May, 2016




May, 2016

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2016
14-17 June 2016, Budapest

Re-Imagining Learning Environments




The conference programme is set up from over 160 accepted contributions, including research paper sessions, demonstration and poster sessions, workshops, training courses and lively Synergy sessions for new project ideas and in-progress initiatives. See the detailed conference programme here.

All plenary sessions will be streamed online and open to comment on social media.

Visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.



High level EU Commission speakers and sessions at the conference!

European policy and practice in Digital Skills and Competences - a hands-on workshop with representatives of the ET2020 Working Group
If you're looking for insights into EU policy relating to digital skills and competences and want to know what others are doing in the field or contribute to identifying priorities for future work, then don't miss this dynamic workshop with Deirdre Hodson, coordinator of the ET2020 Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences and members of the working group.

Research on Opening up Education through the use of Digital Technologies: Development of a support framework for Higher Education Institutions
This workshop will present research done by the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, on behalf of DG EAC, on the development of a support framework for HEIs to take strategic decisions and concrete initiatives on opening up education.

Pre-conference workshops

Our free pre-conference workshops will be held on 14 June, in the afternoon:

  • "The mobility guide on-line" - OpenPROF project workshop will introduce how to use open educational tools and resources, including some of the freely available project results (12:00-15:00)
  • "Inspire! - An Unconventional Forum with EDEN Young Scholars" - Young Scholars' Workshop (15:00-18:00)
    Including: How can young scholars write better quality journal articles? With Editors of online academic Open and Distance Learning Journals.


















9th EDEN Research Workshop
4-7 October 2016, Oldenburg

Forging new pathways of research and innovation in open and distance learning: Reaching from the roots

Building on the success of our thematic conference 2 years ago in Oxford, EDEN is pleased to announce its Ninth Research Workshop organised in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in Oldenburg, Germany.




Community Update

#EDENChat: Live from Budapest

#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 next #EDENChat will be the EDEN Conference Special, organised live in Budapest on 14 June. Stay tuned for the anouncements by following us on Twitter.


New members

The EDEN community welcomes its newly joined members


Reflections about Collective and Independent Study by M. G. Moore

Imagine a confrontation between two perspectives and theoretical approaches on personalisation of learning as different as the ones of Michael G. Moore and of Cristóbal Cobo. It sounds quite exciting, don't you agree? But, just think that we have also invited Steve Wheeler to instigate and moderate the discussion and try to find a synthesis of both sides. Well, I'm sure that you'll be expecting a memorable debate. We are too! So please make sure to mark the date on your agendas: 17th June, at the closing session of EDEN16 in Budapest.

To pike your interest, in this guest post EDEN Senior Fellow, Michael G. Moore offers a thought-provoking reflection on the topic of the personalisation of learning.


Sustainable 'Fishing' in the EU

With only two weeks away from the 2016 EDEN Annual Conference and the Oldenburg Research Workhop recently announced, EDEN President Antonio Teixera and Ildiko Mazar, Deputy Secretary General of EDEN reflect on the Association's 25th years legacy in supporting the promotion, dissemination and recognition of quality research in open and digital learning. Read more...


European Commission's Corner

14 EU countries to receive country-specific recommendations on education under the European Semester 2016

The European Semester is the EU's cycle of economic policy coordination. Every year, the Commission undertakes a detailed analysis of EU countries' budgetary, macroeconomic and structural policies and provides them with recommendations for the next 12-18 months. The recommendations focus on the key policy priorities for each country. The countries receiving education country-specific recommendations are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain. Read more ...


Teacher Academy: supporting teachers in their classrooms

To support teachers in their daily work in the classroom, the European Commission has now launched Teacher Academy as part of its School Education Gateway platform. The first free online course titled Introducing Project-Based Learning in your Classroom is starting on 6 June.


Commission releases the 2016 "European Digital Progress Report": unequal progress towards the Digital Single Market

Europe's Digital Progress Report (EDPR) consists of a set of "horizontal chapters", analysing developments across countries in the five dimensions of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) and a set of country reports combining the quantitative evidence with country-specific policy insights.

For the first time the Commission also compares Europe's performance with its international competitors in the I-DESI report.


Projects, practices, showcases

Voices from the LACE Community

A checklist for implementation of Learning Analytics (LA), a Policy Delphi study focused on the state of LA in 2025, a compilation of LA Interoperability Studies and interviews with LA experts are among the highlights of the latest newsletter of the Learning Analytics Community Exchange - LACE project. Read more ...


Learning Analytics: exploring the putting in place of a system that supports learning while still respecting privacy

Join us in a workshop at the 2016 EDEN Annual Conference in Budapest for the final workshop of the Learning Analytics Community Exchange - LACE project. Building on what has been learned over the last 30 months by the LACE support action, this workshop will give an update on the development of LA applications in schools and higher education and explore the concerns about data sharing and privacy, control of data and trust. The workshop is highly interactive and will, through a simple but structured and well-tested process, engage the participants in finding solutions that could be accepted in European schools and universities.

Friday, 17 June, Workshop Session F2 (9:00 - 10:30)


OpenPROF call for pilots

As the project approaches its final few months, OpenPROF is publishing great many valuable outputs for your professional benefit. The 5th OpenPROF Newsletter lists freshly released modules developed to enhance and support open professional development. Some modules are already available for piloting in the 5 partner countries in 6 languages, and more will be coming soon. The newsletter also announces the closest upcoming public events where you can meet and consult with the OpenPROF partners. Particularly if you live in Lisbon or Coimbra, or are planning to attend #EDEN16, we recommend you to join us at these free events.


SAVE THE DATE: Preparing Higher Education leaders to become the change makers of the university of tomorrow

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 14-18 November 2016

The 1st D-TRANSFORM Leadership School will be a unique opportunity to update leaders and senior managers in European higher education institutions with knowledge, skills and attitudes which they need to have in order to make effective decisions about the use of digital techniques in learning and teaching, drawing on expert presenters including from innovative universities.

Leadership for Change in HE Institutions: The D-TRANSFORM Approach

Meet us in Budapest, at the 2016 EDEN Annual Conference for a lively workshop session to develop practical recommendations for educational leaders to drive Higher Education institutions to the level of transformation required for embracing effective digital learning scenarios.

Workshop presenters will be Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research,Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain; Paul Bacsich, Coordinator, Open Education Working Group, and Senior Consultant, Sero HE, UK; Professor Anne Boyer, Université de Lorraine; France and Zoltán Dubeczi, Secretary General, Hungarian Rectors' Conference, Hungary.

Wednesday, 15 June, Workshop Session A4 (11:30 - 13:00)


How to support the learning of children with medical needs?

If you are a teacher at any educational level, or work in a hospital, you know how essential innovative pedagogical methods are to support the learning of children with medical needs.

Join the LeHo WEBINARS to learn about innovative tools and relevant resources for home and hospital education practitioners, stakeholders and interested parties. Read more...


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

How to leverage quality to drive rather than block innovation

While formal quality assurance regimes have increasingly focused on the student experience, they have not made student engagement the key driver for quality. Nor do such regimes look at whether the program is innovative, flexible, making great use of technology for learning analytics and assessment and is engaging students with potential applications of that learning. If we want to see quality as a lever for innovation rather than as a barrier to it, we need to start re-thinking our approach to quality. Read more ...

Interviews With Leading Online, Open And Flexible Learning Practitioners

Contact North | Contact Nord interviews leading practitioners in online, open and flexible learning as part of sharing best practices with the sector. The latest interview is about the Global Leadership in the Cloud initiative that offers an online learning program for corporate executives. Read more ...


Publications and Events

OEB 2016: Reduced participation rate for EDEN Members

This year's theme of the Online Educa Berlin conference is Owning Learning and the new world of the empowered learner is guaranteed. EDEN is joining the event as Association Partner. For EDEN members OEB participation is available at a reduced participation rate. Please, contact Krisztina Tátrai to receive your registration code and benefit from a reduced conference fee of 600 € (instead of 790 €).

Lifelong and Lifewide Learning

How could the educational systems nowadays respond better to social and economic needs? Why is it so difficult to improve the positions of ‘atypical’ learning modes? Why has been the progress of so slow? Which are the major constraints of a breakthrough of modernisation in education?

The questions are not brand new, but the book Learning – in the New Lifelong and Lifewide Perspectives from Anikó Kálmán offers smart responses, with innovative combinations of sectoral knowledge and recent research. It throws light from new angles on the dynamic relationships of core elements.



Innovating Pedagogy Report 2015

The series of annual reports on innovations in teaching, learning and assessment are intended for teachers, policy makers, academics and anyone interested in how education may change over the next ten years. This fourth report - produced in collaboration by the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK, and the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International, US - proposes ten innovations that are already in currency and are having an increasing effect on education.


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