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Webinar: “Socially inclusive pedagogical models for MOOCs”- copy

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We are happy to announce the second ECO webinar in our series: “Socially inclusive pedagogical models for MOOCs“. Organized by our partner EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities), this 90-minute webinar will take place next Wednesday, 27th of July, at 10:30 (CEST). Teachers from different university partners of ECO Consortium will elaborate on the need of an adjusted pedagogical model for MOOCs such as to achieve the aim to use MOOC to provide quality education to all.

July Webinar Poster

Below the agenda of the webinar:

  • Darco Jansen (EADTU): Introduction + Using MOOCs for social Inclusion and equity (10:30 – 10:45)
  • Santiago Fano (Universidad de Oviedo): Challenges and MOOC strategies in the ECO project (10:45 – 11:00)
  • António Teixeira (Universidade Aberta): Basic principles and design guidelines of sMOOC pedagogical model (11:00 – 11:15)
  • Adeline Bossu (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne): Implementation in Step-to-Step MOOC in 6 different languages (11:15 – 11:30)
  • Alessandra Tomasini (Politecnico di Milano): Implementation sMOOC model in Polimi (11:30 – 11:45)
  • General discussion (11:45 – 12:00)

In order to join us on Wednesday, just click on this link: and provide your name and email to access the webinar. When using Clickmeeting app for smartphones or tablets you need to provide the following Room-ID 389-241-428 (and for some apps also Participant PIN 967889#). Note that the webinar will be recorded.

ECO Partner: ECFOLI, Erasmus+ Project

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The ECO project is very happy to count among its members CCMC (Cyprus Community Media Centre » which is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ MIL project ECFOLI. This innovative MIL project is launching a sMOOC on the ECO Learning platform.


ECFOLI aims at fostering sustainable conflict resolution strategies through the study, the ownership of elements of common Mediterranean cultural heritage transformed in a media product. This project is implemented in 4 different countries simultaneously : Palestine, Cyprus, Portugal and Morocco. 48 youth aged 16+ are participating in this MIL project. The project involves 6 different organisations from 5 different countries:

– CCMC, Cyprus Community Media Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus

– ICFFCY, Nicosia, Chypre

– Lusofona Universty, Lisbon, Portugal

– Partners for Sustainable Development, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine

– Forum de la citoyenneté, Casablanca, Morocco

– Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France.

* The sMOOC is at the moment in restricted access so that the young people can conceive it correctly, as soon as it is opened, we will communicate on it.




"How to Succeed in the English B1 Exam" 3ed EN

“How to Succeed in the English B1 Exam” back with news!

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A new edition of our renowned ECO MOOC “How to Succeed in the English B1 Exam” is back with news on the 22nd of November. This six-week course is aimed at learners interested in taking an English B1 Level Language test and understanding the different components of this type of exam. The course focuses on learning strategies and tips to prepare for language tests efficiently. The main goal of this free online course is to help prepare students for any English B1 Level exam, such as  “Prueba libre de idiomas UNED CUID”. This standardized test comprises all linguistic skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and fulfills the requirements of official language accreditations, such as ACLES.

"How to Succeed in the English B1 Exam" 3ed EN

“How to Succeed in the English B1 Exam” 3ed EN

Some other important goals of the course:

  • To show participants the different components of the English B1 level exam.
  • To describe the assessment and marking criteria.
  • To share learning strategies and tips to help students succeed in the test.
  • To practice collaboratively written and oral English, creating a community of learning in which peer feedback is encouraged.

What does it mean to have a B1 Certificate in English? Having a B1 certificate in English is the key to success in many countries. While a degree and complementary courses can open doors, a B1 certificate in English can be an equally important part of your pitch for employment and further academic training. Due to the Bologna Process requisites, university students need to prove their language competence at different stages and for many purposes such as Erasmus mobility, graduating, entrance to master programmes, among others.

The MOOC starts next week but you already can enrol here. We are looking forward to seeing you aorund!

sMOOC Bac2Sciences

The Bac2Sciences sMOOC team keeps on collecting proofs of recognition for its work and it is well deserved!

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The sMOOC, Bac2Sciences was developed by female teachers who are devoted to their students with the idea to allow participants to revise their “baccalauréat”. The team consists of geographically distant teachers, from various disciplines, with complementary profiles and a common motivation to make their students succeed.

Thus, while proposing this MOOC, they have enabled their students to self-train and work together in the co-construction of knowledge on a common device.

This MOOC has been a real success and its creators are very proud!

Over the last few months they have been collecting proofs of recognition for their work:

· A favorite at Ludovia#13

· Finalist at the e-Education Symposium

· A multiple selection at the “Innovative Teachers’ Forum”

· Representations in different conferences and events: Educatec-Educatice, Clic 2016, Ludovia#13 …

At our level, we are also very proud we have been able to accompany them. Indeed, the ECO project allowed them to benefit both from the creation space on its platform and from our technical and pedagogical support.

Congratulations again to such a beautiful team!

As a reminder, the sMOOC content is still accessible here.




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Global Mill Week

The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) Award

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The French ECO team is proud to receive an award granted by UNESCO and the Alliance of Civilizations for the MOOC DIYMIL, Media and Information Literacy.

On behalf of the Global MIL Awards committee, I am writing to inform you that you are a recipient of a Global MIL Award for 2016. Congratulations!

Global Mill WeekThe United Nation Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC), and The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) created the awards to recognize the work and contributions of individuals, academics, NGOs, and organizations to the field of Media and Information Literacy and Inter cultural Dialogue.

The recipients will be presented with their awards during the Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016 Feature Event, taking place from November 2 – 5th, at the School of Communication and Arts, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The objectives of our training system are to enable participants to understand the EMI issues in the digital age, to identify the key operational concepts of the EMI, to know and associate the EMI skills in an educational project.

The inter cultural team consists of profiles, both different and complementary, that have developed several learning paths in multiple languages, created resources, facilitated and adapted activities according to the needs of participants.

This team has focused on knowledge co-construction, peer review, exchange and sharing on forums. Therefore, a community was able to evolve around the device and perpetuate the same spirit in the creation of new projects. These are the very motivations of the European ECO project, a project which also focuses on content accessibility, inclusion, intellectuality, and co-creativity.

This MOOC was initiated by Divina Frau-Meigs, Professor at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, it was co-created by Berangere Blondeau, coordinated by Adeline Bossu, run by Elsie Russier and Christophe Gigon and enriched by all the participants.

This project was financially supported by the University Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) and Investissements d’Avenir, with the technical and educational support services provided by Sapiens, led by Hubert Javaux.

« Global MIL » is the price awarded by UNESCO, “The United Nation Education Scientific and Cultural Organization,”The UNAoC, “UN Alliance of Civilizations, and GAPMIL,”The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy”. It recognizes the work and contributions that promote media and information education, as well as inter cultural dialogue.


New associate partners join ECO project: ANCES (Spain)

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Spain’s National Association of European Business and Innovation Centres (ANCES) joined ECO project as Associate Partner. The agreement is expected to open a new scope for dissemination of ECO’s initiatives among new companies and entrepreneurs.

ANCES is an entity with legal personality and non-profit, whose operation is governed by the Associations Law 1/2002 from 22nd of March (Associations Act, 2002). Founded in 1994 with national scope, it came up with the idea of promoting economic and industrial development through the BICs, providing expertise on the creation of new Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based on innovative elements with development potential.

Map of BICs in Spain (ANCES) - ANCES Website (

Map of BICs in Spain (ANCES) – ANCES Website (

Based on this goal, ANCES is presented as the appropriate framework to facilitate its 28 members the systems, services and activities that contribute to the achievement of its objectives with maximum efficiency and professionalism. Among the many ANCES activities, apart from the work of information and institutional representation of the Spanish centers to institutions, agencies and national and international forums, it is included the promotion and dissemination of the role of BICs as key agents between research, development and industry, support organizations in the implementation of new BICs, and establishing ties with different instruments linked to business creation.

ECO is currently open to academic collaboration agreements with like-minded companies and institutions worldwide. Further info on

New associate partners join ECO project: Ingenia (Spain)

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In addition to core-member Higher Education Institutions, ECO project is getting attention among private companies throughout Europe. Following a track opened by Microsoft, a number of mainly IT-focused firms are flocking to ECO Project. Latest has been Malaga-based Ingenia, whose CEO José Blanco signed a colaboration agreement with ECO Project coordinator Sara Osuna on October 11th.

Ingenia joins ECO

Ingenia joins ECO

Ingeniería e Integración Avanzadas (INGENIA), S.A., is a multinational company in IT, telecommunications and the Internet.

“We offer innovative solutions with a wide range of products and services in the fields of IT security and consulting, infrastructure and wireless, RFID, managed services, e-learning, software development, Big Data and Internet networks. Since 1992 we collaborate with more than 1,600 clients of public bodies and companies, applying innovation as a differential value for the development of their business.”

Ingenia’s headquarters are located at the Technological Park of Andalusia (PTA) in Malaga. It also has offices in Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Santiago de Chile and Lima. Ingenia has over 20-years of experience in the field of e-learning, both nationally and internationally, in which they have carried out numerous projects in both public organizations and private entities.

“While one of our core values ​​is knowledge of technology, it must be the means and not the end,” it was claimed in the agreement. “In this sense, technology should facilitate and promote learning, the achievement of the training objectives and their transferability to everyday activity.”

ECO is currently open to academic collaboration agreements with like-minded companies and institutions worldwide. Further info on

UNAE Universidad Nacional de Educación Ecuador

The National University of Education (Ecuador) joins ECO project

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The ECO project has attracted the attention of many higher education institutions, in and out of the European academic community. In particular, numerous Latin American institutions have seen in the consortium an opportunity of its international projection development and their immersion on new technologies and Open Educational Resources.  At present, the latest institution to join the project has been The National University of Education, from Ecuador, which signed a partnership agreement with ECO in September.

UNAE Universidad Nacional de Educación Ecuador

The National University of Education (UNAE) is a non-profit public higher education institution. It has legal personality, academic autonomy, administrative, financial and organic, in accordance with The Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador. UNAE mission is to contribute to train educators and pedagogues, who will transform the National Education System, their ways of doing, thinking and research, in order to build a more just, equitable, free and democratic society, creating educational, pedagogical and didactic excellence models, appreciated for scientific rigour, rights, and intercultural approach.

The ECO project is open to the signing of partnership agreements with academic institutions around the world which share their values and goals. For further information email at

ECO MOOC Course Videos

How to create videos for teaching – free course online

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Enrol to the third free edition ´Videos for teaching, learning and communication´ and get for free an Office 365 license.

We are delighted to announce that we successfully launched our 3 rd edition of our MOOC: Videos for teaching, learning and communication by the University of Manchester. Course headed by Mr Umar Chaudhry. You can enrol here.

This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), available to individuals from all around the world, who want to teach. It is for any learner who wants to: teach or communicate via the medium of video. The online course is being made available by ECO, which is a European project based on Open Educational Resources (OER), that gives free access to a list of MOOCs in 6 languages.

This MOOC is available in most languages via Closed Captions (via YouTube subtitles). Accessibility for learners with special needs will be encouraged and given information to enhance their participation.

With this course, you can get a certificate and take up additional skills, in order to have more opportunities. Also, you will have the opportunity to create your own MOOC.

Following the idea of being Massive, why not share it on your Social Media sites, with your friends, and see ifthey might like to join them on this course.  The course has started at the beginning of October, but you can catch up and finish whenever it will be more suitable for you. The course closes on the 4 th of December.

And on a special note: if you enrol your are entitled to a free Office 365 license. Just visit our website and click on the banner at the top of the page. Once you activated your account for free (activation link will be sent to your email), you will be able to log in and choose from our MOOC catalogue.

We look forward to seeing you there! – Team UoMan

Webinar: “Sustainable Business models for MOOCs: the need for cross-institutional cooperation”

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September 28th, ECO Project experts shared points of view about realistic and sustainable Business models for MOOCs on a webinar hosted by ECO partner EADTU. Host Darco Jansen, Angela Benavides from UNED, Kjeld Loozen from Reimer IT Solutions B.V) and Vicente Montiel from Tabarca Consulting presented a wide range of aspects related to MOOC’s business sustainability .
Lecturers’ presentations can be checked here.

Contents were given as shown below:

How to make / keep MOOC provision sustainable?

– overview possible business models from different stakeholders perspectives
– what services should / must be provided at a decentralised level and what at a centralised level, by Darco Jansen (EADTU)

Promotion of social inclusion and intercultural values through ECO decentralized models, by Angela Benavides Barahona (UNED)

ECO MOOC offering at decentralised MOOC level: services on pedagogical approach and quality assurance, by Darco Jansen on behalf of U. Paris 3-Sorbonne.

An overview of the ECO architecture:
– how did we manage to integrate 6 different MOOC platforms?
– how can you plug your own MOOC platform into this architecture? By Kjeld Loozen (Reimer IT Solutions B.V.)

11:45-12:00:   How to become a business partner of ECO, by Vicente Montiel Molina (Tabarca Consulting)