain master ofthe gameby buildingtogether theircatalog withtheir own products.They are able tooffer a variety of high quality courses andMOOCs will be ameans, as any other,to acquireparts of aMOOCs enter officially in the curricula of official institutions.

 The ultra-liberal vision of the early times, when some perceived MOOCs as a way to reduce labor costs in universities in the most developed countries, failed long ago. Others nowadays (see Campus Technology) foresee the end of the universities, as we know them, and believe that nanodegrees and other forms of skills, accumulated all around then exposed through LinkedIn, will replace diplomas certified by institutions recognized by the State.

 Today’s newsisgood newsin that itshows that it ispossible to combinean opening towardsother universitiesand that newforms of learningcan be conceived retaining the guaranteesthat onlyaccreditedinstitutions can offer.

 Would the MOOC become one of the hopes of our universities for their future?