The annual national conference on developments in education (Kongres Rozwoj Edukacji) took place on 18 November 2015 in the Warsaw School of Economics. The conference is looking at new innovations in higher education, skill training for teachers & academic staff and the integration of digital and online technologies and the use of media like video. The conference attracted more than 70 people and was packed with interesting plenary sessions and round table discussions.
On Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th October, researchers and project managers from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy joined the kickoff meeting of the European Project DICHE - Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education in the light of 21st century learning, funded under the Erasmus+ Programme, Strategic Partnership KA2. The School of the Arts, English and Drama of the University of Loughborough (UK) hosted the first transnational meeting. During the kickoff meeting, Professor Mike Wilson and Dr Antonia Liguori formulated initial research questions to draft the common research agenda for this project:
the research agenda addresses pending academic issues related to innovation and integration of digital resources and opportunities in cultural and heritage education and serves as a theoretical basis for the partnership of this project, both during the project and for the continuation afterwards.
Elements of the agenda are:
- Possibilities offered by cultural and heritage education for the enhancement of twenty-first century learning skills;
- Potential role of digital resources in cultural and heritage education, within the context of twenty-first century learning;
- Pending research questions on digital resources and methods in cultural and heritage education;
- Overview of the state of the art
Project partners are:
Marnix Academie (NL), Landschap Erfgoed Utrecht (NL), ATiT (BE), Università degli Studi Roma Tre (IT), COOP Culture (IT) and Loughborough University (UK).
(Text and photo by Dr Antonia Liguori, University of Loughborough)
The Media & Learning webinar series on Lecture Capture and Video Use in Higher Education continues: the next one, Defining the market: trends for products and interactivity, is going to take place on March 12 at 15:00 (CET). Visit the M&L Association website to check the entire list of webinars scheduled from today until June 2015. You will also find the recordings of the first two webinars of this year: New assessment strategies for the media-rich class and The creation of videos to support students’ learning. Stay tuned!
ATiT participated in the International Media & Information Literacy Research Development Workshop that took place from Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of January 2015 at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. This two-day workshop gathered a group of leading scholars and policy makers in media and information literacy (MIL) to set an agenda and strategy for media literacy research that is global in scope and mapped to policy issues across the European Union and beyond. The workshop will focus on the sharing of perspectives and priorities for international research collaboration in the field of media and information literacy education.
EPOS or 'Europese Programma's voor Onderwijs, Opleiding en Samenwerking' is the Flemish National Agency that is in charge of the European education and training programs. The “Grensverleggers” event that took place on 16 January 2015 in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels is the annual key moment where the Flemish education and training community reflects on the achievements of the past year with regard to internationalisation in the domain. This year the emphasis was on the aspects “dissemination and exploitation of project results”. During their keynote address, Sally Reynolds and Mathy Vanbuel reflected on the experience that ATiT has gathered in this domain over the last 15 years, referring to projects ranging from Schoolsat over MEDEAnet to Web2LLP and iPro. In the afternoon, Sally and Mathy collaborated with a small group of practitioners in a workshop to exchange further experiences and tips and advice. Flemish Minister of Education Hilde Crevits, who again focused on the importance and value of working across borders also in education, closed the meeting.
MEDEAnet and Canon Cultuurcel from the Flemish Ministry of Education organised on 26th of November a Workshop on Use of audiovisual archive material in the class room, specially aimed at teachers special needs elementary education. This well attended workshop was introduced by Dirk Terryn from Canon Cultuurcel. Dalida Van Dessel (Beeld en Geluid Nederland) kicked off the meeting talking about the use of media in the class room, giving practical tips and tricks for the use of audiovisual resources in the teaching practice based on the experience built up in Beeld en Geluid. Leen De Bruyn from the Vlaams Instituut voor Archivering VIAA then introduced Testbeeld, the Flemish audiovisual archive material in the class room. During a hands on session, all participants got an opportunity to work with Testbeeld en provide feedback, ideas and comments about this new platform. More info about the platform presented to day on Testbeeld www.testbeeld.viaa.be, Beeld en Geluid www.beeldengeluid.nl/leer and Werkvormenplanner www.werkvormenplanner.nl which was launched today.
We have just finished implementing a major update of the Online Scoring Platform (OSP) for +he Academy. The OSP offers a mechanism to record training results for gynaecological endoscopists, to hold reporting and certification sessions in accredited centra and to issue accompanying certificates and diplomas. It was officially launched at the 23rd annual congress of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE).
The ATiT team are busy this week running workshops in Dublin on the use of video to support science teaching. This includes a one day dedicated pre-conference workshop on creating video clips illustrating assessment techniques in Inquiry Based Science Education which was held on Monday 23 June for partners in the SAILS project. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday further workshops on the use of video generally in science teaching are being given by Mathy Vanbuel as part of the SMEC/SAILS conference bringing together almost 200 teachers and teacher educators from all over Europe. This conference was opened on Tuesday 24 June by Sean Sherlock, Irish Ministrer of State at the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.