Having celebrated its 25th anniversary, EDEN continues its mission to serve the outstanding network of academics and professionals who keep working to develop and improve open, collaborative, technology enhanced and enabled learning environments for education.
EDEN RW9 returned to Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg after 12 years, to recall the development of ODL, to measure the progress of key research issues, to reflect and compare research questions raised in 2004 and 2016, and to identify new research questions for ODL and TEL. Outstanding contributions followed the track of the development of methodology of the research in ODL, socio – economic aspects of technology enabled learning, validation of learners, learner characteristics and learning needs, mobile learning and learning for inclusion, open education strategies, cases of modernization of education, emerging virtual exchange practices and much more. The Oxford debate exploited the characteristics of personalization of learning, creating discussions in informal conference surroundings.
EDEN Governance felt discussion should continue without waiting for another EDEN regular event, but on European level. Having thought this, the Oldenburg conference dinner was the best spot to spread around the idea of organizing European Distance Learning Week, in partnership with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)! The Oldenburg surroundings served as the best setting again!