The consultation on "Opening up Education - a proposal for a European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies", will explore the perceived need for EU action to promote the use of open educational resources (OER) in education.
From 13 August 2012 to 13 November 2012.
New technologies, in particular the internet, together with globalisation and the emergence of new education providers, are radically changing the way people learn and teach. Open access to education resources offers an unprecedented opportunity to enhance both excellence and equity in education. The EU aims to help both individual learners and education and training institutions in Member States to benefit from these opportunities and to increase their contribution to society.
In the last quarter of 2012, the Commission will present a Communication on Rethinking Skills aiming to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of skills supply for higher economic and social outcomes. This will, among other actions, announce a new EU Initiative on "Opening up Education": a proposal to exploit the potential contribution of ICTs and Open Educational Resources (OER) to education and skills development. This new EU initiative on "Opening up Education" will be the topic of a subsequent Communication in mid-2013.
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Xavier Prats Monné, the current Deputy Director of the European Commission’s Education and Culture department, will soon become the Director General.
Open Education Europa congratulates Xavier Prats, new Director General of DG Education and Culture
Prats, a Spanish national, is currently in charge of the policies and programs related to mobility and cooperation in education and training. His portfolio includes the new Erasmus + project that will be active from 2014 to 2020 and the Marie Curie program.
Prats will take up his new position as of August 1, 2014.
Programming is an important skill at any age, as 12 year old Nikos Adam proved at the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki, Greece. After giving a presentation on some programs he had been working on, he was offered a job with Google.
Image: Nikos Adam, 12 years old, was recently hired by Google as a programmer.
At the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki, Greece, Google representatives noticed a boy showing up every day at their stand and attending all of their workshops (after school, of course). Nikos Adam, a 12 year old Greek boy just starting middle school, taught himself to program and has written a few programs in his spare time.
One of those programs is called DTD, a security system that prevents Denial of Service (DoS) attack, and another is called MSP, a program that allows users to play online without a separate server. At the trade fair, the boy gave an impressive presentation on cyber attacks that further piqued the attention of Google.
After verifying his programming skills and talking to his parents, Google offered Adam a contract to program for Google. He will work on a new social network called “Tech is Social” which will be launched in Greek in January 2014.
Adam’s story demonstrates that programming is a valuable skill that anyone can learn, even independently. His story comes at a fitting time – November 25-30 is Europe Code Week, a week-long series of learn-to-code events and an initiative to bring attention to importance of digital skills such as programming.
Coding isn’t just for programmers – anyone can benefit from learning to code! November 25-30 is Europe Code Week and almost 300 events are planned across the EU to spread digital skills and the joy of building something from nothing.
Image: Lunchtime Scratch Sessions as part of Europe Code Week. From Twitter user @Lab_13Ircheste
Niamh started learning to code by joining CoderDojo, a free coding club for youth. In summer 2013, she created a website called Inspire, which helps young people who can’t attend a CoderDojo club in person to learn the basics of coding online. Her website became the basis of learntocode.eu. On this website, coders can upload small pieces of code for others to examine and learn from.
Learntocode.eu has been launched as part of the Europe Code Week, a collection of events across Europe bringing attention to the importance of programming skills as well as the multitude of opportunities to learn how to code. The initiative was conceived and launched by Neelie Kroes’ Young Advisors.
When Niamh joined CoderDojo, she had almost no knowledge of coding.
“When I started at CoderDojo I barely knew anything about websites or code, and I was thinking about how going to Coder meant I got to learn so much in a short time,” she was quoted as saying in an article in SiliconRepublic. Her experience as a beginner is what influenced her own website design.
"I thought about what I had learned and I designed the site so people could learn how to code a simple homepage and then make cool designs."
Niamh’s experience shows that learning to code is an exciting undertaking that anyone of any age can try. Even learning the basics of coding is enough to bring new ideas into reality, as Niamh did. Check the events map on the Europe Code Week website to find an event near you, and follow @CodeWeekEU and #codeEU to stay updated on the week’s events.
At the "Innovation in Higher Education" event on 18 November 2013, the European Commission launched a new self-assessment tool for higher education institutions to evaluate how entrepreneurial they are. The event was moderated by Mr. Xavier Prats Monne, Deputy Director General of DGEAC.
Mr. Prats Monne gave the opening address, which was followed by a panel discussion. The full programme is available online. Many of the attendees live tweeted the event.
The afternoon featured sessions on technological innovations, pedagogical innovations, and drivers of innovation in higher education. Some of the notable speakers were Mr. Michel Benard, Manager of University Relations at Google; Dr. Steve Ryan, Director of the Centre for Learning Technology at the London School of Economics; Prof. John Brennan, Emeritus Professor Open University and visiting professor at LSE; and Prof. John Goddard, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University.
The event served to launch a new website, HEInnovate, which is a self-assessment tool for entrepreneurial higher education institutions. It is an initiative of the European Commission DG of Education and Culture, and the OECD LEED forum. The closing remarks were made by Mrs. Lucia Recalde Langarica, DG Education and Culture, Head of Unit C.2. Higher Education and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; EIT.
The main steps of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) development are taken into consideration, from its origins to the Lisbon Reform, up to the present situation.
The module intends to provide an analysis of the following issues: the division of competences between the European Union and the Member States, the institutional framework, the objectives of the AFSJ’s policies as well as of the EU values and fundamental rights related policies (cooperation criminal matters, police cooperation, asylum and immigration), the most important acts adopted or currently being adopted.
Another issue of the module is data protection and its principles, which are applicable in the judicial and police cooperation in criminal matters, thanks to the Lisbon Treaty.
The module addresses a complex and sensitive set of issues, made up of a combination of diverse policies , for which the Lisbon Reform constitutes an important step forward in European integration. As the module “Political and Juridical System” anticipated , the Lisbon Treaty, indeed, marking the fall of the “pillar” structure, not only made applicable to all the AFSJ policies (police and judicial cooperation in criminal mattes included, even if some peculiarities continue to characterize them) the ordinary legislative procedure (co-decision of the European Parliament and the Council and a majority of the votes cast), but also the extension of competences of the European Court of Justice and of the Commission.
More than 5000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians are gathered in Vilnius from November 6-8 for the ICT 2013 Conference. The event focuses on Horizon 2020 - the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.
3Dprint? Nano-robots? New forms of learning? Vote for how the future will be! @NeelieKroesEU inviting you http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-946_en.htm?locale=en … #ICT2013eu
A travers ce MOOC « Les clés du management interculturel en Europe », ENACO souhaite promouvoir la richesse et la diversité des cultures européennes auprès des publics francophones pour mieux vivre et travailler ensemble.
Key open education stakeholders gave their thoughts on the EC's new Open up Education project at the Neth-ER seminar on Oct 2, 2013. Ana Carla Pereira, Head of Unit of DG Education and Culture, kicked off the seminar with an overview of the justifications, objectives, and actions of the project.
The purpose of the seminar was to reflect and react to the EC’s recently released communication on its new Opening up Education initiative. According to Ana Carla Pareira, the EC sees the need for more action in three areas: open learning environments, open educational resources, and connectivity and innovation. The initiative responds to these needs through actions such as supporting teachers’ development through online courses, ensuring more transparency of copyrights, and open infrastructure development.
The second part of the seminar focused on open educational resources (OER). Fred Mulder, UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources, discussed the importance of OER as a component of open education that could serve as an easy access point and open the way to open up other aspects of education. Alexa Joyce, of European Schoolnet, talked about up-take of ICT in education and advocated for the expansion and professionalization of ICT in schools.
Other reactions came from Abel Caine of UNESCO, Dirk Van Damme of the OECD, and Timothy Vollmer of Creative Commons. Dirk Van Damme brought up several important research questions and stressed the importance of building an evidence base on the impact of open educational resources. Timothy Vollmer spoke about two current open policy projects: the Open Policy Network and the European Open Edu Policy Project. He emphasized the potential gains in efficiency and return on investment of using open licenses for publicly funded educational materials.