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November, 2015



November, 2015


In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks

The EDEN community shares the shock and sadness caused by the recent deadly attacks which have taken place in Europe and in other regions of the world, taking the life of many innocent human beings. Among these victims are students, teachers and researchers. People like us, including our colleagues Sebastian Proisy, a young Parisian with whom the EDEN Secretariat had the chance to collaborate.

At this moment we would like to express our sympathy and solidarity with all those whose loved ones were killed or injured. Openness, transparency and inclusiveness are the guiding principles of EDEN. Diversity of views, beliefs and experiences, respect for otherness and the free exchange of ideas constitute the common values our community shares.

Antonio Teixeira
EDEN President


EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2016
14-17 June 2016, Budapest

Re-Imagining Learning Environments



The responsibility of the scholarly community includes widening the concept of learning and its role in society and exploiting transformative knowledge to drive social change.

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Budapest to tell
about your research, projects and experience!

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats. Read more...



Best Paper Awards Announced: D4Learning - EDEN Open Classroom Conference

EDEN is pleased to announce, that the D4Learning 2015 - Open Classroom Conference Best Paper Award goes to:

Thomas Kjaergaard, Aalborg University, Denmark
Christian Wahl, University College Nordjylland, Denmark

for their contribution "When Innovative Instructional Designs are too Innovative: Lack of Schema"


Francesca Pozzi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR, Italy
Andrea Ceregini, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR, Italy
Francesca Dagnino, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR, Italy
Michela Ott, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR, Italy
Mauro Tavella, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR, Italy

for their contribution "Supporting the “Whole Learning Design Life-Cycle” through the Pedagogical Planner". Read more...

The Proceedings of the event is available in e-book format here.





Community Update

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen is joining the NAP Steering Committee

We are happy to announce that Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen is joining the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals Steering Committee. Read more about the Network of Academics and Professionals here.


Much More Than A Conference- New post on the President's Blog

As we immerse into the Autumn season, preparations speed up for next year's EDEN conferences and other events. This is therefore the best time to look back at this year's achievements and project what the future should be like. The absolute highlight was EDEN15, the Annual Conference held in Barcelona. Visit the President's blog to read the post as well as other invited articles by Executive Committee members and former EDEN presidents. Read more...


European Commission's Corner

EU Education and Training Monitor 2015 Released

The Education and Training Monitor is an annual series that captures the evolution of Europe's education and training systems by bringing together a wide array of evidence in one digestible report. Read more...


Erasmus+ Programme Guide

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide (pdf, 9.38 Mb) is published on 22/10/2015. Read more...


Projects, practices, showcases

Resources from the closing event of the TALOE project

The final seminar of TALOE took place in Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles) on 17th November 2015. Participants could learn and experiment with the webtool to propose assessment methods corresponding to different types of learning outcomes/competences.

The first part of the TALOE workshop focused on the implementation made by the ALOA model of revised Bloom’s taxonomy and alignment of Anderson et al. The workshop was chaired by Alfredo Soeiro, Associate professor at University of Porto, Portugal, his presentation is available here.

The second part of the TALOE event presented a New web tool to support assessment of learning, application of case studies and debate about results. The workshop was lead by Sandra Kucina, Assistant Director of University Computing Centre University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Recording of webinar “The TALOE webtool” is now available

TALOE held another successful webinar on 11 November about how the TALOE web tool works by helping teachers and trainers decide on the assessment strategies to use in their online courses. As the webinar was part of the professional events organized in the context of the United States Distance Learning Association National Distance Learning Week and it is the final TALOE webinar. Read more...


Webinar: Open Pedagogies

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 13:30 – 14:30 CET

What does Open Learning look like in practice? How can OER be included in teaching and learning?

This webinar is addressing teachers, trainers, mentors, and tutors of adult education institutions and anyone interested in learning more about Open Pedagogies. Confirmed speaker is Gráinne Conole, University of Bath Spa, United Kingdom.This webinar is part of the OERup! webinar series and training “OER uptake in Adult Education”.

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Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

FernUniversität Hagen, Germany celebrates 40 Years' Anniversary

One of the oldest distance educational institutions in Europe, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany, celebrates 40 years' Anniversary in 2015. The academic year culminates each year in the Dies Academicus of FernUniversität in Hagen by tradition. This year, this event marked the official celebratory event of the university's 40 Years Anniversary on 13 November 2015. Dr Ulrich Bernath, EDEN Fellow and EURODL Chief Editor handed over the letter of congratulation on behalf of EDEN from President Antonio Teixeira to the Rector of the University, Professor Hoyer.

We congratulate FernUniversität in Hagen for 40 Years of shaping history in higher education!

More information about the celebrations (in German):


New EUA interview series gives the floor to university leaders

EUA has launched a series of interviews “University Leaders’ Perspectives: Governance and Funding”, which is a new style that gives university leaders the opportunity to express their views on current issues in the field. With this series of interviews, EUA follows up on the 2nd Funding Forum held one year ago in Bergamo, Italy. Read more...


From the Lifelong Learning Platform: New in DG EMPL: a Directorate for Skills and a new Skills Agenda coming up...

A new Directorate for Skills will be set up in the DG EMPL with the following units:

  • Job creation, micro-finance for job creation, entrepreneurship
  • Skills and Qualifications
  • VET, apprenticeships and work based learning
  • ESF (countries group A)
  • ESF (countries group B)

The unit on VET: will foster the attractiveness of VET, ease transitions with the labour market and promote apprenticeships notably thanks to the European Allicance on Apprenceship.


Publications and Events

Educational Technology and Education Conferences for January to June 2016, Edition #34

Stephen Downes website

Read more and download Clayton R. Wright's conference list here.


The changing pedagogical landscape - New ways of teaching and learning and their implications for higher education policy

Corporate authors: European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture
Private authors: Jeff Haywood, Louise Connelly, Piet Henderikx, Martin Weller, Keith Williams



"Universities Will Give ECTS Credits for MOOCs" - interview with Pierre Dillenbourg


Pierre Dillenbourg is professor of learning technologies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and academic director of the Center for Digital Education. His session at OEB, "MOOCs: Here to Stay" will afford insight into best practices for MOOCs. The event takes place Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 11:45 to 13:00. Read more...


Towards Maturity - Technology-Enabled Ethics and Compliance Training


Towards Maturity has announced the findings of a new study sponsored by SAI Global, which found that despite an environment of record regulatory enforcements and personal liability for senior executives, most organisations are still applying a check-box approach to ethics and compliance training and failing to achieve the business goals they set out. Read more...


On IRRODL: A Reflection on Barber, Donnelly, and Rizvi (2013):
“An Avalanche is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead.”

Prof Tom H. Brown, Institute for Open & Distance Learning, UNISA, South Africa



HEInnovate; Innovating Higher Education

18th November 2015, Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels

On the 18th of November 2013, DG EAC launched HEInnovate; developed in cooperation with the OECD and a panel of external experts, this is an online self-assessment tool for higher education institutions looking for inspiration and guidance to bring about holistic institutional change. Read more...


Thematic University-Business Forum: Universities. Business. Alliances for Innovation

25-26 February 2016, Vienna

The two-day forum will bring together representatives from business and universities. Around 300 participants from all over Europe will jointly develop ideas and start new collaborations. Read more...


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