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Interested in technology-rich innovation, the knowledge economy and open educational resource? Here is the ODS resource prepared especially to support educational leaders in initiating and maintaining technology reach innovation in European schools. You can also help us with the translation!
ODS in IEEE Bulletin
ODS was featured in the Special Issue of the Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology in April 2015.
Contributions included articles from ODS partners like Universidad de Alcala (UAH), Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET), Computer Technology Institute & Press Diophantus (CTI), Technical University of Crete (TUC), Padagogische Hochsschule Karlsruhe (CERMAT) and Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Fakultet Elektrotehnike i Racunarstva (UNIZG-FER).
- COLearn: Supporting Collaborative Learning on top of Existing Learning Infrastructures (George Stylianakis, Nektarios Moumoutzis, Polyxeni Arapi, Manolis Mylonakis, and Stavros Christodoulakis)
- Searching Thousands of Learning Resources (Paul Libbrecht, Christoph Bail, and Martin Becker)
- The ODS Vocabulary Bank (Anastasios Koutoumanos and Elina Megalou)
- e-Learning Object Ingestion in an Open Educational Environment (Enayat Rajabi, Kostas Vogias, Salvador Sanchez-Alonso, and Ilias Hatzakis)
- Searching and Exposing Learning Objects from Moodle: The ODS experience (Siniša Tomić, Vlatka Paunović, and Kristijan Zimmer)
You can read the Bulletin online here.
11th June 2015 - ODS Workshop at EDEN Conference
A journey to the ‘Open Discovery Space: Please fasten your seat belts!' at EDEN Conference. This workshop, part of the EDEN Conference (11 June 2015, Thursday afternoon) will demonstrate the experiences gained and lessons learnt from the Open Discovery Space (ODS) project. The ODS project has developed an innovative eLearning portal and a large variety of community services and tools that enable teachers to better respond to open innovation digital disruptions in classroom creativity and to adapt learning materials, resources, scenarios, tools, technologies, and software to individual student’s learning needs, and thus to revolutionise the communities of practice in eLearning.
Therefore learners need the best teaching practices and activities to ensure that they remain on track. All types of learning processes must be underpinned by teaching, learning and assessment that are at least “good” (i.e., of acceptable quality) in order to be successful.
A journey to the “Open Discovery Space” will drive you to an innovative eLearning planet. We will not only share the educational gaps that create barriers to the teaching and learning processes, but we will also form bridges through the ODS benefits for all the educational stakeholders. Moreover, we will interact through activities from teachers’ best practices, discovering some of the challenges of utilizing an eLearning portal that will offer a great value to the educational community. The main topics under discussion will be: integrating community building options for learning in the school, training material and new digital learning technologies/tools for the teachers to enhance their skills, networks building, innovation, creativity, and impact assessment of learning interventions and usability.
ODS Contest 2014/2015 - the results are in!
The results are in! Have a look at the ODS brochure to discover all the Contest winners!
ODS Policy Conference - Registration Open!
Registration is open for the ODS Policy Conference: "Open Innovation in Schools: Bringing Policy into Practice" Click here to register today!
The conference will allow policy makers and practitioners to learn about the successes and lessons learnt from the ODS project, in particular how EU national authorities can be supported in preparing better and sustainable policies. The participants will look into the sustainability of the ODS community and services, and seek alignment between policy and practice to support European schools and the implementation of action 68 of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
The discussion will allow policy makers and practitioners to discover and familiarise with the ODS flagship policy implementation project and its deployment in European schools. The conference will gather high-level speakers from both the national and EU policy-making level, as well as innovative ODS practitioners from European schools.
Confirmed key speakers include, among others, Snezana Markovic (Assistant Minister for Secondary Education and Adult Education of the Republic of Serbia), Gérald Santucci (“Knowledge Sharing” Head of Unit, DG CONNECT) and Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou (Head of R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece).
When? Monday, 11 May 2015 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Where? Permanent Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia to the European Union, 47 Rue Montoyer, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Innovative Quality Essential to Open Learning in LINQ 2015 Conference - 11 to 13 May 2015
Programme for “Learning Innovations and Quality” 2015 Includes Respected International Experts Addressing Motto “The Need for Change in Education: Openness as Default?”
How can the international scientific community develop open research and education to its fullest potential? What form should quality management take to cope with the constant innovation in learning technologies? The fourth annual LINQ conference on “Learning Innovations and Quality” will convene renowned international experts and voices from the field to answer these questions and more in Brussels from 11 to 13 May 2015. The complete conference programme is now available.
Corroborating LINQ’s themes, distinguished organisations have promised their support for LINQ 2015. The UNESCO Institute for IT in Education (IITE) has announced its patronage of the conference and its Officer-in-Chief Dr. Alexander Khoroshilov will hold one of the core keynotes. Furthermore, Europe’s largest learning technology project, Open Discovery Space (ODS), will host a high-level pre-conference event on innovative school education, a theme regarding which the project has collected uniquely extensive experience.
The pioneering Inspiring Science Education project (ISE) will also host a special conference event centred on their experience in technology-assisted science education. In addition, members from the co-hosting International Community of Open Research and Education (ICORE) will contribute to LINQ 2015 by fostering the potential connections and interactions between open research and educational practices.
The supporting organisations will provide a framework for discussing the scientific and practice papers selected by the International Programme Committee in double-blind peer-review, in addition to sixteen research project presentations. The selected six distinct and interactive workshops demonstrate LINQ 2015’s dedication to furthering quality education and facilitating interaction between all participants.
The complete LINQ 2015 programme can be found on the official conference webpage.
Though non-profit in nature, the conference fee and registration through the LINQ website is required. The fee includes all provisions, including warm lunches, coffee breaks, the conference bag, and a copy of the official conference proceedings. Registration for LINQ 2015 is still open, but interested parties should act quickly, as accommodations are limited.
For the latest information on the conference, please visit and like the LINQ Facebook page at and follow LINQ on Twitter @LINQ_Conference.
Direct enquiries can be sent to the LINQ Conference Manager Mrs Tatiana Shamarina-Heidenreich at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Tatiana.Shamarina-Heidenreich[at]icb.uni-due.de).
Votes are open until midnight 1 May 2015
The Pan-European stage of the ODS Contest 2014-2015 has started on the 1st of April. The National Winners from fourteen European countries keep the level of competition ultimately high, as the learning scenarios are assessed both by the National Winners themselves and the greater public.
On behalf of the ODS Contest organisers we kindly ask and encourage students, peers, co-workers and the whole educational community to check all the learning scenarios and vote for the one they think is best. To be able to vote you won't need to register, just use your personal Facebook account.
2015 ODS Contest
Following the success of its 2014 edition, the ODS Consortium has recently launched the 2015 Open Discovery Space Contests. The event consists of two parts: a National Contest, at the end of which all national winners will be awarded a seat at the 2015 ODS Summer School, and an International Contest, where two ultimate winners will be selected from the national contestants - one by an international jury of experts and one by popularity vote of fellow teachers.
The Open Discovery Space Contest is targeting teachers all around Europe. To participate, teachers will have to create and submit an innovative teaching scenario through the ODS Community Website before the 31st of December. Those teachers who are not yet familiar with ODS can find helpful resources on the project portal, such as why and how to use the Training Academies and the ODS Toolbox and guidelines how to share educational resources. We have also gathered a couple of great examples of lesson plans and scenarios that are available for free at the ODS portal.To access full description and further details on each method just click at the links below and you will be redirected to the ODS Community Resources pages!
- Collaborative learning
- Design-based learning
- Game-based learning
- Mobile learning - Picture that!
- Learning Vocabulary
With questions or enquiries please contact the:contact_ods[at]intrasoft-intl.com. You can also visit Contact Us page to find contact details for National Coordinators. Looking forward to hearing from You!
The ODS Contest proudly announces the Winners of the Year 2014
- 1st Winner: Katarina Veljkovic, “Team for the 21st century”
- 2nd Winner: Slađana Trajković, “Logarithms are not difficult”
- 3rd Winners:
- a. Chiotelis Ioannis, “Hunting neutrinos”
- b. Danilo Borovnica, “Flipped polygon”
All winners are invited teachers of the Open Discovery International Space Summer Academy in Attica (Greece) from 13 – 18 July 2014. Meet the winners here.
Great success for ODS at the 2014 EDEN Conference!
Great showcase for OpenDiscoverySpace at the 2014 edition of internationally renowned EDEN conference organised in Zagreb form the 10th to the 13th of June!
This year’s them was ‘From Education to Employment and Meaningful Work with ICTs’, as Learning Analytics promise a huge opportunity for teachers and policy makers to discover new tools and techniques to use data effectively, to bring real changes into teaching and learning, and to transform the accountability, efficiency and relevance of school education.
The Synergy Session on the morning of the 11th was a great success! A large majority of the audience was familiar with OpenDiscoverySpace and it was even mentioned by some of the other presenters! Among the ODS-neophyte audience, the presenting ODS partners have felt great interest and appreciation for the project goals and achievements so far.
Finally, the Friday morning workshop chaired by Brunel University partner Lampros Stergioulas addressed different aspects of the use of Learning Analytics in education. The workshop was a fantastic opportunity for ODS partners to discuss and exchange with an audience of 30+ people from primary, secondary and higher education institutions.
In addition to validation and recommendations for the use of Learning Analytics in the ODS portal, the workshop tackled issues such as needs, expectations and potential benefits from Learning Analytics, new methods of learning, the identification of barriers and challenges or the use of Learning Analytics in Impact Assessment.
Such fruitful discussions led to the underlining of further common actions and initiatives to be taken as a community or as groups of interest in the field of Learning Analytics.
On the whole a very busy schedule and very interesting discussions to lead OpenDiscoverySpace further!
ODS @ OCWC Global Conference
Partner Christian Stracke will be presenting OpenDiscoverySpace today at the OpenCourseWare Consortium Global Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Great opportunity for ODS to showcase project results and achievements!
The OCW Consortium Global Conference annually gathers researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and educators to discuss benefits of Open Education and impact of ICT innovation on Global Education.
For more information, click here!
Be part of the Eratosthenes experiment!
“Eratosthenes' measurement of the Earth's Circumference" is an activity that engages ODS schools in international cooperation. Students from schools across the world measure the Earth’s circumference by performing the experiment of Eratosthenes, originally carried out in the 3rd century B.C.
Over 120 schools have already registered to participate to this year's event! At their respective noontimes on the equinox day - 21st of March - the students will measure the length of shadows cast by sticks, then consult the observations made by others at the same latitude. By sharing this data, invoking the properties of right triangles and applying proportional reasoning to angular distances, the students will obtain a good measurement of our planet's size.
What do you need to do?
- Register by completing the name, longitude and latitude of your school.
- Find a registered school at the same longitude with you.
- Join efforts with the matching school and record your data.
- Calculate the circumference of the Earth.
This year the experiment will take place on the 21st of March, on the equinox day. Thus, for your matchup –if no other schools can be found on the same longitude - you can consider the existence of a virtual school on the equator with experimental data 0 (shade of a one-meter stick measured at a certain time). This way you can also have an accurate outcome by conducting the experiment by yourself.
Join today and let your school be part of an exciting international activity! For more information, please visit the website: http://eratosthenes.ea.gr/en
The Eratosthenes Experiment is organized in the framework of the European Commission's Open Discovery Space project.
ODS Contest: "Let's move teaching process to the limelight!"
WHAT: A contest for teachers to create a learning scenario. You can submit your own scenario to http://www.ods-contests.eu/
WHO: Teachers from all over Europe.
WHEN: The contest closes on April 10th, 2014
WHY: The ODS Contest is a chance for teachers interested in innovative educational methods and tools to create a learning scenario that will be selected (voted for) by their co-contestants!
The three winners will be nominated as “ODS Teachers of 2014”, experiencing the publicity related to this nomination. Also, the three winners will be distinguished participants of the ODS summer school in Athens, (July 2014), with all related expenses covered!
HOW: Teachers wishing to participate have to be a registered ODS teacher. The school where he/she is teaching needs also to be a registered ODS school. Similarly, the Learning Scenario has to be created through the usage of the ODS authoring tools.
The entry (Learning Scenario) must be digital and uploaded onto the website.
For more information and rules of participation please access http://www.ods-contests.eu/
What is Open Discovery Space?
If we want a powerful innovative culture in schools which is self-sustaining we have to empower system-aware practitioners, working ever more closely with the service users, to create it. And to avoid simply creating interesting but isolated experiments, we have to design in collaborative ways of learning and enquiry between professionals – a “pull” rather than “push” approach. To this end, many different organisations with high quality and unique expertise in their field have decided to join forces in a European effort to propose a scientifically grounded, technological sustainable and organisationally disruptive service for the modernization of school pedagogy that will give to all parties involved in schooling a motivation for change.