25th Anniversary Special Recognitions
In 2016, the European Distance and E-Learning Network celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its establishment. As a part of our celebrations, special 25th Anniversary Recognitions were awarded during the Conference Gala Dinner.
EDEN 25th Anniversary Globe
Awarded to our most outstanding colleagues who have consistently supported EDEN throughout the last 25 years and made decisive contributions to the foundation, consolidation and growth of the Association:Details > >
Sir John Daniel
Award of Institutional excellence
EDEN acknowledges with special thanks the continuous valuable support to the development of the Association over the years and the international collaboration in open, distance and e-learning of:
The Open University, UK. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Mark Nichols.
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Marta Aymerich.
Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Sofoklis Sotiriou.
Flexible Education Norway. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Torhild Slåtto.
Certificate of honour awarded by the Executive Committee to:
for their leadership and consistent support to EDEN throughout the years, contributing in a significant way to the development of the Association and its international collaborations in open, distance and e-learning.
Certificate of excellence was awarded to
for her long term exceptional commitment, the smart and generous contributions to the success of the Association over the years.
EDEN Fellow awards 2016, Budapest
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 2016, this tradition was continued in Budapest, at the Welcome Reception of the 2016 Annual Conference - #EDEN16.Details > >
The EDEN Senior Fellow Award was given in 2016, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:
University of Burgundy, France
Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Canada
Universidade Aberta, Portugal
The EDEN Fellow Award was given in 2016, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:
Sero Consulting Ltd., United Kingdom
University Roma III, Italy
Flexible Education Norway (FuN), Norway
Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen
Aalborg University, Denmark
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
The Young Scholar Award was given in 2016, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
KAPTÁR Visual Arts Workshop and Archive
The Best Practice Initiative Award ceremony was held at the conference gala dinner and went to:
Nelson Ribeiro Jorge, Willem Frederik van Valkenburg and Sofia Dopper,
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
for the conference paper on The TU Delft Online Learning Experience: From Theory to Practice
The Best Research Paper Award, also held at the conference gala dinner, was given to:
Jieun Lim and Jennifer Richardson,
Purdue University, United States of America
for the conference paper on How Social Networking Experience relates to Social Presence and attitude of Using SNS in education
Read more about the our recognitions and awards here
Logo Design Contest
As part of EDEN’s 25th anniversary celebration activities we are refreshing our visual identity. Following the presentation of our new web portal at the EDEN 2016 Annual Conference, now we would like to follow up this phase by announcing an EDEN Logo Design Contest with the aim to allow our professional community to take an active part in the development of our Association’s new look.
Read more about the contest here.Details > >
EDEN 2016 Annual Conference - #eden16
14-17 June 2016
RE-WATCH THE PLENARY SESSIONS
- Plenary session livestream - Wednesday - Sir John Daniel, János Józsa, Antonio Teixeira, Deborah Arnold, Tony Bates, Lesley Wilson
- Plenary session livestream - Thursday - Ingeborg Bø, Antonio Teixeira, Yves Punie, Melissa Highton, Danny Arati, Susan Aldridge
- Plenary session livestream - Friday - Andrea Karpati, Michael G. Moore, Cristóbal Cobo, Steve Wheeler, Tony Bates, Olaf Zawaczki-Richter, André Petzold
Daily #EDEN16 Social DigestDetails > >
MEET OUR KEYNOTES
- Tony Bates, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate
- Lesley Wilson, European University Association, Secretary General
- António Teixeira, President of EDEN
- Yves Punie, Senior scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
- Michael G. Moore, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education The Pennsylvania State University USA
- Danny Arati, Intel, former Education Manager, Europe
- Melissa Highton, Director of the Learning, Teaching and Web Services Division, University of Edinburgh
- Cristóbal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
- Susan Aldridge, Senior Vice President for Online Learning and President of Drexel University Online
- Paul Bacsich, Coordinator, Open Education Working Group, and Senior Consultant, SeroHE
- Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos, Board member of Open Education Consortium and Vice-President of the Brazilian Distance Education Association - ABED
- Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education
- János Józsa, Rector of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
This EDEN Conference is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.
For your diary: 9th EDEN Research Workshop - EDEN RW9, 4-7 October 2016, Oldenburg
Scope | Themes | Structure of Sessions | Call for Contributions | Submission Categories | Submission
Forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning: Reaching from the roots
Building on the success of our thematic conference 2 years ago in Oxford, EDEN is pleased to announce that EDEN RW9 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
There Are No Limits to EDEN
Last week, at the 25th EDEN Annual General Meeting, I completed my term as President of the Association. The baton was passed to the new President Airina Volungeviciene, to whom I wish all the best in her new role.
At this significant moment, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the EDEN community for their support, engagement and contribution throughout these last three years. Similarly, I would like to thank the members of EDEN for the opportunity they gave me to serve, in this capacity, the largest and most dynamic European Association in our field.Details > >
My idea of leadership is a very personal one. Let me share it with you through a story that is special to me.
EDEN is Different
This is the week of the EDEN16, the largest and probably the best academic and professional conference in Europe in the field of open, distance and eLearning. Year after year since 1992, the community is gathering in June for the EDEN Annual Conference. After the first one in Krakow, 20 other major European cities have hosted the conference at its 25 occasions so far. No less than ten thousand delegates had attended the different editions and shared the EDEN Conference experience. Looking back and forward to the history of such major annual event, what did actually strike us the most?Details > >
To inspire you on your reflection about this questions, I’ve invited today my good friend Andras Szucs, Secretary General of EDEN, to share with you his insights and personal recollections of the many editions of the EDEN conference. Naturally, to reflect on the 25 various EDEN conferences is also the sharing of a personal account about the experience of belonging to the EDEN community and also to analyse the evolution of the Association throughout these 25 years of service. Andras has kindly accepted that challenge too.
The connection of Andras to EDEN is deep and enduring. He has been the Association’s Secretary General since 1997, accumulating in the process a truly amazing experience, almost without parallel, that has been a tremendously valuable asset for our organisation. The continuity of EDEN throughout these decades is in many ways a result of the solid organisational development work carried out by the Association’s Secretariat under the responsibility of Andras and also his capability to advise wisely the Presidents and the Executive Committee. During my term, I had the opportunity to fully benefit from this great advantage as a leader.
In his most interesting post, Andras looks into the history of EDEN and shares a significant episode of the early days. His conclusion, that EDEN has become a pillar for the modernisation of education, is very appropriate. It should be said though that Andras was a major contributor to that reality we’re so proud of.
I hope to see you soon in Budapest, at the EDEN16. Come and join us for the celebrations of the Association’s Silver Jubilee.
Post-Millennium EDEN Through the Eyes of a President
Gues post on the President's blog by Erwin Wagner
We complete today the special series of guest blog posts by former EDEN Presidents on EDEN’s 25 years of service to the open, distance and eLearning community. For the conclusion of this memorable cycle of reflections, I have the privilege and the pleasure of sharing with you the contribution of our former President Erwin Wagner. He was the leader of our Association from 2000 to 2003.Details > >
Erwin was the President who drove EDEN into the new Millennium and celebrated the Association’s first decade (1991-2001). This symbolic milestone is not just a happy coincidence, but a good metaphor for his Presidency’s legacy. To borrow the words of my dear friend Ulrich Bernath, the chief editor of EURODL, Erwin made a substantial contribution to the consolidation of EDEN as the leading European association in our field. It was under his vision and leadership that the Association adopted his current name: European Distance and E-Learning Network, instead of the original European Distance Education Network. This was the result of a bold and expertly organised effort of modernisation, which included the refreshing of the brand and raising its profile. He was also responsible for strengthening the Association by strongly emphasising the necessity of professional and academic development.
Although I didn’t experience those exciting days in EDEN, I can relate to the enduring legacy of Erwin’s Presidency. My personal view about Erwin is that of a kind and generous colleague whom I’ve learned to deeply respect and appreciate.
In this final post of the series, Erwin looks at EDEN from a very interesting and original perspective in which he shares a very insightful analysis on how EDEN has evolved since the start of the Millenium. Erwin highlights factors of major importance in our Association’s more recent transformation, namely, EDEN’s new global leading role. He finally claims that EDEN is already part of the history of our field. This is quite true indeed and we’re very proud to carry this great legacy which resulted also from the work of such visionary leaders as my good friend and past president Erwin Wagner.
I wish you’ll enjoy reading as much as I did this delightful post by Erwin.
EDEN - A Community for Collaboration
Guest post on the President's Blog by Ingeborg Boe
As we approach the end of the special series of guest blog posts by former EDEN Presidents who have kindly shared their visions and experiences, I’m honoured to introduce the contribution of our former President Ingeborg Boe. She led the Association from 2003 to 2007, making her term the longest so far, and prior to that she was also a Vice-President.Details > >
Ingeborg’s presidency had an impact on EDEN in many ways. Her progressive, optimistic and sensible approach represented at best a time of great expansion for the field in Europe and also for EDEN. She remained a most beloved and respected member of our professional community and a true symbol of EDEN. For me personally, Ingeborg represented from the first moment we’ve met a most kind and reliable friend who helped me and my University in a very important moment of our history. It was under Ingeborg’s presidency that EDEN took the decision to organise an event in Lisbon – this was our first conference in Portugal. More recently, during my time as President, she has also been a wonderful advisor.
Ingeborg’s account takes us on an exciting journey to the days of her presidency and beyond. In her very personal open style she highlights the fundamental mission of our Association - to foster collaboration, and also the importance of combing it with the human dimension of our academic and professional community. In fact, it was Ingeborg who first described the EDEN community as a family. This metaphor is still valid today.
I hope you’ll enjoy this excellent post by my dear friend, Ingeborg.