Open Call for e-Learning Innovators

Are you working on Technology Enhanced Learning?
Would you like to “test” your ideas and research results with experts in the field?
Do you want to join a “hands-on” community of e-learning experts and practitioners?

hotel 2MENON launches an Open call for e-learning innovators, aiming at spotting “innovations” which deal with concrete technology-enhanced learning activities: these can be ideas, research results, teaching practices, and any other innovation that deal with using ICT for education at large.

The most interesting innovations will be validated and eventually tested within three virtual laboratories in the fields of Higher Education, corporate learning and informal learning that the HoTEL project, with the support of FP7, has set up. The objective of the exercise is to transform bright new ideas and research results into mainstream practices and to disseminate them throughout Europe.

The possibility of testing your “innovation” in real world settings  through the Laboratories is only one reason to join and participate in the call. The Open Call is also a great opportunity showcase creativity and solutions to a large audience of innovation experts and stakeholders .

The Open Call is launched in the framework of the HoTEL project (“Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning”) supported by the FP7 programme.

Some useful links

Important dates

  • 1st of June 2013: Launch of the Open Call
  • 30th of July: Close of the Open Call and start of the selection process
  • 1st of October: Announcement of the selected innovation

Read about the European Forum on Learning Futures and Innovation

The European Forum on Learning Futures and Innovation was organised on the 18-19 March 2013 in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The event was co-organised by MENON in the frame of the VISIR project, with the collaboration of the TEL-Map and Open Discovery Space projects and with the support of the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG EAC) and the Committee of the Regions.

The event gathered some 120 participants from all over Europe and was an important moment to:

  • inform e-learning stakeholders about developments and trends that can affect their future strategic plans.
  • discuss and share e-learning perspectives and visions to foster innovation management and mainstreaming.
  • mainstream existing e-learning grassroots innovation practices, increasing awareness about opportunities for scalability and community building.

The Event Report will woon be available on the VISIR project website.

Please use this link  to download the presentations made at the Forum.

The 3rd MENON Policy Brief: “Our schools are stuck”.

The 3rd MENON Policy Brief is available for download. Innovation in European school systems is at the core of the MENON Network’s interest and work. Though their research and analysis activities, MENON and its members are bringing forward a general reflection on how schools and school systems in Europe should evolve to better fit the needs and requirements of present times. In the 3rd MENON Policy Brief, Dr. Joe Cullen explores the concept of stuckness of European schools and proposes some directions to advance towards a more innovative, equitable and effective school system in Europe.

Download the Policy Brief in the Publications section.

EquNet Final Seminar in equity in Higher Education

The seminar “Equity in European Higher Education: State of the research, problems, ideas and perspectives” was organised by the MENON network in the frame of the EquNet project, with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.

The Seminar aimed to aggregate the main European networks and organisations active in the higher education field and in equity-related activities, to discuss the issue of equity in higher education in Europe. The theme is highly relevant since widening participation in higher education is a major component of the educational policy in many member states of the European Union and of the Bologna-Process and should consist of an attempt to increase not only the number of young people entering higher education, but also the proportion of “under-represented groups” (e.g. people from lower socioeconomic strata, ethnic minorities or people with disabilities). At the same time, social inclusion is important to HE as still too many capable students are excluded from the higher education system due to their background, insufficient study support systems or other barriers.

The Workshop represented a genuine dialogue moment between Higher Education and social inclusion stakeholders, and reached a number of important objectives. First, it contributed, starting from the results of the EquNet research and of similar exercises, to refining the understanding of what would be needed in terms of EU and national policies in the field of Higher Education. Second, it fostered the exchange of research findings, working practices and ideas among relevant stakeholders and communities, in particular facilitating contact between the academic and the civil society communities. Third, it represented a step towards the materialisation of the idea of an HE equity indicator, as a way to actually “measure” equity in European higher education.

More info at www.equnet.info.