Education in the Digital Era conference – an inspiration for policy makers and practitioners
The ‘Education in the Digital Era’ conference took place in Brussels on 11 December. Ministers, leaders of educational institutions,
and educational innovators convened to discuss the opportunities and challenges of adapting education to a faster changing,
digital society and economy, shaping education's place and priority in the EU's sustainable growth agenda.
Prof. Mandla Makhanya, ICDE Executive Committee member and Principal and Vice Chancellor of Unisa, was invited to participate
in the panel that addressed inequalities in education through better access and lower cost. Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary
General, was invited as a guest of the conference.
The conference was co-organised by the European Commission and the Italian Presidency of the EU.
The opening speakers of the conference included Stefania Giannini (the Italian Minister of Education), Tibor Navracsics (the
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport), Silvia Costa (the Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Culture
and Education), and Lord David Puttnam (the Chair of Atticus Education). They emphasized the need to make education more accessible
by opening it up, and Europe's success in doing so will determine its future and economic growth.
Prof. Makhanya was joined on the panel by Carolina Jeux (CEO of Telefónica Learning Services), Jim Knight (Shadow Employment
& Welfare Minister in the House of Lords) and Alek Tarkowski (Co-Founder and Director of Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt Polska).
Watch a webcast of the panel
Photo source: Open Education Europa website, openeducationeuropa.eu
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International conference on Learning Innovations and Quality, call for papers
The 4th annual international conference ‘Learning Innovations and Quality’ (LINQ 2015) has published its three calls related
to this year’s theme, ‘The Need for Change in Education: Openness as Default?
Interested parties are invited to submit research papers, project overviews, and workshop proposals on the following themes
by 4 February 2015:
- Vision and needs for change in education through open learning worldwide
- Strategies and implementations of openness in learning processes
- Global aspects of high-quality open education
- Quality indicators and methods to describe, measure and evaluate quality for open education, OER and MOOCs
- Conceptual contributions on new and innovative quality models, methodologies, standards and approaches for open education
- Practical experiences and reports with implementations of quality approaches for open education
- Competences required by institutions as well as by learners for designing, practicing and improving the quality of open learning
- Methodologies for and experience of increased recognition of open learning in formal, non-formal and informal learning, education
- Certification of open education and e-learning in institutions, programs &courses
- Integrated innovation and quality approaches for opening up education
- International, national and regional quality projects related to the themes of the conference
Submissions must be sent by 4 February 2015.
Specific guidelines and requirements can be found on the conference website: learning-innovations.eu
About LINQ 2015
The main goal of LINQ 2015 is to bring together a variety of experts and professionals active in the field of innovations
and quality in lifelong learning (LLL). LINQ will support an innovative exchange of the latest developments in learning, education
and training innovations and quality on both a European and international level. Potential points of access to this field
include new learning methods and design, open learning and education, technology-enhanced learning (TEL), quality standards
and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online
collaboration and communities.
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