On November 25, 2014, CARDET delivered a Webinar in Collaboration with the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, as part of the Innovative Schools Program. During the presentation and discussions, Dr. Vrasidas presented and discussed lessons learned from more than 15 EU funded projects. Teachers, teacher trainers and the CARDET team discusssed ways they can collaborate within the framework of the projects presented, and also by exploring further possibilities for preparing collaborative projects and research grants. The presentation is available on Slideshare.
What is it Like to Learn and Participate in MOOCs?
Special Issue – Call for papers
Educational Media International – Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journal
published by Taylor & Francis – http://tinyurl.com/k24mr3c
While during 2011-2012 the mass media were largely exuberant about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), claiming that these courses will revolutionize and democratize access to education, in 2013-2014 anti-MOOC sentiment rose amidst concerns pertaining to completion rates, sustainable business models, and pedagogical effectiveness. Heated debates on the status quo and future of higher education have ensued since then. The aim of the special issue is to add to our understanding of learner experiences in MOOCs by providing answers the question: What is it like to learn and participate in MOOCs?
The availability of large-scale data sets also appears to have shaped the research questions that are being asked about MOOCs, and, while significant insights are developed via that research route, the field will benefit tremendously by gaining a better understanding and appreciation of learners’ experiences. To address these issues and to support the development of the field, we invite authors to submit manuscripts investigating the learner experience in massive open online courses. Manuscripts can be of three types:
- Empirical. Such manuscripts should follow rigor guidelines appropriate for the research methods used.
- Systematic reviews of the literature and literature meta-syntheses.
- Theoretical manuscripts, contributing to the development of theory pertaining to learner experiences in open courses.
The international research center CARDET, recently coordinated a study visit at Imperial College London (UK) and Riga Technical University (Latvia), in order to examine the ways in which these two universities collaborate with industry and promote innovation. The visit, was part of the project “Development and operation of University-Industry Liaison Offices in the Republic of Cyprus”, coordinated by the University of Cyprus.
Imperial College London
The goals of the project are:
- Development and operation of Industry Liaison Offices (ILOs) among participating Universities in Cyprus
- Collaboration of Private and Public Sector within a mutual objectives scheme
- Development and promotion of Innovation Culture
- Engagement of the Academic world with the Cyprus Business world through compatible and productive collaborations
- Establishment of a communication channel by the contribution of other productive bodies of Cyprus Society: Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation, Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Companies, Associations etc.
CARDET is conducting a “best practices” study, to examine what organizations and Academia – Industry Liaison Offices in Europe and elsewhere are doing to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The aims of the visit were to learn from other’s experiences on issues like:
- Collaboration between academic institutions and enterprises in addressing specific issues and problems faced by enterprises
- Development of innovative products and services
- Technology transfer programs
- Student placements in enterprises in the form of internship or practicum
- Explore ways that we can collaborate on future projects
Participants in the study visit were Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas and Sotiris Themistokleous from CARDET, Dr. Gregory Makrides from the University of Cyprus, Dr. Charalambos Chrisostomou from the Cyprus University of Technology, and Dr. Antonios Londos from the Frederick University. Within a next few weeks, a detailed report on best practices and recommendations for Cyprus Universities’ Liaison Offices will be developed and presented to interested stakeholders. For more information about the project, visit www.liaisonoffices.ac.cy.