The European project DESIRE (Disseminating Educational Science, Innovation and Research in Europe) facilitates better communication between stakeholders in the STEM education field.
The DESIRE project was established to make recommendations for improving the accessibility of STEM educational research to its target audience, mainly teachers. From 2011 to 2013, a range of STEM professionals were consulted to identify the main challenges teachers face in accessing new ideas from STEM educational research, and the best ways to make research available to help develop innovative teaching.
The DESIRE Recommendations: Reach Out Toolkit
The results of the DESIRE project have been published in the Reach Out Toolkit. This publication is mainly addressed at project managers and project coordinators running initiatives to improve learning and teaching of STEM in formal education (schools) and informal education (science centres, museums, fairs, events).
The Toolkit gives information on how to plan and implement dissemination and exploitation strategies. The toolkit also provides recommendations on how teachers as stakeholders can contribute to the improvement of STEM education with concrete actions.
The Reach Out Toolkit is based on two years research carried out by the DESIRE partners: European Schoolnet together with, INDIRE (Istituto Nazionale di Documentazione per l'Innovazione e la Ricerca Educativa), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Dansk Naturvidenskabsformidling and Ecsite (The European Network of Science Centres and Museums). The project has been funded under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme (DG Education and Culture).
At this year's Lifelong Learning Week, from 2-6 December 2013, organizers EUCIS-LLL will launch their Manifesto for the European elections. The upcoming European Elections will be a general focus for this week. Many events will take place in order to to provide ideas on how to modernise education and training systems in Europe. The events will take place in the European Parilament in Brussels.
Today, the concept of “lifelong learning” is widely used but its meaning differs according to whom is using it. According to EUCIS-LLL, lifelong learning covers education and training across all ages and in all areas of life be it formal, non-formal or informal. It shall enable citizen’s emancipation and full participation in society in its civic, social and economic dimensions. The idea of organising Lifelong Learning Weeks aims to raise awareness on lifelong learning in Europe and to put forward the need to adopt a holistic approach at all levels of decision-making, implementation and evaluation. This is necessary if we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy as set in the Europe 2020 strategy.
The lead teachers from some Advanced Schools involved in the Living Schools Lab project will lead a chat on Collaborative Learning.
The Living Schools Lab will hold a total of six webinars to present the best practices around different themes of interest for schools and teachers. The webinars are based on themes selected by the Advanced Schools in a way that each theme involves two to four schools. In the framework of the themes, schools work and discuss together, and collect and share resources, practices, ideas, etc.
The schedule of events for 2013 is as follows:
- Collaborative Learning, 28 November 6pm CET
- Building a Flexible Learning Space, 4 December 8 pm CET
- Social Media (and Shakespeare) in the Classroom, 12 December
- Students as digital leaders, 17 December
- 1:1 devices, 18 December
The iTEC project organises a series of webinars to present and discuss about issues related to future classroom design.
The webinars are free of charge and anyone can sign-up using the registration form. The events happen every few months and upcoming events are announced on the iTEC website. The past webinars are also available as video recordings.
If you are interested in participating, please keep in mind:
- The participation link will be sent to the registered users.
- The presentations will be done in English (unless indicated in the webinar description)
- The duration is about 1-1.5 hours
- The technical platform from February 2013 on is WebEx.
- The webinar recordings will be available on the iTEC website after each session.
Nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion and expectations of innovation with nanotechnologies.
Nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion on what we hope from innovation with nanotechnologies. The project is aimed citizens with a special focus on hard-to-reach target groups, which are people who do not normally encounter and give their opinion nanotechnologies at first hand.
Dialogue is facilitated online and in outreach events in 30 countries presenting different participatory formats. To promote an informed debate, we also run a strong press & social media campaign and offer a repository with more than 150 resources. Finally, Nanopinion offers an innovative educational programme for schools.
The goal of the project is to stimulate active participation of citizens for evaluating what we want from research and innovation. In particular, this project focuses on analysing how society would like nanotechnologies to be used in the future. This study in public engagement serves a key objective of the EU, which can be summed up as “Responsible Research and Innovation”.
We are monitor public opinion with an innovative multi-stranded approach, focusing on dialogue. The methodology used will be made public as a “case study” for future engagement with nanotechnologies.
How have European countries developed their policies and measures to tackle today's unemployment challenges? Can European governments and other labour market stakeholders learn from each other? Where are the real sources of good practice and inspiration for employment strategies moving forward? These and other related questions will be discussed at the first ever Dissemination Seminar of the Mutual Learning Programme (MLP).
The seminar will provide an opportunity to showcase and discuss the rich lessons and insights shared by government institutions in working towards the goals of the European Employment Strategy in the context of the MLP.
The activities of the MLP in 2013 have included a combination of ‘old’ and new activities, from the well established and highly successful Thematic Events and Peer Reviews, through to the organisation of novel Learning Exchanges and the launch of an innovative Database of Good Practice.The MLP has also covered a wide range of policy areas, responding to EU policy priorities, as well as specific national interests: youth unemployment, service vouchers, green jobs, apprenticeships, partnership-working, employer relations and undeclared work are just some of the topics that have been touched on this year.
The seminar will welcome individuals and organisations who are interested and have a stake in labour market issues, including EU institutions and other international policy organisation, Member State government representatives, social partners, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions.
Are you interested in the innovative use of media to support learning? Would you like to know more about the status of media literacy in Europe? Do you want to better understand creativity in the classroom? Are you keen to find out how universities are using video? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then book now to participate in the 4th Media & Learning Conference taking place in Brussels on 12-13 December.
The conference boasts a packed agenda. We’d like to share with you some of the highlights.
Keynote speaker Renee Hobbs will speak about her recent research on what motivates teachers to use media in the classroom and how their motivations shape digital learning. Open Education Europa interviewed Prof. Hobbs about her work; this article gives a preview of her findings.
Prof. Sian Bayne will also be giving a keynote speech on “Content by ‘devious’ means.” Find out what that means in our interview with Prof. Bayne about her experience teaching a MOOC using only open-access content.
Other conference highlights include:
- Screenings and demonstrations by the 9 MEDEA Awards finalists from France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain. Discussion on the topic of e-Safety and Digital Ethics led by Don Heider from the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University, Chicago.
- Beeban Kidron founder of the nationwide FilmClub in the UK and well-known film and documentary director sharing her thoughts about film and media literacy.
- Pre-conference workshops and visits on lecture capture practices in universities, next-generation educational game platforms and classrooms of the future.
Russell Stannard on his experience of using video and how he has built a reputation as one of the largest providers of video for language teaching on the planet.
- Practical workshop on pedagogic video design led by Jack Koumi.
- Susanne Friz from FWU in Germany and Dennis Van Der Helm from Kennisnet presenting their ideas and experience of making available open educational media resources.
- Showing of “InRealLife” a controversial new documentary by filmmaker Beeban Kidron which asks what exactly is the Internet and what is it doing to our children?
- Derrick de Kerckhove, former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto on the status of learning in today’s society.
Conference registration is still open and Open Education Europa looks forward to seeing you in Brussels!
Leading practitioners, education managers, academics and technology professionals will gather in Brussels to share and discuss experiences and examples of new practices for supporting and promoting innovation across the higher education systems from Europe and beyond.
Many current developments affecting higher education have clear European and even global dimensions and require innovative actions. As the recent years have shown, innovative solutions in the EU higher education sector are possible.
In order to nurture the debate around those topics, the European Commission is organising an event on “Innovation in Higher Education” in Brussels, where Mr Xavier Prats Monne, Deputy-Director General of DG Education and Culture will address these topics during the opening speech.