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Report: Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA): a landscape review, by Gill Ferrell

“We look in more detail at the components of this life cycle later in this report: suffice it to say here that the effective management of assessment and feedback is central to the learning experience and encompasses a very wide spectrum of activity involving many different stakeholders. From an institutional perspective, ease of access to accurate, up-to-date assessment data is essential for the effective running of a range of business processes from quality assurance and marketing to long-term curriculum planning. From a tutor’s perspective, efficient management of assessment data can mean improving student learning without increasing workload e.g. having a timely overview of what has been learned and understood; being able to give feedback/feed forward in timely and effective ways and it can also aid course review and validation processes (…).”

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EDUCAUSE 2014: French delegation report

Educause annual conference 2014, visits to MIT & University of Central Florida: French delegation report

A French delegation was officially formed to participate in the annual Educause conference. It was decided to take advantage of the trip to the United States to visit two universities, MIT in Boston and the University of Central Florida in Orlando. This report follows the feedback meeting held in Paris and covers the two day-long university visits and the various workshops attended at the Educause conference itself.

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Report by Prof. Yves Epelboin: the Higher Education Challenge in Africa and Asia

The Higher Education Challenge in Africa and Asia

Higher Education is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century in Asia and Africa. Reports say that one should open one university every day! Moreover these countries face a critical shortage of quality professors but also of governance and management. Funding is very limited and their capacity to answer successfully to this challenge is doubtful. Modern technologies by themselves will never replace good quality teachers. However, when adapted to the local cultures and social environment they may be of great help to go in the right direction.

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E-Learning in European HE Institutions: Results of a Mapping Survey

E-Learning in European Higher Education Institutions: Results of a Mapping Survey conducted in Oct – Dec 2013

With the emergence of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) it seemed that, beyond the bounds of the e-learning communities and their activities, generally, little attention had been paid to how information technologies (ICT) impacted higher education teaching and learning. There were voices pointing out that the rise of MOOCS was just one particular, albeit spectacular element, of the much broader agenda of digitalisation (i.e., e- and online learning), in which many universities have been involved for quite some time. While this is difficult to prove, the recent heated debates on the strategic importance of e- and ICT-based learning for European higher education, and predictions made about the future of higher education, revealed a lack of European-level data on e-learning in higher education.

It was for this reason that EUA decided to conduct this survey, in order to be in a better position to contribute to ongoing policy discussions, and to support our members in their efforts to further enhance and promote innovation in learning and teaching.

The results of this survey are surprising. Apart from a few notable exceptions, almost all institutions are involved in some forms of e-learning. It seems that there has been no sudden and disruptive change, but rather that a gradual adaptation has taken place, which continues at different paces and scales across Europe. Nevertheless institutional responses to MOOCs do suggest that European higher education institutions are capable of responding swiftly to new strategic challenges.

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Report from the Conference by Prof. Yves Epelboin

European High Level Conference “Education in the Digital Era”, Brussels, 11th of December 2014

In a constantly changing and increasingly digitally connected world, education needs to be “fit for the digital era”. Education institutions must quickly adapt to remain relevant and to actively support innovation and competiveness in a society where technology pervades all walks of life.

The conference has presented a unique chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges of adapting contemporary education systems to the increasing use of ICT in our digital society. It involved a wide range of high-level stakeholders and experts in the field of digital communication and learning.

Its key main themes were focused on:

  • Increasing the quality and relevance of learning
  • Increasing the impact of educators
  • Addressing inequalities through better access and lower cost

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