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Fourth Issue

During the days of 7-11 March 2016 OpenPROF will be actively contributing the content of the Open Education Week, that aims to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. Universities, colleges, schools and organisations from all over the world will come together to showcase what they are doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone.
 
You are cordially invited to join, at 12:00 CET on Monday the 7th, the OpenPROF webinar titled “Open professional collaboration for innovation”, introducing how to develop training material on the use of ICT tools for OER development; how to train staff to openly collaborate in the development of online innovative curriculum designing for work based learning; and how to collaborate on adaptation and use of open educational resources for work based learning. The webinar will be 60 minutes long and you can participate by logging in to OpenPROF’s Adobe Connect room at https://ac.vdu.lt/vm. The structure of the webinar will be as follows:
  • Project presentation by Airina Volungeviciene (5 minutes)
  • Introduction of “ICT tools for OER development” training material by Marius Šadauskas and Vida Žvinienė (15 minutes)
  • Teacher collaboration on OER development and adaptation by Estela Daukšienė (15 minutes)
  • Teacher collaboration on work based learning curriculum designing by Dénes Zarka (15 minutes)
  • Questions and answers (10 minutes)

Multiplier Events

11 April 2016, Multiplier Event by EDEN

To cater for the Hungarian speaking professional community, EDEN will be organising its first OpenPROF Multiplier Event on the local premises of EDEN’s valued member institution (and host of the EDEN Secretariat), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The half day event, that will be organised on the 11th of April, aims to inform the local teachers, lecturers and Erasmus coordinators about the most current OpenPROF results, encourage them to use and apply the tools and resources developed by the project and invite all interested colleagues to get involved with the upcoming piloting of the online training materials and modules.
 
Following a brief official welcome via video conferencing from OpenPROF Coordinator, Airina Volungeviciene and a guest presentation from an invited expert, Dénes Zarka will introduce the 3 freely available training materials, of which “ICT tools to develop and adapt OER”, being identified as the most widely applicable from the three, is going to be explained in more detail, together with the showcasing of some of the OERs and asking feedback (about the importance of OERs and the perceived difficulties of their widespread use in Hungarian higher education) from the audience. At the end of the day the participants will be invited to pilot the online training material (available both in English and Hungarian) titled: “Planning and management with ICT support” (or “On-line mobilitási útmutató - Tervezés és menedzsment IKT támogatással” in Hungarian).
 

1 April 2016, Multiplier Event by LieDM association

On April 1st, 2016, LieDM association is organizing the second OpenPROF project multiplier event "Open courses for professional development" for education institutions in Lithuania. The event aims at presenting the open innovative curriculum prepared for Lithuanian VET, CVET, adult learners, and work based learners. The interested teachers are also invited to participate in course "Personalized learning at workplace" (in Lithuanian) piloting in April, 2016. The suggested course includes open educational resources and is planned to be openly available at openprof.eu in English and Lithuanian from May, 2016.
 

First Multiplier Event in Austria

On the 10th of December 2015, Auxilium organised its first OpenPROF multiplier event in Graz, Austria. In addition to experienced and established trainers and adult educators that were engaged as participants, also future trainers and adult educators took part in the event, seeing the chance of bringing the idea of open professional collaboration to the future generation of trainers and educators alike. Presenting the OpenPROF project and its background to the participants in the beginning, the focus was put on Open Educational Resources and planned curriculum development, discussing the benefits of this method of collaboration. Giving an insight into some of the developed training materials, participants were invited to follow the project’s progress and take it as an example for considering open professional collaboration in their future educational resource development and also potential curriculum designing.

Meet the team!

The OpenPROF consortium is a group of dedicated flesh and blood individuals. As a personal touch to our professional newsletters, in each issue we introduce one member of the partnership. This time we would like you to meet Auxilium pro Regionibus Europae in Rebus Culturalibus (Aux).

Auxilium pro Regionibus Europae in Rebus Culturalibus was founded in 2004 as a non-profit Association to Promote Education and Culture in a Europe of the Regions and is based in Graz, Austria.

The central purposes of the organisation are the intensification and promotion of cultural and educational exchange between the South-Eastern Region of Europe (South-Eastern Austria, Slovenia, Western Hungary, North-Western Italy and Croatia) and other regions of the European Union. Having rich experience in not only the co-ordination of European projects, Auxilium has mainly been responsible for pedagogical developments as well as quality management within the projects. As a strong focus is put on mobility and transparency instruments as well, the development of educational standards at the national and European level, and the creation of sustainable thematic networks on a European scale therefore, is of high interest and importance.

Auxilium colleagues involved in OpenPROF are:

NINA REITER: Commissioned for the content development on the curriculum design as well as the development of the training module. She is working in the field of adult education, especially engaged in Train-the-Trainer trainings.
VERONIKA RECHBERGER: With her Educational Sciences background her focus at Auxilium is the co-ordinatination of multilateral projects related to mobility and transparency instruments.
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This project (Prj No. 2014-1-LT01-KA202-000562) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This newsletter reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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