George Soros

Global Network to Transform Higher Education

George SorosDavos (CH), February 2020 – George Soros has announced that he is creating a new university network to better prepare students for current and future global challenges. He is endowing the network with one billion dollars and asking other philanthropists to contribute. The network, which will operate throughout the world, is named the Open Society University Network (OSUN) and will integrate teaching and research across higher education institutions worldwide. 

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Cloud Gaming

New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming

Graz (A), December 2019 - Dieter Schmalstieg, a researcher at Graz University of Technology, is working on a method combining the advantages of cloud computing and virtual reality. This method will allow computer games to be displayed on inexpensive VR headsets in unsurpassed quality.

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Knowledge Transfer

Lost Cultural Heritage Becomes a Virtual Place of Remembrance

Karlsruhe (GER), December 2019 - The TOPORAZ project has achieved success in the renowned Leibniz competition, with the Leibniz Association’s Senate granting its approval of the effort. The world’s cultural heritage that cannot be recreated in reality is to be made available to a broad public on a sustainable basis.

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To Reduce Plagiarism

Copyleaks and Macmillan Learning Join Forces

Stamford, CT (USA), December 2019 - Copyleaks, an artificial intelligence-based plagiarism  detection software company, has announced a partnership with Macmillan Learning, an educational publishing and solutions company. The joint effort will offer plagiarism detection capabilities for students and instructors. Elements of Copyleaks’s software solution are being integrated into Achieve, Macmillan Learning’s new digital learning platform, to help students develop better academic research skills and cite correctly, and also to ensure the academic integrity of their work.

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Alexa and Friends

Speech Recognition in Continuing Education

Prof. Dr. Michael MarmannKarlsruhe (GER)/Düsseldorf (GER), December 2019 - "Alexa, I’d like you to help me when I learn! Is a combination of voice user interfaces (VUI) and eLearning possible?" Prof. Dr. Michael Marmann of Düsseldorf’s University of Applied Sciences will address the issue of speech recognition in continuing education on 30 January at 15.30. Professor Marmann is involved intensively with the use and testing of emerging tools.

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Transfer Efficiency

Converting Knowledge into "Action That Is Crucial for Success"

Dr. Ina Weinbauer-HeidelKarlsruhe (GER)/St. Valentin (A), December 2019 - Dr. Ina Weinbauer-Heidel, founder of the Institute for Transfer Effectiveness, has published the German language book "Was Trainings wirklich wirksam macht" (What makes training sessions really effective). In it, she describes the twelve control levers of transfer effectiveness. At the LEARNTEC Congress, she will discuss her practical experience and insights on 29 January 2020 at 10.45.

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Avoiding Mistakes

There Can Be No Social Learning without Collaboration

Sandra DundlerKarlsruhe (GER)/Burgau (A), December 2019 - "From Passive Participant to Active Contributor - Individual Responsibility and Error Management in Social Learning" is the title of Sandra Dundler’s presentation at LEARNTEC 2020 on 29 January at 15.30. She will define the conditions necessary for social learning to succeed and draw attention to potential "stumbling blocks".

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#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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