Alan Bruce's Friends' blogs

The Way Ahead for Open, Distance and Digital Education - Guest post by Terry Anderson

May 11, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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In a time of such a rapid expansion of the learning scenarios as the one we're experiencing, educational research is quite often an exercise of anticipation. However, given this is also a time of scarce recourses we cannot afford to lose focus and need to be strategic in our goals. What are the priorities for research then? What are the main challenges ahead? What are the topics and issues we should target? Last April 23rd, upon the invitation from my colleague Professor Anja... Read full post

Reflecting On Today’s Mobile Learning - Guest post by Grainne Conole

April 20, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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Current technological developments are pushing us in the direction of ever more flexible, hybrid, personalised and mobile communication and work environments. This trend is naturally changing the scenarios in education. EDEN has been following these developments closely since the beginning. In one of his posts in the President's Blog, former President and my good friend Morten Paulsen has already reflected on the tremendous potential of these transformations. However, this ongoing movement... Read full post

Allied We Stand: A look at EDEN's strategic collaborations

April 8, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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As announced on the EDEN portal, last 15th-16th January, I've hosted a meeting in Lisbon at the Universidade Aberta (UAb) with Professor Anja Oskamp, the President of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities. Anja, being the Rector of the Open University of the Netherlands, is also a distinguished EDEN member. This gathering of colleagues and friends included also the Secretary Generals of EDEN, Dr. Andras Szucs, and of EADTU, George Ubachs. You can see a quick summary of... Read full post

How EDEN is Helping to Map the European MOOC Territory - Guest post by Airina Volungeviciene

January 9, 2015 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

Opening up the education system has been embraced by European Governments and institutions throughout the continent as a main goal of the decade. As I've already mentioned in previous posts this bold challenge is speeding up considerably the transformation in our field as open and digital learning becomes mainstream. A major driver for this development has been the extraordinary and to some extent unexpected impact of MOOCs, or better said open education at (large) scale. As the recent... Read full post

On The Threshold of a New Year: Time to reflect and look forward

December 24, 2014 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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The year of 2014 was undoubtedly a very good and significant one for the open, distance and e-learning community both in Europe and across the world. This was also a very successful and important year for EDEN. As open and digital education provision becomes mainstream across sectors and our professional field experiences a dramatic expansion, EDEN has managed to anticipate this development and adjust to the changing environment in the best way. Our position as Europe's largest association... Read full post

The Persistence of (Distance) Learning - Guest post bt Steve Wheeler

November 28, 2014 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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EDEN is a comprehensive and multidimensional organization representing all actors in open, distance and digital learning. As such it combines institutional membership with a network of individual members. This Network of Academics and Professionals - NAP - is the largest European association of experts in our field and one of the most important ones worldwide. Amongst their numerous initiatives, the NAP has been successfully conducting in the past months the #EDENChat, in which relevant topics... Read full post

EDENRW8 By Tony Bates - Lessons Learned and the Challenges Ahead

November 18, 2014 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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In his final, fourth guest blog post, the EDENRW8 rapporteur Tony Bates gives us a synthesis of the event's main discussion trends and conclusions. As he states in the latest post in his own personal blog, one of the most important roles for the largest global organizations in the field, such as EDEN, is to disseminate research in online learning. We do agree with him and intend to carry on EDEN's legacy of supporting the promotion, dissemination and recognition of quality research in... Read full post

EDENRW8 By Tony Bates - Continuing to map research in online learning

November 14, 2014 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

Today I publish the third of a series of four guest posts by Tony Bates reporting on the EDENRW8 held in Oxford in 26th-28th October. In today's post, he concludes his detailed analysis of the very high quality research papers presented.

Antonio

A Report on the State of Art of European Research into Open and Distance Learning - Part III - by Tony Bates

THE RESEARCH PAPERS (SECTION B)

As I've referred in my previous blog post, my reports on the EDENRW8... Read full post

EDENRW8 By Tony Bates - Disseminating the best research in online learning

November 12, 2014 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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Following up on the previous guest post, Tony Bates continues to share with us today his expert perspective on the main discussion trends and conclusions of the EDENRW8 held in Oxford in 26th-28th October. In this second post, he starts his analysis of the research papers presented.

I take this opportunity to reiterate my congratulations to all the authors for the high quality of their work and in particular to the joint winners of the EDEN Best Research Paper Award. The BRPA is a valuable... Read full post

EDENRW8 by Tony Bates - Inspiring keynotes in an innovative format

November 10, 2014 by Antonio Moreira Teixeira   Comments (0)

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As announced in my latest post, I've invited EDENRW8 rapporteur Tony Bates, who is an EDEN Senior Fellow and also a very dear friend, to share with us his expert perspective on the main discussion trends and conclusions of such a remarkable event. As a result he wrote a collection of four excellent blog posts, which I'll publish over the course of this week.

In each post Tony gives an insight on a particular aspect of the EDENRW8. In the first one I'm publishing today, he... Read full post