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February, 2016

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2016
14-17 June 2016, Budapest

Re-Imagining Learning Environments



Visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.



The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, participation in the short training courses, the electronic Conference Proceedings and Book of Abstracts, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the days of the conference. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

Train to be a 21st century educator

The foreseen selection of training sessions will include 120 minute short courses about the effective use of social media for teaching and learning, creating animations to support your teaching and the design and issuing of open badges.

Keynotes announced

  • Tony Bates, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate
  • Lesley Wilson, European University Association, Secretary General
  • Antonio Teixeira, President of EDEN
  • Susan Aldridge, Senior Vice President for Online Learning and President of Drexel University Online
  • Danny Arati, Intel, former Education Manager, Europe
  • Peter Arvai, CEO & Cofounder of Prezi
  • Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Melissa Highton, Director of the Learning, Teaching and Web Services Division, University of Edinburgh
  • Paul Bacsich, Co-ordinator, Open Education Working Group and Senior Consultant, SeroHE







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Community Update

New Member of the EDEN Executive Committee

We are happy to announce that Mark Brown, PhD, Professor and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University has been co-opted to serve as the new member of the Executive Committee of EDEN from February 2016.


The European Parents' Association and EDEN sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 8th February 2016 the European Parents' Association (EPA) and EDEN signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of encouraging teachers, school students and parents to engage in a meaningful dialogue with each other and promoting lifelong learning and Active European Citizenship, raising awareness about new methods and tools in education among them, with special focus on the opportunities the digital age and new technologies offer.


#EDENChat: Openness in research

#EDENChat is a regular, scheduled online discussion event on Twitter where anyone can join in and contribute to the discussions on current issues in distance, open and e-learning. The latest #EDENChat on the 24 February discussed the rhizomatic learning of today's learners as nomadic individuals. Read the archived discussion here.

The next #EDENChat will coincide with the Open Education Week in March. On the evening (at 9PM CET) of Wednesday the 9th of March there will be an ‘Open Education Consortium Special’ event exploring the question of how open we can be.

Previous #EDENChats are listed in the NAP Community page of the EDEN website according to topics. Stay tuned for the anouncement of the next events by following us on Twitter.


EURODL on the Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator list

The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning is on the Danish list of journals that provide Bibliometric Research Indicator points. The main purpose of the Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator is to reflect the universities' research activity using the measurement of number of publications, rewarding the research publications that are published in the most recognized journals within the scientific fields.


European Commission's Corner

European Commission ET2020 Working Groups mandates announced

EDEN is proud to announce that Vice-President Deborah Arnold has become mandated into the WG on Digital skills and competences, while two other prominent EDEN representatives Andras Szucs, Secretary General and Sandra Kucina Softic, Excecutive Commitee member has become WG member, representing the European Platform on Lifelong Learning and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia, respectively.


Commission presents its evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme for Research

The European Commission has published its ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). Main findings include increasing the competitiveness of Europe's industry and positive impact on growth and jobs, fostering of inter-disciplinary research, alignment of research activities between Member States and substantial progress as regards the gender dimension.

The shortcomings in the implementation of FP7 are the further improvment of large-scale simplification; the different parts of FP7 programme operating too much as isolated silos; and the inefectiveness in building synergies with related European funding programmes.

The evaluation identified ways to improve how the EU funds research and innovation, of which many issues are already being taken up by Horizon 2020, the successor programme to FP7. Read more...


Validation of Non-formal MOOC-based Learning: An Analysis of Assessment and Recognition Practices in Europe

Following extensive research on MOOCs in European Member States, the report provides a snapshot of how European Higher Education Institutions recognise (or not) non-formal learning (particularly MOOC-based), and how some employers recognise open badges and MOOC certificates for continuing professional development. It provides an analyse of the relationship between forms of assessment used and credentials awarded, from badges for self-assessment to ECTS credits for on-site examinations, and consider the implications for recognition. Read more...


Updating the Digital Competence Franework - your feedback is welcome

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC-IPTS) produced the Digital Competence Framework (DigComp: A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe) published first in 2013 as part of a multi-year scientific project initiated by DG Education and Culture.

In the course of 2016, JRC-IPTS is updating the framework. The proposal for the conceptual reference model is available and feedback is welcome until March 15, 2016.


New Article in EURODL

Adapting Structuration Theory as a Comprehensive Theory for Distance Education: The Astide Model

Md Aktaruzzaman, Margaret Plunkett
Abstract in Bangla available


Projects, practices, showcases

Upcoming LACE events at LAK16

The Learning Analytics Community Exchange - LACE project will organise two workshops at the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference to be held at University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom on April 25-29, 2016.

The two half day pre-conference workshop are Ethical and Privacy Issues in the Design of Learning Analytics Applications (on 25th April) and the Failathon (on 26 April).


Survey on using mobile apps in teachers’ professional development

Do your pupils enjoy ‘playing’ on the computer, on their tablet or mobile phone? Would you like to stimulate their ICT supported self-regulated learning by implementing successful classroom practices?

The t-MAIL project team is developing a mobile application for primary school teachers to support them in this process. Fill in our questionnaire (open until 11 March) to help us tailor the app to your needs.


Open Badge Network launched to promote the recognition of non-formal and informal learning

What are open badges? How can they support lifelong learning? Why would you be interested in earning open badges? What is the value of a badge? How can you be a credible issuer of badges?

The Open Badge Network portal has been launched to provide a trusted source of independent information, tools and informed practice to support people who are interested in creating, issuing and earning Open Badges across Europe. Whether you are a badge novice or expert, you can become a member of the Open Badge Network. Join us today: OBN community registration.

Fill in the OBN Survey gathering community input on what constitutes quality in terms of Open Badges.


Public Digital Policies in Higher Education - survey report available

The D-TRANSFORM project is set to publish a series of surveys about digital transformation of higher education in Europe. The first publication - available to download in English and French - is a comparative survey between Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom about digital policies in HE.

The Digital resources as a new strategical factor for a renovation of modernization in higher education - 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. Read more about the first results of the project as well about upcoming D-TRANSFORM events and ongoing works in its first newsletter.

Soft skills needed for successful transition from university to the labour market

What do we mean by soft skills and digital soft skills (soft skills 2.0)? What are the most important soft skills needed for successful transition from studying to employment? Which soft skills do students have and which should they aim to acquire?

Questions like the above are answered in the recently published two reports of the eLene4work project. The documents summarize the results of a desk research in the form of a comparative analysis and the conclusions of the standardised focus group interviews conducted in nine European countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK.


Training action in Vienna for hospital teachers

The LeHo (Learning at Home and in the Hospital) project is organising a training action for hospital teachers on how to improve their use of ICT with children with a medical condition. The event is part of the 2016 HOPE Conference pre-programme.

The project will also be launching a webinar series from April 2016 to introduce and discuss key issues in home and hospital education (HHE) with international experts.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Open Education Week

During the days of 7-11 March 2016 the Open Education Week will be organised, with the aim to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. The event is coordinated by EDEN’s strategic partner, the Open Education Consortium, an association of hundreds of institutions and organisations around the world that are committed to the ideals of open education. Read more...


Position Paper: Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning - one step further

The 2013 PIAAC report highlights the fact that 20% of the EU adult population have low literacy and numeracy skills. The lack of strong validation systems that allow for individual’s knowledge, skills and competences which have been acquired through non-formal and informal learning to be validated, only makes it more difficult to tackle unemployment and poverty in the EU.

To tackle the challenges, the LLLPlatform proposes 5 key success factors for the implementation of validation of non-formal and informal learning : 1. Long-term and sustainable strategies for validation; 2. Overcoming resistance: towards a cultural shift; 3. Reaching out to disadvantaged group; 4. Guidance, counseling and information; 5. The EU’s role in a successful implementation of the validation. Read the full Position Paper.


Invitation to the LLL-AGORA conference

The LLL-AGORA conference will present the transnational pooling of expertise which worked for 2.5 years in the LLL-HUB project to make a comparative analysis of critical factors, identify common challenges and elaborate policy recommendations to improve and promote lifelong learning at all levels.

When and where: 7-8 March 2016, Mechelen, Belgium (free registration)


EAEA e-Training for adult education staff

The AE-PRO project invites adult educators to take part in its second online course: Adult Learning in the 21st Century. The training includes sessions on themes such as immigration, European policy work, employment, life skills, sustainability, social cohesion and active citizenship. The free online course begins on 17 March 2016 via the online Adult Education Learning Platform and will be based on EAEA’s recent publication, Manifesto for Adult Learning in the 21st Century. The registration is now open; if you want to follow the whole e-training, please register by 10 March 2016.


Publications and Events

Creative Commons 2015-2020 Organizational Strategy

The Creative Commons 2016-2020 Organizational Strategy reflects over a year of intensive consultation, discussion, brainstorming, analysis, and testing throughout CC’s global community, including staff, board, affiliates, partners, supporters, and donors. The insights and approaches contained within it have been influenced by hundreds of valuable discussions with creators, non-profits, foundations, government officials, advocacy organizations, content platforms, lawyers, librarians, museums, archivists, industry advocates, and open community leaders. Read more...


UNESCO-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016

The Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR) in collaboration with UNESCO is organising the conference "Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better teaching and a better learning" in Bogota, Colombia on June 22-24, 2016. Read more...


The Current Trends and Future of eLearning


For those creating their own eLearning courses but not seeing the results hoped for, Marshall eLearning has created an eLearning guide. L&D professionals will be able to find everything needed to understand current best practice, how eLearning can be used to improve the performance of staff with an organisation, and strategies for planning training and development programmes. Read more...


The Secret Learning Life of UK Managers


Results published recently in GoodPractice/ComRes report of 500 senior managers in the UK include the fact that UK managers do not care how good their learning resources are; they are still going to use Google first because it is easy. While learning managers place so much emphasis on the quality of their output, when facing an unfamiliar challenge their learners look for two things: ease of access to information and the speed of result they receive. Read more...


Letter from the MIT president regarding expansion of learning research and online and digital education

In his letter to the MIT community, MIT President L. Rafael Reif described his program based on the recommendation of the Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education and the new opportunities of integrated lea

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