EDEN 2016 Annual Conference - #eden16
14-17 June 2016
DETAILED PROGRAMME AVAILABLE
The conference programme is set up from over 160 accepted contributions, including research paper sessions, demonstration and poster sessions, workshops, training courses and lively Synergy sessions for new project ideas and in-progress initiatives. See the detailed conference programme here.
All plenary sessions will be streamed online and open to comment on social media.
MEET OUR KEYNOTES
- Tony Bates, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate
- Lesley Wilson, European University Association, Secretary General
- António Teixeira, President of EDEN
- Yves Punie, Senior scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
- Michael G. Moore, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education The Pennsylvania State University USA
- Danny Arati, Intel, former Education Manager, Europe
- Melissa Highton, Director of the Learning, Teaching and Web Services Division, University of Edinburgh
- Cristóbal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
- Susan Aldridge, Senior Vice President for Online Learning and President of Drexel University Online
- Paul Bacsich, Coordinator, Open Education Working Group, and Senior Consultant, SeroHE
- Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos, Board member of Open Education Consortium and Vice-President of the Brazilian Distance Education Association - ABED
- Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education marci
- János Józsa, Rector of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Our free pre-conference workshops will be held on 14 June, at 15:00-18:00
- "Inspire! - An Unconventional Forum with EDEN Young Scholars" - Young Scholars' Workshop
Including: How can young scholars write better quality journal articles? With Michael G. Moore, Ulrich Bernath, and more Editors of online academic Open and Distance Learning Journals
- ECO (E-learning, Communication, Open-data) project workshop
- "Let us Discuss and Establish the European Science Education Academy (ESEA)"
PROGRAMME – OXFORD-STYLE DEBATE ON MOOCS
“We should focus in the short term more on MOOCs than on OER.”
A special Oxford-Style Debate session will be held about the above statement of the standing of MOOCs and business models of openness. Debaters will be Paul Bacsich (Coordinator, Open Education Working Group, and Senior Consultant, SeroHE) and Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos (Board member of Open Education Consortium, Vice-President of the Brazilian Distance Education Association – ABED). The debate will take place on Thursday, 16 June, after the lunch break.
The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, moderated poster, demo sessions and synergy strand.
The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 14 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 17 June. The programme structure can be seen here.
SNEAK PEEK AT CONFERENCE TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS
- Effective Interactive Webinars: Methods to facilitate learning in open collaborative learning environments: A toolbook for practitioners/facilitators
Torhild Slaatto - Fleksibel utdanning Norge (Flexible Education Norway)
- Is lurking working?
Jørgen Grubbe - Chair of Danish Association for Flexible Learning FLUID
- ABC Rapid Blended Course Design for Educators
Clive Young, Nataša Perović - University College London (UCL)
- Sharing achievements across the web with Open Badges: how to design a badge of value
Gráinne Hamilton – DigitalMe, Programme Director HE / Adult Learning
- Social Media for Teaching and Learning
Prof. Dr. Yasemin Gülbahar - Ankara University
- Animation creation as a learning tool
Kriszta Mihályi - University of Pecs Hungary, PhD candidate
The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.
The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, participation in the short training courses, the electronic Conference Proceedings and the Book of Abstracts, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the days of the conference. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.
Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee.
All attendees (presenters or audience) are required to register by completing the form and arranging their respective payments.
Knowing how important continuous professional development is nowadays, EDEN wishes to cater to your needs. The foreseen selection of training sessions will include 120 minute short courses about the effective use of social media for teaching and learning, creating animations to support your teaching and the design and issuing of open badges.
The powerful combination of the ’information age’ and the disruption caused by unstable environments provides the impetus to look afresh and identify new models and approaches for education.
This EDEN Conference is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.
For your diary: 9th EDEN Research Workshop - EDEN RW9, 4-7 October 2016, Oldenburg
Forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning: Reaching from the roots
Building on the success of our thematic conference 2 years ago in Oxford, EDEN is pleased to announce that EDEN RW9 organised in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in Oldenburg, Germany.Details > >
Invited keynote speakers include
- Olaf Zawacki-Richter (Germany), Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
- Paul Prinsloo (South Africa), University of South Africa
- Inge de Waard (UK), Open University UK
- George Veletsianos (Canada), Royal Roads University
- Adnan Qayyum (USA), Pennsylvania State University
- Isa Jahnke (USA/Germany), University of Missouri
- Som Naidu (Australia), Swinburne University of Technology
New Vice President of EDEN
We are delighted to announce that Wim van Petegem was elected as Vice President of EDEN during the last Executive Commitee meeting in April, his position taking effect immediately.
Professor van Petegem is currently active at KU Leuven's Faculty of Engineering Technology as Expert inMulticampus & Engineering Education. He has been serving in the EDEN Executive Committee since 2009.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Van Petegem was born in Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium, on May 18th, 1964. He received the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering at the Rijksuniversiteit Gent, in 1987, with a thesis on Analysis of sound and vibration signals for fault detection and diagnosis of a harvest combiner.
He also received the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in 1989, with a thesis on Signal Processing for Electrical Impedance Tomography.
He was Research Fellow at the same university, in the Department of Electrical Engineering, in the division ESAT-MICAS, from September 1987 till September 1993, interrupted for one year military service. In 1993, he got a PhD degree, with the thesis Iterative Solutions to Electronic Problems, based on Finite Element Methods: Electro-Thermal Simulation and Electrical Impedance Tomography.
Afterwards, he went to the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, for post-doctoral research on optical immunosensors. He worked there at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Immunology.
From October 1994, till September 1996, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in the Division of Biomechanics and Engineering Design, working in the field of rehabilitation engineering.
From October 1996 until October 1998, he was Senior Researcher with LINOV, the Leuvens Institute for Innovative Learning at the K.U. Leuven, involved in research on the introduction of ICT in education.
From September 1998, he was Assistant Professor at the Science and Technology Department at the Open University of the Netherlands, involved in research on Web-based learning and in education on ICT and management.
In 2000, he returned to Leuven, where he became parttime senior researcher at LINOV (K.U.Leuven) and parttime lecturer at the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, Department of Economics. In 2002, he was appointed director of AVNet, a central support unit at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, for audiovisual and new educational technologies. Currently he is active at KU Leuven's Faculty of Engineering Technology as Expert Multicampus & Engineering Education.
Reflections about Collective and Independent Study by M. G. Moore
Guest post on the President's blog by Michael G. Moore
The upcoming EDEN16 in Budapest will be a very special conference and a milestone in our Association’s long history. The European Distance and E-learning Network is celebrating its 25th anniversary and several significant related initiatives are being prepared. The underlying idea for this programme of activities is to celebrate our European legacy of know-how and expertise in open, distance and digital education by projecting it into the future.Details > >
One major example of this is the panel discussion on the topic of the personalisation of learning, which we’ve designed in a most engaging way. In fact, imagine a confrontation between two perspectives and theoretical approaches on this theme as different as the ones of Michael G. Moore and of Cristóbal Cobo. It sounds quite exciting, don’t you agree? But, just think that we have also invited Steve Wheeler to instigate and moderate the discussion and try to find a synthesis of both sides. Well, I’m sure that you’ll be expecting a memorable debate. We are too! So please make sure to mark the date on your agendas: 17th June, at the closing session of EDEN16 in Budapest.
To introduce you to this exciting event, what better way than to give the floor to the keynote speakers themselves? That’s why I’ve invited my dear friend and EDEN Senior Fellow, Michael G. Moore, to contribute to today’s guest blog post. It is an honour and a privilege for me to be able to share with you a wonderful and thought-provoking reflection on the topic of the personalisation of learning by one the greatest scholars in our field and one of its pioneers.
I do hope you’ll enjoy reading Michael’s excellent contribution and feel encouraged to come to Budapest and attend his live debate with Cristóbal Cobo and Steve Wheeler.
Sustainable ‘Fishing’ in the EU
Guest post on the President's blog by Ildikó Mázár
The call for papers of the EDEN RW9, to be held this year in Oldenburg next 4-7 October, has just been announced. Following up on the success of the RW8, held in Oxford, two years ago, the theme is once again very exciting and thought-provoking - “forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning: reaching from the roots”. The EDEN RW9 will be organised in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, in Germany.
The announced selection of invited speakers is impressive and much diversified, including such names as Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Paul Prinsloo, Inge de Waard, George Veletsianos, Adnan Qayyum, Isa Jahnke and Som Naidu. This diversity and richness represents the current wide outreach and impact of EDEN in the research community worldwide.As you know and I’ve been pointing out in many of my blog posts, one of the focal points of EDEN’s strategy and one of the major aspects of our Association’s 25th years legacy in the field has been the support to the promotion, dissemination and recognition of quality research in open and digital learning. The organisation of the very successful biannual research workshops (the EDEN RWs) is only a part of that comprehensive activity, which has no parallel with any other association in the world in our field of practice.Details > >
At the upcoming EDEN16 in Budapest, our 25th anniversary annual conference, we’ll be introducing a number of new innovative services to our research community, especially focused on supporting young scholars. Amongst these initiatives, I would point out the Young Scholars pre-conference workshop which will include a special strand dedicated to the best methods and techniques to write good quality research journal articles. This activity will be lead by some of the most experienced editors of the best journals in open and distance learning.
Meanwhile, an additional important role of our organisation is to participate in international research initiatives. To speak about EDEN’s extensive support to research and its involvement in EU-funded projects, I’ve invited today my colleague and good friend Ildikó Mázár. She is the young Deputy Secretary General of EDEN and is a very talented and experienced project manager.
In her contribution, Ildikó presents a personal and moving account of her long experience as project manager at EDEN, highlighting the social and personal impact of the initiatives carried out.
Reinventing Universities: The critical role of leadership
Guest post on the President's blog by Belinda Tynan
At the start of my academic career, some 25 years ago, I had the chance of working closely with Professor José Enes (1924-2013), then the Vice-rector of the Portuguese open university, Universidade Aberta (UAb). José Enes was one of the most important Portuguese philosophers of the 20th century and I had the honour of being his «last» assistant. Although very intense, our collaboration at UAb lasted only for three years. However, soon after his retirement we continued working together for several years. He invited me to help him organize the accreditation process of the University degrees in Philosophy in our country and we’ve assured it for the initial two full cycles. Professor Enes presided the evaluation committee and I was its Secretary and rapporteur. Afterwards, we remained very close friends until his death. Roberto Carneiro, EDEN Senior Fellow, was another of his great friends and admirers.Details > >
José Enes was a great philosopher and a gentle and kind human being. But, he was also an outstanding academic and an inspiring leader with an acute strategic vision. Enes masterminded the creation of the University of the Azores, of which he was the founding Rector, and was involved in the launch of the Portuguese Catholic University, where he was the first Vice-rector, amongst other initiatives. However, the most important feature I would like to evoke in this post is that Professor Enes combined as an academic leader a set of features and experiences which allowed him to build a holistic but also deep understanding of what universities are and how they should be governed.
In fact, he was a researcher who also did research about education and the historical role of universities, at the same time as a teacher who continuously reflected upon his teaching methods and how students learn, and a leader who never stopped questioning the deep meaning and social purpose of the university institution. On top of that, Enes was passionate about technology and its potential uses. He managed to articulate all of these different dimensions in an integrated philosophically-grounded vision.
We all know that leadership plays a critical role in modernising Universities for the digital age. However, inspirational leadership alone is not enough. As the example of José Enes demonstrates, in order to be effective, truly transformational leadership has to include a combination of strategic thinking, a deep understanding of what the essence, purpose, values and dynamics of these institutions are and the knowledge of their social and cultural context. To these should be added a touch of warmth and care as well.
In order to share a personal insight on these complex processes, I’ve invited today my dear friend Belinda Tynan to contribute to the EDEN President’s Blog. Belinda is a widely-known expert and a much experienced institutional leader. She is just completing her task as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, where she has lead an important transformation process. As you most surely know, Belinda was until very recently a member of EDEN’s Executive Committee too. She will be returning now to her native Australia, but I’m proud to share with you that she will stay in our professional EDEN circle as an individual member.
In her beautiful reflection, Belinda reviews the different styles of leadership, shares insights on her rich personal experiences as follower and leader and analyses the impact executive officers can have today in complex organisations such as a University in the midst of the current challenges of our field. Finally, she reminds us of the importance of context in institutional transformational processes. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this wonderful and moving personal account.
European Commission ET2020 Working Groups mandates announced
EDEN is proud to announce that its nominee Ms. Deborah Arnold has become mandated into the WG on Digital skills and competences (WGDSC), while two other prominent EDEN representatives Dr. Andras Szucs, Secretary General of the Network and Ms. Sandra Kucina Softic, Excecutive Commitee member of EDENhas become WG mandate on behalf of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia respectively.Details > >
ET 2020 Working Groups are informal Commission expert groups at the service of the ET 2020 framework. The primary focus of the Working Groups is to benefit the Member States in their work of furthering policy development through mutual learning and the identification of good practices.
The recent call establishing the WGs for the period 2016 – 2018 concerned the following six Groups:
- Working Group on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and nondiscrimination through education (WGC)
- Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences (WGDSC)
- Working Group on Adult Learning (WGAL)
- Working Group on Vocational Education and Training (WGVET)
- Working Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education (WGHE)
- Working Group Schools (WGS)
For more information on the WGs please visits the European Commissions website
#EDENChat: Which personal technologies?
#EDENChat is a scheduled online discussion event on Twitter where anyone can join in and contribute to the discussions on current issues in distance, open and e-learning.
The latest #EDENChat on 23 March was entitled "Which personal technologies?", moderated by Steve Wheeler. Read the archived discussion here.
The next #EDENChat will be the EDEN Conference Special - Live from Budapest on 14 June.Details > >
Previous #EDENChats are listed in the NAP Community page of the EDEN website according to topics.
Taking the Hype out of the Hype Cycle
Guest post on the President's blog by Mark Brown
The history of educational technology has been mostly dominated by an overconfident optimism and sometimes even blind faith in the future. In our circles, the majority of speakers and opinion-makers still try to show educational technology development as a coherent narrative of sequential dialectical oppositions in which the new replaces the old, to use Manuel Castells’ characterization of the Information and Knowledge society. However, our real history is not a straightforward succession of cumulative achievements. It has been a complex itinerary, a difficult navigation through many exciting possibilities, different promising scenarios and contradictory inspiring dreams, but also surprising failures and unanticipated obstacles, unavoidable errors and powerful fears.Details > >
The deconstruction of the progressive narrative in educational technology shouldn’t lead us though to a cynical position. By the contrary, we should try to understand the phenomena on a wider and more holistic perspective. Innovation in education cannot be seen as just a simple application of a new method or the use of a new tool. It is usually the result of a cultural transformation process. This has also been the traditional understanding of EDEN and its community. In fact, we have never tried to play the role of the uncritical advocate of every each new educational technology development emerging. No, we don’t see ourselves as preachers. But, as experts. In this way, we fulfil our mission by focusing on building a shared analytical understanding on the adoption and use of the different emergent approaches to educational technology, based on solid research and proven successful practice within specific cultural contexts.
In today’s guest post, I’ve invited my good friend and colleague Mark Brown to reflect precisely on this topic. Mark is a much experienced and very well-known global expert in our field. I’m very proud that he’s just joined EDEN’s Executive Committee as I’m sure he’ll make a great contribution to our Association.
In his critical analysis, Mark discusses the deterministic narrative used in educational technology discourse and suggests an alternative new ecological perspective which builds up on the metaphor of digital resilience. His point being the importance of focusing innovation on the internal transformation of organizational culture instead of imposing it to educational institutions from the outside.
The European Parents' Association and EDEN sign a Memorandum of Understanding
António Teixeira, president of EDEN and Eszter Salamon, president of EPADetails > >
On the 8th of February 2016 the European Parents' Association (EPA) and EDEN signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of advancing separate and joint goals in recognition of their mutual interest in encouraging teachers, school students and parents to engage in a meaningful dialogue with each other and promoting lifelong learning and Active European Citizenship, raising awareness about new methods and tools in education among them, with special focus on the opportunities the digital age and new technologies offer.