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Report: Distance education in European higher education – the potential

The IDEAL project has been designed to get a better understanding of the distance education offered by higher education institutions in European countries, and to examine how higher education institutions can contribute to adult learning by way of distance education.

The present report is the third in a series published within the framework of the project ‘Impact of distance education on adult learning’ (IDEAL). IDEAL is a joint project of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), and StudyPortals (SP).

As each report presents the empirical results of a preceding study, this report focuses on the analysis of Study 3: ‘Distance education in European higher education – the potential’, which examines the profile of potential students within our target group of adult learners. The aim is to find out their profiles, their reasons for entering distance education, and the barriers they face in doing so.

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Open Education Europa: Design Patterns for Open Online Teaching and Learning

The rapid rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has renewed interest in the broader spectrum of open online teaching and learning. This “renaissance” has highlighted the challenges and potential associated to the design of such educational environments.

Arguably, the accelerated expansion of open online education creates risks for pedagogical quality and the learner experience. We are witnessing a wealth of different approaches to the delivery, pedagogy, functionalities and support mechanisms for Open Online Learning. Some have these have been successful and others not so successful and consequently we find a pressing need to articulate, share and critique design knowledge in this field.

The papers in this issue respond to this challenge in a variety of ways. Read the eLearning Papers issue no 42 here

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.

EUNIS 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece, 8-10 June: the website already launched

Dear Colleague,

As you may already know, Aristotle University has the honor of hosting the EUNIS Congress next year in Thessaloniki.

This is:

•         the first time the EUNIS Congress will be hosted in Greece,

•         the first time the EUNIS Congress will be hosted in the Balkan Peninsula,

•         the  Southernmost in Europe the Congress has ever been hosted.

It is a fact that the ever growing EUNIS community is expanding to a new region.

Let me introduce Aristotle University and the city of Thessaloniki. Aristotle University is the largest Greek university, widely recognized as a culture center of learning. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, famous for its lively streets, vibrant night life and cultural signature. As the former European City of Culture winner and the European capital of youth for 2014 we look forward to hosting next year’s event and showing Greece’s legendary hospitality.

The 22nd EUNIS Congress website is already launched and running.

I look forward to meeting all of you in Dundee and welcome you to cosmopolitan Thessaloniki on 8 June 2016 for the 22nd EUNIS Congress.

Yiannis Salmatzidis

Technical Manager, IT Center, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Chair of the Organising Committee

EUNIS 2016

Candidates to the 2015 EUNIS Board of Directors

Elections to the EUNIS Board of Directors will be held at the General Assembly during the EUNIS 2015 Congress  (13:30, 11 June 2015, Abertay, Dundee, Scotland).

The 2015 candidates to the Board of Directors are:

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Bas Cordewener (1957) works at Jisc in the UK as International Facilitator. The main part of his time Bas acts as Coordinator of the Knowledge Exchange, a collaboration between DFG (Germany), SURF (Netherlands), DEFF (Denmark), CSC Finland and Jisc (UK). The Knowledge Exchange focus is on structural exchange of expertise and building networks of experts in areas Open Access, Research Data and related policy and infrastructure. The remaining time Bas supports Jisc in its international representation and networking, especially in engagement with Europe (e.g. H2020), and technology foresight activities. Before working for Jisc, Bas has worked as Manager International Affairs and Deputy Program Manager IT and Education for SURF (Netherlands) and as Deputy Director for the Expert Center for Computer Aided Education (ECCOO) at University of Groningen. After a working career in Library and University administration as well as in IT staff roles Bas studied Marketing at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and received a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) Marketing, ‘passed with honors’ in 1995. Between 2006 and 2010 Bas has been a board member of EUNIS on behalf of SURF.

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Prof. Tomasz Szmuc, Vice-Rector for Cooperation, AGH University of Science and Technology, e-mail: Received MSc in Electrical and Control Engineering from the AGH University of Science and Technology (AGH) in 1972. He has been employed since the beginning at AGH University of Science and Technology, where received Ph.D. (1979) and Sc.D. (1989) degrees, and Professor title (1999). The research activities focus on software engineering, in particular applications of formal methods (Petri Nets, Temporal Logics, Process Algebras) for modelling and support of software development. Development of real-time systems and control systems constitute the main stream in application related research. He is author or co-author of 10 books and more than 180 articles mainly related the specified above Software Engineering and application categories. He was a Vice-Dean (1990 to 1992) and Dean (2005-2008) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics. He was also Vice-Rector for Science (2008-2012) and currently is Vice-Rector for Cooperation (2012 – 2016). He is a member of many editorial boards in scientific journals and conferences, expert in the National Centre for Research and Development, and in National Centre of Science as well as task groups at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. He was a coordinator and represented Polish Node called CC Poland Plus in the preparation and then initial phases of KIC-InnoEnergy project, coordinated and co-financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Currently KIC-InnoEnergy is managed by non-profit European company – Societas Europaea (SE). Shareholders of the KIC-InnoEnergy SE are leading European universities and research institutes, and main European energy related companies, e.g. EDF, Areva, Vattenfal, Total, ABB, Gas Natural, Iberdrola and many others. Prof. T. Szmuc is responsible for thematic coordination in the area of Clean Coal and Gas Technologies in CC Poland Plus – one among six nodes in the KIC-InnoEnergy. He is also engaged in building international cooperation with several R&D research and development institutions located worldwide.


Dr Valérie Le Strat holds a PhD in molecular chemistry and she is also project manager for both the current and the future student management application at Amue. With her team, she is in charge to ensure the proper functioning of the current Student Management System (Apogée), currently used by 80 organizations in France. She is also responsible for studying different ways to offer a new solution to Amue’s members in order to deal with the rapid changes occurring in student’s life and schooling area (Sicles project). She has previously work as a functional expert on the student management application (Apogee project), and was mainly focused on student self-service until Amue decided to offer French Higher Education institutions a new software to build, administer and distribute its course catalog (ROF project). She first helped in designing the solution matching the needs of French higher education institutions. Then, as a project manager, she has brought the aims and issues of this solution to Amue’s members and also supervised its deployment. This system is currently used by 10 organizations and is still deployed.

rvogl05_klRaimund Vogl is director of IT for the University of Münster (Germany) since 2007. He holds a PhD in elementary particle physics from University of Innsbruck (Austria). After completing his PhD studies in 1995, he joined Innsbruck University Hospital as IT manager for medical image data solutions and moved on to be deputy head of IT. Additionally, he served as a lecturer in medical informatics at UMIT (Hall) and as managing director for a medical image data management software company (icoserve, Innsbruck) and for a center of excellence in medical informatics (HITT, Innsbruck). He is active as a member of the executive team of the IT strategy board of the Universities in Northrhine-Westfalia. He is a member of GMDS, EuSoMII and AIS and is representing Münster University in DFN, ZKI, DINI and ARNW. His current research interest focuses on the management of complex information infrastructures. More detailed information on his CV and numerous publications can be found in the CRIS of Münster University here .



Mikael Berglund

Mikael Berglund is a scholar of Computer Science at the University of Umeå.
He has been working with research about Virtual Learning Environments and Time-Spatial Visualization of National Archives.
Previous projects include Identity Management within the European GÉANT project and the management of e-infrastructure development for Sweden’s NREN, SUNET. Currently, he is working as an IT-architect at ITS in Umeå and is occupied with building the new Swedish national student information system, Ladok3.

UNIVERSITIC: IT Survey in Spanish and Latin America Universities

The knowledge society that Europe designed in Lisbon is based on a modern higher education system with innovative methods and resources. Universities that were pioneering in introducing computation and Internet for research have been walking fast to adopt information technology (IT) in three levels: teaching, management and government.

In Spain, this evolution has sometimes lacked of assessments and of lightness. For this reason, the IT Committee of the Spanish Association of University Rectors (CRUE in Spanish set of initials), in 2004, drove the establishment of an inquest, called UNIVERSITIC, in order to achieve a global assessment of IT in universities that includes: IT description, IT Management and IT Governance.

The results of the first year’s survey showed that Spanish Universities, in general had adopted a compromised stance with the aim of incorporating and use of IT, but frequently this compromise was more reactive than proactive, more improvised than planned.

Ten years later, this survey has been improved and now also includes the Latin America area. Current results indicate that universities usually plan IT implementation and they are aware of the need to achieve best practices both in IT management and in IT governance. So the UNIVERSITIC survey and its results are very useful for the Spanish and Latin American universities and we hope it could become a good reference for European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) too.

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