May, 2015



May, 2015

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2015
9-12 June 2015, Barcelona

Expanding Learning Scenarios
Opening Out the Educational Landscape

Only 3 weeks left - Register now!


The Conference will be opened by Mr Lluís Jofre, Director General of Universities and Research, Government of Catalonia.

At the Conference Welcome Reception, Mr Gerard Ardanuy, Deputy Mayor of Education and Universities of the Barcelona City Council will give a welcoming speech.

New Keynote Speaker Joined!

Alan Tait, Director, International Development and Teacher Education, The Open University, United Kingdom
From Distance Learning to Open Education: A Changing Landscape

EDEN is promoting and inspiring professionals by Recognising Excellence. Read more here...


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Open Classroom Conference, Athens: Call for Papers

18-21 September 2015, Athens, Greece

Open Discovery Space: Transforming Schools
into Innovative Learning Organisations


We invite all members of the educational community, particularly primary and secondary school teachers to discover the conference themes from their various points of interest. The registration to the conference is free of charge, but online registration is required.




Open Classroom Conference, Aalborg: Call for Papers

17-20 November 2015, in Aalborg, Denmark

D4Learning 2015: International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L)


The Aalborg University and EDEN invite you to the International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion: D4Learning 2015.



Community Update

Web Presence, Social Media and Digital Identity - Guest post by Deborah Arnold

"As part of EDEN's development strategy, the Executive Committee recently voted the creation of a third vice-presidency with a portfolio for web presence and communication. I am delighted and honoured to be taking on this role and to be working closely with the EDEN President, António Teixeira, and colleagues at the EDEN Secretariat to develop and implement EDEN's communication strategy."

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


President's Blog

The Way Ahead for Open, Distance and Digital Education - Guest post by Terry Anderson

"In this post I’ll present new research tools and methodologies that I find of most promise as distance education moves from the peripheral to mainstream application as online and blended education practice."

Read Terry's guest post on the President's blog here.


Join the #EDENChat about "What are your experiences of personal learning?"

20 May, 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 April 2015:

  • ifs University College, United Kingdom
  • EU Business School, Spain

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


Projects, practices, showcases

TALOE Webinars: “Talks on E-assessment and Learning Outcomes”

The TALOE Partnership announces a series of webinars entitled “Talks on E-assessment and Learning Outcomes” organised by one of the partners, University Computing Centre SRCE. The forthcoming webinars are scheduled for 15 June 2015 and 16 September 2015.

All webinars are recorded and available on the TALOE website.


OER uptake in adult education institutions: what do stakeholders need?

UOC is Partner and EDEN is Associate Partner in the OERup! project that develops a training package for OER in adult learning. Therefore, we invite decision makers of adult education institutions, educational professionals, practitioners and anyone interested in open education to join a lively discussion about the training's structure and content.

Date: 9th June, 15:00h-18:00h
Location: Barcelona, at Cosmocaixa - Science Museum
Participation via this form


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

US Council for Higher Education Accreditation - International Quality Group Developed Quality Principles

The Advisory Council of the International Quality Group (CIQG) - created by the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) - has developed a simple set of quality principles. The guiding principles are intended to serve as a framework for international deliberation about quality in higher education. Their aim is to seek common ground and establish a foundation for understanding quality. Read more...(pdf download)


Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Call for Papers for RUSC's special section on The Internet and Online Pedagogy

Articles should be submitted by 30 November 2015.
Articles will be published in Issue 13, Vol. 3 (July 2016).


The UOC wins gold medal at the Learning Impact Awards

The UOC was awarded with a gold medal at the Learning Impact Awards in Atlanta, USA. These are internationally renowned awards from the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a non-profit organization promoting use of learning technologies in higher education. Read more...

Call for applications to undertake postdoctoral research studies at UOC’s UNESCO Chair

All the information regarding criteria and the application form can be found on the UNESCO Chair academic blog.


From Open Education Europa

OEE Survey

The Open Education Portal (the gateway to European innovative learning) serves as an online European hub where learners, teachers, and experts can come together to find relevant, credible open resources and create meaningful connections. In order to get a better view of OEE users and potential users, and understand how OEE can successfully meet their needs, we kindly ask that you complete this short survey.

Call for Papers: eLearning Papers #42

19th of May extended deadline to submit papers for the eLearning Papers #42 on "Design Patterns for Open Online Teaching and Learning". Read more...


Student success - putting the learner at the heart of the system

How can learners be supported, student success assured, and student drop-out and failure diminished?

Student success in open, distance and e-learning is a report by Alan Tait of The Open University, UK for ICDE. Drawing on research findings from a survey of 53 ICDE member institutions, the Task Group led by Professor Tait has examined how student success can be best supported in open, distance and e-learning programmes. Read more...


Publications and Events

Adult Education and Training in Europe - Widening Access to Learning Opportunities

Eurydice report, February 2015; Read here...


Modernisation of higher education in Europe 2014
Access, retention and employability

Eurydice publication, 2015; Read here...


Education: the end of the alpha-male?

Eurydice article, February 2015; Read here...


The first global overview of quality models in online and open education

State of the art and recommendations

This study carried out on behalf of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) by a team coordinated by the European Association for Distance Teachng Universities (EADTU). Read more...


Top 25 downloaded Education articles in 2014 - from Elsevier

See articles here...


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