Quo Vadis Education?
Professor Dan Remenyi (ACPI) speaks at the IWOOTI 2014
One of the goals of the IWOOTI 2014 was to establish virtual presentations as part of the event. This was not just to overcome the shortfalls in funding but to enable fast and most flexible exchange of ides on teaching in the future.
Jak Boumans, the Secretary General of the European Academy of Digital Media and one of the invited (virtual) speakers wrote in his blog "It was unbelievable that I could stay at home and did not have to travel to Mittweida (with a train drivers strike coming up). I could stay in the intimacy of my study and lecture from there...".
IWOOTI 2014 - Invited Talks
Dan Remenyi (UK) and Jak Boumans (NL) will speak at the IWOOTI workshop.
After completing the MBA Dan Remenyi spent 15 years in business as an ICT consultant before undertaking a PhD. Since obtaining his doctorate he has held a variety of visiting professorships in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa. He researches and teaches in the ICT management field and for the past decade he has increasingly focus on research methodology and the sociology of research. He has had some 60 peer reviewed academic papers and 30 text books published. Some of his books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Romanian.
He holds a B Soc Sc, MBA and PhD.
Dan will give a talk entitled:
Is the Academy Pulling its Weight in the 21st Century?
Jak Boumans (1945) is principal consultant with Electronic Media Reporting in Almere, The Netherlands, a consultancy specialised in content strategy. He has a background in publishing, where he pioneered with databases, videotex and CD-ROMs. In 1990 he started his own consultancy. He has done assignments for the EU, Dutch government, governments in Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, Dutch publishing companies. Presently he is involved in a digital heritage project, covering the pre-internet period (1967-1997) in The Netherlands.
Boumans has written articles for national and international trade magazines and has written books in Dutch. He has contributed articles to readers such as E-content: Technologies and Perspectives for the European Market (Springer Verlag, 2005) as well as Shared Value in Wissensnetzen (2005) and edited High Performance Multimedia (IOS Press, 2008).
His company has been involved in many EU projects (P26 Electronic Newsletters, Kiosque, ACTeN, Inform, XMelina, EMIM, Vocinet, Scienar). Boumans has been a jury member for the Europrix, World Summit Award and EPPY. He is the Secretary General of the European Academy of Digital Media (EADiM).
Jak will give a virtual talk entitled:
Archeology of e-Reading
IWOOTI 2014 - Second International Workshop on Online Teaching Initiatives
The 2. International Workshop on Online Teaching Initiatives is comming up on November 5., 2014. A more detailed information on the workshop will be published soon.
Students and companies meet in the middle
The University of Applied Sciences in Tampere, Finland presented a very new way to study. The project "Demola" offers students great opportunities to learn product development hands-on. "Students need a place to study in real life situations", said Kirsi Karimäki, teacher at the University. Demola makes it possible that a learning environment expands from the university to a special innovation environment. Students from different universities work together in projects, which create innovative concepts for companies.
The projects are close to every day working life, the students are up-to-date and learn out of school. “But it is not so easy, to work for the own university, for others and for companies at the same time”, said Kirsi Karimäki, "also teachers have to learn to be good tutors". The "Demola Academy" makes studying more interesting. Today we need new learning and fresh thinking.
Today, students teach teachersRodica Mocan from the Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania
was the first, who talked at the IWOOTI
today. Her topic: “The Portrait of the Successful Online Learner”. “The students need freedom and then they will work”, she says. The challenge for today´s teachers is that they are standing in front of a young, digitized generation. And this generation grows up in an ever-changing, multi-tasking, hyper-stimulated, technologically driven environment. The older ones have trouble to keep up with that fast changing world, because the students today know more than they do. The students show their teachers how they want to learn and what they want to learn. The good thing with learning online is, that “students can learn what they want to learn and if they are not interested in a subject, they can drop it”, said Rodica Mocan.
The Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania takes part in the European Masters in Interactive Multimedia (EMIM). It started in 2005 as an initiative of a number of academics, fellows of the European Academy for Digital Media (EADiM). Among other things they teach students how to produce multimedia content for a rapidly changing, multiple platform and demanding