For a while I’d been looking for online Postgraduate course opportunities available. Given the fact that since my university days, about a lifetime ago, Greek educational undergraduate and especially postgraduate landscape has been still, time-frozen, with minor shining exceptions (MA in ICT in Education– University of Athens and Hellenic Open University M.Ed ) and since one swallow doesn’t make a summer, all of those who never had a fair chance to complement their expertise with an MA, or PhD for that matter, can only head for online courses widely offered by modern institutions worldwide.
As our educational framework doesn’t yet give much room to modernization and tags such as
- Instructional technology
- ICT in education
- e-Resources librarianship
- Social Media in Education
- Libraries and Web 2.0
don’t constitute independent academic disciplines, it’s only natural that educators and librarians, out of their need to expand their potential, will look elsewhere for specialization breakthroughs.
During that process, with economic recession and overall uncertainty ruling, most will try to cut on expenses however jeopardizing quality. On the other hand, North American and UK Postgraduate Programs enjoying great reputation may seem a good choice at first but can heavily weigh on family budgets.
In my case, the recommendation from a friend opened my eyes to the Spanish tertiary education wonder!! After countless hours of program comparisons, I realized that on the other side of the Mediterranean a tremendous evolution in terms of Educational Technology, Blended Learning Initiatives, Digital Teaching Resources and ICT Classroom Use practices was in progress. All the things I encountered during my long research were pointing to only one conclusion: smashing methodology/content quality aligned to technological progress and 21st century skill requirements at surprisingly affordable fees!! After all, isn’t that what equal opportunities in education is partly all about??
The Iberian education reality is leading the way. Hopefully, other European counterparts will soon follow making higherEd more accessible, flexible, rewarding and affordable.
The Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open repository of information, resources, models, and research related to blended learning. Funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenge Wave 1 grant, the Toolkit is a collaboration between the University of Central Florida and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
2nd European Immersive Education Summit
26th and 27th November 2012
École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratif EnsAD (Paris, France)
There is a growing interest in the use of virtual and mixed-reality environments for online teaching and learning. Immersive Education gives participants a sense of “being there” even when attending a class or training session in person isn’t possible, practical, or desirable, which in turn provides educators and students with the ability to connect and communicate in a way that greatly enhances the learning experience. Originally available only to university students, the next generation of Immersive Education is focused on a broad spectrum of academic and non-academic users (higher education, K-12, and corporate training).
iED Summits are official Immersive Education Initiative conferences organized specifically for educators, researchers, and administrators. iED Summits consist of presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions and workshops that provide attendees with an in-depth overview of immersive learning platforms, technologies and cutting-edge research from around the world. iED Summits feature new and emerging virtual worlds, learning games, educational simulations, mixed/augmented reality, and related teaching tools, techniques, technologies, standards and best practices….
Jake Firman, Denver School of Science and Technology is on a blended learning road trip. In the first of a series, he considers individualized instruction for students, rich banks of digital content, and achievement recognition systems.
Read more about discussions during the Pearson Digital Learning Executive Forum…