Online discussion on Quality at Open Education Europe

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Join the Online Discussion on Quality at Open Education Europe

Online discussion live on Friday, 27th of October 2017 at Open Education Europe portal by the European Union

mooq_logoThe online discussion on “How to ensure Quality in Open Education” is taking place on 27th of October 2017 from 12pm to 1pm CEST. It will be moderated by Christian M. Stracke as the coordinator of the European initiative MOOQ for the Quality of Open Education and facilitated by the European platform Open Education Europe (OEE) from the European Union.

All experts and practitioners worldwide are kindly invited to join and to exchange their opinions and experiences!

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Quality in Open Education matters now

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Quality in Open Education matters now!

Online discussion and MOOC follow up UNESCO World OER Congress 2017

 

WOERC_2017_largeThe second international World OER Congress 2017 led to the approval of the Ljubljana OER Action Plan and a revival of the quality debate. Experts and national delegates from 111 countries adopted the 41 recommended actions by acclamation. All United Nations’ Member States are urged to mainstream open-licensed resources building knowledge societies and to achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Quality Education. A plenary panel of the UNESCO and ICDE Chairs in OER was emphasizing the need to take on the momentum. “We were pleased and excited to follow up the quality focus in Open Education with online discussions and a dedicated MOOC”, beams Christian M. Stracke, ICDE Chair in OER from the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands.

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Quality of MOOCs: Challenges – and hopes for improvement?

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Quality of MOOCs: Challenges – and hopes for improvement?

The quality of MOOCs is challenged and questioned from the very early beginning. MOOCs are “Massive Open Online Courses” and were introduced in the year 2008: The first MOOC was called “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge” (CCK08) and organized by Stephen Downes and George Siemens. Many MOOCs followed leading to a peak in the year 2012 that was also called the “Year of the MOOCs” by the New York Times. Currently the hype is over but the number of MOOCs and their online learners are continuously increasing.

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MOOQ and ICDE establish close cooperation

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mooq_logoICDEMOOQ and ICDE establish close cooperation

Partnership by MOOQ and ICDE for shared vision on quality of Open Education

The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organization ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning confirm a shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education. Christian M. Stracke, MOOQ coordinator, and Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary General, who signed the MOU, are convinced that the collaboration will provide benefits for the whole community worldwide. A first focus will be the improvement of the quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

“We are happy about this close cooperation with ICDE to facilitate high quality in Open Education and MOOCs in the future”, underlines Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands. And Gard Titlestad from ICDE adds: “ICDE is pleased to share the vision of Open Education and to collaborate with MOOQ in the development and consultation of a Quality Reference Framework for MOOCs.”

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Quality in MOOCs: We need your help and opinion!

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Please support our Global MOOC Survey!

Global_MOOC_SurveyDear colleague,

We have launched the first Global Survey on the Quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Already several hundreds have contributed but we need all opinions and in particular your view!

Are you a MOOC learner, MOOC designer or MOOC facilitator? Then please take 20-30 minutes of your valuable time and complete our survey: www.survey.mooc-quality.eu

Thank you very much for your kind help and for sharing your experiences!

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UN organizations support the Global MOOC Survey

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UNITAR joins UNESCO IITE, FAO and ICTILO in international support alliance

Global_MOOC_SurveyUNITAR as fourth UN organization next to UNESCO IITE, FAO and ITCILO commited to support the Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs, see: www.survey.mooc-quality.eu !

This first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) gains more and more recognition and backing by foremost international associations and institutions, among them the International Council for Distance and Open Education (ICDE), Open Education Consortium (OEC), International Community for Open Research and Education (ICORE), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning (EATEL), Contact North (CN) and many more.

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Global MOOC Survey launched

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Global_MOOC_SurveyJoin our Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs!

The Global MOOC Survey is launched! It is the first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) addressing three main target groups: MOOC learners, MOOC designers and MOOC facilitators. The main long-term goal is the improvement of future MOOCs by developing quality indicators and tools. The survey will foster it through the collection of design and learning experiences and their analysis and discussion afterwards. “We are very excited to facilitate the quality debate with all interested parties worldwide”, emphasises Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands and MOOC expert. The leading international associations and organizations are supporting the survey including three United Nations’ organizations. The Global MOOC Survey started now and is open until end of March 2017 to allow feedback from all interested parties. All findings from the scientific, independent and non-profit survey will be published and shared online.

International organizations supporting the quality initiative MOOQ:

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