The Terena Networking Conference is underway at the University College in Dublin (UCD). 3 days of talks and discussions on networking, infrastructure and services. Elsa Cardoso, Task force leader for the EUNIS BI-task force will speak on thursday about “The current status of Business Intelligence initiatives in European Higher Education Institutions”. The presentation and other media will be available after the conference ends.
University of York: Taking IT Support for a Vibrant University to a New Level
“One thing that set Bomgar apart from another popular solution that the other company wanted to charge extra to support anything other than Mac and Windows. Bomgar’s solution also includes Linux and mobile device support. We have several departments that use Linux technology, so having that capability was an important factor in our decision,” said Sarah Kennedy, IT Support Office Manager.
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Congratulations to our UK sister organisation UCISA which is celebrating its 21st birthday this year.
As part of the celebration UCISA has created a bursary scheme to help its UK members attend international conferences including EUNIS 2014.
UCISA members are increasingly looking beyond the UK for examples of innovation and good practice, whilst at the same time training budgets (especially for international conferences) are under pressure.
In celebration of UCISA’s 21st year, the Executive Committee of UCISA is pleased to announce that a bursary scheme has been created to bring European and US best practice to the UCISA community through funded places at EUNIS (11- 13 June 2014, Umeå University campus, Sweden www.eunis.org/eunis2014/ ) and EDUCAUSE (29 September – 2 October 2014, Orlando, Florida www.educause.edu/annual-conference/2014 )
Please consider applying for a bursary, or nominating staff within your institution.
Information on the selection process and the expected outputs is available on the UCISA website, along with an application form.
Deadline for receipt of applications: Tuesday 20 May
From 11th to 13th of June, Umeå university is organizing EUNIS 2014 – the annual European congress on IT in higher education. This congress welcomes IT-professionals, teachers and researchers with an interest on how IT can be utilized for education, research and administration. This is the first time the EUNIS congress is held in Sweden. This year the annual congress is held for the 20th time and theevent coincides with Umeå being the European capital of culture 2014.
The theme for this years congress is “Higher education in the digital era”. The programme is divided into 6 distinct tracks: Supporting teaching and learning; University management – BI; The CIO and IT management; Software development; University Cooperation and Security.
Some of the internationally renowned speakers that will contribute at the event is: Gerry Pennell, CIO Manchester University; Michiel Boreel, CTO Sogeti and Eden Dahlstrom, Director of research at Educause. A detailed programme and a list of all invited speakers can be found at: EUNIS 2014. As always a large part of the programme is composed of contributions from the attendees themselves. In total over 100 speakers will present their insights and experiences at the congress.
Take this opportunity to visit Umeå and this years EUNIS congress. Eunis member institutions are awarded a lower registration fee and if the registration is completed before the 12th of may there is an additional reduction of the fee.
Questions? Please contact:
ITS, head of the organising committee
+46 (0)90 786 74 36
Experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs 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.
This special issue of the eLearning Papers is based on the contributions made to the EMOOCS 2014 conference. Its success demonstrates that MOOCs are at the beginning of a wave and a first step towards opening up education.
What are the defining characteristics of a MOOC? Can we categorically differentiate a MOOC from other types of online courses? This is one of the central questions of the debate on the future of MOOCs. An UNED study proposes a quality model based on both course structure and certification process. Most of the debate around the future of MOOCs focuses on learners’ attitudes such as attrition or a lack of satisfaction that leads to disengagement or dropout.