EDEN 2016 Annual Conference - #eden16
14-17 June 2016
PROGRAMME– “OXFORD-STYLE DEBATE ON MOOCS”
The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, moderated poster, demo sessions and synergy strand.
The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 14 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 17 June. The programme structure can be seen here.
A special Oxford-Style Debate session will be held about the standing of MOOCs and business models of openness.
NEW KEYNOTES ANNOUNCEDDetails > >
SIR JOHN DANIEL IS DINNER SPEAKER AT THE GALA DINNER
We are delighted to announce that EDEN Founder Sir John Daniel, former Vice-Chancellor of the Open University UK, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education and President of the Commonwealth of Learning accepted the invitation to be the Dinner Speaker at the Conference Dinner on 16 June when we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of EDEN.
GALA DINNER VENUE ANNOUNCED
The five course Gala Dinner with selected wines will be held at the Pesti Vigado, one of Budapest’s gems, which lies on the World Heritage Site of the Danube embankment. Read more about the gala dinner here.
The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.
The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, participation in the short training courses, the electronic Conference Proceedings and the Book of Abstracts, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the days of the conference. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.
Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee.
All attendees (presenters or audience) are required to register by completing the form and arranging their respective payments.
Knowing how important continuous professional development is nowadays, EDEN wishes to cater to your needs. The foreseen selection of training sessions will include 120 minute short courses about the effective use of social media for teaching and learning, creating animations to support your teaching and the design and issuing of open badges.
First Keynotes Announced!
We are proud to introduce the keynote speakers for the Annual Conference, see the full list here.
The powerful combination of the ’information age’ and the disruption caused by unstable environments provides the impetus to look afresh and identify new models and approaches for education.
Learn about our Young Scholars' Support here.
This EDEN Conference is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.
New Vice President of EDEN
We are delighted to announce that Wim van Petegem was elected as Vice President of EDEN during the last Executive Commitee meeting in April, his position taking effect immediately.
Professor van Petegem is currently active at KU Leuven's Faculty of Engineering Technology as Expert inMulticampus & Engineering Education. He has been serving in the EDEN Executive Committee since 2009.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Van Petegem was born in Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium, on May 18th, 1964. He received the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering at the Rijksuniversiteit Gent, in 1987, with a thesis on Analysis of sound and vibration signals for fault detection and diagnosis of a harvest combiner.
He also received the MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in 1989, with a thesis on Signal Processing for Electrical Impedance Tomography.
He was Research Fellow at the same university, in the Department of Electrical Engineering, in the division ESAT-MICAS, from September 1987 till September 1993, interrupted for one year military service. In 1993, he got a PhD degree, with the thesis Iterative Solutions to Electronic Problems, based on Finite Element Methods: Electro-Thermal Simulation and Electrical Impedance Tomography.
Afterwards, he went to the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, for post-doctoral research on optical immunosensors. He worked there at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Immunology.
From October 1994, till September 1996, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in the Division of Biomechanics and Engineering Design, working in the field of rehabilitation engineering.
From October 1996 until October 1998, he was Senior Researcher with LINOV, the Leuvens Institute for Innovative Learning at the K.U. Leuven, involved in research on the introduction of ICT in education.
From September 1998, he was Assistant Professor at the Science and Technology Department at the Open University of the Netherlands, involved in research on Web-based learning and in education on ICT and management.
In 2000, he returned to Leuven, where he became parttime senior researcher at LINOV (K.U.Leuven) and parttime lecturer at the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, Department of Economics. In 2002, he was appointed director of AVNet, a central support unit at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, for audiovisual and new educational technologies. Currently he is active at KU Leuven's Faculty of Engineering Technology as Expert Multicampus & Engineering Education.
For your diary: 9th EDEN Research Workshop, 4-7 October 2016, Oldenburg
Forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning: Reaching from the roots
Building on its success of the research workshop in Oxford, EDEN is pleased to announce its Ninth Research Workshop organised in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in Oldenburg, Germany.Details > >
Invited keynote speakers include
- Olaf Zawacki-Richter (Germany), Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
- Paul Prinsloo (South Africa), University of South Africa
- Inge de Waard (UK), Open University UK
- George Veletsianos (Canada), Royal Roads University
- Adnan Qayyum (USA), Pennsylvania State University
- Isa Jahnke (USA/Germany), University of Missouri
- Som Naidu (Australia), Swinburne University of Technology
ASEF Open Call for Students' Applications
On the occasion of the upcoming 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) together with its partners will organise the 7th Model ASEM on 6-10 July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Model ASEM is a 3-day youth conference and political simulation of the ASEM Summit.Details > >
Reinventing Universities: The critical role of leadership
At the start of my academic career, some 25 years ago, I had the chance of working closely with Professor José Enes (1924-2013), then the Vice-rector of the Portuguese open university, Universidade Aberta (UAb). José Enes was one of the most important Portuguese philosophers of the 20th century and I had the honour of being his «last» assistant. Although very intense, our collaboration at UAb lasted only for three years. However, soon after his retirement we continued working together for several years. He invited me to help him organize the accreditation process of the University degrees in Philosophy in our country and we’ve assured it for the initial two full cycles. Professor Enes presided the evaluation committee and I was its Secretary and rapporteur. Afterwards, we remained very close friends until his death. Roberto Carneiro, EDEN Senior Fellow, was another of his great friends and admirers.Details > >
José Enes was a great philosopher and a gentle and kind human being. But, he was also an outstanding academic and an inspiring leader with an acute strategic vision. Enes masterminded the creation of the University of the Azores, of which he was the founding Rector, and was involved in the launch of the Portuguese Catholic University, where he was the first Vice-rector, amongst other initiatives. However, the most important feature I would like to evoke in this post is that Professor Enes combined as an academic leader a set of features and experiences which allowed him to build a holistic but also deep understanding of what universities are and how they should be governed.
In fact, he was a researcher who also did research about education and the historical role of universities, at the same time as a teacher who continuously reflected upon his teaching methods and how students learn, and a leader who never stopped questioning the deep meaning and social purpose of the university institution. On top of that, Enes was passionate about technology and its potential uses. He managed to articulate all of these different dimensions in an integrated philosophically-grounded vision.
We all know that leadership plays a critical role in modernising Universities for the digital age. However, inspirational leadership alone is not enough. As the example of José Enes demonstrates, in order to be effective, truly transformational leadership has to include a combination of strategic thinking, a deep understanding of what the essence, purpose, values and dynamics of these institutions are and the knowledge of their social and cultural context. To these should be added a touch of warmth and care as well.
In order to share a personal insight on these complex processes, I’ve invited today my dear friend Belinda Tynan to contribute to the EDEN President’s Blog. Belinda is a widely-known expert and a much experienced institutional leader. She is just completing her task as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, where she has lead an important transformation process. As you most surely know, Belinda was until very recently a member of EDEN’s Executive Committee too. She will be returning now to her native Australia, but I’m proud to share with you that she will stay in our professional EDEN circle as an individual member.
In her beautiful reflection, Belinda reviews the different styles of leadership, shares insights on her rich personal experiences as follower and leader and analyses the impact executive officers can have today in complex organisations such as a University in the midst of the current challenges of our field. Finally, she reminds us of the importance of context in institutional transformational processes. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this wonderful and moving personal account.
European Commission ET2020 Working Groups mandates announced
EDEN is proud to announce that its nominee Ms. Deborah Arnold has become mandated into the WG on Digital skills and competences (WGDSC), while two other prominent EDEN representatives Dr. Andras Szucs, Secretary General of the Network and Ms. Sandra Kucina Softic, Excecutive Commitee member of EDENhas become WG mandate on behalf of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia respectively.Details > >
ET 2020 Working Groups are informal Commission expert groups at the service of the ET 2020 framework. The primary focus of the Working Groups is to benefit the Member States in their work of furthering policy development through mutual learning and the identification of good practices.
The recent call establishing the WGs for the period 2016 – 2018 concerned the following six Groups:
- Working Group on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and nondiscrimination through education (WGC)
- Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences (WGDSC)
- Working Group on Adult Learning (WGAL)
- Working Group on Vocational Education and Training (WGVET)
- Working Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education (WGHE)
- Working Group Schools (WGS)
For more information on the WGs please visits the European Commissions website
#EDENChat: Which personal technologies?
#EDENChat is a scheduled online discussion event on Twitter where anyone can join in and contribute to the discussions on current issues in distance, open and e-learning.
The latest #EDENChat on 23 March was entitled "Which personal technologies?", moderated by Steve Wheeler. Read the archived discussion here.
The next #EDENChat will be the EDEN Conference Special - Live from Budapest on 14 June.Details > >
Previous #EDENChats are listed in the NAP Community page of the EDEN website according to topics.
Taking the Hype out of the Hype Cycle
The history of educational technology has been mostly dominated by an overconfident optimism and sometimes even blind faith in the future. In our circles, the majority of speakers and opinion-makers still try to show educational technology development as a coherent narrative of sequential dialectical oppositions in which the new replaces the old, to use Manuel Castells’ characterization of the Information and Knowledge society. However, our real history is not a straightforward succession of cumulative achievements. It has been a complex itinerary, a difficult navigation through many exciting possibilities, different promising scenarios and contradictory inspiring dreams, but also surprising failures and unanticipated obstacles, unavoidable errors and powerful fears.Details > >
The deconstruction of the progressive narrative in educational technology shouldn’t lead us though to a cynical position. By the contrary, we should try to understand the phenomena on a wider and more holistic perspective. Innovation in education cannot be seen as just a simple application of a new method or the use of a new tool. It is usually the result of a cultural transformation process. This has also been the traditional understanding of EDEN and its community. In fact, we have never tried to play the role of the uncritical advocate of every each new educational technology development emerging. No, we don’t see ourselves as preachers. But, as experts. In this way, we fulfil our mission by focusing on building a shared analytical understanding on the adoption and use of the different emergent approaches to educational technology, based on solid research and proven successful practice within specific cultural contexts.
In today’s guest post, I’ve invited my good friend and colleague Mark Brown to reflect precisely on this topic. Mark is a much experienced and very well-known global expert in our field. I’m very proud that he’s just joined EDEN’s Executive Committee as I’m sure he’ll make a great contribution to our Association.
In his critical analysis, Mark discusses the deterministic narrative used in educational technology discourse and suggests an alternative new ecological perspective which builds up on the metaphor of digital resilience. His point being the importance of focusing innovation on the internal transformation of organizational culture instead of imposing it to educational institutions from the outside.
New Member of the EDEN Executive Committee
We are happy to announce that Mark Brown, PhD, has been co-opted to serve as the new member of the Executive Committee of EDEN from February 2016.
Professor Brown is Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) based at Dublin City University (DCU). Before taking up this position and Ireland’s first Chair in Digital Learning in February of 2014, he was previously Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University in New Zealand. At Massey he was also Director of the Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance (DELFA).Details > >
Professor Brown’s main research interests are in Higher Education and in particular the areas of policy development, the societal benefits of university-level education, teaching and learning development, online, blended and digital learning, student success and engagement, and the nature of the student learning experience. He serves on several international journal editorial boards and has published extensively in the areas of online, blended and digital learning. In total, he has produced overly 300 scholarly publications and presentations.
He was President of the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ) prior to his arrival at DCU, and was until recently Treasurer and an executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). Ascilite is the peak professional body for digital learning in Australia and New Zealand. He is a recipient of a National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching and remains a member of the New Zealand Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. He currently chairs the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Steering Committee for the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).
The European Parents' Association and EDEN sign a Memorandum of Understanding
António Teixeira, president of EDEN and Eszter Salamon, president of EPADetails > >
On the 8th of February 2016 the European Parents' Association (EPA) and EDEN signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of advancing separate and joint goals in recognition of their mutual interest in encouraging teachers, school students and parents to engage in a meaningful dialogue with each other and promoting lifelong learning and Active European Citizenship, raising awareness about new methods and tools in education among them, with special focus on the opportunities the digital age and new technologies offer.