Essen, April 2013 - To discuss this matter, the University of Duisburg-Essen invites educators and researchers to a European conference on May 16 and 17, 2013. Some main points of dialogue will include defining quality in learning and innovations in learning resources.
Recently Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have shaken up the blogosphere and media reports on higher education. These courses make use of open digital resources for learning and have attracted hundreds of thousands of online learners at no cost. A digital resource for learning can be a written text, pictures, slides, videos, a 3-D simulation or a website combining all of them into ready-made curricula including tools for (self-)assessment for educators or learners. More and more digital resources with open licenses facilitate educators and learners in editing, improving, and adapting to different learning situations inside or outside of the classroom and in turn share their own work with the online community. These open digital resources provide the foundation for a borderless exchange of teaching and learning methods in many different fields. But a potential conflict exists between open learning resources and the quality of those resources. Restrictions on the certification of the creators of such content or the access to learning materials through paywalls have to some degree defended the quality of those resources in the past. How can creators ensure that their digital resources meet an appropriate level of quality and how can users be certain that said resources are worth their time?
The LINQ conference will bring together current initiatives from all areas of education - schooling, adult learning, informal and on-the-job learning - to demonstrate their online resources and methods of quality development and thereby address this potential conflict. An example of such an initiative is VOA3R (Virtual Open Access Agriculture and Aquaculture Repository), a European research project consortium of a variety universities and research centres. This group is building a hub for resources in agriculture and aqua-science through a social network in which researchers can share, comment and rate content. Through the VOA3R platform advances are being made in the sharing, reciprocal reviewing, and rating of learning innovations in the aforementioned fields, thereby addressing the important aspect of learning quality which should accompany learning development. These advances have proven of great interest to the Global Headquarter of United Nations' organization Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - LINQ conference host and supporter of the VOA3R project.
In Rome, discussions will deal with the following questions:
· How can the quality of resources be improved and what does “quality” actually mean for teachers, learners and institutions?
· Are teachers and educational institutions ready to make use of the wealth of resources and how do they find the “right” thing?
· Will the future of digital resources be determined by metadata, i.e. the data about data, feeding databases and search engines?
· What must be done to ensure that we can still access valuable resources in 15 years from now (think about your files from 1998)?
· Do more easy-to-find resources lead to better learning?
Especially but not exclusively for those who do not plan to travel to Rome in May, the University of Duisburg-Essen is inviting interested parties to exchange views on the future of digital resources on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LINQConference. Two conference fee waivers will be given away to Facebook-Followers.
The 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2013) will take place at the Global Headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, on 16-17 May 2013.
The Global Headquarters of the FAO stands near the impressive Circus Maximus, the first and largest stadium in the Roman Empire, and its expansive facilities will provide ample space to the participants of LINQ 2013. Furthermore, the FAO’s development of global standards in food and agriculture-related policies (including training and education) makes it an ideal venue for LINQ 2013.
This year's LINQ 2013 has "Innovations and Quality: The Future of Digital Resources" as its motto, and addresses and invites experts who are active in the field of Innovations and Quality in Lifelong Learning (LLL).
The LINQ 2013 conference fee will remain reduced at the early-bird rate of 90€ until the 31st of March 2013, after which it will rise to 150€. For further information about conference fees, requirements, and other details about LINQ 2013, please visit the conference website.
Participants in the 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2013) are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible, before the March 4th, 2013 deadline. Paper or project templates are available on the LINQ website.
The extended submission period for scientific papers and research project descriptions to be presented at the 2nd European Conference on "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2013) will come to an end on March 4th 2013. Submissions of papers related to the conference (max eight pages) must be sent by March 4th, 2013, using the official LINQ template. Submitters will be informed of their acceptance by the 20th of April 2013.
LINQ 2013, which will take place at the Global Headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, has already attracted submissions from throughout Europe, as well as Asia, America, and Africa.
The LINQ 2013 call for papers invites all experts and practitioners to contribute through the submission of high-quality papers 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
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 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/
The European Lifelong Learning Programme research project Q-Cert-VET has announced the availability of the new and tested VET standard NP4512 - “Training Management System, Including Technology-Enhanced Learning – Requirements” for certification bodies and training institutions.
The Q-Cert-VET project has announced that the standard NP 4512:2012 "Vocational training management system, including technology enhanced learning – requirements” is now available after initial testing and publication. Due to approval of certification scheme OEC010 by the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation (IPAC) on November 23rd, all certification bodies can apply to IPAC for accreditation and thus gain the ability to certify training institutions with the standard. Furthermore, all training institutions can now request accredited certification for their management system, if it has been implemented in accordance with the requirements of NP4512. “We are very satisfied with the progress of the standard and the potential it has shown in the first pilot-tests,” remarked Christian M. Stracke, scientific coordinator of the Q-Cert-VET project and ISO Convener of the international standard committee ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 WG5 Quality Assurance and Descriptive Frameworks, “thus it is with great joy that we announce its general availability to all relevant certification bodies and training institutions.”
Q-Cert-VET partners in Portugal, Germany, and Romania responsible for pilot-testing have been active since the beginning of the public inquiry phase last April. Pilot-testing began in Portugal with the initial version of the standard in the Portuguese language, allowing for punctual testing without the need for translation. Two different training companies in Portugal, Prisma and iZone, have been using the standard to assist in structuring their training programmes. The Prisma Training Institute, located in Lisbon, has adopted NP 4512:2012 to its various training offers in the fields of IT and project management. iZone Knowledge Systems, also located in Lisbon, is using the standard in similar fields. Their use of the standard provided the first feedback on its practical advantages, helping to prepare the standard for its international application at Q-Cert-VET pilot-testing partners in Romania and Germany. They now await auditors to examine their implementation of NP4512 and to determine that it fulfils the prescribed requirements.
The implementation process of the Portuguese Standard NP4512:2012 at the Regional Training Centre for Local Public Administration Cluj-Napoca has been systematically and successfully carried out. Active preparations for the pilot test started in July 2012, before the Romanian version of the NP4512:2012 had been delivered and the actual implementation process could be started, the Romanian project team prepared themselves by getting familiar with ISO 9000:2005 and ISO 9001:2008, since CRFCAPL possessed no implemented quality management system and thus no experience with the terminology and requirements of such standards. However, this lack of specific knowledge proved to be no impediment at all for the conduct of the pilot testing. According to CRFCAPL, once the project team became acquainted with the Portuguese Standard all worries were lifted – the new standard successfully extracted the structure and requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and integrated them into the context of training institutions. Thus, most of the requirements seemed very precise and self-explanatory to the CRFCAPL team. The more complex requirements are accompanied by notes explaining terms and statements which could give raise to uncertainties. All of these, together with the very useful annexes which add informative value to the standard, provided great help during the implementation process. As soon as the training centre concludes its preparations, auditors trained in NP4512 will investigate its implementation in the Romanian context.
In Germany, Q-Cert-VET pilot-testing partner Helliwood Media & Education is underway with the implementation of NP4512 through certification scheme OEC010. Helliwood is currently identifying and defining the processes and sub-processes required for the structure of the new standard. As Helliwood had already implemented another standard, the “Quality Mark E-Learning” (QSEL), a comparison of the QSEL with the NP4512 made particularly evident the innovative aspects of the new NP4512 standard. The new standard fits Helliwood’s needs for E-Learning very well – their typical work processes include the development, implementation, and maintenance of professional multimedia and E-Learning applications for clients and in cooperation with different partners projects within the fields of learning and literacy, media competence, and community. As with the other pilot-testing companies, auditors trained in NP4512 will examine their implementation of the new standard, to ensure that the proper steps have been taken and that Helliwood’s identified work processes fit its requirements. Thus an example case for the applicability of the standard in the German national context will be established.
For more information on the Q-Cert-VET project and the standard NP4512, as well as more specific information concerning its pilot-testing phase (upon its conclusion), please visit the project website at www.edu-certification.eu/, like the project’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/QCertVET, and follow the project Twitter account at twitter.com/#!/QCertVET for the latest project news.
The European initiative Q-Cert-VET is developing a new quality standard and supports a related certification scheme for the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Portugal.
The vocational education and training sector in Portugal consists of a multitude of public and private players. Their activities range from conventional face-to-face lectures, e-learning and blended learning, the production of learning or teaching materials, to various educational services. However, an objective comparison of all these different learning opportunities was difficult in the past, as the definition of “good” education and training remained a mere matter of opinion and the standard that existed in Portugal for decades did not address these learning opportunities in a comprehensive and was more focused on face-to-face learning. This problem became especially obvious in the growing e-learning market.
The project Q-Cert-VET addresses this gap by developing such a national quality standard and by initiating the development of required tools for professional quality certification. However, it is not necessary to re-invent the wheel: instead, the proven quality standards of other EU countries can by transferred to Portugal through adaption to its specific legal, didactic and cultural framework conditions. The reference framework QPL (short for Quality Platform Learning), developed in Germany, provides the basis for the new quality standard and related instruments and tools for the certification scheme, including the first training course for lead auditors.
Docebo, leader in the E-Learning market, showcases its latest intelligence and products at Online Educa Berlin 2011, the largest European event focusing on E-Learning for Corporate, Educational and Public Services.
Nov, 2011 - During the Online Educa Berlin 2011, November 30th to December 2nd, Docebo will showcase its latest products and will also take part in the “Learning in the Cloud” discussion with a special keynote about Cloud E-Learning.
As in the past, Docebo will be among the exhibitors at the Online Educa Berlin. Thanks to our interactive stand, visitors from around the world will be able to discover and try the latest Docebo products. Major attention will be given to the innovative Docebo Simulators which are based on Artificial Intelligence routines. This technology will make training more dynamic, interactive and deductive by analyzing the user-interaction. The implemented IA routines can calculate unlimited variables supporting the learning process with continuous real-time feedback.
In addition to these new-generation simulators, Docebo will also officially unveil the new "As a Service" versions of its E-Learning platform. These LMS are designed to provide training "on the Cloud", and allow companies, schools and public administrations to manage "self-provisioning" training projects, with online self-activation of the E-Learning platform. Docebo E-Learning for Google Apps will also be disclosed to the SME market. It is already integrated with Google Apps for Business and can be activated directly from Google Apps Marketplace.
For the first time, Docebo will be at Online Educa Berlin also as a guest in the "Learning in the Cloud" discussion. The company's CEO, Claudio Erba, will give the keynote, entitled: "Cloud E-Learning: features, opportunities and risks of a technological revolution”. His speech is aimed at shedding light on crucial aspects of this technology, which was pioneered by Docebo for its E-Learning related applications.
Docebo, chosen by Google as a successful case study for the adoption of business cloud solutions, has already completed transferring its tools and commercial products to Seeweb’s cloud servers. Docebo E-Learning platform currently delivers training “on the Cloud” to more than 230,000 users all around the world.
Docebo Stand @ OEB 11: Gardenlounge II, E 147
Claudio Erba Speech: VIR65, Friday, December 2, 2011 - 14:15 - 16:00