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April, 2015



April, 2015

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2015
9-12 June 2015, Barcelona

Expanding Learning Scenarios
Opening Out the Educational Landscape

Registration open


Recent interviews with keynote speakers

Think Together, Enable Dialogue and Get Feedback: From EDUPUNK to DS106

Interview with Jim Groom, Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington, USA by Steve Wheeler, Plymouth University, UK

Openness in the Context of Sustainability

Video interview with Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of The Open University, UK by Airina Volungeviciene, Vice-President of EDEN

Young Scholars Support - Winners Announced

We are happy to announce that the Young Researchers' Support at the EDEN Annual Conference 2015 goes to:

Daniel Puntis, Newcastle University for the paper:
Making It Mobile: Changing Approaches to Clinical Learning Environments

Lina Xue, KU Leuven for the paper:
Applying Biggs Constructive Alignment to Online Interdisciplinary Education

We congratulate them and looking forward to see their presentation and read their papers.


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human tower

Castells (human tower performance) is planned for the Welcome Reception

Call for Papers: D4Learning 2015, the International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L)

17-20 November 2015 in Aalborg, Denmark

The Aalborg University and the European Distance and E-Learning Network invite you to D4Learning 2015, the International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L).

Submission deadline: 15 June 2015

The proceedings will be published by Aalborg University Press.


For Your Diary: Open Discovery Space: Transforming schools into innovative learning organisations

18-21 September 2015, Athens, Greece

The European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and Ellinogermaniki Agogi cordially invite you to join the extensive professional community of Open Discovery Space and its thematic sub-portals. During the conference you will be able to explore and learn from the most active community members' experiences and achievements and celebrate together the excellence of school teachers from all over Europe whom we recognise as inspirational change agents.

The programme will also contain a few blocks of paper presentations and Synergy sessions as well as a couple of short trainings sampled from the ODS practices. The detailed call for papers will be published on the web soon.


September 18-21, 2015 - Athens, Greece

Community Update

EDEN selected for EU co-funding under the Erasmus+ KA3 - Support for Policy Reform

We are happy to announce that EDEN has been selected for EU co-funding under the Erasmus+ Operational Grants for Civil Society Cooperation.

The three year work programme (2015-2017) aims to develop a complex innovative, targeted and creative strategy and activities to support the effective implementation of reforms and actions in the areas of (i) promoting excellence and innovation, (ii) supporting a new generation of educators and (iii) the recognition and valuing of competences.


News from the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of EDEN is happy to announce that Prof. Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of The Open University, UK has been co-opted as Executive Committee member of the Association. We are also pleased to announce, that the Executive Committee elected Deborah Arnold, Deputy Director, La Passerelle at the University of Burgundy as Vice-President of the Association.

Following one of the most successful Research Workshops in the history of EDEN, Prof Tynan is highly committed to the open culture in education and learning. Her vast experience in learning and teaching strategy and governance as well as her learning research background will greatly contribute to the work of the EDEN Executive Committe.

Deborah will lead the Task Force for Communication to ensure a seamless and efficient guidance in the new communication strategy for EDEN.



Belinda Tynan


Deborah Arnold

Maxim Jean-Louis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Contact North visited EDEN President Antonio Teixeira

The visit took place at the EDEN Secretariat office in Budapest on 13 April. The Presidents discussed the development of strategic co-operation of Contact North and EDEN and agreed about the first steps of implementation of a work plan.

The meeting was attended by Deborah Arnold, EDEN Vice-President, András Szűcs, Secretary General and Ildikó Mázár, Deputy-Secretary General.


Reflecting On Today’s Mobile Learning - Grainne Conole's Guest Post

Current technological developments are pushing us in the direction of ever more flexible, hybrid, personalised and mobile communication and work environments.

Visit the President's blog to read Grainne Conole's guest post on mobile learning as well as other invited articles by Executive Committee members and former EDEN presidents.

mobile learning

Join the #EDENChat about "What is the impact of mobile learning?"

22 April, 20:00 CET

The EDEN NAP Steering Committee continues the dialogue and develop #EDENChat. In the run up to the #EDEN15 summer conference Expanding Learning Scenarios, we will discuss some of the themes of the event, culminating in several live chats direct from the conference itself. Anyone can join and contribute to the discussion which is presented in a question and answer format, and focuses on current issues in distance, open and e-learning.

Follow the #edenchat hashtag to find the chats on Twitter.


New members

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

  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Melius s.r.l., Italy
  • Ohalo College of Education, Israel

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


European Commission's Corner

Adult Training in Europe : Programmes to Raise Achievement in Basic Skills

This inventory, compiled in Eurydice framework, of adult basic education and basic skills programmes takes the form of 35 system descriptions, covering 32 countries (all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey). Its main goal is to support mutual understanding and dialogue between countries. It is the background report to "Adult Education and Training in Europe: Widening Access to Learning Opportunities".


Improve digital education in Europe by answering few questions and win an iPad!

The in Europe is evolving more than ever. Usefulness and importance of digital means in learning and training in Europe is immense. People from countless different backgrounds use digital works in education.

If you teach or study, fill a short survey designed to help us learn about your needs and experiences. Help the European Commission keep the copyright rules up to date with your needs and technological improvement.

Please take 5-15 minutes of your time to fill in this useful survey to keep the ‪‎EU up to date in this new digital age. These few minutes can bring not only changes you wish for, but also a brand new iPad Mini for you. By finishing the survey you will enter a lottery to win an iPad Mini!

The link to the survey can be found here.


New Articles in EURODL

Distance Education for People with Visual Impairments

Maria Liakou, Evaggelia Manousou


Projects, practices, showcases

Join the ODS policy conference on open innovation and digital education in European schools!

11 May, Brussels, 12:00-17:30

The Open Discovery Space conference focuses on the long-term sustainability of open innovation and digital education in European schools. The morning high-level pre-conference, in conjuction with the LINQ2015 Conference, will allow policy makers and practitioners to learn about the successes and lessons learnt from the ODS project, in particular how EU national authorities can be supported in preparing better and sustainable policies.

Confirmed speakers include Snežana Marković, Serbia State Secretary for Education; MEP Silvia Costa (TBC); Gérald Santucci, Head of Unit Knowledge Sharing at DG Connect; the new Chair of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture at the Committee of the Regions (TBC).

Registration for the ODS event can be done here.


Springtime is Learning Analytics time in Brussels

The LACE - Learning Analytics Community Exchange project continues to work on discussing important aspects of learning analytics and educational data mining as well as to promote through a series of introductory documents this field of educational research. In the fourth newsletter of the project the launch of the LACE Evidence Hub is announced, that brings together evidence about learning analytics from all around the world and relates it to four propositions concerning learning, teaching, uptake and ethics.

Other featured items in the newsletter include video interviews with a number of international experts, a new installement of the learning analytics FAQ about the benefits and a call fo dataset for a Special Issue publication of the Journal for Learning Analytics (JLA). LACE has also launched a series of country reports (the Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese reports are already available).


International hub for Home and Hospital Education - Join now!

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.

Services and Functions of the National Online Communities:

  • find examples of innovative practices, documents, presentations, photos, and videos and share your own examples;
  • read and share recent news;
  • participate in the forum discussions: ask your questions, share your experience;
  • start your own group with friends and colleagues;
  • find institutions that are active in the field in your country.

Register here for the LeHo online hub.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EUCIS-LLL Survey on Recognition of Volunteering by Employers

The project “GR-EAT” aims to support young volunteers in having their voluntary experience better recognised by employers. This survey contributes to the research among employers in all types of organisations (public, private and non-for-profit) to find out about their needs and expectations regarding the recognition of non-formal and informal learning taking place within youth organisations. The final project outcome will be to develop guidelines for youth organisations and produce policy recommendations to improve the recognition of volunteering.

The questionnaire should not take you more than 10 minutes and is open until 30 April.


EUCIS-LLL: Annual Lifelong Learning Conference in Luxembourg

16 June 2015, Luxemburg

The conference aims to assess progress and formulate recommendations for the future of EU and national learning strategies at a time when the EU is revising its own policies and tools. Join the debates with high-level speakers, such as Luxembourgish Education, Children and Youth Minister Claude Meisch or DG EAC - "Modernisation of Education" Director Chiara Gariazzo. Read more...


Call for papers: Design Patterns for Open Online Teaching and Learning
eLearning Papers

Deadline: 11 May 2015

Guest Editor: Professor Steven Warburton, University of Surrey

The rapid rise of massive open online courses (MOOCS) has revived interest in the broader spectrum of open online teaching and learning. This “renaissance” has highlighted the challenges and potentials associated to the design of such educational environments. Arguably, the accelerated expansion of open online education creates risks for pedagogical quality and learner experience. There is an urgent need to articulate, share and critique design knowledge in this field.

See more information here.

Contact: editorialteam[at]openeducationeuropa[dot]eu


EMMA - European Multiple MOOC Aggregator - Summer School announced

The European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA) announces the EMMA Summer School, taking place from 4-11 July on the beautiful island of Ischia in Italy. The summer school is aimed at anyone interested in setting up and running a MOOC on EMMA. Read more...


Publications and Events

Teaching in a Digital Age - Guidelines for designing teaching and learning for a digital age

by Tony Bates

Teaching in higher education in 2015, and beyond, requires a new approach because of changes in the economy and changes in technology.

Faculty and instructors are continually facing questions such as how do I effectively teach an increasingly diverse student population, how do I engage and support my students as class sizes increase, how do I use multi-media and other resources to build a high quality course, and a host of other questions. Read more...


6 Technologies Shaping Higher Education

from Social Learning

Which technologies will shape the future of higher education?

That is a question put to a panel of 56 experts who produced the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition. In the report, they identify six technologies that will impact education on different timelines over the next 1-5 years. Read more...


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