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January, 2015

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2015
9-12 June 2015, Barcelona

Expanding Learning Scenarios
Opening Out the Educational Landscape

Deadline approaching: 31 January

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and to the Conference Themes are invited in the following formats: paper, poster, workshop and demonstration.

If your initiative is not mature enough to be presented as research paper or poster but has potential for development and/or achievements as project work in progress, we highly recommend to submit in the synergy category.

EDEN aims to reach out to a new generation of educators, and will achieve this by offering support to young scholars in 2015 to facilitate their participation in the conference.

Keynote speakers announced:

Xavier Prats-Monnet Jim Groom Belinda Tynan Marci Powell

Xavier Prats Monne,
Director-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission

Jim Groom,
Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington, USA

Belinda Tynan,
Pro-Vice Chancellor, The Open University, UK

Marci Powell,
Global Director, Education, Polycom Polycom Inc., US

Darcy Hardy Albert Sangra Maarten de Laat Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos

Darcy Hardy
(tbc.), Associate Vice President, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard, US

Albert Sangra,
UNESCO Chair, Faculty Member, eLearn Center at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Maarten de Laat,
Full Professor of Professional Development in Social Networks, Welten Institute, Faculty of Psychology & Education, The Open University of the Netherlands

Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos (tbc.),
Vice-President, Brazilian Association for Distance Education - ABED, Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP), Brazil



ePIC Conference 2015: Disruptive Technologies for Transformative Learning
ePortfolios, Open Badges and Identity

The event will take place in Barcelona at the same venue as the EDEN Conference, on 8-10 June, with one day overlapping.

For delegates attending both events, discount will be available and on 10 June they can benefit from attending both programmes. For details on submissions, visit the ePic website.


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Community Update

EDEN - EADTU Presidents' Meeting in Lisbon

On 15-16 January, EDEN President Antonio Teixeira hosted a meeting in Lisbon at the Universidade Aberta with EADTU President and Dutch Open University Rector Anja Oskamp. The co-operation of the two leading European associations in open, distance and e-learning has entered a new phase since last year and the Presidents' meetings became regular. The consultations about the European policies and actual developments will result activities with benefits for the membership of both EDEN and EADTU in 2015.


Anja Oskamp and Antonio Teixeira in the company of Paolo Dias, Universidade Aberta Rector, George Ubachs and Andras Szucs, General Managers of the two Associations


EDEN Membership Renewals 2015

Dear EDEN Members,

You will receive in the coming days a letter about the renewal of your institutional or individual EDEN membership for 2015.

Please, support the settlement of the process, thus the continuity of your involvement and the membership services by helping that the documents reach the financial person(s) responsible in the institution!

The Secretariat thanks you in advance!


Increasing outreach of EURODL

EDEN is pleased to inform you that thanks to a recent Agreement, EURODL articles are now also published on the sophisticated electronic content hosting and distribution platform of the De Gruyter Open company.

The environment helps by automatic creation of active reference links, delivery of abstracts to abstracting databases, easy integration with library systems and user authentication. With the marketing services included, EURODL will have increased visibility, ensure growing citation, impact factor and reference linking, thus reach more readers and potential authors, enhancing further the global availability of the Journal.

The first isssue with this new service has just been released.


President's Blog: How EDEN is Helping to Map the European MOOC Territory

Antonio Teixeira invited EDEN Vice-President Airina Volungeviciene to write a guest post for the President's Blog. Airina recently represented EDEN at the “Mapping the European MOOC Territory” conference, held in Porto. Read the full post here.


New members

The EDEN community welcomes the following institution that has joined since December 2014:

  • Airport College International, Finland

You can view its profile at the "New Members" link on the EDEN web.


New Articles in EURODL

Learning Innovation: A Framework for Transformation

Gilly Salmon

The Flipped-Classroom Approach: The Answer to Future Learning?

Gila Kurtz, Alexandr Tsimerman, Orna Steiner-Lavi

A Responsive Paradigm for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Integration into Business Organizations

Lina Kaminskiené, Elena Trepulé, Aušra Rutkiené, Gintaras Arbutavicius

Online Full-Time Faculty's Perceptions of Ideal Evaluation Processes

Meredith DeCosta, Emily Bergquist, Rick Holbeck, Scott Greenberger, Courtney McGinnis, Kevin Reidhead

Read the articles here.


Projects, practices, showcases

Webinar series on E-assessment and Learning Outcomes

1st lecture: 21st January 2015 at 11.00 CET

The TALOE Partnership announces a series of webinars entitled “Talks on E-assessment and Learning Outcomes”. The first lecture of this series is to be held on 21st January 2015 at 11.00 CET on “Content analysis and critical thinking – An assessment study” by Antonella Poce, researcher and lecturer in experimental pedagogy at the University Roma Tre, Italy.

The monthly series is suggested for educators, educational developers, staff in learning support and those with responsibility for the management and quality assurance of assessment. Read more here.


SAVE THE DATE: CARER+ Conference on 27 March 2015 in Paris

CARER+ project organises it's main conference in Palais de Luxembourg, Paris, France on 27th of March 2015 about digital competence development in the field of care and social care. It will be a one day free and open event with online registration.

The Conference will be the meeting place of active policy-makers, researchers of digital competence development and practitioners in social care systems. If you are interested in presenting an innovative practice or research related to digital competences of carers or ageing-well in the digital world, please contact Eva Suba at the EDEN Secretariat.

More information about CARER+: Facebook, Twitter, subscribing to newsletters


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

From UOC: What leads students to continue on e-learning?

A research conducted at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya examines students' experiences online, and explains what and how drives e-learning continuance.

‘What leads students to continue on e-learning?’ This is an intriguing question for scholars and higher education institutions that aim to prevent the discontinuation of e-learning and raise opportunities for student retention. An investigation by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya’s professors gives some answers by revealing the complex interplay of perceptual and experiential factors that leads to online student’s retention. More information available here.


Launching EDUWORKS for talented early-stage researchers

The objective of EDUWORKS is to train talented early-stage researchers in the socio-economic and psychological dynamics of the labour supply and demand matching processes at aggregated and disaggregated levels. The initiative brings together researchers from several academic disciplines, namely: Labour Economics, Sociology of Occupations, HRM, Lifelong Learning.


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about how it works or browse the EDUWORKS website and youtube channel for more details. The video and the EDUWORKS youtube channel (which also includes expert interviews and fellow presentations) has been nominated for The Eureka Prize, which is a renowned award for communicating science to the public.


From K.U. Leuven: VMCOLAB seminar and webinar on virtual mobility

On 27 January 2015, 12:00-17:00, a Seminar (and webinar) on Virtual Mobility will be organized to conclude the European VMCOLAB project “European Co-Laboratory for the Integration of Virtual Mobility in Higher Education Innovation and Modernization Strategies”.

Participants can either join the event live, at the premises of the Leuven Institute for Media and Learning (LIMEL), KU Leuven at Kapeldreef 62, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium; or they can participate virtually through web conferencing. More details...

Please register for the event by sending an e-mail to


Publications and Events

European Education and Training Forum 2014 - Final Report

Future priorities of the ET 2020 strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training and Synergies with Youth Policy. See report here...

The ETY Forum Report was prepared by ICF Consulting Services, on behalf of the
European Commission.


HEInnovate: Not about scoring but engaging

HEInnovate offers free assessment and provides examples of good practice in innovation and effective management at higher education institutions across Europe. Read more about it in the interview by ACA - Academic Cooperation Association with Georgi Dimitrov of the European Commission.


INNOVEIT 2015: 1st Innovation Forum by EIT

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology will organise its first Innovation Forum INNOVEIT 2015 in Budapest from 05 to 07 May 2015. This event will combine: the EIT Stakeholder Forum, the EIT Awards, the EIT Roundtables and the EIT Alumni Connect event. See more details here...


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