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September, 2017


September, 2017

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Open Classroom Conference
20-22 October 2017, Athens, Greece

Open Schools for Open Societies 2017


Registration is free

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.

Call for submissions:
Proposals are invited for Papers and Poster presentations on the selected themes. Abstracts and inquiries about the conference content should be sent by e-mail no later than 15 September 2017.

Pre-conference event:
On Friday 20 October 2017, the pre-conference event "How to promote the development of self-regulated learning for primary school children?" will take place. The objectives of this pre-conferece event are:

  • To familiarise teachers with Self Regulated Learning.
  • Provide hands-on experience with Self Regulated Learning teaching application.
  • To develop practical recommendations for integrating teaching of SRL in their classroom activities.

Conference Deadlines:

  • Submission of Abstracts: 15 September 2017
  • Notification of Authors: 22 September 2017
  • Submission of full Papers & Posters (for publication in the proceedings): 10 October 2017
  • Conference Dates: 20-22 October 2017

For more information visit the Conference website.



The event is organised by EDEN together with Ellinogermaniki Agogi.

EDEN Open Classroom Conference
9-10 November 2017, Kaunas, Lithuania

Open Professional Collaboration for Open Classroom


About the conference:
The conference aims to discuss the challenges of open professional collaboration in higher, adult, school, vocational education and company training and seeks to develop synergy among national, regional, European and global initiatives, professional associations, education and business partnerships.

The conference will discuss how the following topics and challenges are met in all levels of education:

  • Open Education: trends, resources, practices and challenges
  • From Open Educational Resorces to Open Educational Practices
  • Open learning for personal, professional and societal development
  • Digitally competent teacher and learner
  • Transforming curriculum for Open Classroom

More details will be revealed soon in the next EDEN Newsflash and on the Conference website.




Organised in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University


Community Update

EDEN Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) and Quality Enhancement launched

The EDEN Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) and Quality Enhancement (QE) was launched during the EDEN Conference in Jönköping 13-16 June, 2017.
The SIG contributed with several workshops at the conference and looks forward to active contributions in the period to come.

#EDENChat – Archived discussion available

In case you missed the last #EDENChats, the first one on OER, moderated by Willem van Valkenburg and Antonella Poce, the second one on digital toolkits, led by Alastair Creelman, you can now read the archived discussions on EDEN’s Storify page.


EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP)– Deputy-Chair elected and a glimpse into Autumn activities

EDEN NAP Steering Committee recently elected Chair, Professor Antonella Poce, her newly elected Deputy-Chair, Alfredo Soeiro (University of Porto) and the NAP SC team is preparing its activities for the autumn 2017.

Plans include the continuation of the lively and successful #EDENChat series on Twitter and the organization of webinars in cooperation with the MOONLITE project on MOOCs for social inclusion and employability on a monthly basis.

Dates and topics will be announced under virtual events on our website, where you can follow the history of past activities and view NAP SC webinars organized earlier this year.


European Commission's Corner

Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017

The report published by Eurydice explores the current realities for academic staff within this changing higher education landscape. The report focuses on the qualification requirements for academic staff, the recruitment process, employment and working conditions in academia, the impact of external quality assurance, and top level strategies for internationalisation. It also includes national diagrams showing key characteristics of academic staff categories.

NEW Cedefop study - Investing in skills pays off: the economic and social cost of low skilled adults in the EU

This Cedefop study seeks to provide a comprehensive and robust evidence base in relation to low-skilled adults in the European Union. It analyses trends in low skills among adults as well as characteristics, determinants and risks of being low skilled.


First full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications is live!

The Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). ESCO facilitates the dialogue between labour market and the education/training sector by providing a common language that could help overcome labour market imbalances and increase occupational and geographical mobility in the EU. The first full version is available free of charge through the ESCO service platform.


Latest articles in EURODL

Open Badges: A systematic Review of Peer-Reviewed Published Literature (2011-2015)

Tharindu R. Liyanagunawardena, Sandra Scalzavara, Shirley A. Williams

Teaching Safety in Vocational Education Laboratories via an Interactive Open Software Application

Evangelos Theologis, Panagiota Oikonomakou, Evangelos C. Papakitsos


Projects, practices, showcases

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.


The second edition of the MOOC: “D-TRANSFORM: University Strategies in the Digital Age” started on 4 September 2017

Join this self-paced MOOC to learn about digital resources, and especially OER and MOOCs, as a strategic factor for university transformation, with a special focus on teaching and learning processes.

The course promotes executive reflection on hands-on challenges and offers networking opportunities in a non-formal context.

The target audiences of the MOOC are: university rectors, vice-rectors, rector’s delegates for elearning, rector’s delegates for university third mission, deans of faculties, directors of operational units in higher education institutions and anybody interested in the digital strategy of universities. The MOOC is hosted by the Politecnico di Milano – METID.

For more information visit the D-TRANSFORM MOOC website and sign up for the course!

New Outputs on the Open Badge Network portal

Open Badge Network is a rapidly growing community and the OBN website offers an enriching collection of studies, papers, guidelines and tools from across the Open Badge professional community.
If you register to the portal you become part of the Network and you may share your experiences and discuss questions with your peers.
You may also watch for free the webinars of the three successful MOOC sessions covering the topics of Employers’ engagement with Open Badges, Policy and Open Badges and Open Badges in Higher Education.

Recognition of Valid and Open Learning

As part of the ReOPEN project aiming at creating instruments to develop validated Open Online Learning for recognition of prior and non-formal learning in formal curriculum, the draft version of 2 new training materials on non-formal open learning curriculum designing and on application of digital badges are now available on the website. Please, feel free to have a look at the training materials. You can access them after registration on the platform.

Your opinion is valuable to us!

There will be a joint staff training on 2-6 October 2017 in Seville, Spain to introduce the new training materials and the ICT platform development questions to the staff of partner organisations.

Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

3rd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum, 14-16 November 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The biennial Forum will be organized this time under the theme “Strengthening the dialogue between Higher Education, Government and Industry: Towards Developing a Common Vision”. For more information visit the Forum’s website.

MENA is pleased to extend a 25% discount on the regular registration fee of the Forum to all representatives of the Executive Management of EDEN’s member institutions for all registrations completed prior to September 30 2017. Register online and enter in the Promo code section the following code: EDEN/MENAHELF17/25


EUCEN 2017 Autumn Seminar: How to establish and maintain financial sustainability in ULLL/ UCE centres: Keys and tips to success

EUCEN’s Autumn Seminar will take place in Barcelona on Thursday 16 - Friday 17 November 2017. By stimulating dialogue, gathering new ideas and working together towards new collaborations and projects, this year’s autumn seminar will tackle the following topics: Financial models of ULLL/UCE centres using different sources of funding; Identification of flagship programs, Open enrolment and Custom programs for diverse stakeholders; ROI calculations in training environments; and, Balancing Financial Sustainability with the institutions’ Social Mission. To find out more about the registration and the preliminary programme visit the event website.

27th ICDE World Conference, 17-19 October 2017, Toronto, Canada

The World Conference on Online Learning: Teaching in The Digital Age – Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning, the 27th edition of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference, is organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord. For more information and registration visit the Conference website.


Publications and Events

INNOVEIT 2017 - Save the Date

The EIT's Innovation Forum INNOVEIT 2017 will take place in Budapest, on 16- 17 October 2017. The Forum combines the EIT Awards and the EIT Stakeholder Forum. This year it will focus on shaping innovation in Europe and consulting stakeholders on the EIT`s Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) 2021-2027. For more information visit the Forum's website.


The Pros and Cons of OER

"Open Educational Resources are a hot topic in education. Students need ways to lower costs. Naturally, they look to schools to provide them with better solutions. In turn, many schools look to OERs to help accomplish that goal. However, these no-cost options are just a piece of the course materials puzzle." Read more about the strengths and weaknesses of OERs by Liz Schulte.


The Use of Social Media in E-Learning: A Metasynthesis

"The adoption of social media in e-learning signals the end of distance education as we know it in higher education. However, it appears to have very little impact on the way in which open and distance learning (ODL) institutions are functioning. Earlier research suggests that a significant part of the explanation for the slow uptake of social media in e-learning lies outside of conventional factors attributed to distance learning reforms." An article by Ernest Mnkandla and Ansie Minnaar.


German universities take on Dutch publishing giant Elsevier

"A consortium of German universities, research institutes and public libraries has rejected the latest offer from Dutch publishing giant Elsevier for a new country-wide licensing agreement for its research portfolio. Germany’s chief negotiator says the offer does not meet the requirements of German researchers." Read more...


Inclusive higher education must cater for refugees

"Currently, according to the UNHCR Population Statistics Database, more than 65 million people worldwide (roughly 1% of the world’s population) are displaced from their homes due to war, persecution, extreme violence, man-made disasters and similar factors. Of these displaced persons, about 20 million are classified as refugees, roughly the same number of people who were displaced worldwide as a result of World War II." Read more about how educational and humanitarian organisations are helping to address the refugee crisis around the world.


The digital native is a myth

"Some people put the cut-off at 1984, but for most it is 1980. People born after that date are the digital natives; those born before are digital immigrants, doomed to be forever strangers in a computer-based strange land." Read more...


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