Airina Volungeviciene

Airina Volungeviciene
Vytautas Magnus University · Innovative Studies Institute

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Airina Volungeviciene currently works at the Innovative Studies Institute, Vytautas Magnus University. Airina does research in TEL, Curriculum Theory, Teacher Education and Educational Technology. Their most recent publication is 'GeNeMe CfP 2017 de+en final druck'.

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Distance teaching and learning in Lithuanian schools during COVID-19 pandemic was a booster for teacher digital competence development. The paper analysis the experiences of Lithuanian school teachers to reveal the challenges schools and teachers faced while switching from traditional face to face teaching and learning to distance education. The re...
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The main goal of this research is to enhance the understanding of quality criteria for DB metadata for assessment and recognition as factors increasing their value in higher education (HE). To attain this goal, a case study approach centered in one HE institution was used, aiming (a) at an analysis of the status quo description of metadata of DBs i...
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These Guidelines are one of the results of the four-year research project “Open Online Learning for Digital and Networked Society” (2017-2021). The project objective was to enable university teachers to design open and online learning through open and online learning curriculum and environment applying learning analytics as a metacognitive tool and...
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Edition Universidade Aberta 2020 Collection Educação a Distância e eLearning | N.º 9 ISBN 978-972-674-874-8 DOI https://doi.org/10.34627/dr48-7w42 Technology is leading to tremendous changes in social political, cultural, and economic life. Castells (2004) argues that the key factor distinguishing contemporary society is the fact that the use of t...
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Student engagement is one of the most relevant topics within the academic and research community nowadays. Higher education curriculum, teaching and learning integrate new technology- supported learning solutions. New methods and tools enhance teacher and learner interactions and influence learner engagement positively. This research addresses the...
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While higher education institutions (HEIs) are exploring innovative ways to enhance and facilitate learning experience of students and so to improve the overall quality of studies, technology enhanced learning (TEL, henceforth) becomes inevitable. Having explored the possibilities and benefits of TEL, HEIs encourage teachers to develop blended onli...
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The teachers in higher education (HE) could take a better advantage of the existing vast numbers open educational resources (OER) as well as invite their students in the process of sharing and knowledge co-creation, if they started using and adapting existing OER and/or creating their own OER. The question of this research was whether involving tea...
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Digital and network society learning happens in new, timeless and borderless spaces. Such society members are always connected and online, sharing and co-creating knowledge, and their learning needs serve as the biggest driving forces for higher education curriculum change. Open online learning methodology seems to be the best-suited way to impleme...
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The research aims at a specific analysis of how learning analytics as a metacognitive tool can be used as a method by teachers as reflective professionals and how it can help teachers learn to think and come down to decisions about learning design and curriculum, learning and teaching process, and its success. Not only does it build on previous res...
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Digital networked society is learning in various platforms, in different ways and at selected time and pace. What are the preferences of members of digital and networked society for the learning platforms? What resources should be used to better fulfil nowadays learner expectations? And how higher education institutions are preparing for that? Thes...
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The SlideWiki platform is fostering open education by supporting the collaborative authoring, sharing, reusing and remixing of open educational content online. This paper presents the lessons learned from piloting the SlideWiki platform in different learning contexts and scenarios. In particular, we describe the learning scenarios considered in eac...
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The Open Discovery of STEM Laboratories (ODL) project, co-funded by the European Community Erasmus + KA2 program for 30 months, starting from November 2015, involves five countries: Spain, Italy, Greece, Estonia and Lithuania. It aims to implement teacher collaboration in creating and using µMOOCs (very short version of MOOCs-Massive Open Online Co...
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Educational reformers, innovators and researchers suggest that the appearance of digital technologies will radically transform what people learn, how they learn, and where they learn, yet there are existing disagreements on the speed and scope of this change. However, looking for answers to these questions, it is important to identify factors in so...
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The purpose of this research is to identify the didactical characteristics of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and to reveal the main opportunities and dilemmas of TEL didactical solutions in different types of organizations. Didactical characteristics of TEL such as measurable learning outcomes, interactivity, flexibility, experimentation, use o...
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The purpose of this research is to identify and compare the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for Staff Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in a community of education and business organizations and prepare recommendations for more efficient staff CPD using ICT. Obviously ICT use for CPD helps to overcome traditional barrier...
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This article defines the shift in the concept and conditions of collaborative learning for university studies using the social networking tool Facebook and discusses the collaborative learning effect in terms of using Open Educational Resources (OER), creating learning artefacts and new generic competence development. In order to evaluate students’...
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The aim of the research is to design the framework of technology enhanced learning integration into organisations. The aim of the research is divided into the following objectives: 1. To create a framework of responsible and responsive technology enhanced learning integration into organisations. 2. To implement the framework of technology enhanced...
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EN: In 2015, two conferences are brought together under the umbrella of „knowledge communities“ with complementary thematic priorities. While the GeNeMe deals with organisational and technical perspectives in the context of Virtual Enterprises, Communities & Social Networks, the ProWM provides a broad and inclusive overview of the organisational, c...
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The limited adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) has kicked off the launch of several projects to search for possible solutions. One of these projects is "Open Educational Ideas and Innovations" (OEI2). The goal of this project is to find alternatives for increasing the uptake of OER and facilitating the collaborative development of OER. To...
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Monografijos tyrimo objektu pasirinktas TGM integravimas organizacijoje. Tačiau VII skyriuje išryškės sudėtingesnis šio tyrimo objekto kontekstas, nes TGM integravimas pristatomas skirtingo tipo organizacijose, kaip antai, švietimo, verslo ir bendruomeninėse. Esame suformulavę metodologiškai taisyklingą integralaus pristatomo tyrimo tikslą: atsklei...
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Increasing the current low uptake of Open Education Resources (OER) is a key challenge for researchers and practitioners in the field. User studies have shown that collaboration is a main success factor for successful open educational activities. However, effective collaboration in open educational contexts requires well planned processes and platf...
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A key component of Open Education movement are Open Educational Resources (OER), which are defined as any digital objects that are commonly shared in online repositories and can be freely accessed, reused and adapted by a community of users for educational purposes using an open license scheme. This broad definition includes a lot of different arte...
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This research paper addresses the issues of integration of technology enhanced learning (TEL) into an educational organization. Good practice experience cannot be directly transferred to new organisations due to different contextual conditions. The TEL integration depends significantly upon a very rapid development of services and information commu...
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Nonostante gli sforzi sino ad ora profusi dall'Unione Europea, si stima che circa il 95,5% degli studenti universitari non ha la possibilità di partecipare ad esperienze di mobilità internazionale durante il proprio ciclo di studi. Nell'allegato al Comunicato di Bucarest dell’aprile 2012 i Ministri del Processo di Bologna hanno esplicitamente invit...
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Due to the awareness of Open Educational Resources (OER) as one of the main opportunities for learners to take advantage of free resources, six doctoral students from Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal and Spain formed a team focused on the importance of the international cooperation on this field. Virtual Mobility (VM) is a useful learning tool in...
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The concept of virtual mobility and its characteristics are presented. Most definitions which consider virtual mobility from the educational perspective describe it as a form of learning, research, communication, and collaboration, but also as a form of mobility, which can be a supplement or substitute for physical mobility. Based on the theoretica...
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This article presents the results of the research implemented at Vytautas Magnus university in the area of technology enhanced studies, as well as discusses the application of these results to encourage lifelong learning in the context of European higher education modernization. European higher education modernization strategic guidelines are also...
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The aim of this research is to identify the methods and tools to increase the level of conscious use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and open content (OC) ontologies in competence – based educational settings. The paper discusses the integration of OC ontologies with learning scenarios, suggests the method to identify the level of conscious use...
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Monografijoje aprašomos technologijomis grindžiamo mokymo(-si) turinio kokybės vertinimo dimensijos, pateikiami jų verifikavimo tyrimo rezultatai, aptariama sąveikos ir paramos svarba; taip pat pateikiama mokslinė diskusija apie technologijomis ginrdžiamo mokymo(-si) turinio kokybės vertinimo modelio pritaikomumą.
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The study contains an overview of the national policy for application of ICT in education, a survey of the current status of OER in Lithuania, and analysis of most promising trends, opportunities and challenges for the development of OER. Recommendations for expanding the use of OER are proposed in this publication for policy makers and education i...
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Preparing for virtual mobility activities, teachers have to design a curriculum of high quality. The aim of this chapter is to discuss the factors that exert impact upon curriculum design, grounding the analysis on theoretical concepts of technology-based curriculum. Technology-based curriculum design and organization of teaching/learning have beco...
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The paper discusses the author-user interaction problem for open educational resources (OER). The aim of the research is to design author - user interaction model for the use of OER for learning purposes. The paper presents author and user needs' analysis for the use of OER, pre-defined areas of author-user interaction responsibilities, and then su...
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Application Analysis of Online Learner Skills and Knowledge Evaluation Model Introduction. Higher education institutions experience the reform of higher education, changing the conception of studies and learning scenarios and the forms of their implementation. Distance learning and teaching are efficient means to implement strategic aims of the sy...
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Virtual mobility and quality of studies are challenges for higher education institutions while organizing modern studies. ICT based teaching and learning are the driving factors in organizing creative learning opportunities for students and teachers. This research is based on virtual mobility analysis and opportunities that the phenomenon creates....
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Mobility and virtual mobility, being in the very core of Bologna process, LLP and EHEA, seek for more attention in the HE institutions, where teacher virtual mobility can serve as an alternative and as a follow up of physical mobility. Either way it contributes to the study quality, creating more opportunities for students, teachers and other acade...
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Profesorius socialinių mokslų (edukologijos) habilituotas daktaras Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Socialinių mokslų fakulteto Edukologijos katedra K. Donelaičio g. 58, LT-44044 Kaunas Tel. (8 37) 32 78 21 Profesorė socialinių mokslų (edukologijos) habilituota daktarė Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Socialinių mokslų fakulteto Edukologijos katedra K....
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This paper is based on theoretical and empirical research on e-learning course quality dimensions in higher education, in the context of lifelong learning. The research was performed during the implementation of eLearning program project (Contract No. 2005-3872/001-001 ELE-ELEB14) aiming at investigation of cultural issues in the process of e-learn...
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The paper focuses on an important part in the conceptual development of the virtual learning campus that will be implementation in the FP6 IST project iCamp, co-financed by the European Commission. User stories are collected in order to ensure one aspect of quality assurance in the iCamp space development process. With the data and the information...
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[Français] Cet article décrit plusieurs rôles tenus par des tuteurs transnationaux à travers les points de vue de deux d’entre eux occupant des positions différentes dans un dispositif de formation recourant à l’Enseignement à Distance : Form@sup (dans sa version anglaise). Les rôles et les positions sont présentés à travers deux modèles théoriques...
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The current socio-economic trends in Europe call for an adult education policy which is focused on the individual learner. The learning environment must be flexible and adaptive in order to cater for the individual needs and circumstances [1]. Cairns (2001) argued that since most applications of online learning dealt with adult learners in adult co...
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With the advent of innovative pedagogical applications with the use of information and communication technologies, learning becomes learner-centered phenomenon, when the learner undertakes responsibilities for their learning outcomes and results. Learners need to become active participants in definition of learning objectives that would be measurab...
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The paper presents research implemented in the area of technology enhanced learning (TEL) activity in the context of distance learning curriculum (DLC) quality assessment (QA) dimensions. As education institutions maintain curriculum – driven approach, learning activities should be revived and constantly updated on the basis of DLC QA dimensions. T...

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A key component of Open Education movement is Open Educational Resources (OER), which are defined as any digital objects that are commonly shared in online repositories and can be freely accessed, reused and adapted by a community of users for educational purposes using an open license scheme. Existing research on OER has focused on how to make digital objects available and re-usable for educators and learners. Currently, there are millions of resources for basically all subjects, education level. However, their adoption has been limited, the consumption of them is passive, and there are still many barriers towards the uptake of OER. Amongst those are the lack of involvement and recognition of users who feel that they do or cannot contribute appropriately. In our research project, we focused on tweaking the steps that are accomplished before having the resources complete and shared. In particular, in situations when ideas are initiated, shaped, and shared with like-minded people in order to create new educational outcomes, such as OER. The limited adoption of (OER) has kicked off the launch of several projects to search for possible solutions. One of these projects is “Open Educational Ideas and Innovations” (OEI2). The goal of this project is to find alternatives for increasing the uptake of OER and facilitating the collaborative development of OER. To enhance the experience of the users of open education, we interviewed educators and researchers from different higher education institutions across Europe focusing on gathering insights about idea sharing experiences. We presented our key findings and outlined some recommendations for our open educational platform in the paper: AbuJarour et al. (2014): "Enhancing the Experience of Online Users of Open Education." User studies have shown that collaboration is a main success factor for successful open educational activities. However, effective collaboration in open educational contexts requires well-planned processes and platforms supporting collaboration, in particular in physically distributed settings. We have been investigating the value of such platforms, their main features, and user requirements to enable collaboration from immature ideas to completed resources. We used quantitative and qualitative research methods to collect insights from potential users of such collaboration platforms to validate our approach. Based on these insights, we developed a collaboration platform for open education. We validated our platform using observation groups and focus groups to identify the key design principles of powerful collaboration platforms for Open Education. Examples are the need for a simple tool, use of a common terminology, and considering Intellectual Property Rights. We presented our findings from an initial validation of our collaboration platform and gave recommendations towards powerful collaboration platforms for open educational contexts in the paper: AbuJarour et al. (2015) "Design Principles for Collaboration Platforms for Open Education." The main idea of our approach is to emotionally attach educators to OER by engaging them at an early stage of the OER development process when the resources are still in the ideation phase. This engagement is enabled through our proposed collaboration platform “Idea Space”, where educators can collaboratively create and share ideas of OER. This platform is described from an application point of view, by showing a typical use-case that describes its functionalities, in the paper: AbuJarour et al. (2015) "Idea-Space: A Use Case of Collaborative Course Development in Higher Education.” Idea Space (www.idea-space.eu) is an online collaborative platform encouraging collaboration in early stages and sharing new ideas, before resources are complete. One of the main principles of our platform was providing an end-to-end platform that supports educators right from the very beginning to the very end, instead of focusing on the content delivery only. An open education initiative starts with a preliminary idea whose owner shares with the other interested educators who in turn collaborate altogether to sharpen the idea and generate the content so that it becomes suitable for an open educational course. In particular, in situations when ideas are initiated, shaped, and shared with interested parties in order to create new educational outcomes, such as OER, open e-textbooks, MOOCs, etc. This research has been co-funded by the European Commission through the LLP Erasmus program. The OEI2 project partners included: JYU-Finland, ESCP-Germany, NSCR-Greece, VMU-Lithuania, and DHBW-Germany.