Interactive Workshop

OpenEDU4ALL: Call for Papers Extended!

Heerlen (NL), June, 2017 - OpenEDU4ALL has extended the call for papers. The new submission deadline is 03 July 2017. OpenEDU4ALL 2017 is an interactive workshop on "Open Education for All", continuing the successful workshop from last year. It will take place at the European Conference EC-TEL, 13 September 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. 

OpenEDU4ALL 2017 is organized by ICORE and MOOQ. "We invite all researchers and practitioners to join OpenEDU4ALL and submit scientific papers now", encourages Christian M. Stracke, OpenEDU4ALL organizer and ICDE Chair in OER from the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands.

The interactive OpenEDU4ALL Workshop 2017 is dedicated to sharing and discussing the latest research, as well as practical needs and the future of open education and how to improve it with openness for all. It will comprise two sessions, one on "Scientific research and policies for Open Education" and the other on "Practical needs and future of Open Education".

All submitted papers will go through a double-blind peer review. Selected papers will be presented in the OpenEDU4ALL Workshop and published in the OpenEDU4ALL proceedings as special issue of CEUR series with gold Open Access, ISBN, unique identifier, and indexing.

Registration for OpenEDU4ALL 2017 is mandatory as seats are limited. It is free and open for all EC-TEL 2017 conference participants and interested experts and practitioners.

Important dates
03 Jul 2017 - extended deadline for paper submissions
15 Jul 2017 - notification of paper acceptance
30 Jul 2017 - deadline for EC-TEL early-bird registration
31 Aug 2017 - deadline for OpenEDU4ALL registration
13 Sep 2017 - OpenEDU4ALL Workshop 2017

The vision and overall objective of OpenEDU4ALL is the launch of a global joint initiative to facilitate and improve open education. An important milestone would be the re-establishment of openness as default as in the 1960s.

Supported by UNESCO IITE, OEC, and other organizations from open education, ICORE, the International Community for Open Research and Education and MOOQ, the European initiative for the quality of MOOCs and open education, invite all interested individuals and organizations worldwide who share this vision to join forces.

As a further step, ICORE and MOOQ are joining forces organizing a joint interactive Workshop at EC-TEL 2017 to continue the first ICORE and MOOQ Workshops at the ICDE Global Conference 2015 in South Africa; OE Global 2016 in Poland; EC-TEL 2016 in Lyon; and OE Global 2017 in Cape Town.

OpenEDU4ALL 2017 is co-organized by Christian M. Stracke and Esther Tan of the Open University of the Netherlands; Alexander Khoroshilov (UNESCO IITE); Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos (OEC, tbc); and Cable Green (CC, tbc) and is supported by an international programme committee.

ICORE, the International Community for Open Research and Education, is a new initiative is bringing together interested experts and stakeholders from the fields of open education and open research – ICORE, the International Community for Open Research and Education. ICORE is completely non-profit, requires no membership fees to join, and is open to both organizations as well as individuals. All ICORE members and partners share, support, and strengthen the common objectives and activities for open research and education.

Since May 2013, ICORE has been taking shape as the bridge between the two worlds of open research and open education. ICORE founders and interested individuals met on 15 March 2013 in Rome, Italy, to establish the initiative and to decide on the ICORE mission and future objectives within the topics of open research and open education.

As a non-for-profit association, ICORE is open for all organizations and individuals to connect and bridge open education and open research. Consequently, ICORE does not demand membership fees, and the global initiative brings together all active organizations from open education and open research to join forces. Currently, ICORE has around 300 members from five continents and is coordinated through regular online meetings and plenaries of all members. 

MOOQ is the European Alliance for Quality of MOOCs (massive open online courses). The vision of MOOQ is to foster quality in MOOCs leading to a new era of learning experiences.

MOOQ’s mission is to develop a quality reference framework for the adoption, the design, the delivery, and the evaluation of MOOCs in order to empower MOOC providers for the benefit of the learners. The main goal of MOOQ is therefore the development and integration of quality approaches, new pedagogies, and organisational mechanisms into MOOCs, with a strong focus on the learning processes, methodologies, and assessments.

To enhance the unique digital market in Europe, MOOQ will lead to new Q-generation of MOOCs that will be designed, organized and, tested as qMOOCs. This will be done in close collaboration with all interested partners and stakeholders in Europe and beyond. MOOQ’s promise is "We will make MOOCs better!"