The Louvre Museum’s (France) "Closer Look" interactive multimedia tool allows users to see the details of an artwork through a magnifying glass, while commentaries and animations provide historical and artistic background.
Formal analysis and contextual research combine with close-ups and videos to give the viewer more information than they would get if they went to the museum and saw the work in person.
Some of the famous art pieces dissected using this multimedia tool are the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Seated Scribe.
The “Closer Look” commentaries and texts are available in French, English and Japanese.
In January 2013, the University of Edinburgh launched six MOOCs on the Coursera virtual learning environment (VLE) platform. These were short fully-online courses, each lasting either 5 or 7 weeks, and they had a total initial enrolment of just over 309,000 learners.
“MOOCs @ Edinburgh 2013 – Report #1” summarises this first Massive Open Online Courses experience with the Coursera VLE.
The whole process, from initial partnership discussions with Coursera to completion of all six courses and distribution of Statements of Accomplishment, took approximately 10 months. The document provides a summary of this 10-month process, including some comparisons between the six courses and the University's initial reflections on the data and the experience in offering the MOOCs.
The winners of the first MOOC Production Fellowship contest, hosted by Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and iversity, have just been announced. The 10 innovative concepts selected by the jury will receive 25,000 Euros in funding as well as assistance with course production.
With over 250 qualified applicants from over 20 countries, according to the organisers this has been the most popular competition for MOOCs in Europe to date.
All the winning MOOCs will be available through the iversity Courses platform. At least five of the ten courses will commence in the fall semester of 2013, the rest in the spring semester of 2014. Registration for these MOOCs is already open.
The 10 winners of the 1st MOOC Production Fellowship contest are:
- The Future of Storytelling (in English/German). This MOOC teaches students how to work out and tell a story.
- Mathematische Denk- und Arbeitsweisen in Geometrie und Arithmetik (in German). Methodologically advanced double-MOOC that offers students the choice between geometry, arithmetics or both.
- Sectio chirurgica- 'Anatomie interaktiv' (in German). Interactive MOOC featuring videos of operations from Universität Tübingen.
- Changeprojekte planen - Nachhaltige Entwicklung durch Social Entrepreneurship (in German). This MOOC explains the basic concepts of strategy, marking and communications in social entrepreneurship: resource planning, cost calculation and financial planning for change projects.
- Internationales Agrarmanagement (in German and Russian). Agriculture management course, based on real-life best practice cases.
- DNA - from structure to therapy (in English). This course takes students onto a journey from DNA molecules that feature prominently crime series such as CSI, to genetically modified foods and cancer therapy.
- Europe in the World: Law and Policy Aspects of the EU in Global Governance (in English). This MOOC explains the legal framework of the EU and its role in a multipolar world order.
- Design 101 - or design basics (in English). This MOOC for design newbies lets them playfully explore the theories of design through practise.
- Monte Carlo Methods in Finance (in English and Spanish). Non-bankers can learn to understand the mathematical models that have made the headlines so many times in recent years. A course for students of economics, business studies, physics and computer science.
- Faszination Kristalle und Symmetrie (in German). This MOOC explains the basic building blocks of crystals, their symmetrical structure and introduces free software for crystal analysis.
SouthCHI 2013, the first International Conference on Human Factors in Computing & Informatics, will be held on July 1-3 in Maribor (Slovenia).
The new series of international conferences SouthCHI aim to focus on every aspect of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), a field which has been extremely successful in the last 30 years, changing computing to the benefit of end users. Advanced mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive computing have dramatically changed the way we interact with information, making human factors an essential part of computer science and informatics in all areas of our daily life.
The complete programme of SouthCHI 2013 is available here. The keynote speakers for this first edition of the conference are Helwig Hauser, from the University of Bergen (Norway), and Norbert A. Streitz, scientific director of the Smart Future Initiative (Germany).
SouthCHI will be a biannual event, being organized in the odd years, and will visit Alpe-Adrian, South, South-Eastern and Mediterranean countries.
Young Europeans Love Languages (YELL) is a network of European partners committed to promote language learning as a key skill of lifelong learning.
The project (2009-2011) identified a number of tools to raise awareness and to demonstrate the importance of language learning and produced the YELL Handbook, targeted at multipliers in non-formal and formal education, providers of cultural, social and sport activities for young people.
The Handbook provides insight on how to implement best practices on raising awareness about cultural diversity and motivation of young people to learn foreign languages. The tools are designed for all education and vocational qualification institutions and for the trainers.
The project also produced the Virtual Documentation Center, an on-line database of examples of good practise in the field of innovative and creative ways of language learning in non-formal and informal contexts.
The YELL 2 project was launched in April 2013 to to disseminate the results of the network and to raise awareness of the Virtual Documentation Centre. The consortium of partners from Germany, UK and Turkey, aims to extend the user base of their online database and to enhance the tool by gathering additional Best Practice resources from around Europe.
The workshop seminar “Open Digital Resources in Education & School Innovation”, hosted by the Open Discovery Space (ODS) European initiative, will take place in Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greece), on 20 June 2013.
Teachers of all subjects and levels, educational professionals, policy makers and repository contributors are invited to attend this ODS Opening Day event.
The use of online content and the relevant innovative teaching techniques are reshaping the modern school. Though extremely exciting, acquiring knowledge of such tools is not an easy task. The ODS workshop seminar aims at building the necessary structures and networks that will facilitate the introduction and embracing of e-learning by the teaching community.
Talks on a range of relevant issues, such as European e-learning policies, the role of e-learning in the Opening up Education agenda, the development of multilingual educational social media and what ODS can offer to a school, will be followed by presentations of innovative teaching practices, involving e-learning sources, as well as a two-hour workshop on how to use the available resources on ODS, how to create a school e-library on ODS and how to build an ODS community of teachers and schools.
The EDEN 2013 Conference, which will take place in Oslo (Norway) on 12-15 June under the title “The Joy of Learning”, will present the latest best practice in online and distance learning, share progressive concepts, inventive solutions, and promote joint-thinking and collaboration.
E-learning, open and distance education have been increasingly important fields of intellectual excitement and innovative development. The challenges posed by the new technologies are permanent, and students constantly keep teachers under pressure to develop. How can we do our best to make learning a thrilling experience for learners, including providing a sense of joy in the virtual classroom?
The question is an exciting one and discussion and debate in EDEN 2013 will provide a range of innovative theories and approaches. The conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, moderated poster and demo sessions.
Among the keynote speakers: Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, and Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University (UK) and winner of the TED Prize 2013.
The event will start on Wednesday afternoon on 12 June, with Pre-Conference Workshops and Registration, followed by the Welcome Cocktail, and will end with a Farewell Coffee on 15 June.
Serendipity is a faceted search engine for OpenCourseWare.
The main purpose of the service is to provide students, teachers and self-learners with a faceted search engine which allows them to find and discover open educational resources related to OCW from the OpenCourseWareConsortium and OCW-Universia.
A presentation of Serendipity, presented at OCWC Global 2013 is available here.
The HoTEL (Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning) project has launched an open call for e-learning innovators, aiming to spot “innovations” dealing with the use of ICT for education at large.
The objective of the call is to transform bright new ideas and research results into mainstream practices and to disseminate them throughout Europe.
The selected participants will be able to test their “innovation” in real world settings within three virtual laboratories (Exploratoriums) in the fields of higher education, corporate learning and informal learning that the HoTEL project has set up with the support of the EC’s FP7 programme.
The call is open from the 1st of June to the end of July 2013, but the project activities will go until summer of 2014.
Launched in 2012, the HoTEL Support Action aims to contribute to more effective, holistic and faster innovation cycles in European TEL, by increasing quality at the level of the cycle itself and of the different phases foreseen, that can be replicated in the future.