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Innovative Open Data Education and Training based on PBL and Learning Analytics
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Open Data initiatives worldwide are boosting with an aim to increase transparency and contribute to economic growth. With a global annual economic potential value estimated to $3 trillion, this boost seems justified. Current progress however is not satisfactory. We believe a main reason is the lack of relevant skills and competencies. Indeed, currenteducation and training activities are scarce and do not exploit practice-oriented learning methods such as Problem Based Learning (PBL).As a result, public servants are missing skills related to publishing open data. Similarly, companies and entrepreneurs are missing skills related to re-using open data. Students are not provided with sufficient and properly-structured academic courses.The project aims to establish a Knowledge Alliance between academia, business and the public sector that will boost Open Data education and training.The project results include:-a novel learning model based on PBL and learning analytics, termed Data Driven PBL (DD_PBL)-an open-source platform to support DD_PBL, underpinning flexible learning pathways and course re-design-co-created, freely available for any use, multimodal and multilingual (5 languages) content on the Open Data publication and reuse-innovative activities, e.g. university courses, trainings, workshops, hackathlons etc. in academia, businesses and the public sector to boost innovation, knowledge exchange and transversal skills.The project is anticipated to have significant impact as:-academics and trainers in 5 countries will use a new pedagogical method-university curricula will be updated to include Open Data-multimodal and multilingual training material on Open Data will be available to freely re-use-hundreds of students, entrepreneurs, company and Public Authorities employees will receive education and training on Open Data-a culture of collaboration between academia, industry and local authorities will be developed to foster innovation based on Open Data.

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