EDEN Research Workshop – Session Highlights


“Enhancing the Human Experience of Learning with Technology: New Challenges for Research in Digital, Open, Distance & Networked Education”

Dear EDEN Members, Partners, and Friends,

Only three weeks to go to the 11th EDEN Research Workshop, and EDEN is delighted with the vast number of submissions received and having developed a comprehensive and insightful programme! Please make sure to register for the online event on 21-23 October, hosted by LE@DUniversidade Aberta (UAb) Lisbon. Your can register until 15 October HERE!
The programme of plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops and moderated poster sessions has been expanded with a much needed and promising event: a Roundtable discussion on the impact of open research, open access and the new forms of digital publication on 23 October. The Eden Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards, the Best Research Paper Award and the Young Scholars’ Grants will also be presented at the conference. 
To take a peak into the detailed programme of the RW EDEN is organising a special roundtable webinar on Monday, 17 October at 17.00 CEST as a part of our successful ‘Education in time of a new normal’ #onlinetogether #covid19 webinar series. 

Roundtable discussion

“The impact of open research, open access and the new forms of digital publication” 
23 October 10.00-11.00 CEST

  • Chair: Inés Gil-Jaureña (EDEN NAP and UNED, Spain)
  • Speakers: Josep M. Duart (EDEN VP and UOC, Spain); Rory McGreal (Athabasca University, Canada: Unesco Chair in OER), Eloy Rodrigues (University of Minho, Portugal; President of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories) & Allison Littlejohn (University College London, UK)      

Enhancing the Human Experience of Learning with Technology: New Challenges for Research in Digital, Open, Distance & Networked Education

Programme and Oxford-style debate

One of the highlights of the Research Workshop will be the Oxford-style debate on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on research in open, distance and online learning in a networked society.
The debate is a format based on a predetermined statement – also called a “motion” – from two opposing perspectives.

Speakers of the Oxford-style debate

Alan Tait
Chair of the debate
Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, Open University, UK

Mar Pérez-Sanagustín
PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning
Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse III, France

Cristina Costa
Assistant Professor, School of Education
Durham University, UK

Keynote speakers

Tony Bates
Research Associate, Contact North | Contact Nord, Canada



Maha Bali
Associate Professor of Practice Center for Learning and Teaching, American University, Cairo

Inés Gil Jaurena
Professor at UNED, Madrid Area, Spain


Ellen Helsper
Professor of Digital Inequalities, London School of Economics, UK


Terry Anderson
Professor Emeritus of Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada

António Sampaio da Nóvoa
Portuguese Ambassador to the UNESCO
Former Rector of the University of Lisbon



Martin Weller
Director – OER Hub at The Open University Cardiff, UK


Important Dates and Deadlines

Registration Deadline 15 October 2020
Conference dates: 21-23 October 2020

EDEN 2020 PhD Symposium

The EDEN 2020 PhD Symposium Lisbon will be organised on 21 October. The Symposium, held in previous years in BarcelonaBrugesDublin and online has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology-enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts. The programme is available here. 

Young Scholars Grant

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support young scholars or teams of them with a grant of 600 Euros for successfully submitting a research paper to be presented at the Research Workshop. Eligible for the Young Scholars’ Grants are degree-programme and doctoral students, who submit papers that are originated for the Research Workshop and will be presented by young scholar(s). For details click here


Accepted presentations will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Registered delegates will have electronic access to the full version of contributions. Publications will be openly accessible after the Workshop. Selected authors will be invited to submit to a special issue of EURODL. The best poster submissions will be published as short papers in RE@D, a journal edited by LE@D and Universidade Aberta. Awarded and accepted papers can be submitted to the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, a Web of Science (SSCI) and Scopus indexed journal edited by UOC, Universidad de Los Andes (Colòmbia), Dublin City University (Ireland) and Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), and published by SpringerOpen.

Lisbon, Portugal

The conference is hosted by LE@DUniversidade Aberta (UAb) Lisbon, Portugal