Gigliola Paviotti's Friends' blogs

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

EDEN Fellow Awards Laudations at the Welcome Reception of the EDEN 2015 Annual Conference

June 16, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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The EDEN Senior Fellow title is awarded to outstanding EDEN members, in recognition of their contribution to the development of open, distance and e-learning in Europe and for their valued commitment and support to the evolution and progress of EDEN. The EDEN Fellow title is an expression of acknowledgement of professional merit, for EDEN Members, who have demonstrated excellence in professional practice in the field of flexible and distance learning, and provided valued support to the... Read full post

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

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


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)


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

Losing Control: The true democratisation of learning - Keynote interview with Albert SangrĂ 

June 3, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Interview by Ebba Ossiannilsson

I have the privilege to interview one of the keynote speakers for the EDEN 2015 Annual Conference (Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015), Albert Sangrà, the Academic Director of the UNESCO Chair in Technology and education for Social Change at the Open University of Catalonia, Spain. It is a great pleasure for me to interview you Professor Dr. Albert Sangrà for the upcoming EDEN Conference in wonderful Barcelona.


Albert Sangrà is the... Read full post

Collaboration Is Key: The power of togetherness - Phone Interview with Darcy Hardy and Marci Powell

May 28, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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The US power-duo Marci Powell and Darcy Hardy talks to Lisa-Marie Blaschke in their #EDEN15 Pre-Conference Interview: Collaboration is Key: The power of togetherness.

Marci Powell, Chair Emerita and Past President of USDLA and Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President, Blackboard, USA discuss their path from academia to distance and e-learning industry from the female perspective in working in the field. Their interview also touches on the potential of collaboration across continents and... Read full post