The consistent demand demonstrated by applicants for the 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ) has encouraged the organizers at the University of Duisburg-Essen to extend the submission period for papers and project presentations until the March 4th, 2013.
The consistent demand demonstrated by applicants concerning the 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ) has encouraged the organizers at the University of Duisburg-Essen to extend the submission period for papers and project presentations until the 4th of March, 2013. LINQ, the leading annual European conference on learning innovations and learning quality, has already attracted submissions from throughout Europe, as well as Asia, America, and Africa. This year thus shows a continuation in the high level of interest which made LINQ 2012 such a successful conference in Brussels last year.
“We are pleasantly overwhelmed with the response to this year’s call for papers and call for projects,” says Christian M. Stracke, LINQ Conference Chair and international ISO Convener for learning quality from the University of Duisburg-Essen. “Through this extension we intend to even more greatly expand the diversity of both practical and theoretical approaches to the issue of digital repositories in lifelong learning, as well as learning innovations and quality.”
This year LINQ 2013 and its motto "Innovations and Quality: The Future of Digital Resources" addresses and invites experts active in the field of Innovations and Quality in Lifelong Learning (LLL). Potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL), quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities.
The LINQ 2013 call for papers invites all experts and practitioners to contribute to LINQ’s dialogue through the submission of high-quality papers describing fully-developed results, on-going work or innovative concepts related to the following topics:
• Innovations and future trends in Learning, Education and Training (LET)
• Quality improvement and learning outcome orientation in LET
• Harmonization of innovations and quality development in LET
• Digital resources, online repositories and metadata for online objects
• Web 2.0, Social Media and Online Communities for LET
• Open access, open educational resources and user-generated content
• Technology‐Enhanced Learning for schools, universities and lifelong learning
• Learning quality in vocational education and training and HR
• Implementation of learning innovations and quality improvements
• Knowledge, innovation and ideas management in LET contexts
• Standardisation of LET design, production and services
• Quality management, standards, and certification in LET
• Competence and skills development in lifelong learning
• Quality and standardization of learning assessment and evaluation
Submissions of papers related to the conference (max eight pages) must be sent by March 4th, 2013, using the official LINQ template. All papers will be reviewed by the international scientific LINQ Programme Committee through double-blind peer review. Submitters will be informed of their acceptance by the 20th of April 2013. All accepted papers can be presented at the LINQ conference, will be published in the official proceedings of the European conference (with ISBN) and distributed to all conference participants as well as throughout Europe. Specific guidelines and requirements can be found on the conference website at www.learning-innovations.eu.
Attendance at the European conference "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2013) is subject to a conference fee (early bird rate: 90 €, after 31 March: 150€) and requires registration through the LINQ website, as places are limited. The conference fee includes all provisions including a warm 3-course lunch, the coffee breaks, the conference bag, and the official conference proceedings. At least one author has to register for the publication of an accepted paper.
Overview of the important dates:
- Paper submission deadline: 4th of March 2013
- Notification of acceptance: 20th of April 2013
- Camera-Ready copy due: 31st of April 2013
- Conference date: 16th and 17th of May 2013
For the latest information on the conference, please visit and like the LINQ Conference Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LINQConference and follow the LINQ Conference Twitter account at www.twitter.com/LINQ_Conference.
Please send full papers and direct enquiries to the LINQ Conference Manager Mrs Anne-Christin Tannhäuser, at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany, via e-Mail to: anne.tannhaeuser (at) icb.uni-due.de
The OERTEST Project: Creating Political Conditions for Effective Exchange of OER in Higher Education
This article was originally published by Luca Ferrari and Ivan Traina on the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, volume 9, issue 1.
This paper refers to the OERTest project and Open Educational Resources (OER) as support education materials that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone. In this paper we will try to answer the following question: how can the political conditions be created to foster an effective exchange of OERs between Higher Education institutions? The article presents several policy recommendations (intended as lessons learnt from the project) to ensure an effective recognition and exchange of OER between Higher Education Institutions.
The first course for auditors on the requirements of the new Portuguese standard “Vocational training management system, including technology-enhanced learning" (NP 4512:2012). The sessions took place on November 29th and 30th on the premises of the Portuguese Institute for Quality (IPQ) in Caparica, Portugal.
The Q-Cert-VET, which develops a new quality standard and supports a related certification scheme for the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Portugal. consortium welcomed 17 experienced auditors from 8 Portuguese and international certification bodies. If you represent a certification body interested in the specifics of this new Portuguese standard, please feel free to contact the Q-Cert-VET consortium through the official website at www.edu-certification.eu/
Higher education is facing a range of major challenges during the twenty-first century. Personalised, flexible and open learning are considered among the driving forces, thus, issues of quality must be urgently addressed.
This qualitative, multiple-case-study research with single and cross-case analysis focuses on benchmarking e-learning in higher education. The results of this study include providing conceptual lenses with which to see, discuss and perceive the complexity of benchmarking e-learning in higher education in extended, stretched and boundless learning environments.
The LAK Dataset provides access to structured metadata from research publications in the field of learning analytics. Beyond merely publishing the data, it is actively encouraging its innovative use and exploitation as part of a public LAK Data Challenge sponsored by the European Project LinkedUp, co-located with the ACM LAK13 Conference, Leuven, Belgium (April 2013).
This data represents an unprecedented resource for related research, which will be encouraged by the LAK Data Challenge. A number of incentives and rewards (iPads amongst others) are on offer for innovative applications tackling topics such as:
- Analysis & assessment of the emerging LAK community in terms of topics, people, citations or connections with other fields
- Innovative applications to explore, navigate and visualise the dataset (and/or its correlation with other datasets)
- Usage of the dataset as part of recommender systems
For further details about incentives, submission and evaluation, please see the Website of the LAK Data Challenge.
We send to you the information about the possibility to submit an article for international scientific journal (Second CFP)
“Quality Issues and Insights in the 21st Century” ISSN 2029-9575
Application form: 28 February 2013
Full paper: 31 March 2013
Uma das alterações mais significativas dos modelos de Comunicação e Informação deste início de Século XXI que se repercutiram de forma clara e substantiva no processo educativo, foi a do uso mais ou menos indiscriminado da Internet.
O aumento quase exponencial da velocidade de transmissão de dados através das redes de comunicação com a omnipresença da Internet num contexto global e, por arrastamento, educacional, alterou de forma radical o conceito de acessibilidade à educação, dando corpo à ideia peregrina de Albert Eisntein de que "A aprendizagem não é um produto da escolaridade, mas da tentativa ao longo da vida para adquiri-la."
Com efeito, todos aqueles que desejam aprender possuem hoje uma panóplia de instrumentos, recursos e modelos, acedíveis à distância de um "clique".
Só para referir alguns elementos marcantes, desde 2001 que o MIT possui cursos livres disponíveis na internet. Berkeley seguiu o exemplo e tem hoje uma das maiores coleções de palestras presenciais gravadas do mundo, tendo sido já realizados mais de 120 milhões de downloads. Yale e Stanford fizeram o mesmo, e até mesmo Harvard lhe seguiu o exemplo, bem como a maioria das Universidades por esse mundo fora.
Nas escolas do ensino não superior, proliferam as plataformas de interação e conteúdos (em Portugal a mais comum é a plataforma MOODLE), usando recursos livres ou disponibilizados pelas estruturas educacionais.
Os cursos on-line são hoje uma realidade, discutível por vezes, é certo, mas presente na sociedade e acedível por qualquer cidadão.
Todo este ambiente digital que envolve a sociedade, com relevo para as redes sociais e para os modelos digitais de comunicação de informação em contexto educativo, transformaram os processos de aprendizagem e aportaram aos sistemas educacionais um acréscimo de questões significativas sobre as quais importa refletir.
Qual a fiabilidade da informação científica disponibilizada na Web?
Como podemos aferir do valor e rigor dos recursos digitais ligados à Ciência?
Qual o peso efetivo que a Internet tem na aprendizagem dos alunos?
Até que ponto a utilização do digital evita ou potencia as conceções alternativas?
De que modo se alterou (ou não) a didática da experimentação?
A modelação e simulação computacional permitem, ou não, uma visão mais perfeita da realidade?
Estas e outras questões que com estas se prendem, são o suporte concetual que levaram à organização do I ENCONTRO INTERNACIONAL DA CASA DAS CIÊNCIAS, subordinado ao tema organizador:
A Utilização de Recursos Digitais em Contexto de Aprendizagem.
O recurso a individualidades com experiência nesta área em Portugal, e noutros países, para Lições Temáticas, realização de Workshops centrados sobretudo na prática educacional, bem como a apresentação de comunicações e posters partilhados por todos os interessados, dão corpo a esta iniciativa, que nos parece ser de relevância significativa como complemento de formação para os docentes em Ciência de todos os níveis de Ensino em Portugal.
The Validation Prize is an award given in three categories to the most innovative and promissing initiatives in the area of Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (VNIL) in all sectors and levels of education in Europe.
The 2013 Validation awards aims to:
- Showcase the best VNIL practices
- Highlight the excellence of existing projects
- Spread the awareness about VNIL initiatives among professionals in this area
- Help citizens eager to have their learning outcomes and skills recognised and validated
By highlighting and publishing best practices in the area of VNIL, the Validation Prize contributes to changing society's mentality in the education and employment sectors towards the recognition that learning can also take place outside the formal structures and produce valid learning outcomes.
The 2013 Validation awards focuses on three distinct categories:
- The Bottom-Up Approach - the role of grassroots initiatives in supporting VNIL, and strategies towards their mainstreaming
- The New Profession - the competence profile required for VNIL professionals
- Work-Based Competence Development and Recognition - the implementation of VNIL in the workplace
Trade unions, companies, sectoral/branch organisations, training funds, professional groups or individual workers, NGOs, VET schools, universities, public authorities, institutions of LLL, civil society organisations, social partners, VNIL professionals and researchers are invited to submit their best cases in one or more of the three categories.
The purpose of the annual international scientific conference on "eLearning and software for education" is to enable the academia, research and corporate entities to boost the potential of the technology enhanced learning environments, by providing a forum for exchange of ideas, research outcomes, business case and technical achievements.
The central theme of eLSE 2013 is "Quality and efficiency in e-learning".
The conference is particularly focused, but not limited, on the following panels:
- Quality assurance and assessment of e-learning
- Metrics in e-learning
- Games based learning
- Mobile technologies supporting education and training
- Standards and standardization in e-learning
- Cultural dimensions of e-learning
- Management of e-learning systems
- Collaborative Learning
- Virtual Learning Environments
- Web-based Learning Communities