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      Dear Reader,

we would like to take the opportunity to wish you a wonderful, successful and healthy New Year!
2014 will be an important year for learning innovation on the European level. Horizon 2020, the Opening up Education Initiative and Erasmus+ are large European programs that are just starting and that will have a tremendous impact on the European learning landscape. In the past year, ELIG has been closely involved in supporting the launch auf these programs, in facilitating debate between practitioners and EU institutions on the highest levels – including the responsible Commissioners for Education and the Digital Agenda as well as their General Directorates and other important institutions such as the Committee of the Regions. In our aim to "walk the talk", ELIG is also engaged in concrete innovation initiatives and experience sharing in many countries and with a wide group of partners.
We are delighted to welcome all of you passionately back in the ELIG community to continue changing the way Europe learns in 2014. Please see our most recent activities in this newsletter.

Best regards from the ELIG Team!

Save the date for the ELIG Annual Conference 2014:
18th–19th of September in London

to join over 120 academics, digital learning leaders, industry representatives, entrepreneurs and policy makers and engage in a rich dialogue over two days at the Institute of Education in London.

After the great experiences from our annual members meetings - last year at the Stockholm University and Kista Science City – and the many expressions of interest from our wider community, we decided to create a new format that combines the ELIG members meeting with a distinct conference.
Characteristics of this new format will be:
  • True dialogue with top-level speakers
  • Oriented towards actions, practical strategies and forming European initiatives
  • Organized at European hot-spot locations for learning innovation
  • Restricted part for ELIG members
  • Open part for high-level decision makers from the European learning and education domain
  • More visibility through wider communication & sponsorship options
This event will be free for all ELIG members. Other participants may choose a sponsorship or individual participant package. The event is jointly organized with our partner ICWE – organizers of events like the Online Educa Berlin and eLearning Africa. More to follow in the coming newsletters and under > http://www.elig.org/

      ELIG Members take action on Open Education

P.A.U Education launched the "Open Education Challenge"
The "Open Education Challenge" is an opportunity for all innovators to develop, strengthen and fund their education start-ups in Europe. This initiative is being led by ELIG Member P.A.U. Education and Armat Group from January 2014 and is under the patronage of Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

The Open Education Challenge, launched in partnership with the European Commission, is an invitation to all innovators to submit projects, receive mentoring and seed funding through the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, and get direct access to investors from day one.
At the end of a selection process, there will be incubated 10 start-ups providing them with seed funding and proposing them mentoring and tutoring, part of it in residence in Berlin, Paris, Helsinki and London, and part at a distance. This incubation process will start in September 2014 y last a total of 12 weeks. Lord Puttnam will chair the European Jury.
> http://www.paueducation.com/en
> http://www.openeducationchallenge.eu/

Members and Networking Partners represented with cases etc. in the ELIG Book on
"Openness and Education"
The intention when initiating the "Openness and Education; Advances in Digital Education and Lifelong Learning", Volume 1 was to provide a balanced perspective of the complex cultural change in our societies triggered by the Internet. Particular attention was given to providing concrete evidence and analysing practical Open Education Cases from amongst others ELIG Members and Network as well as to quantifying and comparing current development trends.
The book has been developed in close partnership with the United Nations University as the co-author and contributor to case studies and chapters.

Extract of further contributing partners:
  • Markus Deiman, Researcher at FernUniversität Hagen contributed to Chapter 1: "How does Open Education work?"
  • Michael Shaw, deputy editor Times Education Supplement contributed with his Case TES Connect on Chapter 2: "Open Education in Practice",
  • Lex Bljsma, Professor of Education and Software Construction at Open University of the Netherlands contributed to Chapter 3: "Open Education Case Studies – a variety of shades and formats".
  • Andy Lane, Professor at The Open University in the UK contributed to Chapter 6: "The social and economic impacts of open education".
  • Jeanne C. Meister, best selling author and Partner of Future Workplace LLC contributed on Chapter 7 "MOOCs – A Revolution For Corporate Learning"
  • Chris Dede, Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard´s Graduate School of Education contributed to Chapter 7 "Open Education –Disrupting the classroom".
For further information please see:
> http://www.elig.org/we-share/publications/

Book is now available through Amazon & Emerald Bookstore
> http://books.emeraldinsight.com/display.asp?K=9781781906842

Members Publications
To give ELIG Members visibility through the ELIG Network, please provide us with your latest research work, case studies, etc. to share it through the ELIG Website, like already listed documents from Pearson and Young Digital Planet.
For further information please see:
> http://www.elig.org/we-share/
ELIG launched the White Paper "Opening Up Education"
in strong cooperation with the ELIG Board to identity key areas of action like:
  • Our contributions to regional innovation cluster development,
  • The development of a new European learning innovation support and
  • Pearson Efficacy Framework and many more activities
Further engagement of ELIG Members through concrete actions. More to follow under:
> http://www.elig.org/we-share/publications/


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