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June 26, 2009

Innovation in learning and development

Here are some documents that may be of wider interest as well may be being of some use to support members of the innovation group? The Learnovation project drew attention to the following documents:    

[February 2009] Innovating to Learn, Learning to Innovate.This book published by the OECD summarises and discusses key findings from the learning sciences, shedding light on the cognitive and social processes that can be used to redesign classrooms to make them highly effective learning environments. Read more >>

[January 2009] Innovative learning measures for older workers.Published by Cedefop. Devising attractive lifelong learning (LLL) measures to address the needs of mature employees, is a challenging task. The challenge has as much to do with changes in the world of work (workplaces) as the need for new policies in learning (training institutions). Read more >>

[January 2009] European Innovation Scoreboard 2008: Summary of the situation in the 27 Member States. The 2008 report improves the methodology with a revised set of indicators which give more importance to service sectors, non-technological innovation and innovation outputs. Overall innovation performance is calculated on the basis of 29 indicators covering seven dimensions of innovation. Read more >>

[December 2009] On Creativity: Towards an understanding of creativity and its measurements.This paper published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre aims at constructing a preliminary understanding of research on creativity and the possibilities of constructing a “creativity composite indicator” using large scale surveys and other existing statistical tools. The paper reviews some perspectives on creativity. Read more >>

[December 2008] New Skills for New Jobs. Adapting to change and ensuring the correct matching between labour market and supply is crucial if EU countries want to remain productive and competitive. The rapid change implies that EU countries have to become pro-active and be able to anticipate in order to be better prepared for future challenges. This is why EU Member States have asked the European Commission to report on future skills requirements in Europe up to 2020. Read more >>

[November 2008] School's Over: Learning Spaces in Europe in 2020: An Imagining Exercise on the Future of Learning. This IPTS report uses a rigorous imagining approach to develop an alternative way of organizing learning in Europe whereby the traditional school system no longer plays a significant role. This study shows that, on the basis of phenomena already present in Europe today, it is possible to invent a discontinuous model of how people learn and how what they learn is used in everyday life. Read more >>

[November 2008] Exploratory Research on Social Computing (ERoSC). The ERoSC project has been carried out by the Information Society Unit at IPTS during 2007 – 2008. The project is part of the Joint Research Centre's exploratory research scheme which aims to build competences in strategically relevant scientific fields. The publications are:
- Social Computing: Study on the Use and Impacts of Collaborative Content
- Social Computing: Study on the Use and Impact of Online Social Networking
- An Empirical Analysis of the Creation, Use and Adoption of Social Computing Applications
- The Socio-economic Impact of Social Computing: Proceedings of a validation and policy options workshop

[November 2008] The use of ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all - A report on progress. The report describes how the use of e-learning has developed in Europe since 2000. It assesses the impact of ICT on school and higher education, while taking other education sectors into account. ICT are not yet sufficiently present in Europe's education systems, and reforms must be introduced to adapt them to the technological changes sweeping through our societies. This is the main conclusion of a report adopted by the European Commission. Read more >>
Press release (available in EN, FR, DE)

[October 2008] Learning 2.0: A Study on the Impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training in Europe. The objective of this study is to assess the impact of web 2.0 trends on the field of learning and education in Europe and to see where Europe stands in terms of using web 2.0 innovations in the domain of learning. Read more >>
Database results, 217 submitted cases

[October 2008] Compendium of Good Practice Cases of e-learning. Cases selected by Members of the ICT Cluster. The cases collected in this Compendium are examples of good practice in e-learning in Europe. They were all selected by countries participating in the ICT Cluster and Peer Learning Activities managed by Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC). In total, 43 cases were selected and described. Read more >>

[September 2008] OECD's Final Report, Thematic Review of Tertiary Education. Tertiary education policy is increasingly important on national agendas. The widespread recognition that tertiary education is a major driver of economic competitiveness in an increasingly knowledge-driven global economy has made high quality tertiary education more important than ever before. Read more >>

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