MOOQ Workshop on Quality of MOOCs at EC-TEL

The ICORE and MOOQ Workshop on Quality of MOOCs at EC-TEL is inviting you!

ec-tel_lyon_2016Join our interactive workshop on 13th of September 2016 at the EC-TEL Conference in Lyon!

The workshop is jointly organized by MOOQ and ICORE supported by UNESCO IITE, OEC and other organizations at the 11th EC-TEL Conference, the leading event on technology-enhanced learning.

The workshop title is: “How to improve Open Education with Openness for All? Towards a global joint initiative”

Globalisation and worldwide connectivity and online services are changing the world of work as well as all our societies and lives: They are setting challenges for life-long learning but also offering new opportunities for innovative (formal, non-formal and informal) learning. There is a huge need to change and opening-up education for the citizens of tomorrow.

Opening Up Education by innovations like online cooperation, MOOCs and technology-enhanced learning has achieved broad awareness and agreement supported by the UNESCO OER Declaration and new launched policy, e.g., by the European Commission and the Government of the Philippines. Nevertheless investment in education and training is decreasing in many countries despite the general recognition of its importance.

The vision and overall objective is the launch of a global joint initiative to facilitate and improve Open Education. An important milestone would be the re-establishment of openness as default as in the 60ies years of the 20th century: ICORE, the International Community for Open Research and Education ( and MOOQ, the European initiative for the quality of MOOCs and Open Education ( are inviting all interested citizens and organizations worldwide sharing this vision to join forces.

As a further step, ICORE and MOOQ are joining forces organizing a joint interactive Workshop at EC-TEL 2016 to continue the first ICORE Workshops at ICDE Global Conference 2015 in South Africa and OE Global 16: It will debate Open Education and its potential and impact in the societies worldwide with special focus on (1) re-establishing openness as default and on (2) quality dimensions and indicators for Open Education. As initial input, the latest policies, strategies and learning innovations for Open Education will be presented and afterwards MOOQ and ICORE invite all participants to discuss them and to work together on selected topics.

This interactive workshop will focus the guiding question: “How to improve Open Education with Openness for All?”. Currently the new copyright rules and regulations are hindering the free and open usage of published resources. Most educators are struggling with the legal restrictions and potential fees in offending copyright. Consequently good practices of Open Education are still rare and need more awareness, adaptation and re-usage as promoted and supported by the initiative MOOQ for improving Open Education.

Main goals of the interactive MOOQ and ICORE workshop at EC-TEL 2016 will be the development of a declaration draft as well as quality indicators for Open Education including the definition of related first activities: All workshop participants will work commonly and actively on these tasks that will hopefully be achieved and approved in consensus by all.

All workshop participants can share their visions and proposals, actively collaborate and discuss future strategies and activities to foster openness of education for all facilitating innovative learning in schools, universities and societies.

We hope that many interested participants and organizations will join the EC-TEL workshop to contribute and enrich our discussion for debating quality indicators for improving Open Education, developing the declaration draft and defining first activities to achieve the overall vision of Open Education for All!


Workshop Programme:

The workshop addresses policies and practices of Open Education in two interactive workshop sessions.

Main goals of the interactive MOOQ and ICORE workshop are (1) the development of a declaration draft in the first session as first approach to the policies of Open Education and (2) the selection of quality indicators for practices of Open Education in the second session next to the definition of related first activities.

First session on policies for Open Education (90 min):

  1. Welcome (5 min)
  2. Short introductory input speeches including presentation of declaration draft
    (by representatives from ICORE, UNESCO and OEC) (20min)
  3. Working groups: Discussions how to improve the declaration draft (45 min)
  4. Presentation of working group results in plenary (and their parallel integration into the declaration draft by an editing team) (10 min)
  5. Discussion and approval of new declaration draft in plenary (10 min)

Coffee break

Second session on practices of Open Education (90 min):

  1. Collecting quality dimensions from plenary participants & live twitter stream (10 min)
  2. Interactive World Cafe: Discussion of indicators for each quality dimension (60 min)
  3. Presentation, discussion and integration of quality indicators in plenary (10 min)
  4. Definition of next activities towards a global joint initiative (10 min)

ICORE Workshop facilitator: Dr. Christian M. Stracke (

Expected participants are all experts, practitioners and novices interest in Open Education. Contributions by conference participants as well as by online comments via twitter stream (to be displayed live during the whole session) are most welcome and encouraged.

List of workshop organizers:

  • Christian M. Stracke (ICORE / OUNL)
  • Alexander Khoroshilov (UNESCO IITE)
  • Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos (OEC)
  • Esther Tan (OUNL)
  • António Texeira (UAB)
  • Achilles Kameas (HOU)
  • Bill Vassiliadis (HOU)
  • Cleo Sgouropoulou (TEIA)
  • Gérard Vidal (ENS)

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