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October, 2015



October, 2015

EDEN Conference News

17-20 November 2015, Aalborg, Denmark
Organised in collaboration with: The Aalborg University

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


The first D4Learning Conference is an international conference, organised by the D4Learning Research group (Aalborg University) in collaboration with EDEN, within the Open Classroom Conference series. The event will focus on distance education and new technologies in school level education and training.


The EDEN Open Classroom Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.


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Read the EDEN President Antonio Teixeira's recent blogpost on this occasion here.


Community Update

Lisa Marie Blaschke Elected as New Vice President of EDEN

We are happy to announce that the EDEN Executive Committe elected Lisa Marie Blaschke as new Vice President of EDEN with the portfolio of membership development and expansion at its recent meeting on 28 September 2015. Read more about the EDEN Executive Committee here.


Join EDEN events to celebrate with USDLA!

Discover trainings, webinars and new professional development opportunities as EDEN partners with USDLA – United States Distance Learning Association for its National Distance Learning Week (NDLW)!

EDEN is proud to be the European partner and celebrates USDLA National Distance Learning Week (November 9-13, 2015). Join the webinars from EDEN partners as they describe how they implement online tools for learning and help teachers and trainers decide on the assessment strategies to use in their online courses. See details here.


Launching of the EDEN Open Badges

EDEN has extended its quality and excellence recognition with the launch of open badges aiming at helping colleagues within the EDEN Network to communicate their achievements and skills acquired via their participation in EDEN activities. The EDEN Open Classroom Conferences in 2015 are the first EDEN events where participants and speakers are awarded with the EDEN Open Badges. Read more...


Interview with EDEN Executive Committee member Fabio Nascimbeni

UNIR researcher, Fabio Nascimbeni, renewed as a member of EDEN Executive Board. The announcement marks the international consolidation of UNIR as a member of one of the most important institutions on e-learning Worldwide. Fabio Nascimbeni, researcher belonging to the Telsock Research Group (UNIR Research;, highlighted the relevance of that milestone for the institution. Read the interview here.


Minutes of the EDEN Annual General Meeting 2015 approved

The twenty fourth Annual General Meeting of EDEN was held on 10 June 2015 at the venue of the EDEN Annual Conference in Barcelona. Minutes are available (for signed in members) for download in the NAP Members Area.


Reduced rates for our members – OEB programme now online

OEB 2015, the cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training will take place in Berlin from December 2 – 4, 2015.

Contact to receive your registration code and benefit from a reduced conference fee of 600 € (instead of 790 €). Read more here.


European Commission's Corner

The Teaching Profession in Europe: Practices, Perceptions, and Policies

This Eurydice report analyses the relation between the policies that regulate the teaching profession in Europe, and the attitudes, practices, and perceptions of teachers. It focuses on almost two million lower secondary education teachers employed in the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey. Read more...


Adult Education and Open Educational Resources

This study reviews the current use of Open Educational Resources in Adult Education, assesses its potential and makes recommendations for policy interventions, taking account of the European Commission’s policy frameworks. It incorporates new research on over 12 Member States, leveraging on a synthesis of existing research from a range of projects including POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) and a study on Shared OER for the Joint Research Centre, augmented by two more recent studies for JRC and LLP. Read study here.

External authors: Paul Bacsich, with additional research from Giles Pepler, Sara Frank Bristow, Ebba Ossiannilsson, Alistair Creelman, Eva Szalma and Ilmars Slaidins (Sero Consulting Ltd, the UK)


Projects, practices, showcases

OERup! - Self-guided blended-learning trainings: November 2015 -March 2016

Join the training sessions to learn about how you could capitalize on OER and OEP in adult education! Participation is especially valuable for managers of adult education institutions, for teachers, trainers, mentors and tutors.

Opening webinar: 21 October 2015

Read more and join the training for free here.

DigiSkills Good Practices: Time to tell your opinion!

Good practices are available for the enhancement of educators' digital skills on various levels. The DigiSkills project is finishing now and we invite you to dedicate 10 minutes of your time to give us feedback on the portal's good practices through this short online evaluation form. This will help us to further develop this online tool.

The Digiskills project was co-organising the Open Classroom Conference in Athens (#OCCAthens) in September. The evaluation form and more information on the event resources are available in its latest online Newsletter.


OPENProf Trainings and Events for OERs

The OPENProf partnership has finished three online and freely available trainings that will help OER developers to create their own educational material.

Furthermore, the Open Professional Collaboration for Innovation Conference includes an OPENProf event where the partners share lessons learnt and methodology for OERs. Information about this event and tools to create your own OER practice are available in the recently released OPENProf Newsletter.


Training Action Booklet is available to help children with medical needs

The LeHo (Learning at Home and in the Hospital) project is successfully collecting and sharing good practices which include innovative technologies and methodologies in order to support the education of children with medical needs. The practices and other topic-related publications are available on the online hub. A Training Action Booklet is available here.


Seminar: TALOE webtool on e-assessment strategies for online courses

TALOE project will hold its final seminar on 17th November 2015, in Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles). Learn and experiment the webtool to propose assessment methods related with type of learning outcomes/competences.

The registration is free, however, seats are limited. You can register by sending an email to with your full name, job title, organization and contact details such as email address, telephone and postal address. Confirmation of availability will be sent by email.

For more information about this final event please click here!


Visions of the Future of Learning Analytics

The Learning Analytics Community Exchange - LACE project has launched a survey to collect views on eight visions of the future of learning analytics. Exploring the trends underlying the growth of learning analytics, and ideas on how the field will develop is part of a policy Delphi. You are very welcome to participate if you are curious about these visions, and would like to add your views to the policy Delphi. There is more information on the LACE website, or you can go directly to the survey.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EUCIS-LLL turns 10 and becomes the Lifelong Learning Platform!

EDEN congratulates EUCIS-LLL for celebrating its

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. 10 years down the road, the platform has grown, and is representing 39 NGOs Europe-wide, in constant dialogue with local, national and European institutions, to ensure lifelong learning becomes a reality for all. On 22 September, EUCIS-LLL gathered in an exceptional General Assembly and voted in favour of a new identity, coinciding with its 10th Anniversary and became the Lifeling Learning Platform.


Copyrights – DIY MOOC starts on 26 October

From the Statute of Anne to Mickey Mouse: an introduction to Intellectual Property Rights. What are Intellectual Property Rights and why do we often confuse them with Copyrights? This MOOC on the EMMA platform is intended to be an entertaining and not so academic learning opportunity for anyone who creates original materials or who uses, reuses, mixes and adapts original materials created by other people. Enroll here or read more...


Innovative tools in education to bridge the skills gap in industry

On 6 October, the Lifelong Learning Platform was invited to participate in a discussion organised by ETRMA on the topic of "Innovative education tools to bridge the skills gap in the rubber industry". Andras Szucs, EDEN Secretary General, LLL Platform Vice-President, said in his presentation: "Digital learning changes fast, its speed and performance are increasing while it becomes less and less expensive so more people can access learning through digital means. The question is how can traditional education and training adapt and integrate digital learning.".

Innovative learning namely via digital learning will be one of the hot topics in the upcoming LLL Week (30.11-04.12.2015).


From EUA: Horizon 2020: simplification never ends

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation and the leadership team of his Directorate General gathered to listen to the views of key stakeholders on the simplification of Horizon 2020 on Friday, 25 September 2015.

On this occasion the European Commission also launched a survey to collect further contributions. Deadline: 23 October 2015. Read more...


Hot Seats - 2016 Networked Learning Conference

2015-2016 Hot Seat series: where researchers and practitioners meet online to share about timely issues under the guidance of leading experts in the field. Each Hot Seat is free and open, and will be available for the duration of a week.

The first Hot Seats schedule is: October 25-31, 2015 Mike Sharples will facilitate the October Hot Seat: Massive Open Social Learning. Read more...


Call for Presentations: EUA Annual Conference
Bricks and clicks for Europe: building a successful digital campus

Submission deadline: 27 November 2015

The European University Association (EUA) is pleased to publish a Call for Presentations for three Working Group sessions taking place at its Annual Conference 2016 on 8 April. Please note that this Call is only open to EUA member institutions. Read more here.


From ICDE: Introducing the leadership of ICDE from January 2016

The International Council for Open and Distance Education presented the result of the election for the ICDE Executive Committee. Prof. Asha Singh Kanwar and EDEN Executive Member, Prof. Belinda Tynan have been elected to join the ICDE Executive Committee as institutional representatives. Prof. Alan Tait, former EDEN President, who is currently an institutional representative of the ICDE Executive Committee, was elected by the individual members to be the individual representative. They will join Prof. Mandla S. Makhanya, Dr. Yang Zhijian and Mr. Maxim Jean-Louis as the Executive Committee of ICDE from January 2016. Read more...


Predatory Journals

Many of you may have received similar invitations from unknown journals. This seems to be a growing unfair online business and it may be useful to know that the suspicious journals are being collected on the web at this link.


Publications and Events

Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection

A summarising presentation of the OECD report based on the PISA results 2012 by Andreas Schleicher, Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. See presentation here.


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