The EMMA consortium is happy to announce that a video competition entitled “I Like EMMA” was recently launched. The participants are asked to make a short video to explain what they like about EMMA. The best video will win a 200 euro Amazon voucher. The deadline is on 30 November and the winner will be announced in December 2015. The only restriction is that the videos should be no longer than 90 seconds: the use of video, images, graphics, texts, music, animation are encouraged and the video can be in participants’ preferred language. Read more.
Practice-oriented EMMA MOOC on formative assessment
All teachers and others involved in education and training are very familiar with summative assessment, as most formal education is aimed at certified performance. In the new EMMA MOOC Assessment for learning in practice several assessment experts, Desirée Joosten-ten Brinke, Olga Firssova and Johan van Strien, of the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands will provide you with theory and guidelines for knowledge construction on the topic of formative assessment while offering support in designing assessments can be applied as a tool for learning and training of competences. Read more.
Where are MOOCs going?
The island of Capri provided the backdrop to an International MOOC conference hosted by the Federica WebLearning Centre at the University of Naples, Federico II from 25 - 26 September 2015. The event – Where are MOOCs going? The future of Distance Education – took the form of open brainstorming around a series of MOOC-related themes. Leading experts set the discussion rolling in each thematic area, and then opened up the floor to lively debate with the select group of invited speakers and guests present. In discussion around Learning Design in MOOCs, Stephen Downes (NRC Canada) reminded us of his original concept of MOOCs and the centrality of the learner and the significance of personal and networked learning. Read more.