Upcoming events

  • Open Education Week webinar: The future of the distance education university

    2018-03-05 @ 20:00 - 21:00

    Panel discussion

    Moderator: Mark Nichols, Open University UK, EDEN Executive Committee member


    • Sir John Daniel: Sir John was Vice Chancellor of the Open University UK (1990-2001) then Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO (2001-2004) and President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning from 2004-2012.
    • Ross Paul, University of Windsor, Canada: Ross Paul served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor from 1998 to 2008, following his Presidency of Laurentian University.
    • António Teixeira, Universidade Aberta, Portugal: António is currently Director of the Department of Education and Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta. He was a member of EDEN’s Executive Committee from 2008 before becoming President in 2013 until 2016.
    • Tony Bates, CA: Tony is an e-learning and distance education consultant with worldwide clients. His career has included leadership roles at the University of British Columbia and the Open University UK.

    Questions discussed during the webinar:

    • What are the big challenges distance education universities face at the moment?
    • What do you think is their best response to these challenges?
    • Do you have a vision for the future of distance education universities? If so, what is it?
    • What is it that distance universities offer that might be unique in what will increasingly be an online education future?
    • How might distance universities become flexible to adapt to new markets and opportunities?


  • Open Education Week webinar: Challenges for quality of open educational resources

    2018-03-06 @ 13:00 - 14:00

    Panel discussion

    Moderator: Wim van  Petegem, EDEN Vice-president


    • Airina Volungeviciene, VMU, Lithuania
    • Martin Weller, Open University, UK
    • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, DHBW Karlsruhe
    • Gard Titlestad, ICDE
    • Svetlana Knyazeva, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
    • Ebba Ossiannilsson, SADE

    Questions discussed at the webinar:

    • What factors do have an impact on quality of open educational resources (and open education in general)?
    • How do we ‘measure’ quality? Or: where is the evidence?
    • How can we improve quality? What measures could be taken by the teacher/author, by the institution, by the community?
    • Should we go for a sort of accreditation (formal recognition)? Or more for a qualification (‘like’)? And how do we organize this?
    • What is the role of students, learners in the quality debate?


  • Open Education Week webinar: Grassroots open educators at work: challenges and ideas

    2018-03-07 @ 09:00 - 10:00

    Debate panel

    Moderator: Fabio Nascimbeni, EDEN Executive Committee member


    • Mihaela Banek Zorica, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,Croatia
    • Anna Maria Tammaro, Università di Parma, Italy
    • Carmen Holotescu, University “Ioan Slavici” Timisoara, Romania
    • Wayne Mackintosh, Director OER Foundation, UNESCO / ICDE Chair in OER


    The webinar will gather four higher education educators from different European countries who are using Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices in their daily teaching work, to hear from their voices what are the main challenges and motivations to apply openness in a teachers’ work. Each educator will briefly present her/his open education practice and will then participate in a final debate where we will try to distill some recommendations for other teachers on how to successfully implement open approaches in their teaching practices.


  • Open Education Week webinar: How to promote academic integrity in online education

    2018-03-09 @ 13:00 - 14:00

    SRCE and EDEN joint event

    Moderator: Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN Vice-president


    • Fredric M. Litto, Brazilian Association of Distance Education
    • Irene Glendinning, Coventry University, UK
    • Chris Edwards, The Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK


    Academic institutions often define academic integrity as intellectual honesty within academic work that is devoid of plagiarism, fabrication and dishonesty. It should be present in all types of educational settings.  Although plagiarism is not a new phenomenon it has become a greater concern lately especially in connection with online education. Questions like “is online learning creating new opportunities for plagiarism” or “how to prevent online students to use online resources without properly quoting or citing them” are becoming more present. The number of software for plagiarism detection is increasing and they are often looked at as the solution. Educational institutions, especially universities are faced with the challenge of how to solve and prevent the issue of plagiarism and to make academic integrity a highly valued standard in the academic world again. What is the best solution to do it?


  • 27th EDEN Annual Conference #eden18

    2018-06-17-2018-06-20 @ 
    University of Genoa, Via Balbi, 5, 16126 Genova GE, Italy


    Stretching the boundaries remains our focus

    The demand for people with new, enhanced skills is growing. Pressure is on all players of the online education community to keep up with new learning solutions, and better supply the skills currently demanded by growing economies.

    Digital credentials and open badges are the new currencies which are beginning to transform the economic models in education. Social and economic tensions continue to raise the issues of scalability, the micro-credentialling of education, training and skill development processes.

    Micro, meso and macro aspects provide an interesting range of lenses for considering the problem. Navigating these dimensions are the reshaping of digital pedagogy and online instructional design; and social elements including digital societal mechanisms and the position of the individual in our new era. We have need of systematic awareness and research in the critical are of sustainable socio-cultural aspects as they relate to learning. Read more…

    Call for contributions

    We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

    Join the Conference in Genova to tell
    about your research, projects and experience!

    Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

    Submissions, taking into account the Conference Scope and related to the Conference Themes are welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and Synergy formats.

    For more details on the conference, please visit the conference website.