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  • Virtual Mobility (21 - 23 May 2019) 
  • Blended Education (18 - 20 June 2019)
  • Quality in Higher Education (12 - 14 November 2019)

Past events

 Webinar week: Innovating Education in new modes of teaching and learning 

International education

VIDEO RECORDINGS   PRESENTATIONS

Changing patterns in interactive learning design (José Bidarra,Universidade Aberta)
Current trends in distance education point to changing patterns in business models and in learning design, these being clearly interconnected, and the solutions reside in both high level and low-level decisions. The higher level decisions are related to personalised learning, practical subjects, shorter programme cycles, partnerships for face-to-face sessions and technologies for seamless learning. The lower level decisions imply the design of learning environments and the implementation of learner support strategies. So, this talk will explore the processes and suitable technologies for learning design, including the design and application of digital media in teaching and learning, and a critical analysis of the benefits of technologies in education.

Collaborative Learning in Open and Distance Learning (Ormond Simpson, University of London)
I'm pretty sure all distance educators like the concept of students learning collaboratively. But nothing's straightforward in ODL and it's worth asking some questions:

  1. Why do we like collaborative learning? Is it to improve learning, overcome isolation or to save money?
  2. What's the best way to help students get together? - forums, mentoring, 'study dating'?
  3. Do students really like it? Or do some find it unhelpful and even threatening?
  4. What are the potential pitfalls? Group assessment? Internet harassment?
  5. Most importantly! - does it work?

Transforming Higher Education with Blended Learning: Managing Expectations and Bridging Gaps (Simone Adams, University of Graz) 
With blended learning having become “the new normal” (Dziuban, Graham, Moskal, Norberg, & Sicilia, 2018), even traditional on-campus universities work on creating new learning designs to meet their students’ needs for flexibility, mostly concerning work/life/study balance and opportunities for lifelong learning. Implementing such programs comes with a set of challenges in the realms of pedagogy, technology, and management, however. In this webinar, I will introduce the first blended learning bachelor program at the University of Graz in Austria. Focusing on some challenges faced and lessons learned, I will offer insight into the process of implementation that could be used for future projects in blended learning, particularly in other “brick-and-mortar” higher education institutions.

Understanding student paths in higher education blended-learning: beyond success and dropout (Kalliopi Benetos, Université de Genève)
This study first aimed to identify critical instances that characterise common student paths and deviations that lead to certification, interruption of studies or dropout in blended-learning. We then crossed the path types and degrees of completion with available student characteristics to infer various student profiles. Using time and credits required to graduate to identify path deviations may provide insights on early warning signs of potential dropout and lead to seeing dropout, not only as academic failure but also as possible fulfilment of learning goals independent of certification, particularly. These results will allow us to understand various paths and goals students follow in higher-education blended-learning study programs that particularly attract non-traditional students, to propose guidelines for designing curricula that are more open and flexible in their delivery while maintaining support for learning progression to achieve program learning outcomes.


20 & 21 November 2018

Quality in Higher Education week

Quality Assurance

Quality frameworks for MOOCs (co-organised by OpenupEd)

QA in blended and online education 

  • Video recording

  • Main results EADTU-ENQA Peer Learning Activity (PLA) on QA in blended and online education by George Ubachs (EADTU)
    Presentation
    The EADTU-ENQA PLA has identified next steps in the development of high quality blended degree and online continuing education in a dialogue between main stakeholders: universities, quality assurance agencies, governments and students. Only in dialogue between these stakeholders we can come to a favourable environment for further innovating education. This PLA showed a shared responsibility to accelerate innovation and quality of education and to find ways for improvement. Ways forward for all stakeholders separately and in dialogue will be presented.

  • Main findings of the ENQA WG E-learning by Esther Huertas Hidalgo (AQU Catalunya) 
    Presentation
    Recognising that recommendations for quality assurance and e-learning have already been written, the WG decided to create a new focus: to systematically examine both the applicability and relevance of the standards as defined in the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG, 2015). Although each standard proved to be fully applicable to e-learning, some standards seemed to require special guidance on how they can be applied. The findings of this work are applicable to all forms of e-learning. Besides, it is meant to initiate discussion and the thinking process of stakeholders involved, e.g. HEIs, QA agencies, etc. It is not intended to be prescriptive.

Lessons from 10 years of E-xcellence quality reviews for elearning by Karen Kear & Jon Rosewell (OUUK)

  • Video recording | presentation

    E-xcellence is a QA methodology with a strong quality enhancement focus. We analysed E-xcellence self-evaluations and roadmaps at twenty higher education institutions to identify the most challenging aspects of e-learning provision. The main challenges were: developing e-learning strategy, building online academic communities for students, and managing staff workload. There was also a strong focus on increasing the interactivity of learning materials. In contrast, the provision of reliable IT systems and hardware was unproblematic.


19 & 20 September 2018

EMPOWER E-Assessment week

Assessment

Tuesday 26 June

Thursday 28 June

  • Video recording

  • Viewbrics: mirroring and mastering complex generic skills with video enhanced rubrics through a technology-enhanced formative assessment methodology by Ellen Rusman (OUNL)
    Full description | Presentation | Video viewbrics | Viewbrics flyer

  • Fostering engagement and learning through formative feedback. UNED developments and use of automatized and mobile feedback for closed and open-ended questions 
    by Miguel Santamaría & Ángeles Sánchez-Elvira Paniagua (UNED)
    Full description | Presentation (will follow)


26 & 28 June 2018
15.00 – 16.30 (CEST)

 

Why universities invest in MOOCs – the importance of the social dimension

Organised by Erasmus+ project MOONLITE, empowered by EMPOWER

By Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski (Athabasca University), Timothy Read (UNED), Darco Jansen (EADTU), moderator: Charlotte Traeger (ESCP Europe), facilitator: Alastair Creelman (Linnaeus University)


1 December 2017
15.30 – 16.30 (CET)

 

 Assessing Students and Tutors with Learning Analytics Dashboards

 Assessment


26 September 2017
11.00 – 12.00 (CEST)

Learning Analytics for Student Support

Student Support


15 September 2017
11.00 – 12.00 (CEST)

Interactive Class systems in UNINETTUNO course delivery model

Curriculum development & Course design


12 September 2017
11.00 – 12.00 (CEST)

Leading in Changing Times: Case Studies in Strategy and Policy Development

Policy and Strategy Development


31 August 2017
15.00 – 16.00 (CEST)

 Discover TeSLA, a prototype candidate-authentication system for online assessments

By: TeSLA communication team


18 May 2017
12.30 – 13.15 (CEST)

Using Zotero as a collaborative research management tool

Knowledge Resources


 16 May 2017 
10.00 - 11.30 (CEST)

Listening the educational initiatives for Migrants and Refugees coming from NGOs

Institutional Support


 26 April 2017 
16.30 - 17.00 (CEST)

 Institutional support for prospective and new students in online and distance education 

Student Support


 26 April 2017 
16.30 - 17.00 (CEST)

Student Support, complementary videos: 

Student Support


 

 Open Education and the Sustainable Development Goals: Making Change Happen

OERs & MOOCs


 12 April 2017 
13.00 - 14.30 (CEST)

Creative use of Europeana content for open education

OERs & MOOCs


 28 March 2017 
10.00 - 11.30 (CEST)

Theories of Student Support for Retention

Sudent Support


 16 March 2017 
15.00 - 16.30 (CET)


UOC Virtual Library Teaching Services and Learning Resources

Knowledge Resources


14 March 2017
10.00 - 12.30 (CET)

Deconstructing Technology Enhanced Learning: from platforms to the cloud

Institutional Support


 8 March 2017
11.00 – 12.30 (CET)

Mobile Learning & New Trends 

Institutional Support


 21 February 2017
11.00 – 12.30 (CET)

Innovative Distance Education Programs Recently Offered by Anadolu University for Providing Identical Needs of Different Target Groups

Curriculum development & Course design


 14 February 2017
15.00 – 16.30 (CET)

Alternative perspectives on MOOC success

OERs & MOOCs


 15 December 2016
10.00 – 11.30 (CET)

Business models for OER and MOOCs beyond monetary incentives

OERs & MOOCs


 29 November 2016
10.00 – 11.30 (CET)

Innovative Student Support Solutions for Large Groups

Student Support


 16 November 2016
15.30 – 17.00 (CET)

Student Support, complementary videos: 

Innovative Student Support Solutions for Large Groups

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Anadolu University

 

Blended Learning as a Key to Skills, Content, and Learning Success

Curriculum development & Course design


 15 November 2016
15.00 – 16.30 (CET)

Working together with academics in a changing HE environment

Knowledge resources


 13 October 2016
11.00 – 12.30 (CEST)

Student dropout in distance education - how many, who, when, why, what are the consequences and how do we overcome them?

Student Support


 28 September 2016
15.00 – 16.30 (CEST)

Student Support, complementary videos:

Student Support Services in large and small institutions. Some examples:

 

The EMMA 5D MOOC Framework 

Curriculum development & Course design


 21 September 2016
15.00 – 16.30 (CEST)

TeSLA project: An adaptive trust-based e-assessment system for learning 

Assessment

 

 16 September 2016
09.00 – 10.30 (CEST)

Applying learning technologies and tools for creating and using KR in online courses: A Guide for educators and researchers

Knowledge Resources

 

14 September 2016
09.00 – 10.30 (CEST)

A cluster-based analysis to diagnose students’ learning achievements

Assessment

 

19 July 2016
09.00 – 10.30 (CEST)

Knowledge Resources to be promoted for their use into the learning Community (Higher Education teachers and learners)

Knowledge Resources

 

7 July 2016
09.00 – 10.30 (CEST)

Training and Qualification/ Onlabs: 3D Game for Distance Laboratory

Institutional Support

 

24 June 2016
12.00 – 13.00 (CEST)

Confidence-based marking

Assessment

 

22 June 2016
09.00 – 10.00 (CEST)

EDELNet (European Distance Education in Law Network): a case study on international strategic partnerships in higher education

Transnational Education

 


7 June 2016
14.00 – 15.30 (CEST)

Gathering ideas for main topics for expert pool Institutional Support

Institutional Support

 

22 April 2016
09.00 – 10.00 (CEST)

Empower Online Learning Leadership Academies 

More information

Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy
'new and emerging models of teaching and learning'

Policty and Strategy Development

 

1-3 June 2016
Brussels

Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy
'Developing transformative leaders'

Policy and Strategy Development

 

29-31 May 2017
Brussels

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