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Zweite VISIR-Befragung veröffentlicht

Das VISIR Projekt – “Vision, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations “ ist eine Initiative von sieben europäischen Netzwerken, einer Forschungseinrichtung und einer Universität, die alle im Bereich eLearning und offenes Lernen tätig sind. Sie möchte eine gemeinsame Vision darüber entwickeln wie IKT lebenslanges Lernen unterstützen können.

In dieser zweiten Befragung möchten wir Sie zur Diskussion einladen, wie IKT zur Erreichung bestimmter essentieller politischer Ziele im Bereich des Lernens beitragen kann.

Der Titel der Befragung lautet: 

“Reacting to change and transforming European LLL: the contribution of ICT in addressing key concerns related to learning innovation”

Die Befragung ist auf Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch, Italienisch und Spanisch verfügbar.

Für die Befragung werden etwa 15 Minuten benötigt.

Die Ergebnisse der ersten Befragung “What are the most relevant factors of change and how do they affect LLL?” können hier (1st Consultation Executive Summary) und hier (full 1st Consultation Paper) heruntergeladen werden.




CALL FOR ABSTRACTS International Conference on Education and New Developments 2013




= Important Dates (2nd call) =

Abstract submissions: 29 March 2013

Authors' notifications: 26 April 2013

Registration: until 17 May 2013


= Keynote Speaker =

Peter Jarvis, Emeritus Professor at the University of Surrey, UK


= Conference Goals =

Education, in a global sense, is a right since we are born. Every experience has a formative effect on the constitution of the human being, in the way one thinks, feels and acts. One of the most important contribution resides in what and how we learn through the improvement of educational processes, both in formal and informal settings.

The International Conference seeks to provide some answers and explore the processes, actions, challenges and outcomes of learning, teaching and human development. Our goal is to offer a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues.

The International Conference on Education and New Developments 2013 invites you to showcase presentations, from the most diverse countries and cultures, to promote growth in research methods intimately related to teaching, learning and applications in Education nowadays. We wish to illustrate developments and new ways of thinking in these main fields: Teachers and Students; Projects and Trends; Teaching and Learning; Organizational Issues (see below in "Themes of Interest").


= END format =

The conference will cover many types of presentation formats, incorporating Invited Keynote Speakers, oral and thematic showcases. Among the conference materials, given to all registered attendees, a CD-ROM will be provided with the Proceedings delivered at the conference.

A book with selected papers from the conference will be published. Publication opportunities will also be available from selected international journals.


= Themes of Interest =

To develop the conference program END 2013 will address different categories inside the Education area and papers are expected to fit broadly - but not exclusively - into one of the named themes and sub-themes. To develop the conference program we have chosen four main broad-ranging categories, which also covers different interest areas:

. In TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: Teachers and Staff training and education; Educational quality and standards; Curriculum and Pedagogy; Vocational education and Counseling; Ubiquitous and lifelong learning; Training programs and professional guidance; Teaching and learning relationship; Student affairs (learning, experiences and diversity; Extra-curricular activities; Assessment and measurements in Education.

. In PROJECTS AND TRENDS: Pedagogic innovations; Challenges and transformations in Education; Technology in teaching and learning; Distance Education and eLearning; Global and sustainable developments for Education; New learning and teaching models; Multicultural and (inter)cultural communications; Inclusive and Special Education; Rural and indigenous Education; Educational projects.

. In TEACHING AND LEARNING: Educational foundations; Research and development methodologies; Early childhood and Primary Education; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Science and technology Education; Literacy, languages and Linguistics (TESL/TEFL); Health Education; Religious Education; Sports Education.

. In ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES: Educational policy and leadership; Human Resources development; Educational environment; Business, Administration, and Management in Education; Economics in Education; Institutional accreditations and rankings; International Education and Exchange programmes; Equity, social justice and social change; Ethics and values; Organizational learning and change.


= Types of Contributions =

All submissions are subjected to a blind-review refereeing process and are divided in these categories:

                - Oral Presentations

                - Posters

                - Symposium sessions

                - Roundtable/debate sessions

                - Workshops

                - Virtual presentations

Corporates can also showcase their products or services in the conference exhibitions area by contacting the secretariat or publicity email (provided below).


= Conference Date and Location=

END 2013 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal (in a venue yet to be assigned), and will occur from 1 to 3 of June 2013.


= Contacts =

Conference email: secretariat@end-educationconference.org

Publicity email: publicity@end-educationconference.org 



OpenDiscoverySpace: Unique Resources just a click away!


How Science Works: Observe the Universe for yourself using a professional robotic telescope

The National Schools' Observatory (NSO) is a major educational website, established by Liverpool John Moores University, to allow schools to make their own observations alongside professional astronomers with the world's largest fully-robotic telescope - the Liverpool Telescope. The NSO also provides educational resources to help with the challenging task of teaching science, technology and mathematics in the classroom environment. It has long been known that astronomy creates a sense of excitement and wonder in pupils of all ages. The NSO taps into that interest to further the pupil's knowledge of science and mathematics, while at the same time improve computer literacy and communications skills, strengthen critical thinking and provide experience the real-world application of science and technology.


History of Science: Newton's Notebook at Trinity College

This is the notebook Newton acquired while he was an undergraduate at Trinity College and used from about 1661 to 1665 (see his inscription). It includes many notes from his studies and, increasingly, his own explorations into mathematics, physics and metaphysics. It was judged 'Not fit to be printed' by Newton's executor and was presented to the Library by the fifth Earl of Portsmouth in 1872.

From Cambridge Digital Library






ONE CONFERENCE PRAGUE 2013will take place on April 18th at wonderful location in the centre of Prague, near Charles Bridge. The event is focused on different aspects of DIGITAL GOVERNANCE: FROM LOCAL DATA TO EU POLICES. The evolving detailed programme is already published online and available for downloads at http://www.oneproject.eu/ONE-Conference-Prague.


This year  ONE Conference is supported by the INTERREG IVC  project One (Observatory Network to Enhance ICT Structural Funds Absorption), and the PARTICIPATION IS FREE upon the registration. You will meet around 120 participants from research and practice, coming from EU and non-EU countries and regions to share knowledge and experience, (the list of participants can be found here and the list of speakers here).  


The European Forum of Learning Futures and Innovation

“The role of technologies, the challenges of scalability and mainstreaming” will be the main topic of The European Forum of Learning Futures and Innovation Conference that will take place on 18-19 March 2013 in Brussels. The three main objectives of the event are as follows:

1. To inform e-learning stakeholders about developments and trends that can affect their future strategic plans

2. To discuss and share e-learning perspectives and visions to foster innovation management and mainstreaming

3. To mainstream existing e-learning grassroots innovation practices, increasing awareness about opportunities for scalability and community building.

The event is free of charge and organized through a first day where the issues of scalability and mainstreaming are tackled starting from the results of existing European projects and a second day of sector‐based strategy and Innovation workshops.

For registration details and additional information, please click here. 


Making the Grade(s) - The Challenges of Educational Standards in Europe

Ankara Youth Forum's online magazine this month features a provocative article by Nathalie Thiel on the challenges facing Europe's students and educators. As increasing cross-border mobility comes up against the challenge of different grading and assessment systems in Europe's schools, the issue of standardised qualifications is becoming more crucial then ever. Click here to read the full article.


Odysseus Competition 2013

Open Discovery Space is proud to introduce the Odysseus competition, firing the imagination of European children through the challenge of space exploration. The project targets 14-18 year olds, challenging them to design a space exploration project. Winners can expect an all expenses paid trip to the Space Expo and international exposure for their project. To find out more, check out the website here or check out our news section for a downloadable news alert. Space Exploration Competition Takes Flight - Odysseus

The Odysseus Contest submission deadline is extended until 15th February 2013

 Learners in the Driving Seat – 7th Annual EDEN Research Workshop

Open Discovery Space project partner EDEN is pleased to announce their 7th Annual Research Workshop, organised in collaboration with KU Leuven. This year’s Workshop, to be held from the 22nd-23rd of October, reflects on how students are driving teachers and instructors in fields of learning where new technologies play a key role. The main question for the workshop is how does instruction work in cases where the borders between physical and virtual learning environments disappear, where roles of students and teachers have changed and where new pedagogical paradigms and didactic approaches have been introduced? This event promises to be a unique experience, with strong involvement from the students from the Leuven University and students from other EDEN member institutions. Student-centred learning remain high on everybody’s agenda in this context of mass higher education, posing real challenges to student-centred approaches, even with the support of ICT. To find out more and get involved, click  here.


ODS Stands Up for Teachers!

Through the creative use of new technologies, effective content organization, and learning processes that respect local school problems, Open Discovery Space tries to address the challenge of the “social appropriation of knowledge” by empowering all school audiences, but mainly teachers, pupils and parents. The approach to be followed contributes to the development of self-esteem, an increased “sense of belonging”, and an improved perception of one’s own capacity to solve problems and contribute to the “construction of the surrounding community”. These factors have been clearly related to the development of “social capital” and a greater degree of conviviality and peace. The school component and the community dimension of the project place an emphasis on developing certain key values and attitudes that play an important role in this process,  such as the capacity of team work and a spirit of collaboration as a way of developing learning networks and communities. The main outcome of this process will be the Open Discovery Space Virtual European Schools, strong networks of practitioners working in similar thematic areas, that will be the driving force of the portal’s evolution after the end of the project.

The aim of this social meta-structure is to involve all the teachers participating in the pilots and have interest in specific thematic areas into a continuous process of experience exchange (about the challenges encountered in implementing change in their own environments) and of continuous collaborative learning focused on the further development of their change management skills, focusing on the field of their interest. The Open Discovery Space portal and its services will support the active engagement of the members of the community, it will support collaborative learning processes within the specific target groups; the design of processes guaranteeing the sustainability of the community across groups of teachers (locally, regionally, nationally and across different countries); the launch and facilitation of the Virtual Schools community; and the continuous assessment of value generated at the individual as well as at the community level. At the same time the Open Discovery Space portal will be the access point to unique resources and tools available for use in multiple domains, implementing a range of instructional approaches for different levels of teacher’s competence. From the project side these communities will drive the content organization (classification, metadata, search engines), from the users’ side this will result in improved user-generated vocabularies for expressing needs for resources that will help composing concrete example uses of resource-based learning. Open Discovery Space encourages you to find out more and get involved by clicking  here.