Organised into eight chapters, this report examines early childhood education, schooling, transitions beyond initial education, higher education, adult learning, outcomes and returns, equity, and innovation. The chapters are structured around key findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD educational analyses. Each entry highlights the main message in a concise and accessible way, with a brief explanation and reference to the original OECD source.
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.
We send to you the information about the possibility to submit an article for an international scientific journal (Sixteenth Call for Papers)
“Problems of Education in the 21st Century” ISSN 1822-7864
Application form: 31 January 2013
Full paper: 03 March 2013
Association EDUCOMMUNITY adds a new Grundtvig course to its catalogue!
The course is reserved to teachers, trainers and non teaching staff working in the sector of Non Vocational Adult Education (NVAE) and will take place in Rome, Italy, in july 2013.
Learning and teaching processes are changing: the pervasiveness of networking web technologies lead us to identify new methods and instructional strategies.
The course COMPLEX LEARNING WITH SOCIAL NETWORKS will introduce the basic concepts of the training model Complex Learning and will help teachers, trainers and non-teaching staff working in Adult Education to use social networks and social tools of web 2.0 to build personalized learning environments.
Course is in English and is delivered in Rome, Italy.
Course days: 22-26 july 2013. Deadline for registration: 11 january 2013.
The course is eligible in Grundtvig In-Service Training Action: apply for a Grundtvig grant sending the application to your National Agency before the deadline. Send us an e-mail for the pre-registration: email@example.com
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Association educommunity proposes 2 new In-Service Training Courses: Personalization of Adult Education. Models, strategies and tools and @ of Self Evaluation: a collective personalized pathway of self evaluation and self learning. Both courses are in English and will take place in Rome.
Association educommunity proposes 2 new In-Service Training Courses within the Grundtvig action of Lifelong Learning Programme.
The course Personalization of Adult Education. Models, strategies and tools will take place in Rome, Italy, 24-28 june 2013.
The course @ of Self Evaluation: a collective personalized pathway of self evaluation and self learning will take place in Rome, Italy, 08-12 july 2013.
Both courses are funded within the Grundtvig action: teachers, trainers, and non teaching staff involved in adult education can apply for a grant sending the application to their National Agency.
Deadline for registration: 11 january 2013.
You can find the courses in the Comenius-Grundtvig Training Database:
Personalization of Adult Education, code IT-2013-927-001
“@ of Self Evaluation, code IT-2013-935-001
Please join The Clute Institute for our 2013 Breckenridge International Academic Conference, August 5-7, 2013 convening at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge located Breckenridge Colorado. We offer five tracks at this conference: Business & Economics, Education, Energy Policy, Engineering Education, and Health Sciences.
This report reviews national policies for the development of key competences at school in Europe. It acknowledges the progress made so far in implementing the key competences approach and discusses several policy challenges that are directly linked to the contribution of education and training to meeting changing skills demands: tackling low achievement in reading, mathematics and science; increasing the number of mathematics science and technology graduates, and further support for the acquisition of transversal competences such as IT skills, entrepreneurship and civics.
The report covers 31 European countries (EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, and Turkey) and takes the reference year 2011/12. Information covers compulsory and secondary general education.
CSI’s academic research conference in Scottsdale offers three tracks: Education, Business and Behavioral Sciences: The Education Track provides a colloquium to share research that emphasizes inquiry, evidence-based practice, best practice and promising methods. Academic and action research on all education issues is welcome. The Business Track provides an assembly for business educators, professionals and practitioners to investigate academic and action research, discovery and evidence-based practice. Areas of study may include business, economics, management, accounting, law, ethics, management information systems, finance, foreign trade, international politics, instructional strategies, curriculum design and related subjects. The Behavioral Sciences Track provides a forum to explore research that perpetuates thought leadership and represents critical enrichment in the areas of addiction, adolescence and youth, adult development, psychology (applied, clinical, developmental, environmental, industrial/organizational, school), social work (clinical, school), human development, counseling and therapy, substance use/abuse, and related fields.
What does the future hold for media-enhanced learning? What is the best way to boost skills and competences in media production? What role do media literacy and wisdom play in creating innovative, inclusive, future-proof education? These and other topics will be discussed at the Media & Learning Conference, to be held on November 14 and 15 in Brussels. The full programme is now available online, read on for more on speakers and special features!
The programme for the Media & Learning Conference is now available online, and details the variety of speakers, topics, and special features of the event, to be held in Brussels on November 14 and 15. Three main themes will be explored over the course of two content-rich, full days, which include the future of media-enhanced learning, how to boost skills in media production, and uncovering the importance of media literacy with regards to creating innovative and future-proof education.
Several renowned keynote speakers will touch on these global concepts, but the event also aims to bring these topics down to earth by showcasing specific examples of ideas that work. An online news website run by children living in areas of social disadvantage in Ireland is one example; hands-on-film-making courses for young people is another one. Additionally, the increasingly popular approach to digital storytelling, Transmedia, and the value and impact of three-dimensional learning content will also share some of the spotlight.
The MEDEA Awards Ceremony, which participants are welcome to join, will run alongside the conference.
Registration is now open and includes an opportunity to attend for free by taking advantage of the Media & Learning recommendation offer: get a refund on your registration fee by having your friends and colleagues register with your registration code – if 4 or more do this, you attend for free!