#VCTheFutureofLandD

Virtual College Completes Successful L&D Campaign

Ilkley (UK), November 2019 - Over the last three months, Virtual College has been running a thought-leader campaign called "Shaping the Future of L&D". During this campaign, they partnered with fourteen learning and development experts to address the future of L&D and how it is changing in response to technological developments.

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Complex Relationships

"At Present, AI Is Very Conservative in Its Implementation"

Inge de WaardBrussels (BE), October 2019 – The Panel Presentation "The Future Is Bright - On AI, Curricula, and Skills Gaps" will take place at OEB Global on Thursday, 28 November, from 12.00 to 13.30.  Inge de Waard (PhD) is currently leading the learning part of an InnoEnergy project that alleviates skill and competency gaps by combining artificial intelligence (AI), human resources (HR), and learning analytics to provide a personalized learning trajectory. This project combines the expertise of people working at InnoEnergy, The Open University (UK), FutureLearn, and many European university partners working on renewable energy. At the event, Inge will speak about her extensive experience in the field.

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Pilot Projects

Using Holograms in Education

Andrew ParryLondon (UK), October 2019 - Andrew Parry is an Online Learning Video Producer at Edtech Lab, Imperial College Business School. His main role involves developing and producing audio-visual content for online and blended learning programmes. At OEB Global 2019, his topic is "Using Holograms as an Effective Educational Tool to Deliver Live Seminars". This Boardroom Dialogue will take place on Thursday, 28 November, from 12.00 to 13.00.  

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21st-Century Professionals

EPortfolio to Encourage Autonomous Evidence-Based Learning

Jitka HlouskovaPardubice (CZ), October 2019 – One of the Tech Labs at OEB Global 2019 is called "Working with ePortfolios - the Tool for Self-Directed Learning (BYOD)"; it is being held on Friday, 29 November, from 14.30 to 15.30. This hands-on event – managed by Jitka Hlouskova - is aimed at education professionals who wish to further develop their ICT-based teaching skills. You will be inspired by practical insights from the author’s experience with the use of an ePortfolio to encourage autonomous evidence-based learning and assessment. You will get insight into how working with an ePortfolio can stimulate desire for creativity, motivation, digital literacy, and self-reflection, skills that are demanded from 21st-century professionals. Get hands-on experience with the structure and principles of an electronic portfolio.

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Heterogeneous Learning Processes

"Real or Remote? Next-Level Laboratory Education"

Prof. Sebastian ZugFreiberg (GER), October 2019 - Sebastian Zug is a professor at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. His research interests are focused on outdoor robotics and self-describing, intelligent components. Based on broad experience in bachelor and master courses he offers in programming and embedded systems, he develops new concepts for practically oriented engineering courses. These include new open source course materials, including interactive programming sessions, simulation tools, and remote access to laboratory equipment. At OEB Global, he will speak in a panel discussion entitled "Real or Remote? Next-Level Laboratory Education" on Thursday, 28 November, from 12.00 to 13.15.

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Human-Robot Interaction

Robots’ Roles in Education and Training

Gila KurtzHolon (IL), October 2019 - Social robots are becoming useful parts of the education ecosystem. They are equipped with multimodal interaction capabilities and, equally important, have a physical presence. The session "Exploring Human-Robot Interaction and Robot Roles in Education and Training" on Thursday, 28 November, from 14.30 to 15.30 will increase your awareness about various training and educational oriented applications of humanoid robots. Gila Kurtz, Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), Israel, answered some current questions on the topic.

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First Steps

Infrastructure for Open Educational Resources

Hannover (GER), October 2019 – Whether single visualisations, videos, podcasts, lecture notes, course material, or entire courses, open educational resources (OER) refers to a highly diverse range of learning tools that meet certain requirements. OER can be lesson materials of any kind, in any medium, published under an open license. They can be shared, modified, reused, adapted to specific teaching and study contexts, and expanded collaboratively, making it a lot easier for learners to gain access to high-quality educational resources and open learning. 

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Digital Transformation

Batterjee Medical College Selects Blackboard Learn Ultra

Jeddah (SA), September 2019 - Blackboard has announced that Batterjee Medical College (BMC), the largest specialised private medical college in Saudi Arabia, has selected Blackboard Learn Ultra as the new learning management System (LMS) for more than 2,000 students.

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ViLeArn

Learning in Virtual Spaces

ViLeArn-TeamWürzburg (GER), August 2019 - Würzburg students of teacher training who like to try something new can look forward to the coming semesters. They will have the chance to try out ViLeArn, a recently developed social-VR platform targeting virtual embodied teaching, during one of their seminars. ViLeArn allows students to dive into fully equipped virtual teaching environments of flexible layouts that give ample room for various teaching scenarios to try out novel teaching approaches together. The topic of the seminar itself is a perfect fit: It promotes competences in digital media.

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Gender-Based Violence

Re-Qualifying Education and Training Helps Health Workers

Birmingham (UK), June 2019 - Gender-based violence (GBV) could be tackled more effectively by giving healthcare students wider and more practical education and training in identifying and responding to the warning signs presented among patients they will encounter in professional life, according to a new study.

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Distance Educator

Gamifying Online Tests to Promote Retrieval Based Learning

St. Louis, MO (USA), May 2019 - Recent findings have provided strong evidence that retrieval based learning is an effective strategy for enhancing knowledge retention and long-term meaningful learning, but it is not a preferred learning strategy for the majority of students. The present research analyzes the application of learning gamification principles in online, open book, multiple choice tests in order to motivate students to engage in repeated retrieval based learning activities.

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Funding

Coursera Secures $103M in Series E from New Investors

Mountain View, CA (USA), May 2019 - Coursera, an online learning platform, has announced closing a $103 million investment in a Series E equity round. SEEK Group, a global leader in investing, scaling, and operating online employment and education businesses, led the round, while existing investors Future Fund and NEA also participated in the funding.

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New eLearning Course

How Education Can Support the Paris Climate Goals

Frankfurt (GER), April 2019 - "New rules and procedures inspired by the recommendations of the EU Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth will affect businesses. They want to understand the upcoming rules on transparency, not only to comply with them, but more importantly to be more informed and perhaps adjust their business models," said Professor Dr Ulf Moslener, Professor for Sustainable Energy Finance at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

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Education and Training Monitor

German Graduates Have the Second Highest Employment Rate

Brussels (BE), April 2019 - In the UK, recent graduates have an employment rate of 86.6%. In 2014, the EU average employment rate was 76.0%; in 2017, it rose to 80.2%. Greece currently has the lowest employment rate of recent graduates in Europe, at 52.0%; Malta currently has the highest, at 94.5%. Currently, the EU is working with Member States to make education a success for all young people.

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