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January, 2017



January, 2017

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2017
13-16 June 2017, Jönköping

Diversity Matters!



The responsibility of the scholarly community includes the proper handling of diversity in education with respect to learners’ profiles, backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication as well as diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments. We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

There has been an impressive response to our Call, showing high level compliance with the theme and concept. The relevance and diversity of submissions is reassuring for a conference rich in content and in networking opportunities.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until further notice. Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are still welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

Keynotes announced

  • Markku Markkula - President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) - invited
  • Georgi Dimitrov - Deputy Head of the Unit on Innovation in Education and the EIT - invited
  • Eva Hemmungs - Professor of mediated culture at Linköping University, Sweden
  • Stefan Hrastinski - Director for the Technology for Learning unit at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Neil Selwyn - Professor at the Faculty of Education, Monash University
  • Rosie Jones - Director of Library Services,The Open University UK
  • Nnenna Nwakanma - Africa Regional Coordinator at The World Wide Web Foundation - invited
  • Teemu Leinonen - Associate Professor, Vice Dean for Research at Aalto University, Helsinki
  • Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen - Professor, Head of the AAU research group, D4Learning at at Aalborg University
  • Jean-Marie Filloque - Former Vice Rector for Lifelong Learning and academic affairs, University of Brest, France
  • Frans Mäyrä - Professor, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences University of Tampere. Head of Game Research Lab group
  • Peter Eriksson - Minister for Housing and Digital Development

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Community Update

Election of EDEN NAP Steering Committee 2017

The Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP), which in December 2016 has 1053 members, is co-ordinated by a Steering Committee, elected by a ballot of its members. The term of office of the present NAP Steering Committee will be terminated in April 2017, the Steering Committee is subject of election which shall take place by electronic voting. All NAP members are invited to take part in the nominations and the election.

Nominations invited by 28 February, 2017


#EDENChat: Reading on screen vs reading on paper

#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 issue of reading on screen vs reading on paper. Read all the archived discussions here.

The next #EDENChat of 2017 is scheduled on the 8 February (starting hour TBC), on the topic of "Pen or keyboard: writing abilities at stake".

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


New international cooperation agreement

On the 1st of January 2017 the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) and EDEN signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of engaging in international activities and initiatives of mutual benefit and promote each other’s undertakings, supporting each other in facilitating the enhancement of evidence-based research and practice in the use of educational technologies, supporting of the development of each other’s network of members, exchange best practices, jointly organise workshops, seminars and conferences, disseminate information of activities of both partners.


Congratulations to EDEN Fellow Michael Auer, new President of IFEES

The General Secretary of IGIP - strategic partner of EDEN - Michael E. Auer, was elected as President of IFEES, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, during the World Engineering Education Forum WEEF2015 held in Florence. IFEES was founded in 2006 with the stated mission of “connecting the world’s engineering education societies to leverage our members’ collective strengths to improve engineering education worldwide”. Today, IFEES membership spans the 5 continents, comprising all major Engineering Education societies, such as AAEE, AEEA, ASEE, CSEE, IEEE, ISTE, LACCEI, SEFI


European Commission's Corner

Internal Reshuffling in the Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

From the Lifelong Learning Platform News

The Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, one of the LLLPlatform's main interlocutors, has undergone some internal reshuffling. Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot is now acting Director of the "Youth, Education and Erasmus+" Unit, while Adam Tyson has become "Policy Strategy and Evaluation" acting Director. We wish them all the best in their new positions and look forward to working with them.


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology as social challenge champion

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, explains how the European Institute of Innovation and Technology can help tackle Europe's social challenges. Read more...


Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020 - Strategic Programme Overarching Document

Preparations for the work programme 2018-2020 began in 2016 with stakeholder consultations and discussions with Member States on priorities, which have been outlined in informal working documents, namely 17 thematic scoping papers and one overarching document. The adoption and publication of the work programme are expected in October 2017. Read more...


Projects, practices, showcases

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Leadership school on the Digital Transformation of Universities, 19-22 May 2017, Nancy, France

The 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. See the chronicle of the 1st leadership school for inspiration.

EDEN member institution representatives are expected to be offered a special grant for participation.

24 May, Paris: Visionary Leadership Forum for Digital Transformation

The event is hosted by UNESCO, and co-organized with D-TRANSFORM project and ICDE, who together take the initiative to mobilise globally for visionary leadership for digital transformation of higher education.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: leaders, managers and experts from the practice field are invited to share their experiences, good practices and lessons learnt from leading digital transformation in Higher Education. Deadline: 28 February. Read more...


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs is launched

It is the first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses, short MOOCs. We would like to invite MOOC learners, MOOC designers and MOOC facilitators to contribute to the improvement of future MOOC.

The survey is open until end of March 2017.


Results of the 2016 Erasmus+ Implementation Survey

The annual survey launched by the Lifelong Learning Platform aims to provide decision-makers with an evaluation from the direct beneficiaries, on what works well, what could be improved and what is lacking in the programme. The respondents of the 2016 survey particularly appreciate the simplified architecture of the Programme, mainly referring to the use of lump sums. However, some figures are striking such as the fact that only every fifth of respondent believes that the rules are applied in a harmonised way across National Agencies. Read more...


Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning

The next conference of the Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) titled Expanding Horizons in Open & Distance Learning will take place in Melbourne, 5-7 February 2017 with focus on opennes, community and innovation. Visit the conference site for more information.


Digital Assessment Workshop in Norway

Eucen is organising a Digital Assessment Workshop, Norway on 7 March 2017. Registration is open until 20 February and you can find the booking form here. For further information contact the organisers.


Publications and Events

Are Trump, the Brexit and populism a danger to internationalisation?

The second European Policy Seminar of the Academic Cooperation Association - ACA in Brussels on 30 March 2017 will be devoted to the impact of Donald Trump, of the Brexit and of the rise of populism more generally on internationalisation of higher education. Will the rise of populism and isolationism reduce the degree of international mobility and cooperation reached over the past decades? If not the volumes, will it change the forms and the face of internationalisation? Will the UK be able to participate in the Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020 programmes? Will the US continue to attract the best talent and the best researchers and scientists from around the globe?


Adult Education in Europe 2016

The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) published its overview of the adult learning development in Europe, offering country specific information on adult education policy. Read more...


Call for proposals for themed issue of Distance Education

The journal Distance Education is calling for EOIs from individuals and/or teams for the development of a guest-edited themed issue to go to press in May 2018. Guest editors should send a clear and concise proposal by the end of February, 2017.


Submit a chapter proposal for the upcoming book, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: International Perspectives

The next volume of the Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning book series will illuminate international perspectives on equity and inclusion-related challenges experienced by students, faculty, and leaders globally and it will present research-based strategies for improving practice in these areas. Submission to the narrative is open.


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