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March, 2016

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2016
14-17 June 2016, Budapest

Re-Imagining Learning Environments



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Training and Synergy deadline approaching

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The deadline for both submissions is 4 April 2016.

Sponsorship opportunities

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and the Conference Secretariat.

Sir John Daniel is Dinner Speaker at the Conference Gala Dinner

We are delighted to announce that EDEN Founder Sir John Daniel, former Vice-Chancellor of the Open University UK, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education and President of the Commonwealth of Learning accepted the invitation to be the Dinner Speaker at the Conference Dinner on 16 June when we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of EDEN.










Community Update

#EDENChat: Which personal technologies?

#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 23 March was entitled "Which personal technologies?", moderated by Steve Wheeler. Read the archived discussion here.

The next #EDENChat will be on 6 April (at 9PM CET), the final title will be published soon on this dedicated web page where previous #EDENChats are also listed with access to their storified archives. Stay tuned for the anouncement of the next events by following us on Twitter.


All that glitters is not gold: Current trends and future challenges for quality assurance in the fields of open learning and eLearning

In this guest post Ebba Ossiannilsson, EDEN Executive Committee member and an EDEN Fellow, identifies the current trends and future challenges for quality assurance in our field and presents a brief conclusion of the study on quality models conducted in the framework of an initiative lead by our partner ICDE.


European Commission's Corner

Study on the Diversity within the Teaching Profession with Particular Focus on Migrant and/or Minority Background

Students with a migrant/minority background on average exhibit lower educational attainment than their peers, but this can be tackled by greater diversity in the teaching profession. More teachers from a diverse background can support the evolving needs of the increasingly diverse learner population by building bridges with local migrant communities and acting as positive role models. This study provides an overview and an analysis of the diversity of teaching staff in EU Member States with regards to migrant and/or minority background as well as of the existing policies, initiatives and strategies which encourage migrants and/or cultural minorities to enter the teaching force.


Work in progress: the European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe

There is an explosion in the amount and variety of available data as well as an increasing capacity to make use of it thanks to cloud technology – the infrastructure that stores and manages data. The European Cloud Initiative is a work in progress that would build on the third pillar of the Digital Single Market Strategy on maximising the growth potential of the European Digital Economy. It comprises the European Open Science Cloud (work in progress), a trusted, open environment for the scientific community for storing, sharing and re-using scientific data and results; and an underpinning European Data Infrastructure that would offer super-computing capacity, fast connectivity and high capacity cloud solutions also to a wider European audience.


Kick-off meeting for ET 2020 Working Groups

The first meeting of the new Education and Training 2020 Working Groups took place in Brussels on 22-23 February 2016. Working Groups develop exchanges of information and experience on issues common to the education and training systems of the Member States. Among the 400 newly appointed members of the Working Group on digital skills and competences, including experts from the Member States, candidate and EFTA countries, European social partners, civil society, EU agencies and international organisations, there sits an official EDEN nominee and two other experts who have strong relations with EDEN, in the Working Group on digital skills and competences.


Projects, practices, showcases

Ethics & Privacy in Learning Analytics – a DELICATE issue

The Learning Analytics Community Exchange - LACE project conducted a series of Expert Workshops on Ethics and Privacy for Learning Analytics (#EP4LA) to get to the heart of the matter, by analysing the most common views and the propositions made by the LA community to solve them.

An eight-point checklist named DELICATE has been developed that can be applied by teachers, researchers, policy makers and institutional managers to facilitate a trusted implementation of Learning Analytics. Read more...


Upcoming LACE events at LAK16

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

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


Survey about mobile app stimulating ICT supported self-regulated learning

The “Teacher Mobile Application for Innovative Learning (t-MAIL)” project team is developing a mobile application for primary school teachers to support them in implementing successful classroom practices to stimulate their pupils’ ICT supported self-regulated learning.

Fill in our questionnaire to help the project team tailor the app to your needs. Each questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to fill in, please choose which one suits your professional position best. Thank you!


TALOE web tool user guide is now available in German and French

The TALOE (Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in E-learning) project approached the e-assessment concept by using technology for assessing students’ learning. The TALOE web tool (free service) is developed to help teachers and trainers decide on the assessment strategies to use in their online courses


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Making Sense of Blended Learning: Treasuring an Older Tradition or Finding a Better Future?

This essay by Sir John Daniel, O.C. examines what blended learning is and how it might best be used. A key question is whether blending some classroom activity with online study is merely a stopgap measure on the path to a largely online future. Are institutions simply trying to maintain age-old instructional habits against a rising tide of online learning opportunities or does face-to-face interaction really add value? If so, what is that value? Going further, might we reconfigure the whole teaching-learning process to something more effective than anything yet seen?

The Bewildering Language of Online Learning!

For many faculty members, instructors, practitioners, administrators and policy makers, the language used to describe and discuss online and flexible learning is confusing. What on earth is a “flipped classroom”? What is the difference between “blended learning” and “fully online” learning? Why do some programs not have “instructors” but do have “mentors, coaches and guides”? It can be confusing.

Let’s look at the language of online and flexible learning and help understand what is being said when key terms are being used. Read more...


Publications and Events

1st International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Developments

The event intends to establish itself as an interdisciplinary forum where scholars, entrepreneurs and policy makers could bring and compare their visions, researches and experiences on how the “smartness” of the learning ecosystems sustained by the technologies, can influence the economical development, foster the social innovation and educate aware and active present and future citizens. The event will also feature a panel discussion with representatives of EADTU, EATEL, EDEN, IAFES and ASLERD.

Where and when: 19-20 May 2016, Timisoara, Romania

As a connecting event on 20-22 May the HackTM 2016 will take place that on the occasion will feature a track on smart learning ecosystems, social innovation and civic engagement


The CEMCA EdTech Notes

The Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) whose aim is to promote co-operation and collaboration in the use of electronic media resources for distance education has published a series of start-up guides on educational media and technology, called EdTech Notes.


Why use social media to support learning?

Can using social media support learning? How exactly could it bring benefits? The Learning Systems Team of the Open University and a distance learning specialist talk about why they support the use of social media in learning with the OU, and offer some practical tips on its use. A recommended reading to all educators. Read more...


Distance Education Enrollment Growth Continues in the U.S. Higher education

Online Report Card – Tracking Online Education in the United States, is the 13th annual report of the state of online learning in U.S. Higher education. Key report findings include that more than one in four students now take at least one distance education course and the academic acceptance of the value and legitimacy of online education is bigger in institutions with large distance enrollments. Read more...


Making Education Everybody’s Business

“It’s time for a Plan B,” wrote Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills from the OECD in his welcome presentation to Global Education and Skills Forum 2016. Containing a wealth of food for thought, the presentation offers many surprising insights:

  • the country where migrants go to school matters more to educational performance than the country they originated from
  • technology in schools and digital skills “still don’t square”
  • in recent years, China has been building almost one university per week
  • social background does not necessarily correlate to poor performance in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests

Click here to view the presentation in full.


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