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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

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

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

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

2014 Fellow Awards at EDENRW8, Oxford

November 5, 2014 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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The EDEN Fellow Awards Ceremonies usually take place at the Welcome Receptions of annual conference and research workshops. At Eighth EDEN Research Workshop - EDENRW8 in Oxford this tradition continued.

EDEN Senior Fellow Award has been granted by the Executive Committee of EDEN based on the nomination of the Open University, UK to:


Professor Tony Bates

as expression of acknowledgement of professional... Read full post

Update on the current public consultations of the European Commission

July 16, 2014 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Public consultation on the Commission's Stakeholder Consultation guidelines

From 30/06/2014 to 30/09/2014

The guidelines focus on consultations carried out in policy preparation. They also apply to consultations in the context of evaluations. They provide advice and support on all aspects of carrying out consultations from the definition of the consultation&'s objectives to the evaluation of the consultation exercise.

The... Read full post