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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 openeducationeuropa.eu, 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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September 30th: EUNIS to speak on ERAI in Orlando

During the upcoming EDUCAUSE annual conference in Orlando, Florida; Johan Bergström and Michele Mennielli will speak about the ERAI project and exchange ideas with the session participants on how this project could evolve. If you are planning to be in Orlando for the conference, please make sure you stop by and take the opportunity to discuss this with us. The session will be held in meeting room W207C, Tuesday Sep 3oth @11:40.

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 www.handsonict.eu), 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

JISC initiative: From Prospects to Alumnus

On behalf of Jisc, we would like to bring to your attention an online consultation: “From Prospects to Alumnus” (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/jiscp2a).

The survey is open until the end of August 26, and Jisc would really value your input. It is part of the consultation process for a Jisc co-design project: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/research/funding for which Jisc are keen to gain a wide range of views.

A workshop will take place on September 4th in London, where areas for intervention and candidate projects will be agreed. The workshop is by invitation only, but if you are interested in the Prospect to Alumnus area (student relationship management lifecycle), from a cross-sector and information management perspective, and would particularly like to attend and contribute to the workshop, Jisc could accommodate one or two people in order to bring other European good practices to the table.

Please contact Simon Whittemore (s.whittemore@jisc.ac.uk) if you would like to participate.