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October, 2016


October, 2016

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EDEN Annual Conference 2017
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Diversity Matters



Technology and open education open doors to groups of learners from a range of backgrounds, generations, cultures with different 6languages, literacies, and ways of communication. How do educators deal with diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments? How can such diversity be accounted for and used to transform and adapt online learning settings? How do educators, stakeholders and policy makers meet digital inequalities? What are the new challenges for teachers and educators in the new media landscapes to create meaningful contexts for learning?

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Community Update

2016 European Distance Learning Week

After a successful partnership between EDEN and USDLA in organizing National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in the US in 2015, EDEN will organise the first European Distance Learning Week (EDLW), further expanding upon its collaboration with the US and other EDEN international partnerships.

It will take place during 7-11 November 2016 in the form of webinars that will be held every day at 13:00-14:30 CET. For the detailed program, please click here.


National Distance Learning Week in the USA

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) annual National Distance Learning Week will be held on 7-11 November, 2016. After our successfull collaboration last year, EDEN is yet again proud to be the global partner of the event, contributing with several webinars on educational leadership (HE focus), animation creation as a learning tool (K12 focus), and the design of open badges.


Introducing the Garden of Learning - EDEN’s platform for growth and inspiration

EDEN strives to foster the professional development of educators and e-learning professionals by matching their training needs with the most state of the art offers.

While the initiative is still in its piloting phase, our aim is to create an informal, non-comprehensive content multiplier portal that provides direct access to – both online and face to face – training opportunities, taking advantage of the collaborative (project) results and the training provisions of the EDEN Community.

We are inviting you to

#EDENChat: Social media and informal learning

#EDENChat is a 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. In the most recent #EDENChat we discussed the future of universities. Read the archived discussion here.

Don't miss the next #EDENChat, which will be on 9 November 8 pm CET, on the topics of "Social media and informal learning".

Stay tuned for the anouncement of the next events by following us on Twitter.


EDEN Open Classroom 2016: Open Schools for Open Societies

The Open Schools for Open Societies Conference 2016 will take place during November 4-6, 2016 at Pallini Attica, at the premises of the organiser, Ellinogermaniki Agogi. The event is delivered with the endorsement of EDEN under the EDEN Open Classroom banner, our initiative that focuses on distance education and new technologies in school level education and training.

The aim of the conference is to introduce and discuss the notion of the “Open School”. A school that effectively introduces innovations in education is an engaging environment not only for the students and teachers - it re-designs learning to accommodate and include difference and brings together families, community groups, local businesses, experts, universities, and others into an innovation ecosystem.

The welcome speech will be delivered by Dr. Andras Szucs, EDEN Secretary General.


Latest news from EDEN'S new strategic partner in Australia and the perspectives of the European instructional designer

The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) has published its latest Bulletin.

In case you missed the ASCILITE webinar titled "The Perspectives of the European instructional designer" that was delivered in collaboration with EDEN on the 26th of October, you can still review the presentation by downloading the webinar recording.



European Commission's Corner

European Vocational Skills week: How to get involved?

This first European Vocational Skills Week will take place from 5 to 9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and parallel activities by companies, Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers, social partners, as well as many other stakeholders in Member States.

The European Commission organises a webinar on 28 October 2016, 11.00-12.30 (CEST) to learn more about what the European Vocational Skills Week is about, how you can get involved and organise an activity or event and what the Commission offers of communication support.


Innovating Education and Educating for Innovation: The Power of Digital Technologies and Skills

This OECD report covers the available evidence on innovation in education, the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning, and the role of digital skills and the education industries in the process of innovation.


A New Europass Framework: helping people make their skills and qualifications more visible

Europass is a suite of tools and services which support the transparency of skills and qualifications across the European Union. On 4 October 2016 the Commission has adopted a proposal to revise the Europass Decision. With this revision, the Commission aims to simplify and modernise these tools for the digital age and to add a new feature using big data to map and anticipate labour market trends and skills needs. Read more...


Projects, practices, showcases

REGISTRATION STILL OPEN! 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 is 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.

Representatives of EDEN member institutions can attend the event FOR FREE and they are also eligible for a grant.

WEBINARS about Home and Hospital Education

Join the LeHo webinars during October and November 2016 to learn about innovative tools and relevant resources for home and hospital education practitioners, stakeholders and interested parties. The webinars will be held in English. The next event "Which ICT works best for HHE? Outcomes of fieldwork trials across Europe" is scheduled on the 2nd November 2016, 15:00 CET.

Changing roles of the teachers in a changing world

Want some inspiration and support in how to facilitate students' autonomy and learning-to-learn skills? The t-MAIL project team has developed a mobile application to support primary school teachers in the promotion of their students' self regulated learning (SRL) skills. We are now recruiting schools and teachers who would be interested in the testing of the app. The pilot will take place in Belgium, Spain and in the UK. It also offers the opportunity for schools to share their experiences of SRL with colleagues in another pilot country and to apply for their own funding for a short job shadow later in 2017.

Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Invitation to the Open Education Global Conference

The Open Education Consortium invites you to its global event taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 8-10 March, 2017. Part of the conference is to celebrate several important milestones in Open Education: the 10 year anniversary of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, the 15 year anniversary of the term “Open Educational Resources” and the 5 year anniversary of the Paris OER Declaration.


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. EDEN is supporting the event as Association Partner. For EDEN members OEB participation is available at a reduced rate. Please, contact Krisztina Tátrai to receive your registration code and benefit from a reduced conference fee of 600 € (instead of 790 €).


The 10 Fundamentals of Teaching Online for Faculty and Instructors by Tony Bates

Interested in what works and what does not work in online learning? Want to know the basics to save time and develop better courses from scratch? Keen to ground your teaching in the latest research on online learning?

Contact North I Contact Nord’s Research Associate, Dr. Tony Bates, provides a succinct introduction to faculty and instructors about whether or not to get involved in online teaching in the first place; and how to do it well. These ten short guides are drawn from his 517-page bestseller, Teaching in a Digital Age, which has over 40,000 downloads as an open textbook and is available in seven languages.

New survey on how Universities use learning analytics

Current discussions on learning and teaching innovation often refer to learning analytics as a game-changer in the field, as methods of online student data analysis hold great potential in addressing challenges faced by European higher education institutions.

The European University Association invites you to participate in a survey (open untill 4th November) conducted in the framework of the SHEILA project (Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics), which aims to provide clarity about this potential by asking universities to what extent they use and/or they are considering to use learning analytics and what their experiences have been.

Publications and Events

Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Contemporary Models of Teaching and Learning at the Dublin City University

At Dublin City University (DCU), enrolment growth has been in double digits for the past few years, putting enormous pressure on the institution. DCU is also going through an ‘Incorporation Project’ involving the merger with several Colleges of Education, which will see it grow by another 4,000 students by the end of 2016.

Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at DCU, sees flexible, online learning as a crucial component of the response to this challenge. Read more...


Placement Opportunity in Cyprus

FUNecole (K-12 Education/elearning solutions) is looking for a PhD Holder on the fields of Computer Science/Engineering, multimedia and graphics applications, Virtual/Augmented reality, Simulations, Big-data/Machine learning, and Cloud computing/services for a 3 year contractual period. The successful candidates should have completed their Ph.D. at least 5 years ago and no longer than 15 years ago. Any interested candidates should forward their resumes as soon as possible and not later than November 20th 2016.


A simple guide for writers to avoid content burnout

The ever-increasing demand for content is good news if you’re a content writer. However, it also means that your audience is overwhelmed by content and likely experiencing content fatigue, which can be challenging to break through. Read more...


High Quality Education and Learning for All through Open Education

What is Open Education? Why Change in Education? What is Quality in Education? How to Improve Quality? How to Participate? Keynote by Christian Stracke (EDEN Member Dutch Open University) at the International Lensky Education Forum in Siberia at slideshare.


5 Free eBooks and 10 Highly Recommended eLearning Articles You Should Read

Check out these recommended readings freely available through selected by Curt Zilbersher, senior instructional designer.


OEB 2016: Full conference agenda available

This year's theme of the Online Educa Berlin conference is Owning Learning and the new world of the empowered learneris guaranteed. The agenda of OEB is now available online. 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 €).


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