The WCE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The WCE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.
In September 2013, EUROCALL will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Come and join us in Évora and help us celebrate this great occasion! The conference will take place on the Main Building of the University, Colégio do Espírito Santo, and will be hosted by the School of Social Sciences.
Organised by: the TELMAP, VISIR, ODS projects
With the support of: the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG EAC) and the Committee of Regions With the participation of the following projects: HOTEL, Inspiring Science Education, we.learn.it, GALA, NEXT-TEL.
This is a two day event, aiming at:
- Mainstreaming existing e-learning grassroots innovation practices, increasing awareness about opportunities for community building and roadmapping.
- Discussing and sharing e-learning perspectives and visions to foster innovation management, scalability and mainstreaming.
- Providing intelligence in order to alert and inform e-learning stakeholders about developments, and trends that can affect their future plans. The event will be organised through a first day of Unconference-type discussion and dissemination and a second day of sector-based strategy and innovation workshops.
Learning Analytics is a rapidly growing research field and commercial , with potentially disruptive potential. While educational researchers have for many years used computational techniques toanalyse learner data, generate visualizations of learning dynamics,and build predictive models to test theories — for the first time, these techniques are becoming available to educators, learners and policy makers.
Learning analytics promise is to transform educational research into a data-driven science, and educational institutions into organisations that make evidence-based decisions. However, critical debate is needed on the limits of computational modelling, the ethics of analytics, and the educational paradigms that learning analytics promote.
The Europe 2020 employment strategy, and in particular its initiative "An agenda for new skills and jobs", aims to support the full employment goal of the Lisbon Treaty. In a context of growing challenges for employment policies in Europe, this report questions current approaches and calls for increased policy learning amongst EU Member States.
The report argues that there is room for improvement in employment in Europe and emphasizes the importance of improving access to education, developing more transversal skills and balancing job security and flexibility.
The eTernity project is an initiative by the pre-standardization body CEN WS-LT which will explore the needs towards interoperability within the e-Textbook digital marketplace.
The workshop is open for everybody to participate. Your participation is welcomed and free. We are working with key stakeholders such as:
- OER contributors
- Educational institutions
- Students’ associations
- Public Policy Makers
- CLOs, CIOs and CTOs working within educational technology providers
- Anyone interested in shaping a better future for Europe’s Educational landscape
- Public call for User Requirements Scenarios from a wide range of interested stakeholders
- Identification and evaluation of existing interoperability standards and specifications, and
scoping the potential of developing of an abstract eTernity ecosystem
- Based on the state-of-art analysis, consider developing a shortlist of specifications supporting an
eTextbook ecosystem. This will be made freely available to public and private initiatives seeking
guidance on the design and development of truly interoperable textbook marketplaces
- The open eTernity technical meetings will be announced on this website
CEN WS-LT will formally kick off the project with a one day workshop in January (provisional date 16th of January 2013) in Brussels.
Virtual and physical meetings will be organised to work towards achieving a common reference framework for European textbook marketplaces by means of three main development phases:
The European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. Through EC-TEL, established and emerging researchers as well as practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technology developers explore new collaborations, strengthen networks, and complement their core experience. This year's theme is "Scaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact". We invite contributions for original research papers, demonstrations and workshops. A doctoral consortium will also be organized concurrently with the workshops. EC-TEL 2013 also offers the opportunity to host project meetings.
- Abstract submission (papers, posters, demos): 25 March 2013
- Full submission (papers, posters, demos): 2 April 2013
- Notification of acceptance: 4 June 2013
- Camera ready versions: 28 June 2013
- Room reservation for project meetings: 15 June 2013
- Workshop proposals: 2 April 2013
- Workshop notifications: 30 April 2013
- Workshops: 17, 18, 21 September 2013
- Project meetings: 16-18 & 21 September 2013
- Main conference: 18-20 September 2013
EC-TEL invites contributions in the following (non-exclusive) areas. For a more detailed topic listing, see the call for papers on the EC-TEL 2013 website.
- Technological underpinning
- Pedagogical underpinning
- Individual, social & organisatonal processes
- Sustainability and scaling of TEL solutions
- Learning contexts and domains
- TEL in developing countries
- TEL, functional diversity and users with special needs
- Full Papers: max. 14 pages, published in proceedings
- Short Papers: max. 6 pages, published in proceeding
- Demonstration Papers: max. 4 pages, published in proceedings; At the conference, all accepted demonstrations will be invited to participate in the EC-TEL 2013 Demo Sprint contest, a plenary session where all demos are presented. The audience of the EC-TEL Demo Sprint session will vote for the best EC-TEL demo, and the winner will be awarded.
- Poster Papers: max. 4 pages, 2 page summary published in proceedings
- Workshop proposals: max. 4 pages, not published in proceedings. Note: We are exploring possibilities for arranging publication of all workshop papers in a post-conference proceedings volume to be published by Springer. Workshop organizers are requested to indicate in their proposals whether they would like to contribute to such a post-conference proceedings volume, or whether they are targeting other high-quality publication outlets (international impact-rated journals, including special issues in these).
careNET: Building ICT competences in the long-term care sector to enhance quality if life for older people and those at risk of exclusion
The CareNET project aims at developing a set of ICT competences in two identified ‘at risk’ target groups: care-workers and older persons. The project is designed to work in a synergistic way to tackle identified problems in the low skilled and under professionalised care-worker sector while at the same time promoting social inclusion and enhancing the quality of life of older people.
An online social network will be put in place for care-workers, experts, researchers and pracitioners with relevance to ICT competences in care-systems, and a set of workshops for care-workers will be organised to pilot the elaborated professional development pathways and tools.
What resonates amongst both groups – care workers and care recipients – is their exposure to the risk of social exclusion as they are both often at the margins of society and likely to be the victim of digital and social divides. ICTs and associated competences have been shown to be a critical component in mitigating these risks of exclusion and helping to support an increased quality of life. The acquisition of digital skills is essential for these actors in the family employment sector where we find over half of all private individual employers aged 60 years old and over, and low-skilled women representing the majority of household employees. In response to these pressing needs the CareNet project will design, develop and pilot learning paths and resources based on cooperative learning between care workers and care recipients to promote improved quality of care and quality of life through the acquisition of care related digital competences. In addition, to answer specific needs, learning modules for individual learning, addressing ICT competences for employability and self-development (care workers) and ICT competences for active ageing (older people) will be created. In this way the project will contribute to: the identified needs for professionalization of care workers; increased access to learning opportunities; personal development of care workers; overcoming the isolation of both care workers and older people by promoting social enterprise, active citizenship and active ageing.
For this reason, the project seeks to design, develop and pilot:
- learning paths and resources based on cooperative learning between care workers and care recipients
- to promote improved quality of care and quality of life through the acquisition of care related digital competences.
- In addition, to answer specific needs, learning modules for individual learning, addressing employability and self-development of ICT competences for care workers and active ageing ICT competences for elders, will be provided and piloted.
The project will contribute to:
- increased access to learning opportunities;
- personal development of care workers;
- overcoming the isolation of care workers and elders by promoting active citizenship and active ageing.
Details of on the project can be found at the project website: http://www.carenetproject.eu/