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April, 2017 Part 1


April, 2017 Part 1

EDEN Conference News




Registration is open

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New keynote speaker joins the conference

Andreia Inamorato dos Santos

Scientific Officer, ICT for Learning, Skills and OER, Human Capital and Employment Unit, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Andreia joined the JRC in September 2013. Her role involves research and policy support on 'ICT for Learning, Skills and Open Educational Resources (OER)'. Her work contributes to finding opportunities and challenges of ICT and OER implementation at a policy level to innovate and modernise teaching, learning and training practices in Europe. Learn more about her here.

Her contribution will feature in a special session with the most interesting OER papers presented

Keynote titles revealed

  • Georgi Dimitrov - EU perspectives on digital education
  • Andreia Inamorato dos Santos - Where do we stand on policies for open education? Evidence from research on EU Member States
  • Frans Mäyrä - Multidimensional Ludic Literacy: Diversity in Game Cultures
  • Stefan Hrastinski - Diversifying e-learning
  • Hanqin Qiu - The Transformation of Teaching and Learning Appropriate for a Digital Age: Development and Implications
  • Jean-Marie Filloque - Diversity and social engagment, contributions of Universities lifelong learning strategies in Europe
  • Manjula Srinivas - Digital communication platforms and media educators in under graduate schools of mass communications in India

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


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Community Update

Quality Assurance for Online Universities in Europe, Pegaso Online University, Napoli, Italy

On April 10, Vice-President, Lisa Marie Blaschke, and former EDEN President, António Moreira Teixeira, were invited to present in discussion panels at the “Quality Assurance for online universities in Europe”, held at the Pegaso Online University in Napoli, Italy. The purpose of the conference, which also included representatives from UNESCO, the Open University UK, and University of Geneva, was meant to begin a discussion and dialogue at the National level, with the sharing of European experiences, in order to propose a re-formulation of the quality standards for e-learning in higher education. Lisa Marie’s presentation can be found here, and the YouTube video of the afternoon’s panel here.


iGeneration Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 5, 2017

EDEN Vice-President Lisa Marie Blaschke traveled to Belfast in early April to participate in the EU Working Group Meeting Digital Skills Gap. As part of the meeting, working group members attended the iGeneration Conference, which had the goal of raising awareness of the need to develop digital skills within education institutions in order to better prepare learners for tomorrow’s workforce. The conference and workgroup meeting were hosted by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment, (CCEA), and brought together educators, industry and policy makers from across Europe. A television spot on the conference can be found here, starting at 17’20”.


Solidarity with the Central European University

The Executive Committee of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) has been following with concerns the emerging uncertainties around Central European University’s continued operation in Budapest, Hungary. CEU has been a flagship institution in the modernisation of higher education, learning innovation and academic-professional excellence. These are values that are central to EDEN’s activities as well. CEU’s impact on the development of high quality university teaching has been substantial in Hungary and in the Central European region. EDEN fully supports the efforts to maintain the continuity and consolidated operation of CEU and expresses solidarity with its faculty and students.

Airina Volungeviciene
EDEN President


Recording available: Open education for refugees – Optimizing diversity through MOOCs – an EDEN NAP webinar

The last EDEN NAP webinar was held on 19 April 2017. It focused on the question of how open education, and in particular MOOCs can offer relevant solutions to help refugees gain access to higher education and employment in their new homelands? The recording of the webinar can be accessed here. The discussion is continued on MOONLITE’s facebook group.


Announcing the results of the 2017 election of the Steering Committee of the Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP)

We are pleased to inform you that the following NAP members have been voted to join the Steering Committee (in alphabetic order):

  • Wendy Chowne, The London Institute of Banking & Finance, United Kingdom
  • Alastair Creelman, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, University of Aalborg, Denmark
  • Don Olcott, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
  • Antonella Poce, University Roma III, Italy
  • Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal


#EDENChat: Enhancing digital learning spaces

Universities and colleges all over the world are busy redesigning their campus buildings to facilitate collaborative learning and many innovative learning spaces are already in use. Even spaces like corridors, squares, entrance halls and waiting areas are being transformed into stimulating spaces for group work and spontaneous meetings. But what about the digital campus? Are we making full use of our digital spaces and do they facilitate spontaneous meetings and informal learning? How can we create the digital campus and how can we integrate it into the physical campus?

These are some of the questions we will be discussing on 3 May at 20:00 CEST. Join us on Twitter! The discussion will be led by Alastair Creelman.


European Commission's Corner

Open public consultation on the evaluation of the four EU agencies falling under the remit of DG Employment (Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA)

We would like to inform you about a launch of an open public consultation for the evaluation of the four EU Agencies under the remit of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion – Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA. The purpose of the external evaluation of Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA is to assess their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and added value, both individually and from a cross-cutting perspective, identifying potential synergies and overlaps in their mandates, objectives and activities. The consultation, available here is open until 5 July 2017.

Overview of the Higher Education system in EU Partner Countries by the European Commission

The documents describe existing legal frameworks, policies in place as well as legislative developments and provide main statistical data. They were drafted by the National Erasmus+ Offices present in five regions, Western Balkans (region 1), Eastern Partnership countries (Region 2), South-Mediterranean countries (Region 3), Russian Federation (Region 4) and Central Asia (Region 7), in cooperation with the competent national authorities.


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 enrol to each Session by registering on the project website and navigating to the MOOC page.
You are invited to watch the recorded webinars during the already realized sessions.


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!


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