Since 2008, EDEN is continuously granting the Best Research Paper Award at EDEN’s Annual Conferences as well as at EDEN’s bi-annual Research Workshops. A high quality standard selection process shall guarantee the branding of a distinguished and reputable award for scholarly conference papers in the field of open, distance and e-learning.
The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning and is supported by a Jury. Members of the Jury for the 2020 EDEN Best Research Paper Award are Dianne Conrad (Chair), Ph.D., Athabasca University (retired), Canada; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board EURODL; Inés Gil Jaurena, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board EURODL; Lina Morgado, Associate Professor, Researcher at LE@D- Distance Education and Elearning Laboratory, Universidade Aberta (UAb), Portugal; Aras Bozkurt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Distance Education, Anadolu University, Turkey; Ulrich Bernath and Thomas Hülsmann, Directors and Trustees of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, Oldenburg, Germany.
Of 45 conference papers submitted and completed by the extended deadline for submissions on September 29th, 2020, 10 conference papers were short-listed for the competition.The winner, announced on 22 October at the 11th EDEN Research Workshop is:
Irène Charbonneau, Stockholm University, Sweden for the paper entitled: “Social Presence and Educational Technologies in an Online Distance Course in Finnish Higher Education: A Social Constructivist Perspective”.
In 2020, EDEN introduces the new Best Research in Progress Award as well. The prize recognises the quality of the research in progress being presented in the full posters category at EDEN’sbi-annual Research Workshops. An innovative selection process blending standard high quality procedures and more open and participative processes assures the impact and value of this new recognition for scholarly full posters describing ongoing research in the field of open, distance and e-learning. The selection process took place in collaboration with RE@D – Revista de Educação a Distância e eLearning and was divided in two phases. A specially appointed jury preselected three nominees.
Members of the Jury for the 2020 EDEN Best Research in Progress Award are Alda Pereira (Chair), Associate Professor, Universidade Aberta (retired), Portugal; Editor-in-Chief of RE@D; Antonella Poce, Associate Professor, Department of Education, Università Degli Studi Roma Tre (UniRoma3), Italy; Vlad Mihaescu, PhD, Associate Professor, Politehnica University of Timisoara (UPT), Romania; António Quintas Mendes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Researcher at LE@D – Distance Education and Elearning Laboratory, Universidade Aberta (UAb), Portugal; Isolina Oliveira, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (retired), Researcher at LE@D – Distance Education and Elearning Laboratory, Universidade Aberta (UAb), Portugal.
A total of 16 full posters submitted was considered for the competition. The jury shortlisted three finalists, and the winner of the BRiPA was finally chosen by the conference participants voting on the best full poster submitted. The winner, announced on 23 October at the 11th EDEN Research Workshop is:
DISTANCE LEARNING VERSUS EMERGENCY REMOTE LEARNING: PORTUGUESE SCHOOLS IN A TURNING POINT FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION?
Ana Afonso, Antonieta Rocha, Maria João Spilker, Lina Morgado, Laboratory of Distance Education & eLearning, Universidade Aberta, Portugal