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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.

AJOQI. Greenland - Teacher Education

I am so exited, and honored!

I have been invited to take part and contribute in a new interesting and exiting project with Greenland, and Ole Thorleifsen. The project aims to plan and start a teachers’ education for pedagogical untrained teachers in Greenland. These teachers are employed in the schools in Greenland, and many of them have been educators for years, and they have participated in numerous government/university arranged courses, but they haven’t obtained any certificate which gives them a status as a teacher with the benefits as a trained teacher. The goal with this prospect is to design a teachers’ education to these educators, so they can study two subjects besides pedagogy/didactics through three years and through their study, they have exams in the subjects and if they pass all the requirements in the curriculum, they can get a certificate as a trained teacher. The project is funded by Institute of Learning at the University of Greenland.

The project will be in three parts:

  • Distant education frame – will be designed in close collaboration with the municipal school administrations, Institute of learning and the Education Agency.
  • ICT framework and modify Open Educational Resources – the group is: Ebba Ossiannilsson, Lund, Sweden; Kati Clement, Jyäskylä, Finland; Jan Pawlowski, Essen, Germany, Thuridur Johannesdottir, University of Iceland, and Ole Thorleifsen, Nuuk, Greenland. The work will be assessed by a subject based clearinghouse with participants from the University of Greenland.
  • Curriculum -there will be established a group to write a curriculum for the education.

Information about the Greenlandic school system

The first discussion with the project team, took place in Copenhagen 26 February 2018. A fruitful and graet meeting with a very professional and enthusiastic team, led by Ole Thorleifsen. After information about the conditons and context, a lively discussion within the team took place. We were rather quick and efficient, mixed with a lot of fun and joy,  drawing up the schedule and the coming work within the project. I think we are the very best team to fulfil such interesting mission and tasks we have ahead. The first meeting in Greenland will be held in April 16-17 2018.

The Project became coined AJOQI, after the greenlandic word for the projects activities. 

Greenland (GreenlandicKalaallit Nunaatpronounced [kalaːɬit nunaːt]DanishGrønlandpronounced [ˈɡʁɶnˌlanˀ]) is an autonomous constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and Denmark, the colonial powers, as well as the nearby island of Iceland) for more than a millennium.[9] The majority of its residents are Inuit, whose ancestors began migrating from the Canadian mainland in the 13th century, gradually settling across the island. Greenland is the world's largest island.

Open Education Leadership 2018, Paris, France

The Open Education Leadership Summit 2018 on 3-4 December 2018 in Paris, hosted by Le Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers (CNAM).

I took part in the Summit as Chair and Ambassador of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee.  Several of us from the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee participated, and some of us traveled further to OEB18 Shaping the Future to present a Symposium on Roadmaps for Open Education Leadership.

The Open Education Leadership Summit 2018 was organized in collaboration with International Council for Open and Distance Education, ICDE, Open Education Consortium, OEC and the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR).

Over 200 delegates (mainly leaders and senior managers) from all over the globe were represented from over 55 countries during two days. The topics were on:

Setting the scene: How Open Education unveils in different regions of the world, leadership approaches.
The Open Education leadership challenges: Policy, Quality, Digitalization, Transformation and Sustaining educational offerings.
Open Education strategies for break through achievements, designing a roadmap.
How can collaboration increase impact from Open Education?
Leading Open Education - Best practice cases.
Open Education as a catalyst for innovation.
Students voice for open education.
I want to start up Open Education, what are the pathways and stepping stones.
The collaborative roadmap for achieving more. 

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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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