education

Going digital – insights into the production of a MOOC.

What does it mean to produce a MOOC? What are the challenges faced by professors when creating a course online? How does it feel to stand alone in front of a camera? While MOOCs have definitely the potential to challenge the politics of education and the very bases of the transmission of knowledge, they also encourage professors to test new educational possibilities and confront themselves with digital tools. To discover more about this adventure, we turned to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the earliest Swiss academic players to enthusiastically jump on the digital train and asked Jérôme Chenal, General Secretary of the Urban and Regional Planning Community (CEAT), to share his experience of producing a MOOC on urban planning in African cities. Written by Vitalia Bakhtina & Beatrice Ferrari, SERI, Bern.

 

Source: Excerpt from Chenal’s MOOC on urban planning in African cities

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Event at the Università della Svizzera italiana USI

Digital Technologies in Education: local and global insights into digital initiatives in higher education

Friday 24.10.2014
13:00-14:00
Auditorio Lugano Campus

The fast development of digital technologies in recent years is offering new possibilities to reinvent higher education. Alternative forms of interaction are progressively complementing and enriching face-to-face forms of teaching and learning. At the same time, by making courses accessible to millions of students worldwide, the emergence of e-Learning and the growth of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is reducing geographic distance while expanding the influence of major universities.

What are the possibilities and challenges brought by digital technologies in higher education? How are they reshaping the academic landscape worldwide? Is it hype or revolution? We invite you to join the debate and share local and global insights into digital initiatives in higher education.

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Digital Education in Singapore

Singapore is recognized globally for its high-performing education system that has pioneered new education models and inspired other initiatives worldwide. According to IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013, Singapore was ranked among top 5 in the world for its educational system and educationists credit this success partially to technology, as the city-state has indeed astutely integrated designed digital tools such as digital libraries and e-learning in its education landscape. Written by Rebecca Zay, Project Mnager at swissnex Singapore (more…)

MOOCS: online training opportunities for K-12 teachers

In 2014, European Schoolnet (EUN) launched EUN Academy, a platform where teachers and K-12 professionals  can learn about innovative practice in the school and classroom. The courses offered on EUN Academy, which are free of charge, target teachers at primary and secondary schools, as well as other educational professionals who are interested in innovation in teaching and learning. Written by Douglas Armendone, Scientific Collaborator at educa.ch

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