Here, I will discuss topics, and current trends on open, online, flexible and technology enabled/enhanced learning (OOFAT), including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Open Educational resourses (OER), Open Educational Practice (OEP, and Open Educational Culture (OEC). In addition I will discuss current trends and news related to quality, innovation, serendipity, rhizome learning, agility, and leadership.
Quality in Technology Enabeld Learning (TEL) is more than ever a hot topic, not at least because of the transformation of learning and education in the digital era, and the move toward Open, Online, Flexible Learning and TEL (OOFAT). Quality in TEL, can be discussed and measured from a vareity of perspectives and approaches. First, quality has to be considered at different levels, i.e. meso,- miso,- and macro level. Second, there are a huge variety of stakeholders whohave an interest in quality. Third, there are different approaches, as normbased versus processbased quality assurance and /or quality enhancement. Fourth, the maturity level has to be taken into consideration. Fifth, and last, or maybe even as a first issue:
QUALITY IS ALWAYS TIME, CONTEXT, AND CULTURE DEPENDENT, AND
At the 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto, October 2017, ICDE launched a committee for the global advocacy of OER as a reinforcement and support to the ICDE Chairs in OER. Paul Bardack, the Chair Emeritus of the United States Distance Learning Association, serves as the first Chairperson of the Committee, that works to increase global recognition of OER; and to provide policy support for the uptake, use and reuse of OER. First I am really honored and pleased to have been appointed Ambassadors for the globaladvocacy of OER, but also to be in the core group. Looking forward to the work ahead. All members of the ICDE Advocacy Committee are appointed Ambassadors for the global advocacy of OER for a limited term until end 2019. A smaller group of the members form a core group that works more closely with the chair to facilitate the activities of the Committee and its members:
The 16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning took place in wonderful Cyprus, Larnaca, during 30 October - 1 November. Read more here
I had a presentation on Towards a Framework and Learning Methodology for Innovative Mobile Learning: A Theoretical Approach, together with my co author Nicholas Ioannides, University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Please see my slideshare Ossiannilsson, (EbbaOssian) and also our paper in the M-learn Procedings, pp 39-46, edited by Fernando Loizides, George Papadopoulos, Nicos Souleles
In cooperation with the National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in the US, organised by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the The EDLW is organized by EDEN, and coming up next week, with a very interesting program during the week, 6-10 November 2017.
During EDLW, there were possibilities to daily participate in online webinars and panel sessions of expert scholars and practitioners who will present a variety of cutting edge open and online learning topics, from innovations in design to open educational research.
Following the success of last year’s event, Innovative Learning Spaces Summit was back to Prague for the 2nd Annual Summit. The summit was hosted and arranged by WWW.LUXATIAINTERNATIONAL.COM and by Kalle Kekomäki, the Conference Director. The conference was Moderated even this year by myself Dr Ebba Ossiannilsson, Sweden, who also was one of the speakers, with a speech entitled LEADERSHIP FOR QUALITY IN INNOVATIVE LEARNING SPACES-SYSTEMIC SUSTAINABLE CHANGES CAN BE VIEWED VIA MY SLIDESHARE EBBAOSSIANN
This Summit gathered some 80 delegates from all over the world. The 15 special invited speakers were a diverse group from different countries and continents, but aslo a variety of profession background, even gender was considered.