2nd GO-GN Seminar 

April 21 – 25 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

In conjunction with OCWC Global Conference

See video lectures and slides.

Visit the 2n GO-GN Seminar portal clicking here.

Visti the OCWC Global Conference clicking here.

The first GO-GN seminar finished with success

The feedback from the participants to the first Global OER Graduate Network seminar was reallly positive and enriching. The following points were higlighted In the wrap-up meeting:

  • Joined meeting with ROER group was really useful, specially their workshops on statistics methods, creativo commons, etc.
  • Students reported that the replaning of the PhD, and the different perspectives offered were really helpful.
  • Students reported that the PhD presentations helped them to Identify weak point on the research
  • Networking. Put faces to the names.
  • Some people were isolated in their research …and in the location. Here they find people that speak "in the same language" (interest topic).
  • Timing and combination with the other groups
  • It is face to face. And not online.

As a consequence of this work, different intereactions are happening. Share your experience on what the first event triggered in your research posting a blog entry!

 
The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) group at the 1st Seminar (Dec 2013)
 
 
The presentations are alrealdy available here. We have also made them available in slideshare. Soon will follow the video recordings.
 
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GO-GN members meet at EMOOCs 2014 in Lausanne

The EMOOCs 2014 conference marks the calendar half-way point between our research seminar in Capetown and the upcoming seminar attached to the OCWC conference in Ljubljana. So it was a joyous reunion for those GO-GN members directly involved in MOOC research this morning in the Rolex Learning Center of EPFL in Lausanne. Fred Mulder is part of the program commission, of course, Bernard Nkuyubwatsi is presenting a paper, Marta Cáceres Piñuel is attending as part of a large Spanish contingent and yours truly is here to listen and learn.

EPFL's Center for Digital Education under the leadership of Pierre Dillenbourg is succesfully establishing itself as a European center of gravity in the MOOC discourse as exhibited both by the turn-out of many influential stakeholders and the unbridled enthusiasm in the opening keynote. Only six months have passed since the first EMOOCs conference here, but in the MOOC galaxy, that is a small eternity. On the one hand, some of the early enthusiasts have been backpedalling recently, on the other hand, the wave is barely reaching mainstream in many parts of Europe (such as my native Germany). Take a look at the research landscape in the conference proceedings.

"Of course, we are not saying it is all great!", said Pierre Dillenbourg introducing the first speaker, EPFL president Patrick Aebisher, intending to set the tone for the coming three days: "It is very difficult, just like any ambitious educational project would be." It became clear during Aebischer's review of the past year's MOOC experiences, however, that EPFL intends to be at the forefront of what it sees as an impending revolution, with a clear commitment to the long haul. This includes a strong focus on Africa, where EPFL has a distinct advantage, being able to offer highly reputable content in both French and English.

The conference attempts to structure a fluid, multi-facetted debate into four broad tracks, with many speakers appearing in more than one: policy, research, experience and business (models). This may serve as an indicator of how all-encompassing this rapidly developing topic is for institutions, policy-makers, practitioners and students in European higher education.

Sessions include everything from hands-on video production tips and problems of certification all the way to panel discussion on mutli-stage governance mechanisms for national and EU policies on open online education. I was quite baffled at the early-morning pre-conference session, to find a lecture hall packed and 150 mid-career academics listening in rapt attention to the do's and don'ts of setting up a studio and organzing smooth production processes vor educational video.

 

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