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X5GON to be presented @ European Commission

The X5GON project on converging OER was invited to present at the workshop “H2020 Media Projects’ Workshop: Collaboration Towards the Future of Media” on 17th October 2017, at EC premises in Avenue de Beaulieu 25 in Brussels.

Data Scientist career opportunity – Recommendations

Job Description: University of Nantes wishes to recruit an engineer for project X5-GON. The goal is to specify, develop and deploy a recommender system solution. The candidate will be invested in technical tasks as well as participate to meetings with the other teams of the consortium. Technical decisions will be taken collectively: strong technical skills are therefore required.

Within the context of the project, the candidate will be part of a team working on this or similar projects. He will benefit from experienced supervision, making this position of interest to candidates with 0 to 5 years experience.

Profile of the candidate: The candidate should hold a Master’s degree or an Engineer title in one of the following research areas: computer science, data science. A good level of expression in English (both written and spoken) is required.

Technical qualities:

  • Python and C++ programming
  • Software engineering
  • Data science techniques, including Machine Learning

Soft skills:

  • Motivation, autonomy and teamwork
  • Capacity to adapt to the constraints of collaborative European projects

Duration: 36 months, beginning fall 2017.

University of Nantes also has a UNESCO Chair in technologies for the training of teachers by OER whose goal is to support and extend a running French project whose goal is to train hundreds of thousands of teachers and education professionals to code and computational thinking called Class’Code

Full application and more details here.

Fake News workshop @ UCL

Prioritise me! (Side-effects of online content delivery) workshop on the topic of fake news was organised by K4A at University College London.

MOOC translation project meeting in Corfu

TraMOOC, a Horizon 2020 collaborative project aiming at providing reliable machine Translation for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), hosted an extraordinary productive meeting in Corfu.

The consortium is made up of six European universities Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (UBER), Dublin City University (DCU), University of Edinburgh (UEDIN), Ionian University (IURC), Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (Radboud University), Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant (Tilburg University), two industrial partners Deluxe Media Europe (DME), EASN-Technology Innovation Services (BVBA), and Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd (K4A), and it will run until 31 January 2018.

Machine translation presentation @ EMOOCs 2017

We presented our project TraMOOC at the EMOOCs 2017 which was co-located with the OPENedX conference 2017. This is the leading European MOOC conference and our project was also showcased as an exemplar by Javier Hernández-Ros, director of the Data Directorate at the European Commission.

Together with us was our colleague Gonçal Garcés Díaz-Munío from the Machine Learning and Language Processing lab at Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain running PoliTrans and moderator Thomas Staubitz from the Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam in Germany running the openHPI platform.

K4A awarded with new H2020 project

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with 79 billion euros of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). K4A has been successful in applying for funding and is currently participating in two relevant projects X5gon and TraMOOC.

The new project X5gon will combine content understanding, user modelling and quality assurance methods and tools to boost creating a homogenous network of (OER) sites and provide users (teachers, learners) with a common learning experience. X5gon will deploy open technologies for recommendation, learning analytics and learning personalisation services that will work across various OER sites, independent of languages, modalities, scientific domains, and cultural contexts.


Seminar on Open Data Movements in the Age of Big Data Capitalism

Attending a seminar by Dr Arwid Lund on his study of the open data/knowledge movement (Open Knowledge London) and Dr Jonathan Gray focusing on his forthcoming book Data Worlds: The new politics of information.

K4A trustee becomes new UNESCO Chair in OER

Colin de la Higuera has become the UNESCO Chair in technologies for the training of teachers by Open Educational Resources (OER). The goal of the Chair is to support and extend a running French project whose goal is to train hundreds of thousands of teachers and education professionals to code and computational thinking.

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K4A launching challenge on AI for Global Education

Knowledge 4 All Foundation is starting a global action to identify with the help of relevant global IGOs and NGOs the key issues in Education where Artificial Intelligence can be applied in order to solve them – see here for details. The results will be presented at the 2nd World Congress on Open Educational Resources from 18 – 20 September 2017in Ljubljana.