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February, 2015



February, 2015

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2015
9-12 June 2015, Barcelona

Expanding Learning Scenarios
Opening Out the Educational Landscape


The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference.

Registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the printed Book of Abstracts (including the Synergy "Book of Projects"), the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the days of the conference. More details about the registration and the offered discounts can be found on the Conference website.

Social Events

Welcome Reception and
EDEN Fellow Award


9 June, with castells (human tower) performance, Centre Cultural el Born

Conference Dinner and
EDEN Best Research Paper Award

Dinner venue

11 June, with entertainment,
Royal Palace of Pedralbes

Programme Structure

The programme sructure of the conference days, including the introduction of innovative session formats and information about related events is available here.

Hotel Booking

To support you in choosing accommodation in the vicinity of the venue, EDEN is suggesting a selection of hotels in Barcelona.


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

Discount for ePIC delegates

The 2015 ePortfolio & Identity Conference (ePIC) is being organised in conjunction with the EDEN Annual Conference, taking place in the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel on 8-10 June. A joint day will enhance the sharing of experiences and networking. A 85 € discount is offered for delagates (except for young scholars) registering to both events. For additional information on the procedure, please consult the Conference Secretariat at


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Community Update

Markku Markkula elected President of the Committee of the Regions

EDEN congratulates Markku Markkula, a distinguished EDEN member since 2004, who has been elected President of the European Committee of Regions (CoR). Markku Markkula is a former member of the Finnish Parliament, Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board in Finland and an Advisor at Aalto University in Finland with a focus and expertise on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs. Previously, he was the Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli and the Secretary General of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE). Markku Markkula had a vital role in the 2005 EDEN Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland and contributed to the 2005, 2007 and 2008 EDEN Annual Conferences.

Marrku Markkula

New members

The EDEN community welcomes the following institutions that have joined since January 2015:

  • Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Swedish Association for Distance Education, Sweden

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


European Commission's Corner

Open data could turn Europe’s digital desert into a digital rainforest

by Joanna Roberts, Horizon, The EU Research & Innovation Magazine

Europe needs to pursue a different strategy from Silicon Valley if it is going to reap the social and economic benefits of big data, according to Dirk Helbing, Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich, who aims to create an open, real-time data stream from the Internet of Things. Read more...


Projects, practices, showcases

Web based e-assessment platform

Within the framework of the TALOE (Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in E-learning) project, a web tool is developed with aim to help teachers decide on the e-assessment strategies and better relate the learning outcomes with assessment methods. This platform is in testing phase: after utilisation of the earlier collected case studies, real users will also be involved in the implementation process.

For details and further project information, please read the second Newsletter.


Conference Call: Smart Homecare - Investing in skills and service delivery

27th of March 2015
Palais de Luxembourg, Paris, France

The CARER+ project organises its main conference on digital competence development in the field of care and social care. Representatives of theory and practice meet to discuss the future of social services for people over 65 in a unique and beautiful place.

To participate, you are requested to fill in the online registration form. Due to security reasons (the venue is in the building of the French Senate), no participant will be allowed to enter the building without previous registration. Registration closes on 20 March 2015 12:00 pm. Participation is free of charge.



ODS Contest winners announced

Between October 2014 and the beginning of 2015 twenty countries' creative and committed teachers took part in the ODS Contest, sharing with the ODS community their inspirational and innovative learning scenarios. Each country will promote their best contestant and all national winners will be rewarded with an invitation to the ODS Summer School (held on 12-17 July 2015 in Greece) and will enter the international final.

3 countries (Romania, Latvia and Germany) have already announced their winners, to whom we would like to congratulate:

  • Professor Georgeta Namolovan (RO), the author and teacher of educational scenario called "Let's learn English together" that helps children with visual impairments to learn English;
  • Violeta Lepina and Irina Vasiljeva (LV) for their scenario "Videi draudz─źga sala‏" [Google translation: Eco-friendly island] and
  • Armin Ohran (DE) for his series of 8 lessons focusing on blind-man soccer and wheelchair basketball.

We recommend you to keep an eye on the ODS News Portal as well asFacebook page and LinkedIn group for further winner announcements.


LeHo: Learning at Home and in the Hospital - 2nd Newsletter released

LeHo is developing an international network for Home and Hospital Education (HHE) with the use of ICT as enablers. The LeHo online hub is open for everybody involved and interested in the topic and includes resources that are being developed or collected by the LeHo team. You can read in the newsletter about the recent updates, including:

  • LeHo Board of Experts formed
  • How is HHE organised in different countries in Europe - and overseas? Did they find solutions other countries can benefit from?


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

From Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

New issue released by the RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal

Read the articles related to current topics on education research here (pdf download).

Promoting mobile health in Latin America with MWCB and Telefónica

RITMOS, an international research, development and innovation network, will be rolling out projects that incorporate and standardize mobile technology in health (mHealth) to give patients greater control over their health and to improve processes and services. With the support of the WHO office in the Americas, the initiative will permit "the analysis of big data generated by mHealth to prevent illnesses" and "the export of know-how in mHealth that we have developed here in projects such as the Personal Health Record and the e-Prescription". Read more here (pdf download).


Publications and Events

The Bottle for Open - How openness won and why it doesn't feel like victory

by Martin Weller

With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. This marks a moment of victory for the open education movement, but at the same time the real battle for the direction of openness begins. Read more...


Training, e-learning and learning salary and work survey

by Blueeskimo

The primary aim of the survey is to gather and publish information related to key aspects of employment within the training, e-learning and learning and development sectors. Read more here...


MOOCs, from Academia to Corporate

A Docebo whitepaper

A panel discussion with industry experts Aaron Silvers, Mike Orey, John Leh and Erica LeBlanc, aided by Doceb's Josh Squires and Roberta Gogos. Read more...


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