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June, 2017


June, 2017

EDEN Conference News

We had again a memorable Annual Conference in Jönköping.

Participants much appreciated the open, interactive, co-operative conference sessions, the valuable networking and sharing atmosphere and informal opportunities during the event.

The Twitter stream at #eden17 is also nicely reflecting the good feelings and environment.

EDEN thanks all speakers and delegates for their contributions.

We already look forward to the soon starting preparations of the 2018 Conference, 17-20 June at the Genova University in Italy!



Community Update

Conference Awards and Recognition

The purpose of the EDEN Fellow scheme is to provide validation and support to professionals in Europe in the field of open, distance and e-learning, and to enhance their mobility within Europe through a respected scheme of recognition. The first Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards, launched on the initiative of Professor Alan Tait, former EDEN President, were presented at the 2007 Annual Conference in Naples. In 2017, this tradition was continued in Jönköping, at the Welcome Reception of the 2017 Annual Conference – #eden17. Find out who the Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards, Best Research Paper Award, and Young Scholar Award winners were this year.


EDEN 2017 Annual Conference resources

The 2017 EDEN Annual Conference – #eden17 was rich in content and discussions, which also raised attention on several media channels. We collected some of the most popular resources here.


New post on the Presidency blog by Steve Wheeler: Taking a NAP

"One of the major strengths of EDEN is the Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP), leading the association through academic practice exchange, networking and providing a highly effective meeting and communication forum. Despite the functional autonomy, NAP has a Steering Committee which was chaired by Steve Wheeler in recent years. It was my great pleasure to get to know Steve when I was a NAP member, #EDENChat follower, when I was learning with “e”s through his blog, when I followed his activities as EDEN EC member and when I read his concerns and considerations about education and e-learning since then until now, when Steve Wheeler completes his mission in the EDEN board." Read the full post on the Presidency Blog.


European Commission's Corner

Commission sets out strategy for quality education for all

On 30 May 2017, the European Commission presented its new strategy to support high quality, inclusive and future-oriented schools and higher education. In the Communication School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life, the Commission identifies areas where action is urgently needed and how EU support can help EU countries address the current challenges. The renewed EU agenda for higher education identifies four main goals for higher education in the EU.

Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017

The higher education sector has experienced profound changes in recent years. Student numbers have continued to increase, while the sector has diversified and experienced significant structural changes, such as new funding arrangements, and new quality assurance systems. Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017 explores the current realities for academic staff within this changing higher education landscape.


Council adopts revision of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for lifelong learning

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council adopted the revision of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for lifelong learning today. The purpose of the EQF is to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of people's qualifications. The EQF was originally created in 2008 as a common reference framework of eight European generic levels of learning, which serves as "translation grid" between national qualifications systems.


Commission launches public consultation for the evaluation of Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA

The European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of the evaluation of the four EU agencies under the remit of DG Employment. The four agencies are: the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound); the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); the European Training Foundation (ETF); the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Contributions are sought in particular from stakeholders during the period 2011-2016. The survey is available online until 5 July 2017.


Projects, practices, showcases

Invitation to the Open Badges MOOC, Session 3

After the successful run of the first two sessions of the Open Badges MOOC: Session 1: Employers’ engagement with Open Badges and Session 2: Policy and Open Badges, the Open Badge Network project would now like to invite all to participate in the third, last session: Session 3: Open Badges in Higher Education, running between 15 May 2017 – 09 July 2017. During the 8 weeks of this MOOC session we will discuss a range of key issues around Open Badges in Higher Education, including use cases, quality assurance, alignment with competency frameworks and policies on higher and open education in Europe and beyond.

Enrol to the third session here and find more information about the modules, topics and webinars on the project website.


Join the Open Badge Network and learn everything about open badges!

Open badges carry a growing potential in credentialing non-formal and informal learning. Employers, education and training providers and also learners must know about the strengthening movement of open badges.

Join the OBN Community and access a free MOOC on open badges; receive news about the upcoming webinars and newest MOOC information; meet your peers and exchange and improve your knowledge.

The Open Badge Network Community supports you to be up-to-date in the topic of open badges from both practitioner and policy aspects.


SAVE THE DATE! tMAIL final seminar in Athens, 20 October 2017

The tMAIL - Teacher Mobile Application for Innovative Learning project is inviting you to its final conference that will be held in Athens on 20 October 2017, as a pre-event of the 2017 EDEN Open Classroom Conference hosted by the Ellinogermaniki Agogi. This free of charge event will give participating teachers a chance to familiarise themselves with Self Regulated Learning (SRL), have hands-on experience with an SRL teaching application and will receive practical recommendations for integrating teaching of SRL in their classroom activities.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

LELLE Conference - Regional Conference on 21st century competences and skills

The LELLE Conference "Learning to Learning: Beyond 2020" was organized by the Erasmus+ project LELLE (Let’s Learn how to Learn) and was held on Thursday 1 June 2017 at the Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen. Read more about the outcomes of the conference.


OpenEDU4ALL: Call for Papers is extended!

The OpenEDU4ALL 2017: “How to improve Open Education with Openness for All?” workshop has extended the deadline for the Open Call for Papers until 3 July 2017. The workshop will take place at the at the European Conference EC-TEL 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia on 13 September 2017. Visit the OpenEDU4ALL 2017 website.


The Envisioning Report for Empowering Universities 2017 - 1st edition

This report by the expert pools of the EMPOWER programme established by EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) covers the latest trends and developments in new modes of teaching.


Guidelines for creating intercultural learning environments

The project HE4u2 - Integrating Cultural Diversity in Higher Education - has released the Guidelines for staff within Higher Education Institutions for creating intercultural learning envinronments.


Josep A Planell, President of the UOC, weighs in on the future of online higher education in Catalonia, Spain

"Spain’s Universitat Oberta Catalunya (The UOC) was the world’s first online university and it currently is the only fully online university with more than 20 years’ experience and more than 58,000 graduates. The UOC is a university specialised in e-learning and the knowledge society, providing people lifelong learning and educational opportunities through both formal and non-formal training, contributing to their occupational and personal development." Read more and download the report here.


Open University announces radical reinvention

The Open University, approaching its 50th anniversary, is launching a radical overhaul to ensure its readiness for the next half century. The University is conducting a review of every aspect of its operations from the student experience to its teaching and research. A major savings and reinvestment plan will recreate the University, making it digital by design, and placing the needs of students and the wider economy at the centre of everything it does.


Publications and Events

Call for Proposals: Ecologies of Open: Inclusion, intersections, and interstices in education

Dr. Dianne Conrad and Dr. Paul Prinsloo announce a Call for Proposals for the edited book Ecologies of Open: Inclusion, intersections, and interstices in education, intended for publication by an open press in 2019. Please follow this link for a full description of scope and themes.


Technology Enhanced Learning - Research Themes

Professor Erik Duval, an exceptional scholar, thinker and member of the learning modernisation community, passed away last year sadly early. His recently published book: "Technology Enhanced Learning" gives an overview of the state-of-the-art in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).


The Words We Use

"The recent #OER17 The Politics of Open conference in London generated more discussions and blogging than most conferences I can recall. The conference blog roundup lists almost 60 links, and a number of those in turn curate or comment on other reflections and archives. It seems issues and questions that have been brewing in the OERniverse over the past few years came to something of a head during those tightly packed two days." Read this interesting blog post about "The Words We Use" in the light of the OER17 The Politics of Open conference in London.


The top 10 most innovative universities in Europe are EIT Community partners

When Reuters named the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe on 3 May, all of the top 10 were EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) Community partners. Read more to find out which universities are in the top 10 according to Reuters.


What does it mean to be a teacher?

When an oft-repeated discussion regarding the question, "Where should teacher preparation place the emphasis – on subject matter, on skills, or on general education?" takes place, one can find interesting articles on the Academic Content Portal of the MOFET Institute. The website presents summaries and abstracts of articles from the leading journals in the field of teacher education and teachers' professional development. This month, for instance, articles dealing with the emotional aspect of teacher development, among others, will be presented.


5 Highlights From LinkedIn's 2017 Workplace Learning Report

This past October LinkedIn assembled the 2017 Workplace Learning Report to provide an overview of industry statistics, trends, and recommendations. This article summarizes the second half of the report titled “How to Succeed in the Future State of L&D".


Online Educa Berlin 2017 Theme: Learning Uncertainty

"Uncertainty is the defining characteristic of our age. Can we learn to live with it? Can we accept it, manage it and even thrive on it? We live in an age of acceleration. We are in the midst of a sea-change - a profound, transformative shift in knowledge, experience and perception. It is a new era defined by technology, globalisation, information and, above all, uncertainty." Read more...


Gamification – The future of graduate recruitment

"A few years ago digital transformation stopped being an option and became a necessity for companies. In a dynamic and competitive landscape, technology and innovation are the backbone of the most successful companies, those which are able to look to the future with optimism and confidence rather than sinking amid the current uncertainty." An article by Amber Wigmore Álvarez.


29th Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum - University Values for today: Central European perspectives and challenges

Each year the Magna Charta Observatory organises an international conference to address current challenges in upholding the fundamental values and celebrates in a ceremony as more rectors sign the Magna Charta Universitatum. The 2017 conference and ceremony will take place on 30 and 31 August 2017 in Pécs, Hungary. It will be followed, on 1 September, by the Jubilee Meeting of the Hungarian Rectors' Conference. To see the programme and register click here.


Free digital learning opportunities for migrants and refugees

"The increasing number of migrants and refugees places demands on European education systems. According to the UN, only 50% of refugees have access to primary education, compared with a global level of more than 90%." An article by Jonatan Castaño on Open Education Europa (OEE).


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