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VI International GUIDE Conference
Athens, Greece 3-4 October, 2013

The Global Economic Crisis and its consequences on the national educational systems
Can online education contribute to overcoming the crisis?

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Greece
Ministero Greco

The 6th International GUIDE Conference is fast approaching. Over 100 speakers from more than 40 countries, including China, USA, Germany, UK, Russia, Nigeria, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Egypt, have already submitted their papers (click here to see a working list).

MOOCs: A Revolution in the Making

The session will be introduced by Andrew Ng, co-founder of the leading MOOC provider Coursera and Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. He will provide an overview of MOOCs arguing that they can provide an improved learning experience for both on-campus students and students around the world.

The OpenCourseWare Consortium partners with GUIDE

Thanks to the partnership between OCWC and the GUIDE Association, Willem van Valkenburg, member of the Board of Directors of the OCWC and coordinator of the Open Education team of Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), will introduce the session “Open Education Resources as a tool to equalize access to knowledge".

Keynote and highlighted speakers:

bullet Welcome addressby Prof. Alessandra Briganti (Marconi University, Italy) and Tony Buckby (British Council)
bullet The Impact of the Crisis on the Structure of Higher Education Systems by Prof. Andrea Gentile (Marconi University, Italy)
bullet Surviving Economic Crises through Education by David R. Cole (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
bullet Distance Learning and Labor Market Flexibilty by Christodoulos Stefanidis (University of Pireus, Greece)
bullet Global knowledge, information technology and the humanities: can intellect exist? A historian's view by Dr. William Mallinson (Ionian University, Greece)
bullet OER and MOOCs in a Time of Economic Crisis by Sir John Daniel and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic (Academic Partnerships, USA)
bullet Economic Crisis and Online Education by Panagiotis E. Petrakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
bullet Universities: The Twin Challenges of Fiscal Austerity and Technological Change by Rainer Masera (Marconi University, Italy)
bullet MOOCs: Disruptive Force or Disorienting Distraction? by Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr. (St. Leo University, USA)
bullet To Search Quality of the Educational Virtual Programs by Dr. Beatriz Fainholc (CEDIPROE, Argentina)
bullet Building Better Online Education Programs Using a Formal Quality Model by Robert W. Robertson. (Argosy University, USA)
bullet Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning in the Academy: Possibilities for a Growth in Turbulent Times by Konstantine Gatsios (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)
bullet On the Effectiveness of Virtual Labs in Universities - Case studies from an Indian National Mission Project by Shyam Diwakar (Amrita University, India)





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New members
The GUIDE Association welcomes its new member:
bullet Universidad de Jaen (Spain)

GUIDE Survey
We are delighted to introduce the first full survey of the GUIDE Association!
Click here to complete a short anonomous survey on the state of eLearning within your institutions. Responses will be aggregated and will not be identified by institution.
The results will be presented at the GUIDE conference in Athens and will be subsequently published on our website.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey!


This Section keeps GUIDE Members updated with the latest opportunities to participate in cooperation and research programmes.

GUIDE Project Office will offer support in the search and constitution of partnerships and during the project proposal phase.

GUIDE Members are kindly invited to send their proposals and to suggest other opportunities of funding.

Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): Marie Curie Actions
Guide for applicants (PDF)
Deadline: 14 August 2013.



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GUIDE Association's Secretariat
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