EDEN is proudly hosting the European Online and Distance Learning Week (EODLW) for the sixth time! The event is organised in partnership with the Open Distance Learning Association in Australia (ODLAA) jointly with Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) who are launching the Asia-Pacific Online Distance Education (APODE) Week and with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), who will be holding its National Distance Learning Week (NDLW). A special webinar contribution by ICDE is also planned.
EDEN thanks all the participants, moderators, panelists, organisers and partner associations who supported us in hosting once again an insightful European Online and Distance Learning Week. We welcomed a total of 700 online attendees at 8 webinars, with 36 moderators and speakers. This year we renewed our partnership with USDLA, ODLAA and FLANZ. We had a special contribution from ICDE and Blackboard.
Students’ voice was represented in the session lead by Airina Volungevičienė.
We closed the EODLW series of webinars with a motivating discussion lead by Sandra Kucina, featuring Georgi Dimitrov, Josep A. Planell Estany, Mark Brown, Airina Volungevičienė and Alfredo Soeiro.
This week represented an excellent opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim to identify and pursue the good practices in online teaching and learning. Among the topics, MOOC, XR technologies, OER and microcredentials were discussed by experts in these fields.
EODLW in numbers
Why did we need a pandemic as the catalyst for the digital transformation of higher education?
The transformation has been apparent, a real transformation requires time and determination from all stakeholders involved (from Mark Brown’s speech).
We have to build new models to facilitate the online learners, digital tools shall serve us to improve communication (from Alfredo Soeiro’s speech).
Open universities have the duty to lead the digital transformation from the experience they have since before the pandemic (from Josep A. Planell Estany’s speech).
What is the role of the Digital Education Action Plan in contributing to shaping a new European Education Area?
The DEAP will support building a European digital education area, which is a priority of the European Commission. The Digital Education Hub will create an interface of cooperation between policy, research and private sector and aims to increase and deepen the dialogue with member states on the present needs in digital education (from Georgi Dimitrov’s speech).
We thank Blackboard Europe for participating in the webinar ‘Stepping up to the plate! How technology has supported ODL during and after the pandemic‘.
All webinars at EODLW 2021
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 14:00-15:30 CET
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 11:00-12:30 CET
Moderator: Alastair Creelman
Speakers: Andrei Ternauciuc, Jesús Boticario, Lisa Marie Blaschke, Annabell Busch, Nicolas Albouze
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 13:00-14:00 CET
Student Voice on the Opportunities and Benefits of Online and Distance Education during the Pandemic
Moderator: Airina Volungevičienė
Speakers: Orna Farrell, Sinead Lynch, Ausra Rutkiene, Vusala Idrisli, Tamari Ivanidze, Lina Kaminskienė, Sandra Lovrenčić
Friday, November 5, 2021, 13:00-14:30 CET
You can handle you can teach it: Use of XR technologies to enhance teaching and learning methods in online higher education
Moderators: Luis Villarejo, Gizeh Rangel-de Lazaro
Speakers: Fridolin Wild, Pierre Bourdin
Monday, November 8, 2021, NEW TIME: 15:00-16:30 CET
Moderator: Elaine Beirne
Speakers: Mark Brown, Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Conchúr Mac Lochlainn
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 13:00-14:30 CET
Multisectoral collaboration for OER: adaptation and development to ensure quality Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (ICDE contribution)
Moderators: Anaïs Røed Malbrand
Speakers: Jacques Dang, Alan Masson, Ebba Ossiannilsson
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 19:00-19:45 CET
Global Perspectives Panel
Joint association webinar in the frame of USDLA National Distance Learning Week
Join this session to learn from senior executives of our peer organisations around the world. Speakers:
- Mr. Eric Jones, President-Elect of the United States Distance Learning Association
- Dr. Mark Brown, Vice President of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)
- Dr. Josep Duart, President of the EDEN Digital Learning Europe
- Dr. Simon Paul Atkinson, President of the Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ)
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 12:00-13:30 CET
Moderator: Sandra Kučina Softić
Speakers: Georgi Dimitrov, Josep A. Planell Estany, Mark Brown, Airina Volungevičienė, Alfredo Soeiro