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March, 2017 Part 1


March, 2017 Part 1.

EDEN Conference News




Registration is open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.


Submissions closed

The Call is closed now, evaluations will finish in the next few days. With eventual late submission requests please contact the Conference Secretariat directly. Synergy and Training submissions are awaited until the end of April.

List of keynotes

  • Markku Markkula - President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) (tbc)
  • 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
  • Georgi Dimitrov - Deputy Head of the Unit on Innovation in Education and the EIT
  • Frans Mäyrä - Professor, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences University of Tampere. Head of Game Research Lab group
  • Manjula Srinivas - Professor and Head of the Department of Mass Media at the Kishinchand Chelaram College, India.
  • Hanqin Qiu - Professor of International Tourism at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Jean-Marie Filloque - Former Vice Rector for Lifelong Learning and academic affairs, University of Brest, France
  • Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen - Professor, Head of the AAU research group, D4Learning at at Aalborg University
  • Rosie Jones - Director of Library Services,The Open University UK
  • Stephan Rapp - Dean, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University

For more information about our keynote speakers visit the Conference Website.

Young Scholars' Support

We are pleased to announce that EDEN's support scheme to young scholars will be offered again at the 2017 Annual Conference, with the sponsorship of SADE, the Swedish Association for Distance Education. Two young researchers' attendance at the Conference will be supported with €600 each.

Watch the short interview with Antonia Bralic, Young Scholars' Support awardee at the Oldenburg Research Workshop #RW9, to find out why EDEN conferences are a great experience.

Selection of interesting workshops from the conference programme

  • How to Facilitate Diversity in Flexible Learning?
  • Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education.
  • How Relevant is Open Education for Refugees?
  • How to Conduct an Academic Chat via Twitter? – The #edenchat Case

Social Events

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will take place in the assembly hall of the School of Education and Communication (building H) at Jönköping University. The EDEN Fellow Awards and Young ScholarAwards will be presented during the reception, where you can start networking and preparing yourself for the conference days, with wines and selected finger food.

Book and Wine event

EDEN continues the tradition of the Book and Wine event: at the end of the first day (14 June) the lovers of literature and good wines share their latest interesting reading experience through short presentations in the Orangerie of the University.

Conference Dinner

The venue of the Conference Dinner will be the classical style Elite Stora Hotellet, one of the most beautiful buildings in Jönköping and with a central location along the southern shore of Lake Vättern.

Tours and other activities

For tours and activities in and around Jönköping, the Småland region, before or after the conference, please contact our conference partner Memu.


Hosted by

Jonkiping University

in co-operation with





Supported by the Jönköping City Council


Community Update

EDEN as a reference organisation for digital teaching and learning

No wonder that EDEN community becomes more and more a reference organisation when speaking about good practices in open education, digital skills and competences, teacher training and leadership development. From the beginning of 2017, with the advent of the topic of diversity matters was put to the agenda of the EDEN Annual Conference in Jönköping, new events, new collaboration ideas made EDEN a reference point for a couple of global events for transformation of education. Read the full post on the Presidency Blog.


Open Education Week webinar recordings available

EDEN participated in the Open Education Week, which was coordinated by the The Open Education Consortium with two successful webinars. The recordings of these webinars are now available:


#EDENChat: archived discussions available

In case you missed the #EDENChat on Silent learners in online courses moderated by Alastair Creelman or the last #EDENChat on MOOCs and soft skills development in higher education moderated by Antonella Poce and Fabio Nascimbeni, you can now read the archived discussions on EDEN’s Storify page.


"Open education for refugees – Optimizing diversity through MOOCs"- an EDEN NAP webinar

How can open education, in particular MOOCs, offer relevant solutions to help refugees gain access to higher education and employment in their new homelands? The next EDEN NAP webinar will be held on 19 April, at 15:00 CET. Find more details and register on the website!


Recording available: The power of silent learners in a group- an EDEN NAP webinar

The last EDEN NAP webinar was held on 15 March 2017. The discussion focused on the following questions:

  • How do we recognize silent learners?
  • What are the needs of silent learners?
  • How can we empower silent learners in a group context?

The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.


Election of EDEN NAP Steering Committee – Ballot open

We are pleased to announce that seven valid nominations were received at the EDEN Secretariat to the NAP Steering Committee, with the closing date 28 February 2017. You are kindly invited to vote for six candidates by completing the Ballot Form not later than 5.00 p.m. (CET) on 10 April (Monday) 2017. The results will be declared on 25 April and the term of office of the new Steering Committee will commence on afterwards. Find more information and the list of nominees here.




European Commission's Corner

Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning

The European Commission launched a public consultationin February with a view to updating the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, which will run until 19 May 2017. The review was announced in the Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted in June 2016. The goal is to develop a shared understanding of key competences needed and to further foster their introduction and assessment in education and training curricula. The Recommendation on Key Competences will now be reviewed to reflect political, social and technological developments since 2006. Read also the consultation strategy published by the Commission!

Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2016 – Thematic Overviews

Eurydice has just released its latest publication: Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2016 – Thematic Overviews. The publication examines education structures, policies and reforms in five key areas: early childhood education and care, achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training, higher education and graduate employability. Each publication looks at a number of key indicators and features up-to-date figures, definitions, country notes, and analyses of recent key policy developments and reforms.


Support Mechanisms for Evidence-based Policy-Making in Education

Having a solid evidence base is essential for effective policy-making in the education sector. In practice the mechanisms used to support evidence-based policy-making differ significantly between countries. This report describes the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. It provides an initial mapping of a complex area. It compares institutions and practices in evidence-based policy-making, as well as the accessibility, and mediation, of evidence. The report also presents more detailed information, with specific examples of the use of evidence in policy formulation for each individual country.


Projects, practices, showcases

MOOC on open badges running January -July 2017 - Enrolment still open!

Are employers engaging with Open Badges? The question was explored and answered in the successful 1st Session of the MOOC on open badges provided for FREE within the Open Badge Network project. Presently Session 2 is running discovering the topic of policy and open badges, Session 3 will deal with badges in higher education.
You can still enroll to each Sessions by registering on the project website and navigating to the MOOC page.
You are invited to watch the webinars recorded during the already realized sessions.


Recognition of Valid and Open Learning

The ReOpen project aims at creating instruments to develop validated Open Online Learning for recognition of prior and non-formal learning in formal curriculum.

We created a short survey on the ICT requirements of user authentication, learners identity and recognition of learning path.

Your opinion is important for us! You can contribute to the success of the project by simple filling the questionnaire.


Improving Soft Skills for Better Employability - eLene4work event 19-20 May 2017, Nancy, France

Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship are more and more in demand in today’s labour market.

The eLene4work European project was tackling the definition of these soft skills, including digital soft skills, and proposed and tested a series of actions and practical tools to help young talents better understand the expectations of employers, to assess their own level of competency and to further develop these skills through open education initiatives such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and OERs (Open Educational Resources).

At the project closing event the partnership would like to share the results and experiences of the project and invite participants to discuss and share their view in relation with the development of soft skills. The conference has a joint session on Saturday morning with the leadership school of D-transform project. Register to the conference!


Becoming a Visionary Higher Education Leader in the Digital Age

Register to the 2nd d-transform leadership school hosted by Université de Lorraine and Loria in Nancy, France on 19-23 May, 2017. Take part in this unique opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes of Higher Education leaders in order to make effective decisions about the use of digital techniques in learning and teaching from expert presenters. For representatives of D-TRANSFORM partner institutions and EDEN member institutions, a limited number of grant is available.

For inspiration, see the results of the 1st D-TRANSFORM Leadership School organised last year: daily chronicles of the discussions, keynote video recordings and slides are made available and make sure you check out the several reports published on the digital transformation of universities. See the latest D-TRANSFORM newsletter for details.


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