OER4Adults aimed to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in adult learning in Europe, identifying enablers and barriers to successful implementation of practices with OER.
This report presents an overview and analysis of Open Educational Practices for Adult Learning in Europe. It is a contribution to the construction of a knowledge base on Opening up Education and is part of a wider scientific agenda on ICT and Learning being developed at IPTS, mainly in collaboration with DG Education and Culture.
The project drew on data from four main sources:
- OER4Adults inventory of over 150 OER initiatives relevant to adult learning in Europe
- Responses from the leaders of 36 OER in itiatives to a detailed SWOT survey
- Responses from 89 lifelong learners and adult educators to a short poll
- The Vision Papers on Open Education 2030: Lifelong Learning published by IPTS
Analysis revealed 6 tensions that drive developing practices around OER in adult learning and that structure the paper:
- Open versus free
- Traditional versus new approaches
- Altruism versus marketisation
- Community versus openness
- Mass participation versus quality
- Add-on versus embedded funding
This paper, commissioned by the UK Higher Education International Unit and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, selects a number of current trends and considers their consequences for higher education sectors over this short timeframe.
The main themes addressed are:
- demand for HE
- international mobility and TNE
- technology and the MOOCs phenomenon
- partnerships and networks
- leadership and management
- trade liberalisation
- rankings as an institutionalisation of competition
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 objective of the Mobility Policy-Practice Connect (MPPC) project is to develop capacity at the national and institutional levels to define and implement strategies for student and staff mobility.
More specifically, and to this effect, the project will:
a) Support, in conjunction with national rectors’ conferences that are associated partners, the development and enhancement of national mobility strategies, which is one of the milestones of the Mobility Strategy for the EHEA (agreed by ministers in April 2012).
b) Concentrate on three national case studies, where the capacity development activities will take place (France, Lithuania, Hungary), and use these countries as examples for how policy makers and institutions can work together to define/improve national and institutional strategies for mobility across Europe.
c) Conduct an ex-post analysis of the experience of three pilot universities of the MAUNIMO project (2010-2012), after completing the Mobility Mapping Tool (a mobility self-assessment tool). The ex-post analysis will be linked to the workshops and focus groups.
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.
The European University Association (EUA), in cooperation with the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) is pleased to announce a new project: Mobility Policy-Practice Connect (MPPC).
MPPC is a follow-up to the 2010-2012 MAUNIMO project (Mapping University Mobility of Students and Staff) and aims to improve mobility between universities. The project will build capacity at the system and institutional level in terms of creating and implementing mobility policies and strategies.
Through three country workshops (in France, Lithuania and Hungary), focus groups and site visits to universities that participated in MAUNIMO, the project will bring institutions and policy makers together to better respond to European policy demands, national policy interests, and institutional practice.
Each workshop will tackle some of the issues that have been explored in MAUNIMO:
- enhancing the quality of mobility through institutional partnerships
- incentivising outward mobility
- attracting inward mobility
- embedding mobility into quality assurance practices
- enhancing staff mobility
- generating better data on mobility at the institutional and national levels to improve decision-making.
Each workshop and focus group will have a strong national focus and will attempt to identify and discuss the national policies and programmes that impact how mobility is funded and incentivised, what types of mobility are prioritised, and the potential obstacles and barriers to enhancing certain types of mobility.
The outcomes of the workshops will be published in a policy brief in September 2014 and will also be shared with the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) in which EUA participates as an official stakeholder and which is currently monitoring the 2012 Strategy of the European Higher Education Area “Mobility for Better Learning”.
Join top international education professionals at the 2014 Spring Academy in The Hague, Netherlands. The one-week professional development course draws on the ideas of thought leaders in the field to provide a comprehensive programme about how to create an effective strategic action plan.
Participants can select from a variety of hands-on, practical courses to tailor the Academy to their needs. The courses are aimed to enable participants to drive change in their institution and move their career forward.
The course selection includes:
- Using collaborative benchmarking to improve performance in internationalisation
- How to run your summer school successfully
- Planning and management of capacity building projects with HE partners in the South
- International strategic enrolment management
- Marketing in the digital age: an introduction to the new trends
- SEO and online content: strategies for international student recruitment
- Facilitating cultural learning in education abroad
Above and beyond the course offerings, the Academy provides excellent networking opportunities to meet other international educational professionals and industry leaders.
European higher education has been in flux for well over a decade. Technological innovation, changing labour market demands, and global competition are all contributing factors to the ongoing changes.
Is higher education merely adapting to new circumstances, or is a more revolutionary transformation taking place? MOOCs have been heralded as a potentially disruptive innovation in the world of higher education that could lead to a reformation of the current model of higher education. The relevance of universities is now in question.
The European University Association will hold its annual conference on 3-4 April 2014. The event will explore emerging innovative teaching approaches and consider their implications for the organisation of learning and teaching processes in the years to come. The conference will thus provide a forum for discussing how universities in different parts of Europe and the world respond to current pressures for change and try to anticipate tomorrow’s educational needs.
The 2013 Autumn Academy is an opportunity for professionals in the field of international education to further their professional development and build their network. The Academy boasts a program of action-oriented courses and personalised expert advice for work challenges.
This season's programme will focus on much discussed topics such as: evaluation of credentials from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus; website optimisation; creating marketing and communications materials on a limited budget; internationalisation at home; international office management and much more. There will also be a number of networking events so that participants can expand their professional circle.
EAIE members are eligible for a discount on the overall fee, and some delegates may be eligible for an EU staff mobility grant. The deadline to register is 28 October, 2013.
The Invest in Research international conferece will look closely into the problems of European human resources in research (with a special focus on young researchers) and successful responses from the Member States. Specifically, we intend to hold a forum to discuss the measures enhancing attractiveness of becoming and being a researcher in Europe.
What makes Europe an appealing place to do research? What draws people to research jobs? This conference will look at several factors, including (i) accessibility of proper doctoral training, (ii) availability of professional development schemes for researchers, (iii) the means for equating the remuneration for researchers’ work, and (iv) infrastructures supporting seamless work in research.
The Invest in Researchers Conference expects to accommodate approximately 80 moderators, speakers, and panelists. Up to 200 delegates may participate in the conference. The delegates are expected to include representatives of EU and national policy bodies, research institutions, doctoral candidates, higher education institutions, researchers, and social partners engaged in human resources for R&D, and other influencers.
The conference sessions will foster productive discussion between thought leaders, practitioners, decision-makers, and other stakeholders. The resolutions and recommendations are expected to reflect the most advanced current practices and examples that can be followed closely. The conference will have a particular focus on the circumstances and needs of young researchers.