Tuesday, 22 September 2015

#CfP eMOOCs call and UNESCO call for ICT in education prize

Two calls of interest: eMOOCs2016 and UNESCO

eMOOCs2016 call for papers: MOOC experience, research and institutional track

Deadline for submissions: 28 September 2015
Call for Papers Experience TrackMassive Open Online Courses are often discussed as a new learning scenario. But from the field we know that they have many shades and facets. The experience track aims to feed the general debate on MOOCs by bringing together our shared knowledge and experiences. This includes experiences from experts who have been running MOOCs, supporting the production of MOOCs, involved in the selection of MOOCs, or analyzed data. It also includes experiences of using MOOC-related technology in different contexts (e.g. in-house training, k12 contexts, developing regions, etc.). The experience track aims to share experiences, results, solutions, and to document problems.

Call for Papers Research TrackOpen Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are nowadays used as an innovation format for educational institutions and they contribute to making (higher) education more accessible. By opening up their courses and infrastructure to new target groups open education gets a disruptive character which raises many question within the institutions and also from outside. These questions are related mostly to interfaces between formal and informal learning, certification and recognition but also to wider societal responsibilities for higher education. MOOC research has in the meantime matured and special intention is given to questions related to scalability of feedback and support, educational design of open courses but also on the integration of new technologies into open learning environments. The research track expects reports about solid research activities, which take into account the state-of-the-art and theories, and whose reports are based on an evidence- and data-driven approach.

Call for Papers Institutional & Corporate TrackMassive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and variations of them have changed education beyond the academic world. While universities are opening up education to leaners worldwide, the corporate, the institutional, and the non-profit worlds explore the benefits of training concepts for personnel, clients, and the public at large that harness the advantages of technologies based on the model of MOOCs. This track will consist of panel sessions and invited presentations. It will be set up by direct invitation, however suggestions might be sent to the track chair at <cdk@it.uc3m.es>.

UNESCO is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the organization’s only ICT in education prize. 
Deadline for submissions: 10 November 2015.
Prize: individuals, instutes, non-gov organizations... 25.000$ 
To submit your application, please contact your National Commission or an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) maintaining official relations with UNESCO and working on the themes covered by the Prizes. The submission form can be downloaded.

Description:The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education is awarded annually to encourage and celebrate the creative use of ICT to enhance learning, teaching and overall education performance.

The Prize rewards individuals, institutions, non-governmental organizations or other entities for initiatives which successfully leverage ICT for education. Every year two awards are issued to winners selected by an international jury. Each winner receives a cash prize of US $25,000.

Should you have any questions, please contact mlw@unesco.org .

Finally, we would like to remind you that the dates for Mobile Learning Week 2016 have been set. The event will be held from 7-11 March at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. The theme of Mobile Learning Week 2016 as well as the event's rationale and a provisional programme will be shared in the coming weeks.