Month: June 2014

Made in Russia: Specifics of Russian Online Education- insights from STC in Moscow

In Russia there is a long tradition of higher education. Every parent desires to see one day his child graduate. According to the OECD report “Education at a glance”, around 60% of the population has a university degree, which places Russia at the 4th place worldwide. Russian higher education, as the rest of the world, is also experiencing global challenges and is making efforts to follow the new trends. Although the boom of “digital revolution” in higher education hasn’t yet arrived in Russia, we can mention some interesting collaborations. Written by Andrey Melnikov, STC, Swiss Embassy in Moscow

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MOOCs Rural Campus in India: A Jaaga initiative- insights from swissnex India

In today’s globalised world, a high speed internet connection coupled with MOOCs make it possible to shift your location to a peaceful rural surrounding to learn, ideate and develop, yet remain connected with happenings of the outside world. ‘Jaaga Study’ in modern India is an example of such an initiative. Written by Maitree Dasgupta – swissnex India

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MOOCs and Academic Accreditation in the UK

In their survey of MOOCs in the UK, the Higher Education Academy, an independent HE support body, outlined a set of policy recommendations which included a push towards academic accreditation. Presently, only two British MOOCs have been offered for credit: First Steps in Teaching and Learning (Oxford Brookes University) and Vampire Fictions (Edge Hill University). The Vampire Fictions MOOC enabled participants to attend the course for free, with the option to acquire 20 credits in return for £200 if provided passable results were achieved. Written by Philippe Roesle, Science and technology office  in UK. (more…)

Australia’s largest education technology conference and exhibition opened its doors

Digital Education delegates, suppliers, and renowned speakers from Australia and all over the world are currently meeting in Brisbane. The reason for their gathering is EduTECH, the largest annual education technology conference and exhibition in Australia. It is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector (primary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and workplace learning) under one roof, including libraries, the government and suppliers.

EduTECH is the largest education event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – digital education is a priority in Australia. (more…)