The 20th Annual EDEN Conference in Dublin was again a great success with 425 delegates from 40 countries from all over the world. The event was rich both in content and in collaboration opportunities. We thank all delegates for their attendance, valuable inputs and contribution to the achievements and nice atmosphere of the conference. See further information on video recordings of the keynote sessions and downloadable keynote presentations, the Best Paper Award and the EDEN Fellow Awards below.
|Mary McAleese, President of Ireland addressed the conference||Morten Paulsen EDEN President with keynote speakers Sir John Daniel and Dennis Pamlin|
To read the most interesting contributions (PPT) of key presenters, please, visit the Keynotes’ site.
Thanks to IADT and Polycom Inc, the 20th Annual Conference plenary sessions were webcast and recorded:
- Monday, 20 June – Plenary Session 1
- Tuesday, 21 June – Plenary Session 2
- Wednesday, 22 June – Plenary Session 3
Monday, 20 June – Plenary Session 1:
Conference Welcome Address
Morten Flate Paulsen, EDEN President
20 Years of Distance Education in the Garden of EDEN: Good News and Bad News
Sir John Daniel, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
Information, Knowledge and Wisdom in the 21st Century: Transformative Transparency and Mobile Connectivity, Implications when e-Learning Becomes the Main Way of Learning?
Dennis Pamlin, Director, UN Global Compact, and WWF Consultant, Senior associate at CASS (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
Address from Her Excellency Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
Tuesday, 21 June – Plenary Session 2:
Mobile Innovations and Causing Evolution in the Education Ecosystem
Paul Kim, Stanford University School of Education, United States of America
Technology Trends Driving Learning Opportunities
Clare Dillon, Microsoft Ireland, Ireland
Context, Authenticity and Learning in the Real World
Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu (Bridge to Learning), United Kingdom
Wednesday, 22 June – Plenary Session 3:
eLearning and Sustainability: Quality over Quantity?
Kevin O Rourke, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
In Headwind and Tailwind – Teaching from Arctic and Antarctica
Liv Arnesen, Norwegian Refugee Council, Norway
Valuing Learning for All, Everywhere and in Any Mode: A Dream?
Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal
Best Research Paper Award
This year two papers were awarded for their outstanding quality at the Conference Dinner:
Student Perceptions and Preferences for Tertiary Online Courses: Does Prior High School Distance Learning Make a Difference?
Dale Kirby, Dennis B. Sharpe, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada & Michael K. Barbour, Wayne State University, United States of America
Local Support for Online Learners with Possible Learning Disabilities
Torstein Rekkedal, NKI Distance Education and Norwegian School of Information Technology, Norway
Both papers as well as previous years’ Best Research Papers are donwloadable from our Publications’ site.
EDEN Fellow Awards
This year’s Fellow Awards have been announced during the Welcome Reception of the 20th Anniversary Conference. The EDEN President handed over the Fellow Certificates to:
- Tapio Koskinen, Aalto University Professional Development (Aalto PRO), Finland
- Natalia Tikhomirova, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Russia
- Andy diPaolo, Stanford Center for Professional Development, Stanford University, USA
- Jim Devine, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland
- Ilaria Mascitti, Consorzio FOR.COM, Italy
- Rafi Nachmias, Tel Aviv University, Israel
A selection of the Conference photos are available here.
The pictures of Davide Calenda on the conference at Slideshare can be viewed here.
You are invited to re-visit the conference web and check the conference social web services on Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin which reflects nicely the good atmosphere and interesting moments of the event.
We are looking forward to continue the collaboration with you and meeting at future EDEN conferences again.