2014 Best Research Paper Award, Zagreb

May 21, 2014 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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Since 2008, EDEN is continuously granting the Best Research Paper Award at EDEN’s Annual Conferences as well as at EDEN’s bi-annual Research Workshops. A high quality standard selection process guarantees the branding of a distinguished and reputable award for scholarly conference papers in the field of open, distance and e-learning.

The evaluation criteria:

  1. The paper contributes convincingly to the theme(s) of the conference.
  2. The paper deals with a research question of relevance for conference participants.
  3. Rigorous examination/research methods are applied.
  4. Findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined.
  5. Conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and/or further research).
  6. Literature is reviewed against the state of art.

In addition, authors need to confirm that at least 30% of their paper has been originated for and at least one author has registered for participation at the respective EDEN Conference.

The 2014 Best Research Paper Award in Zagreb goes to:

Corrado Petrucco, University of Padua, Italy

for his paper entitled

Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals


It is an indication of the breadth of research and methodologies presented and the different research paradigms which co-exist, compete and complement each other within our research community, that the judges differed in their selection of the top papers during the initial selection phase. However, after considerable deliberation we unanimously selected ”Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals" by Corrado Petrucco, University of Padova, Italy as the winner of this year’s EDEN Best Research Paper Award. The judges found that this paper is based upon original, empirical data and focuses directly on the major theme of this year’s conference which is “E-learning at Work and the Workplace. From Education to Employment and Meaningful Work with ICTs”. The research paper is about digital story telling that allows us to make a linkage between the oldest form of teaching and learning (story telling) with the newest evolution of learning modalities (digital learning). The qualitative research methodology used is very creative and resonates with the interpretative context of the digital stories and itself tells a compelling story. We also note that the results are transferable to many workplace and academic contexts.

The Jury nominated the following FINALISTS

(listed along the programme schedule):

Session A2
Let’s Look into the Future! E-Learning Trends and Hypes in Academic Teaching
Helge Fischer, Linda Heise, Matthias Heinz, Kathrin Moebius, Thomas Kohler, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Session C1

Online or Blended – Comparing Online and Blended Courses
Miki Kritz, Einat Rozner, Miri Shonfeld, Jacob Gujski, Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and Art, Israel

Session E1
Badging and Employability at the Open University
Patrina Law, Leigh-Anne Perryman, Andrew Law, The Open University, United Kingdom

Session F1
Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals
Corrado Petrucco, University of Padova, Italy

Session F2
Distinctions between Computer Self-Efficacy of Pupils and Teachers in Elementary School
Tomislav Topolovcan, Milan Matijevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning and is supported by a Jury, approved by the EDEN Executive Committee. Members of the Jury for the 2014 EDEN Best Research Paper Award are:

Terry Anderson (Chair of the Jury, Professor in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada);

Kay MacKeogh (Senior Lecturer in Oscail, the Faculty of Distance Education, Dublin City University, Ireland);

Sandra Kucina Softic (Assistant Director for Education and User Support, University Computing Centre (Srce), University of Zagreb, Croatia & EDEN Executive Committee);

Ulrich Bernath & Thomas Hülsmann (Trustees and Directors of the U.B. Foundation, Germany).

The Winner was announced during the Award Ceremony at the Conference Dinner at the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb.

Previous winners of the EDEN Best Research Paper Award

2008 EDEN Annual Conference in Lisbon:
„Examining the effectiveness of distance education: Results from multi-level modelling” by T. Seifert, B. Sheppard, A.M. Vaughn, Memorial University, Newfoundland/Canada (Chair of the Jury: Michael Grahame Moore, Pennsylvania State University/USA).

2008 5th EDEN Research Workshop in Paris:
„Opening access to higher education to all? What motivates academic staff in traditional universities to adopt e-learning?” by K. MacKeogh & S. Fox, OSCAIL, Dublin City University/Ireland
“L'enseignement a distance en milieu carceral: Droit a l'éducation ou privilege?“ by Fanny Salane (Chair of the Jury: Torstein Rekkedal, Norwegian School of Information Technology and NKI Distance Education/Norway).

2009 EDEN Annual Conference in Gdansk:
„Evaluating continuous assessment quality in competence-based education online: The case of the e-folio” by Alda Pereira, Isolina Oliveira, Luís Tinoca, Lúcia Amante, Maria de Jesus Relvas, Maria do Carmo Teixeira Pinto, Darlinda Moreira,  Universidade Aberta/Portugal (Chair of the Jury: Otto Peters, FernUniversität/Germany).

2010 EDEN Annual Conference in Valencia:
"Mathematical Intimacy within Blended and Face-to-Face Learning Environments” by Oana Radu &Tim Seifert, Memorial University, Canada (Chair of the Jury: Michael Kerres, University of Duisburg/Essen/Germany).

2010 6th EDEN Research Workshop in Budapest:
„Establishing a Foundational Framework for Development of Reflective Thinking: Learning Journals in the MDE“ by Lisa Maria Blaschke & Jane Brindley, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg/Germany (Chair of the Jury: Gilly Salmon, University of Leicester/U.K).

2011 EDEN Annual Conference in Dublin:
„Student perceptions and preferences for tertiary online courses: Does prior high school distance learning make a difference?” by Dale Kirby, Dennis B. Sharpe, Canada & Michael K. Barbour, United States, and  ”Local support for online learners with possible learning disabilities” by Torstein Rekkedal, Norway (Chair of the Jury: Alan Tait, The Open University UK).

2012 EDEN Annual Conference in Porto:
“Reconsidering 'Gen Y' & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it” by Emanuele Rapetti & Lorenzo Cantoni, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland (Chair of the Jury: Ingeborg Bø, Norway).

2012 7th EDEN Research Workshop in Leuven:
“Students' Attitude towards ICT Learning Uses: A Comparison between Digital Learners in Blended and Virtual Universities” by Iolanda Garcia et al., Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain (Chair of the Jury: Martine Vidal, France).

2013 EDEN Annual Conference in Oslo:
“Eliciting Students' Voices through Screencast-Assisted 'Feedback on Feedback'” by Maria Fernández-Toro & Concha Furnborough, The Open University, United Kingdom (Chair of the Jury: Albert Sangrà Morer, Open University of Catalunya, UOC)