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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.


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Open Education Week 2019

This week is the annual Open Education Week, OEW2109. Open education encompasses resources, tools, and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide. Founded in 2013 by the Open Education Consortium, the goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education Week has become one of the most foremost global events recognizing high achievement and excellence in open education. The week-long event spotlights amazing work from over a dozen categories including live, face-to-face events, webinars, projects, and resources. The Best-of-the-Best participate in Open Education Week.

 I myself contributed with two presentations, one on the 6th March on behalf of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee on OER and the SDG4 for access, equity, equality, inclusiveness, quality, and lifelong learning and OER and the SDG4 for access, equity, equality, inclusiveness, quality, and lifelong learning. Slides on SlideShare here. The other one was on behalf of EDEN SIG TEL QE, and the theme of OER Quality Assessment and the topic  of Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources and the TIPS Framework

EDEN, which I am working for and in the EDEN EC, EDEN Fellow, EDEN Council of Fellows and chair of The Special Interest Group on TEL and QE, was offering 5 webinars as part of the Open Education Week:

Education 2030 – Open knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in Europe and the world – Monday, 4 March 2019, 13:00 CET
The story of the Open University in Europe and the world – Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 13:00 CET
Ongoing initiatives for Open Education in Europe – Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 13:00 CET
OER quality assessment – Thursday, 7 March 2019, 13:00 CET
Researching openness – evidence-based approach – Friday, 8 March 2019, 13:00 CET

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EDEN EC meeting in Rome, Italy 21-22 February 2019

EDEN Executive Committee meeting took place in Rome, Italy 21-22 February 2019, hosted by University Roma III. Besides the usual items on the agenda as,  minutes from the last meeting, financing, next conferences, Fellowships etc. we dedicated time to work on strategic discussions for EDEN future! Each EC member had been asked to provide SWOT analyses in advance, and then we had a "Tour the Table", and a common SWOT was finally created. We planned to continue our good actions and we agreed and was excited about new initiatives. One of the other important items on the agenda was on How to deal with Brexit. It has been a long process prior to this meeting, at our online meetings during the year, especially since autumn and a  special working group together with EDEN Secretariat had prepared different scenarios, and a process forward. It is a really complex problem for a European Association as ours, as we are depending Operational Grants from the European Commission. 

As always great discussions and an open professional and personal atmosphere. EDEN is like a family, just love it. Since June 2018 in Genova, I am on my second period in the EDEN Executive Committee. Besides being an EDEN Fellow (since 2014) and EDEN Council of Fellows (since 2018), I am Chairing the EDEN SIG on TEL and Quality Enhancement, follow us at LinkedIn.   

EDEN EC Rome2019

EDEN Executive Committee; Elena Caldirola, Ebba Ossiannilsson, Antonella Poce, Josep M Duart, Andras Sucz, Airina Volungeviciene, Ulf-Daniel. Ehlers, Rebecca Galley, Mark Brown, Ferenc Tatrai, Sandra Kučina Softić och Lisa Marie Blaschke adn Diana Andone

Our next upcoming event from EDEN is the annual Open Education Week, #OEWeek  4-6 March 2019, where we host webinars every day during the week. On Thursday 7 March 2109 I will give a presentation at the webinar on OER Quality Assessment. The event next to that is the EDEN Annual Conference in Bruges, Belgium., Connecting through Educational Technology 16-19 June 2019.

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ICDE Lifelong learning Summit 2019, Lillehammer, Norway

The OER Advocacy Committee (OERAC) participated and hosted a Symposium on the mandate and work by the ICDE OER advocacy committee (Panel), at the ICDE LLLS2019 in Lillehammer, Norway. The Symposium was held 12 February 2019. see the slides here

The theme for the ICDE and INN Lifelong Learning Summit 2019 #lifelonglearning2019 was Lifelong learning for lifelong employability. The conference which was held in Lillehammer, Norway 11-13 February 2019, gathered some 350 + delegates from 37 countries.


Background: The speed of digitalization is constantly challenging and affecting the ways we work. These challenges require new skills and competencies which again has led to an increasing focus on and demand for lifelong learning by society. While digitalization throws up new challenges, it is also the solution to address these. Through enabling accessibility and flexible delivery of new competency training, lifelong learning can be made available to all.

Presentations and highlights are available here, and more to come. The ICDE LLLS2019 Roadmap will soon be presented elaborated during the conference and in collaboration with the delegates. Prime Minister Erna Solberg; Norway was the keynote speaker. She stressed the importance of lifelong learning for all the urgent needs for transformation change especially higher education have to take related to their role as capacity building in societies and to be an even more active stakeholder in the 21stcentury related to their offers, services and mandate for lifelong learning for all.  This has been argued  before in several of my earlier Blog posts

Ebba Ossiannilsson, (Chair) and Jean_Marc Meunier participated and hosted a Symposium entitled, OER and OEP for access, equity, equality, quality, inclusiveness, and empowering lifelong learning. The overall topic for the Symposium was The mandate and work by the ICDE OER advocacy committee (Panel) 

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Why are you on social media?

I read an interesting article the other day in SPOON Why are you in social media

Using social media is a given, for both private individuals and companies. But for many, it is unclear why, in which media and with what objective. Communicating and marketing yourself on social media requires both strategy and engaging material.

In the Content Marketing Association’s new report “The Role Of Social In Content Marketing” Irja Howie from the EnVeritas Group stresses the importance of having a strategy for how one uses content marketing and social media. “There’s only one thing worse than not being on social media and that’s being inactive on social media,” she writes.

For companies, it’s a fact that can have costly consequences. The conclusion is that social media requires content marketing and a clear strategy. Which social media a company should use is an important yet difficult question. But it must be answered before you get started. Many parameters influence the choice of social media and none are really more important than the other. Here are the main basic questions, the questions are as usually like the Elephant childs best friends, Why, Where, What, How, and When.

  • Why is it of interest?
  • Where is your audience?
  • What is my goal?
  • What do you want to communicate?
  • What resources do you have?
  • How will I measure, follow up and analyse?
  • When are you presence crucial?

Ebba Ossiannilsson is an e-learning expert and consultant with a range of research interests in the use of digital technologies for learning, teaching and research.
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