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March, 2015

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2015
9-12 June 2015, Barcelona

Expanding Learning Scenarios
Opening Out the Educational Landscape

Synergy deadline and Registration open


The Conference Programme will combine traditional presentation elements with interactive formats, such as research speed dating sessions and homegroups. These formats support in-depth discussions around the presentations (speed dating) and provide opportunity to exchange views about the keynote presentations (homegroups).

Synergy Submission Deadline: 31 March

Take advantage of this special format and the prospect of meeting fellow project managers and researchers and share and discuss your EU projects and initiatives - preferably that display thematic cross sections with the Conference Themes - with your peers in the frame of the Synergy Strand.

Pre-Conference Interviews

Last year's #EDENRW8 - EDEN Research Workshop Rapporteur Tony Bates invited keynote speakers Pierre Dillenbourg and Cristobal Cobo to reflect on three key questions related to the MOOC and OER related hot topics of recent years' debates. Martin Weller, keynote speaker at the 2015 EDEN Annual Conference in Barcelona touches on the same issues in his upcoming pre-conference interview.


The Battle for Openness - Pre-#EDEN15 Conference Interview with Martin Weller by Steve Wheeler


MOOC vs OER Roundtable: Tony Bates talks with Pierre Dillenbourg and Cristobal Cobo





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Community Update



New members

The EDEN community welcomes the following institution that has joined since February 2015:

  • Deakin University, Australia

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


European Commission's Corner

Public consultation: have your say on the achievements of FP7

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the achievements of the Seventh Framework Programme activities (2007-2013). The results of the consultation will feed into the ex-post evaluation of FP7 carried out by an independent external High Level Expert Group.

The consultation as well as background information can be found on the Research & Innovation consultations site as well as the European Commission website Your voice in Europe. The consultation runs until 22 May 2015. You can find more information here.



Survey of digital education and copyright practices for stakeholders

The Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI) is conducting a survey of digital education and copyright practices for stakeholders on behalf of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). Read more and take the survey here.


Projects, practices, showcases

High level policy-makers join the CARER+ Conference

The CARER+ project's final conference entitled Smart Homecare - Investing in Skills and Service Delivery announced an impressive list of high level keynote speakers for the conference. Over 220 participants are awaited to the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris to discuss the future of digital competences in the field of home care. The Opening Speech will be held by Markku Markkula, President of European Committee of Regions. Ieva Jaunzeme, Secretary of State for Social Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian European Union Presidency representative and Mercedes Bresso, Member of the European Parliament will also address the conference.

The conference is free and registration is open until 23 March.


Report on Armenian and Georgian e-Learning

The ARMAZEG project aims to stimulate educational reform in Armenian and Georgian partner universities by establishing e-Learning centres and training for their staff members based on the practices of prestigious European universities.

Now available is a State-of-the-Art report on Armenian and Georgian e-learning that describes the current situation of development and use of e-learning and lifelong learning tools in Armenia and Georgia. It includes the monitoring analysis of lifelong learning and e-learning on a national level in Armenia and Georgia, as well as an analysis of the situation on the Partners’ institutional level. The report has served as a starting point for the further developing a joint vision, strategy and implementation of e-learning for lifelong learning in the broader framework of the ARMAZEG project.



ICT Skills in Education: Spotlight on Teacher/Trainers's Good Practices

Are you using digital tools and ICT in your everyday teaching and learning processes? Are you interested in sharing them with others or try new practices?

The Digiskills project is looking for YOU now. In the next newsletter, the project partners share their experiences in good practices on video and invite you to be part of this experience by taking part of the Inspiring Science Education Contest. Read the latest newsletter online here.

DigiSkills aims to bring together and further develop content, services, pedagogies and practices for lifelong learning in school/university/adult population, formulating specific scenarios of use of learning tools and platforms which will be tested with real users from eight countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK), and evaluated in terms of their impact, with a particular attention to institutional as well as pedagogical innovation and change.


D-TRANSFORM: Transforming Universities for the Digital Age

The D-TRANSFORM project is a first attempt to set up a "University Leader Program" at the European level, addressed to university presidents and vice-presidents on the role of e-Education in shaping University strategies. It gathers together specialists of e-Education from various institutions (University, higher education ministries, consultancy in learning innovation, e-Education networks) and primarily considers that digital technologies, like Massive Open Online Courses, (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources are an essential lever for transforming the higher education systems and adapting them to the new needs of youth and requirements of work-market (lifelong training).

D-TRANSFORM intends to produce recommendations on various aspects of a university strategy on the use of digital tools. Based on these recommendations, D-TRANSFORM will set up two “leadership schools”, dedicated, for the 1st time in Europe, to the university governances.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EUCIS-LLL Statement "Gender equality: Success factor for lifelong learning strategies"

On 8 March the International Women’s Day took place, highlighting progress all over the world in reaching equality for women’s social, economic and political participation. This year the UN theme “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination. However, facts show that there is still a long road ahead to reach those goals, and therefore EUCIS-LLL calls for a greater attention to gender equality, notably by mainstreaming it in lifelong learning strategies in order to empower girls and women and build more prosperous and fairer societies. Read the new EUCIS-LLL statement on gender equality at

EUCIS-LLL Policy Debate “Intergenerational learning for inclusive societies” // University Foundation, 31 March

This debate aims to share practices and views on how and why the intergenerational dimension should be mainstreamed in lifelong learning strategies. EUCIS-LLL invites you to the policy debate on “Intergenerational Learning for Inclusive Societies“ that is taking place on 31 March in Brussels. Read more here.


Institutional MOOC strategies in Europe

The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities - EADTU report presents and analyses the results of a survey conducted by the HOME project between October and December 2014. Read the report here.


UOC: Call for papers on e-assessment

The RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal is an open-access e-journal jointly published by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Spain) and the University of New England (UNE, Australia).

The Call for articles for the forthcoming special issue is on the theme of Using e-Assessment to enhance student learning and evidence learning outcomes.

More information available here. Articles should be submitted by 15 September 2015.

The UOC launches a MOOC on Business Intelligence

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya offers a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Business Intelligence through the new European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA), a project which brings together leading university partners providing online, easy-to-access multilingual learning opportunities that are open to all learners. The Business Intelligence course starts on April 6th. More information available here (pdf download).


Publications and Events

Debunking the Myth about a Creative Destruction of Higher Education with Technology as the Driver

Article from Contact Nord. Read more here.


Early gender gaps drive career choices and employment opportunities, says OECD

Education systems have made major strides to close gender gaps in student performance but girls and boys remain deeply divided in career choices, which are being made much earlier than commonly thought, according to a new OECD report. Read report here.


European Journal of Education (EJE) - Volume 50, Issue 1: What is learning for?

The celebratory Volume 50 of the European Journal of Education is now online. Issue 1, entitled "What is Learning For?", is out now and will be free to download throughout 2015.


Conference: Smart user of new technology is taking over

Organised by the Innovation Centre, 16-17 April 2015 at Tallinn University of Technology

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