EDEN Annual Conference June – New Keynote, Young Scholars’ Grant

EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference – UNED-Madrid
Submissions welcome till 17 May – Young Scholars Grants

“Lessons from a pandemic for the future of education”

Conference Call

Dear Members, Partners and Friends,

Be kindly reminded that after the first submission deadline, 31 March for the EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, hosted by the National Distance Education University UNED on 21-24 June submissions are still welcome till 17 May. Early submissions (having arrived by 31 March) will be evaluated within two weeks. We are also glad to introduce a new keynote speaker and announce that the Young Scholars Grants will be bestowed at the Conference thanks to the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning. The EDEN 2021 PhD Symposium Madrid will be organized on 21 June, in the frame of the event. 2021 marks EDEN’s 30th Anniversary year, hence a special debate of EDEN Presidents entitled “Session on Lessons of Past Milestones and Future Perspectives” will be included in the porgramme.

Special Conference Sessions

  • The new Digital Europe Action Plan and the Experience of the EU Education and Training DELTA working group
  • The Madrid EDEN Microcredential Declaration preparation workshop
  • EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals – new trajectories with the fresh Steering Committee
  • The EDEN European Journal – EURODL: with new Chief Editor, new online platform and services in 2021
  • EDEN 30th anniversary – lessons from the past and perspectives for the future
  • After the Brexit – the EDEN Future: Digital Learning Europe Association
  • The EDEN Fellows Council: advice and advocacy from our awarded members
  • R4C – Reflecting4Change: the use of self-reflection tools as vehicles to support innovation and systemic change in schools to become digitally mature and open. Interconnection with the Selfie tool.

New keynote

Darcy Hardy
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs,
North America Higher Education, Blackboard Inc.

The full list of keynotes can be visited here

Young Scholars Grants

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support 4 young scholars or teams of young scholars with a grant of 300 Euros for submitting a significant contribution (Full paper) to the EDEN Annual Conference.Eligible for the Young Scholars Grants are degree-programme and doctoral students, who individually or in teams submit original research papers to the EDEN Annual Conference in Madrid. The paper will be presented by young scholar(s). Team work with senior scholars are accepted, however it must be declared that the major part of the paper has been authored by young scholar(s). Young scholars who apply for the grant will take part in the EDEN Best Research Paper Award competition, which is based on evaluation results that follow five standard evaluation criteria: (i)The paper deals with a research question; (ii) rigorous examination/research methods are applied; (iii) findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined; (iv) conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and further research; (v) literature is reviewed against the state of art.

The grants will be handed out by bank transfer after the EDEN Annual Conference in Madrid.

Eligible candidates are invited to contact the organisers at: madrid2021@eden-online.org before submitting their Full Paper.

EDEN NAP webinar recording available

EDEN thanks all participants for the EDEN NAP webinar ‘What do I do as an educator with learning analytics?’ on Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 17:00 CEST. The recording of the webinar can be watched by clicking the button below.


30 years of serving and supporting education – shaping education for a post Covid era

In 2021 EDEN is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. We look forward to sharing the pleasure of this special year with our members, partners and friends. Please read the blog post of EDEN President Sandra Kučina Softić reflecting on this special occasion. Read here.

We also invite all of you to send, upload, share your memories, experience, memorable moments, including  your reflections, comments and ideas to EDEN throughout the anniversary year on the newly introduced EDEN30 website.