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 merit in recognition of his contribution to the development of open, distance and e-learning in Europe and for his valued commitment and support to the evolution and progress of EDEN.

Tony Bates has been one of the best known, respected and influential personalities in the international open, distance and e-learning field for many years. Presently he is President and CEO of , a private company specializing in strategic consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. But, Tony has worked for 20 years as one of the founding members of the staff, finally as Professor of Educational Media Research at the British Open University. In recent years he has been Chair of the International Experts Panel for the Open University of Portugal, Advisor to the Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), to Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana (Chile), Chair of Research in e-Learning at the Open University of Catalonia, and Director of Distance Education and Technology at the University of British Columbia.

He is the author of eleven books, sits in the editorial board of six journals specializing in distance education and educational technology. A keynote speaker at world leading conferences, on the strategic use of e-learning in higher education, he has earned the right to have his books placed on every distance educators’ bookshelf, as one critic once noted.

Professor Bates was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Open University of Portugal, from the Laurentian University, Canada, from Athabasca University, from the Open University of Hong Kong and from the Open University of Catalonia.

Tony has been in the meantime a strategic partner and firm supporter of EDEN, helping the Association to enhance its academic and policy reputation. We much appreciate that he has remained a representative of European academic and professional culture in open, distance and e-learning.


 

The EDEN Fellow Award has been granted by the Executive Committee of EDEN to:

Professor András Benedek

 


as expression of acknowledgement of professional merit by the Association, having demonstrated excellence in professional practice in the field of open, distance and e-learning and provided valued support to the evolution and progress of EDEN.

Professor Benedek is Director of Institute of Applied Pedagogy and Psychology at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary, Head of the Institute for Continuing Engineering Education at the same University. He has been a leading personality in the Hungarian educational modernisation. For almost two decades, he held positions as State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Employment. To his strategic responsibilities belonged the development of the “atypical” learning forms, like open, distance and e-learning. Much of the the national progress in e-learning developments can be attributed to, or at least was enhanced by, his efforts.He holds the post of the President of the Hungarian Society for Pedagogy.

With unique knowledge and understanding about international educational development and co-operation matters, Professor Benedek has much contributed in Hungary to the improvement of EDEN’s outreach and impact. He is an acknowledged author of several papers presented at EDEN conferences. He also has been supporting the work of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) and the EDEN Conference Programme Committees.

 


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 by the Association, for NAP members, who have demonstrated excellence in professional practice in the field of flexible and distance learning and provided valued support to the evolution and progress of EDEN.

 See all Senior Fellows and Fellows here.