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Entrepreneurship Learning Ecosystem through MOOCs for Smart Cities

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Presentation at SLERD 2016 - 1st International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Developments, 19-20 May 2016, Timisoara Romania

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Entrepreneurship Learning Ecosystem through MOOCs for Smart Cities

  1. 1. Entrepreneurship Learning Ecosystem through MOOCs for Smart Cities Carmen Holotescu, Ioan Slavici University of Timisoara Liliana Lucaciu Gotiu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies Diana Andone, University Politehnica Timisoara Liliana Cismariu, RD Profil Consult SRL Timisoara Gabriela Grosseck, West University of Timisoara Titus Slavici, Ioan Slavici University of Timisoara 1st International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Developments 19-20 May 2016, Timisoara Romania
  2. 2. Contents Smart Cities. Relation with S3 - Smart Specializations Strategies. Connection with Entrepreneurship and Education Smart Cities and S3 Initiatives in Romania Entrepreneurship in Romania. The need for innovation Open Education and MOOCs. European and Romanian Initiatives Steps for an Entrepreneurship Learning Ecosystem through MOOCs for Smart Cities Conclusions
  3. 3. Smart Cities and S3 - Smart Specializations Strategies. Connection with Entrepreneurship and Education Smart City Characteristics and Factors / Indicators (SCM, 2015)
  4. 4. Smart Cities and S3 Initiatives in Romania "Smart cities" development is supported in Romania through public funds; Strategic approaches for Smart cities development in Romania in 2013 - http://urbasofia.eu; Smart City Association Timisoara in 2013 - http://mysmartcity.ro; Smart specialization concept in national strategic document "The National Strategy for Research, Development and Innovation 2014-2020” adopted by the Romanian Government in 2014 - http://www.cdi2020.ro; Significant experience West Regional Development Agency, role of engine for RDI strategic development; West Region - the only Romanian region with priorities on the S3 platform - http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/map.
  5. 5. - A recent study (Curaj et al., 2015) highlights the factors affecting entrepreneurship, such as low quality of management and entrepreneurial education and a small number of opportunity- driven entrepreneurs. - Among the study recommendations we retain the targeted support for the development of high quality education in management and entrepreneurship programmes. Entrepreneurship in Romania. The need for innovation
  6. 6. „ICT tools, Open Educational Resources, and open practices allow for an increase in the effectiveness of education, allowing for more personalised learning, a better learning experience. Ultimately, opening up education may lead to a situation where all individuals may learn anytime, anywhere, with the support of anyone, using any device.” Open Education Europa Opening up education through new technologies Initiative openeducationeuropa.eu ec.europa.eu/education/policy/strategic-framework/education- technology_en.htm (Sept 2013)
  7. 7. Romanian Projects related to MOOCs - UniCampus unicampus.ro: Started in April 2014 under the initiative of University Politehnica Timisoara and Association of Technical Universities from Romania (rouni.ro ); will offer cMOOCs on a platform based on Moodle; - NOVAMOOC novamooc.uvt.ro: Development and innovative implementation of MOOCs in Higher Education, West University Timisoara (2015-17); - MOOC.ro mooc.ro: Developed by Moodle.ro, currently offers a MOOC about Moodle courses ; - UniBuc Virtual unibuc-virtual.net: Credis, Department of Distance Learning of University of Bucharest, offered 3 MOOCs for Teachers Training on a platform based on Google Apps; - University "Vasile Goldis" Arad will offer MOOCs in partnership with Fédération Européenne des Écoles; - University „Babes Bolyai” Cluj Napoca – eLIADA eliada.ubbcluj.ro/proiect - materials for 4 MOOCs; - Studies, PhD thesis – search MOOC Romania on GS; - MOOCs on Udemy – ONG Management, Association Young Initiative udemy.com/management-ong; - Experiments for integrating MOOCs in blended academic courses can be found at University Politehnica Timisoara (Web Programming and Instructional Technologies courses), University Ioan Slavici Timisoara (Multimedia course); - Critical Thinking MOOC was developed and run in 2014 by Maastricht School of Management Romania on Iversity (msmromania.org/content/msmro-produces- first-mooc-eastern-europe); - eStudent.ro – vlogging platform for courses; - Workshops (eLSE) and national conferences related to opening education organized by the Romanian Coalition for OER. - Check also: - Opening Up Education in Romania” scribd.com/doc/264227758/Opening-up-education-in-Romania - OER in Romania - poerup.referata.com/wiki/Romania
  8. 8. 4. Follow up activities: monitor trainees activities, consultancy activities run face- to-face and online, consisting in experiments for Massive Open Online Consultancy (MOOCo), startup incubation 5. Impact study and empowerment evaluation 6. Pack MOOCs as nano-degrees or specializations included in formal and informal training programs, also in Master programs 7. Develop a set of proposal for national policies and institutional accreditation 1.Input for entrepreneurial MOOCs design: define the specific competencies for entrepreneurs for smart cities/region, Delphi study 2. Publish the previous results as open data using open CC licenses 3. MOOC to train MOOC facilitators 4. Implement and pilot Entrepreneurship MOOCs Steps for an Entrepreneurship Learning Ecosystem through MOOCs for Smart Cities
  9. 9. • The participants in the project MOOCs could become real smart entrepreneurs of their cities and regions. • The large category of actors involved in the project contribute to the building of a real learning ecosystem for the region based on MOOCs and MOOCo. • The project could bring a real impact in innovation, in research, in creating smart citizens. Conclusions • Openess education in organizations participating in project, using of OEPs. • MOOC for training MOOC facilitators could have as participants teachers, trainers and practitioners from a large category of institutions, thus the Open Educational Practices could be adopted in by these organizations too.
  10. 10. Thank you! Carmen Holotescu Twitter: @cami13 tinyurl.com/cholotescu This work was partially supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2040: NOVAMOOC – Development and innovative implementation of MOOCs in Higher Education.

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