Gigliola Paviotti's Friends' blogs

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

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

Openness in the Context of Sustainability: Video Interview with Belinda Tynan

April 20, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Airina Volungeviciene Vice-President of EDEN interviewed Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of The Open University, UK ahead of her keynote speech at the #EDEN15 Conference in Barcelona.

Take a look:


 Read previous keynote interviews | See other keynote speakers of the #EDEN15 Conference



Airina Volungeviciene is the Director of Innovative Studies Institute at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania and Vice-President of EDEN. Airina has... Read full post

Think Together, Enable Dialogue and Get Feedback: From EDUPUNK to DS106 with Jim Groom

April 15, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Interview by Steve Wheeler, Plymouth University, UK


Recently on this blog I featured an interview with Martin Weller, one of the keynote speakers at #EDEN15.

I was also privileged to conduct an interview another of our EDEN keynote speakers, Jim Groom, adjunct professor at Mary Washington University in Virginia, the transcript is reproduced below:


1) What is Bavatuesdays, and why are you known as the Reverend?

bavatuesdays (the b is lowercase!) is the... 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

Understanding the Context: Interview with Maarten de Laat

March 30, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Interview by Antonella Poce

Following the debate started by #EDENRW8 Research Workshop Rapporteur Tony Bates, we now meet Maarten de Laat, keynote speaker at the 2015 EDEN Annual Conference in Barcelona, who gives us some interesting hints for reflection in this pre-conference interview. 

Maarten de Laat is a full professor of professional development in social networks at Welten Institute Research Centre for Learning, Teaching & Technology, Faculty of Psychology and Education... Read full post

MOOC vs OER Roundtable: Tony Bates talks to Pierre Dillenbourg and Cristobal Cobo

March 10, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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"What works in one context may well not work in a different context. This leads to problems of generalization in research into human learning, because the conditions of learning can vary enormously."

Tony Bates

Last year's #EDENRW8  - EDEN Research Workshop was an extraordinary occasion to explore a most condensed aggreated top contemporary research into online and distance learning. Participants and speakers contemplated current complex challenges facing... Read full post

The Battle for Openness - Pre-#EDEN15 Conference Interview with Martin Weller

March 10, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Steve Wheeler's interview with Martin Weller


Now and then, I have the privilege to interview some great thought leaders in the field of education. I usually feature them on this blog under the banner of 10Q - ten questions. This time, I'm very happy to interview two of the keynote speakers for the EDEN 2015 conference, which will be held in Barcelona. In a few days I'll post my interview with Jim Groom, but first, here's the conversation that ensued when I... 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