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Looking ahead to the 25th anniversary year

December 23, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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As I predicted in the EDEN President's Blog one year ago (see here) 2015 proved to be a very good and successful year for EDEN. The European open, distance and e-learning community is scaling up and so is EDEN.

Throughout the year our Association continued to widen its outreach. We've increased the number and impact of our events, as well as redesigned their formats in order to enhance networking and interactivity. We've boosted our web presence and online communication,... Read full post

How expert use of technology in classrooms is boosting education results: refocusing the open classroom initiative

December 23, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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The publication last September of the OECD report “Students, Computers and Learning: Making The Connection” has caught a wide attention in the media all over the world. The idea conveyed to the public opinion was that contrary to previous belief data had shown that the use of technology in classrooms doesn’t boost education results after all. In fact, according to the study students who use computers moderately at school tend to have somewhat better learning outcomes than... Read full post

Openness Remains the Best Answer: In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks

November 24, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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The EDEN community shares the shock and sadness caused by the recent deadly attacks which have taken place in Europe and in other regions of the world, taking the life of many innocent human beings. Among these victims are students, teachers and researchers. People like us, including our colleague Sebastian Proisy, a young Parisian with whom the EDEN Secretariat had the chance to collaborate. At this moment we would like to express our sympathy and solidarity with all those whose loved ones... Read full post

Much More Than A Conference

October 26, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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As we immerse into the Autumn season, preparations speed up for next year's EDEN conferences and other events. This is therefore the best time to look back at this year's achievements and project what the future should be like. The year of 2015 has marked an exciting time for our Association as we've organised a higher number of events than ever before and all of them were quite successful and had important impact in the academic and professional community. However, the absolute... Read full post

Welcome to the Next 25 Years: EDEN Celebrates its Past, Present and Future - Guest post by Alan Tait

June 16, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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I'm sure most of us are still recovering after such an intense and truly memorable week in Barcelona at the #EDEN15, the 2015 EDEN Annual Conference. 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. A wonderful feeling of happiness, fulfilment and engagement was noticeable amongst the four hundred conference delegates. Next week, I will publish a... Read full post

Learners In The Driving Seat - Guest post by Wim van Petegem

June 3, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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All EDEN's efforts are ultimately directed at improving the learners experience as well as their empowerment. We are much aware of this. As such, learners should become ever more present and actively engaged in our activities, namely the conferences.

In the final guest post of this special series on the EDEN conference experiences, the focus will be on the learners role. The invited writer today is my colleague and friend Wim van Petegem. You can find more about Wim' background,... Read full post

Drinking From The Mnemosyne Water Spring - Guest Post by Costas Tsolakidis

June 3, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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The third guest post on the EDEN conference experiences is from EDEN Fellow Costas Tsolakidis. My good friend Costas has kindly accepted to join Sandra and Lisa in this initiative and to share with us some of his personal memories of the EDEN events. You can find more about Costas' work here. He has a large experience of the EDEN events. As you'll see, his recollections go as far back in time as 1997.

Costas offers us another great post in this special series. Inspired by Mnemosyne... Read full post

Serious Research Can Be Fun - Guest Post by Lisa Marie Blaschke

June 3, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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EDEN plays a world leading role in the dissemination of quality research on open distance and eLearning. As I've pointed out in my introduction to the recent guest post by Terry Anderson, this is a critical aspect of our association's mission and we take it quite seriously. However, this doesn't mean research dissemination should be something boring. On the contrary, serious research can also be fun.

Following up on the series of guest posts on the EDEN conference experiences,... Read full post

EDEN Train from Zagreb to Barcelona – Get on Board!- Invited Guest Post by Sandra Kucina

June 3, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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We're just one week away from the #EDEN15. The most important European yearly event for the global open, distance and eLearning research and professional community will start in only a few days in Barcelona. As always, the EDEN summer conference promises to be an exciting meeting place. It will be a unique opportunity to catch up with the most inspiring ideas, innovative developments and best practices. But, also a most valuable chance to find great networking opportunities, discuss the... Read full post

Web Presence, Social Media and Digital Identity - Guest post by Deborah Arnold

May 18, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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In one of my previous posts, entitled «Building a Roadmap», I announced that one of EDEN's exciting new initiatives in the pipeline was the redesign of our web presence. This is indeed an important part of our strategy. For EDEN the web is not just an extension of its activities. On the contrary, a major part of what the association is and does today happens on and because of the web. Our goal is therefore to develop a more integrated, interactive, dynamic, ubiquitous and open... Read full post