New Members of the EDEN Executive Committee
We are happy to announce that Dr. Ing. Diana Andone and Ebba Ossiannilsson, PhD, have been elected by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Barcelona to serve as new members of the Executive Committee of EDEN from June 2015.Details > >
Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center at the Politehnica University of Timisoara in Romania. Diana runs the team who developed the university's award wining Virtual Campus CVUPT and is also lecturer at the “Politehnica” University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia and web technologies. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s life. Diana holds a PhD in Designing eLearning Spaces for Digital Students with University of Brighton, UK, an MA in European Studies, an “Learning about Open Learning”, postgraduate distance education course at the Herriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK; an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the “Politehnica” University of Timisoara, Romania. Her publication list comprises 9 books and 82 papers presented at international conferences, she is reviewer for 12 International Conferences, 4 journals, 6 best paper awards at different conferences and since 2010 Co-chair at the IADIS WWW/Internet International Conference. In 2012 she received the EDEN Fellow Title.
Ebba Ossiannilsson is the Vice-President of the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE) and researchers and staff member at the Lund University in Sweden. Ebba has served as EDEN NAP Steering Committee member, and is a long time EDEN member. She is member of the Editorial Board of EURODL. Ebba has been involved in international and national projects and networks in the areas of open and distance learning, OER, MOOC, social media, learning analytics, mobile learning and open education in general, with a special focus on quality. Her Phd thesis focused on benchmarking e-learning in higher education and led ICDE's quality standard study (Quality models in online and open education around the globe: State of the art and recommendations) in 2014-2015. Her Publication list dates back until to 2001 with a long list of research publications.
Open Classroom Conference 2015 - ODS, Athens
18-21 September 2015, Athens, Greece
In collaboration with: Ellinogermaniki Agogi
We invite all members of the educational community, particularly primary and secondary school teachers to discover the conference themes from their various points of interest. The registration to the conference is free of charge, but online registration is required.Details > >
This free event will showcase and celebrate the excellence of "change agents" from all over Europe who – having been involved with EU projects like ODS and DigiSkills – developed and improved their digital skills and competences by participating in online trainings and face to face summer schools, workshops and competitions. All teachers yet novice to these innovative projects will be able to learn from these inspirational best practices and exploit the active community members' experiences and achievements.
During the 3 days you will be able to benefit from professional development opportunities by participating in a selection of the projects’ most popular trainings and webinars in a face to face setting, while the Scholarly Contributions Day of the programme will offer strands of paper presentations and Synergy sessions where you are invited to introduce your own research and validated practice to your peers.
Collaboration Agreement signed between Contact North and EDEN
In June 2015, the collaboration agreement has been signed between the Ontario's Distance Education and Training Network - Contact North and EDEN. The aim of the collaboration is the development of strategic co-operation between the two organisations.Details > >
EDEN Fellow Awards 2015, Barcelona
The first Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards, launched on the initiative of Professor Alan Tait, former EDEN President, were presented at the 2007 Annual Conference in Naples. In 2015, this tradition was continued in Barcelona, at the Welcome Reception of the 2015 Annual Conference - #EDEN15. The 2015 Awards were announced to the Senior Fellows and Fellow present at the event, while those who couldn't join the Conference Reception were mentioned with applause.
The EDEN Senior Fellow Award is given in 2015, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:
Universal Learning Systems, Ireland
UNESCO Chair in Education & Technology, Faculty Member at the eLearn Center
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Professor in Distance Education
Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research
Athabasca University, Canada
Professor and Chair of the Study Centre on Peoples and Cultures
Dean of the Institute for Distance Learning,
Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal
The EDEN Fellow Award is given in 2015, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:
Lecturer, Centre for Teaching and Learning,
Central European University, Hungary
National University of Distance Education - UNED, Spain
Estonian e-Learning Development Centre,
Information Technology Foundation for Education, Estonia
Chief of Department, International Projects
Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Russia
Bar-Ilan University and Michlala - Jerusalem Academic College, Israel
Head of International Relations
Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Read more about the Fellow Awards here.
D4Learning 2015 - Open Classroom Conference
17-20 November 2015, in Aalborg, Denmark
In collaboration with: The Aalborg University
- New digital/educational practices;
- New digital/educational environments;
- New and innovative educational strategies;
- Design of teaching/learning for inclusion;
- Institutional policies with respect to the challenge of inclusion.
The Conference website: http://www.d4l.aau.dk/
EURODL New Articles
The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning – EURODL is an open-access peer-reviewed learned journal on distance and e-learning distributed on the Internet and indexed by ERIC, DOAJ, Cabells, EBSCO. The newly published full articles are:Details > >
- Transactional Distance and Autonomy in a Distance Learning Environment
G. Vasiloudis, M. Koutsouba, Y. Giossos, I. Mavroidis
- MOOCs as a Method of Distance Education in the Arab World – A Review Paper
Raniah Samir Adham, Karsten Oster Lundqvist
- "I am Different from Other Women in the World" The Experiences of Saudi Arabian Women Studying Online in International Master Programmes
- Who Graduates from Irish Distance University Education?
And the freshly published article in the "Brief items" section:
- The StartUP Project – A New OER Gateway to Entrepreneurship in Europe
Marta Lezzerini, Carolyn Usher
- What are Web 2.0 Competences and Why are They Important? – A Proposal to Enrich ePortfolio Standards
Hedia Mhiri Sellami
- Examining Collective Authorship in Collaborative Writing Tasks through Digital Storytelling
Click here for more information on EURODL
EDEN 2015 Annual Conference
9-12 June 2015, Barcelona
The conference through the participants' lense:
0 Day Storified | 1st Day Storified | 2nd Day Storified | 3rd Day Storified
Your compass for post-conference resources:
Recognitions of Excellence | All keynote presentations | All graphic keynote speech captures | Book of Abstracts and Synergy Projects | Edited live recordings of the plenary sessions (coming soon) | Video Interviews with keynote speakers (coming soon) | Photo album
|In collaboration with:
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Details > >
Keynote Speech Doodles
Welcome to the Next 25 Years: EDEN Celebrates its Past, Present and Future
- Guest post by Alan Tait on the President's Blog
While most of us are still catching their breath after such an intense and truly memorable week in Barcelona at the #EDEN15, it is safe to say that the conference was a great success, indeed. The topics chosen, all innovations introduced in the format and the networking opportunities provided were fully embraced by the EDEN community. In today's guest post Antonio Teixeira invited Alan Tait to share with us a brief account of the preparations of the EDEN's 25th Anniversary Year. Visit the President's blog to read the guest posts as well as other invited articles by Executive Committee members and former EDEN presidents.Details > >
Best Research and Best Practice Award 2015
Since 2008, EDEN has bestowed the Best Research Paper Award at its Annual Conferences and the bi-annual Research Workshops. The Best Practice Award is a newly introduced award that highlights and promotes best practices and encourages educational stakeholders to participate, share and collaborate. The EDEN 2015 Best Research Paper Award and Best Practice Award was granted to:
Hanne Voldborg Andersen and Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Aalborg University, DenmarkDetails > >
for their paper on
A robust selection process guarantees the high-standing of these awards for contributions to the field of open, distance and e-learning. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, with the support of a distinguished Jury.
Best Research Paper Nominees are evaluated against the following criteria:
- contributes convincingly to the theme(s) of the conference;
- deals with a research question of relevance for conference participants;
- rigorous examination/research methods are applied;
- findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined;
- conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and/or further research);
- literature is reviewed against the state of art.
In addition, authors need to confirm that at least 30% of their paper is originated for the actual conference.
Read more on the 2015 Best Research Paper and Best Practice Awards here.
EDEN Young Scholar Award
The EDEN Young Scholars Support Scheme was introduced on the occasion of the 2015 Barcelona Annual Conference. Following the strategic initiative of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation and the Oldenburg University on the occasion of the 2014 Oxford Research Workshop for the support of the best papers by young researchers, the EDEN Executive Committee decided to launch a support scheme beginning with Barcelona this year.Details > >
Two young researchers' attendance at the Conference has been supported with 600 EUR each and waived conference fee. The competition was announced with the Call for Papers to the conference. The response was convincing and following the evaluations according to the decision of the jury, the Prizes go to:
Daniel Puntis, Newcastle University, United Kingdom and Lina Xue, KU Leuven, Belgium.
Both of the winning contributions are available for download here.