2016 European Distance Learning Week Virtual Events

Organised by EDEN - European Distance and E-Learning Network

7-11 November

In cooperation with the National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in the US, organised by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

After a successful partnership between EDEN and USDLA in organizing National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in the US in 2015, EDEN organised the first European Distance Learning Week (EDLW), further expanding upon its collaboration with the US and other EDEN international partnerships.

5 webinars with 354 registered participants were held. The participants came from 41 different countries including 15 countries from outside Europe from Canada to Brazil, from South Africa to Nepal, encompassing all 4 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, America)  and demonstrating a strong geographical coverage and a substantial outreach.

123 participants eventually turned up. 27 facilitators contributed to the successful implementation of this initiative, among them representatives of the European Commission and the Lifelong Learning Platform. EDEN thanks the valuable contribution of the facilitators and hope that this initiative successfully contributed to the European dialog about the present state and the future of open and distance learning. All participants and facilitators receive EDEN open badges for their contribution.

The presenters’ slides can be viewed on EDEN’s SlideShare page, while the recordings can be accessed through the webinars’ separate pages.

Based on the success of the first year, we hope that we can maintain the interest in the subject and European Distance Learning Weeks will be organised also in the coming year.

2016 European Distance Learning Week: European achievements and innovations

Monday, November 7, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Moderator: Airina Volungevičienė, EDEN President

2016 Quality in open, online and technology enhanced learning

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Moderator: Wim Van Petegem, EDEN vice-president

2016 Evolving Open Education: life beyond MOOCs

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Moderator: Fabio Nascimbeni, EDEN Executive Committee member

2016 Validation and recognition of non-formal open learning

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Moderator: Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN Vice-president

2016 Digital skills in teaching and learning – are we on the right track?

Friday, November 11, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Moderator: Lisa Marie Blaschke, EDEN Vice President


Other contributions from European education organisations to European Distance Learning Week organised by EDEN

Education Policy and Digitalization

Monday, November 7, 2016, 14:00-15:00 CET
Title: Across the German borders: Digital Higher Education in the EU
Virtual venue address
Format: Presentation and discussions
Moderator: Philip Meyer, research associate at e-teaching.org
Presenters: Prof. Dr. Ulf Ehlers (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg), Christine Redecker (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, IPTS, Sevilla), Sandra Kucina Softic, ( EDEN Vice-President)
Recording of the discussion is available here

National webinar by SADE The Swedish Association for Distance Education,  Sweden

Friday, November 11, 2016, 14:00-15:00 CET
Title: The Open University at Åbo (Turku) Akademi University and Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Format: Presentation and discussions
Moderator: Ebba Ossiannilsson, EDEN EC, EDEN Fellow and EDEN NAP, Swedish Association for Distance Education, Sweden
Presenters: Majlen Saarinen,  Educational Director at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Åbo (TURKU) Akademi University and Novia University of Applied Sciences, FINLAND
Recording of the discussion is available here

EDEN also contributes to USDLA National Distance Learning Week with additional webinars.