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Inspire! - An Unconventional Forum with EDEN Young Scholars

This workshop is organised in collaboration with young researchers and well-known scholars participating and presenting at the conference. The dedicated forum intends to allow its participants to meet and discuss the most relevant themes emerging from the side of the young as well as transversal issues. The consultation with peers and with a group of senior EDEN scholars presents an opportunity to the more novice to enhance the effectiveness and quality of their work. This interactive session is OPEN TO ALL who consider themselves young enough to benefit from the discussion OR experienced enough to enrich the debate by their own insights and opinions.

The workshop organisers appointed and invited 8 senior EDEN members to lead these discussions, namely:

  • Lisa-Marie Blaschke, EDEN Vice-President for Membership Expansion and Development, E-learning and Communications Consultant, Program Director at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
  • Steve Wheeler, Chair of EDEN NAP Steering Committee, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Plymouth, UK
  • Estela DaukšienÄ—, Researcher and Head of the online study program Education and Information Technologies at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Uli Bernath, EDEN Senior Fellow, Chief Editor of EURODL, Chair of the Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning
  • Inés Gil-Jaurena, Editor for Open Praxis, Professor at Faculty of Education, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain
  • Gila Kurtz, EDEN Fellow, Bar Ilan University, Israel, Chief Editor of Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning (IJELL)
  • Anne Gaskell, EDEN Fellow, Chief Editor of Journal of Learning for Development (JL4D)
  • Tony Bates, EDEN Senior Fellow, Distance Education Journals

The workshop will have an unusual session format, in that it will neither have a fixed presentation schedule, nor it is designed to promote outcome-driven discussions. It merely supports dialogue and collaborative thinking, where young scholars have the opportunity to discuss and get feedback on their work, ambitions, problems and challenges but also to suggest, to come up with ideas and to support more experienced researchers and experts. Everybody is invited to submit discussion topics in advance via direct e-mail (sent to budapest@eden-online.org), on the EDEN Facebook page or by Twitter (using the #EDEN16 and #EDEN_YS hashtags in conjunction).

The workshop organisers would like to kick-off the brainstorming session by suggesting a topic that has already proven popular in our professional circles with regards to research publication strategies. Every additional title suggestion received via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter will be added to the list below.

  1. How can young scholars write better quality journal articles?
  2. Digital literacy of teachers
  3. ICT Teacher Training
  4. Digital creativity
  5. Talent identificantion and development
  6. Internet of Things in education
  7. Learning potential in deep learning, Big Data and data mining techniques
  8. Mobile phone programming (e.g. Android) and applications in higher education
  9. Online collaborative knowledge construction in higher education
  10. Involving students as volunteers in EU projects' dissemination activities
  11. ...to be continued.

At the beginning of the workshop the face to face participants will identify the 4 or 5 most popular subjects to be freely discussed in small groups, after which the senior facilitators will briefly rapport about their discussions' findings to all session participants.


The original idea of the "Inspire!" session was implemented at the EDEN 2013 Annual Conference in Oslo. Check this NAP page to see the topics discussed then.

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Last updated 1189 days ago by Ildiko Mazar

I will like to share a general definition of "digital literacy of teachers" that I suggest for discution:


Continuous training process that allows the teacher an adecuated performance in teaching, research and professional development, in the new digital culture.


Thanks in advance

Raidell Avello Martinez 1208 days ago

:-D We're renaming our group from "young scholars" to "new scholars"

Ildiko Mazar 1189 days ago