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October, 2017 Part 1


October, 2017 Part 1

EDEN Conference News

EDEN 2018 Annual Conference
17-20 June 2018, Genova, Italy

Exploring the Micro, Meso and Macro:
Navigating between dimensions in the digital learning landscape

Mark your diary!

Call to come next week!


Hosted by the University of Genova

European Distance Learning Week #EDLW
6-10 November 2017

As in previous years, EDEN will be hosting European Distance Learning Week (EDLW) in cooperation with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), which will be holding its National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in parallel with the EDEN event. During EDLW, you will have access to daily online webinars and panel sessions of expert scholars and practitioners who will present a variety of cutting edge open and online learning topics, from innovations in design to open educational research.

Each webinar will take place at 13:00-14:30 CET at the same webinar room:

Join us for the following events – participation is open and free!

  • Perspectives on Open Education

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 13:00-14:30 CET
    Format: Presentations and panel discussion
    Moderator: Fabio Nascimbeni, EDEN Executive Committee member


The event is organised by EDEN

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

Open Professional Collaboration for Open Classroom


Registration is free


Airina Volungeviciene, the President of European Distance and E-Learning Network, EDEN is pleased to invite you to the conference entitled ,,Open Professional Collaboration for Open Classroom” which will take place on 9 and 10 November 2017, at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

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 partnership.

Registration for the conference

Attendance at the conference is free, although registration is necessary. Delegates may choose if they want to participate on one or both days of the conference. However, the number of tickets is limited, so please register early. Certificates of attendance and open badges will be issued following delegates attendance in conference sessions. Please register here.

Conference programme

The conference programme can be viewed on the conference website.

Conference registration will start on 9 November 2017 at 10:00, followed by multiple pre-conference workshops:

  • Open Your Mind for Different Learning(in Lithuanian)
  • Open Studies for Open Society(in English)
  • Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe(in Lithuanian)
  • Recognising Learning Achievements with Open Digital Badges. Lessons from a pilot project in UNESCO ASPnet schools in Lithuania(in Lithuanian)

The plenary session will start at 14:00 (GMT+3) and will be broadcast live on the conference website. The keynote speakers include:

Friday, 10 November 2017 has a busy schedule, packed with interesting, colourful Open Professional Collaboration Sessions in both English and Lithuanian. For the full programme of the second day, please visit the conference website.




Organised in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University


Community Update

The delegation of the Open University of China visited the EDEN Secretariat office

The delegation of the Open University of China, lead by President Li Jing paid a full day study visit at the EDEN Secretariat in Budapest on 18 September. In the contentful discussions, information and experience was exchanged about the state of art and trends of the ICT enhanced University learning in China and Europe. It was agreed to continue the co-operation in the future on various occasions.




EDEN board members at the ICDE2017 conference

We are here at the World Conference on Online Learning: „Teaching in a Digital Age - Re-thinking Teaching & Learning”. EDEN delegates share and disseminate the European experience, research trends and achievements and discuss globally how learning design is changing, what the future looks like. The conference is proving that institutional business models change through online excellence cases, through building capacity and supporting teachers and learners, as well as innovating pedagogies. The Conference is hosted by EDEN's long standing prestigeous partner: Contact North. EDEN members will be updated on the achievements to exploit the benefits of global partnerships.



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

This Special Interest Group (SIG) was launched during the EDEN Conference in Jönköping in June 2017.

The SIG is now online at the EDEN website. You can contact the group, join, follow the activities.

EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals is strongly engaged in the development of actions using the #edenchats, and the NAP Webinars where the issue of quality, evaluation and impact is always put at stake.

#EDENChat: What is Open Research?– Archived discussion available

In case you missed the last #EDENChat on Open Research moderated by Beck Pitt, you can now read the archived discussion on EDEN’s Storify page.


Language learning apps & MOOCs for refugees – an EDEN NAP webinar

EDEN NAP is happy to offer the “Language learning apps & MOOCs for refugees” online webinar on 25 October 15.00-16.00 CET, where important issues like inclusion and immigrant integration are developed and valued with the help of to technology support. Register here for the webinar!

About speed, tranquility and thinking

"At first glance, the speed of developments in Europe is overwhelming. Pre-existing conditions created in education established immense possibilities for innovations on the continent. Very complex and concise solutions are already in place. If we think about Open Education, we have a variety of forms on offer (MOOCs, OER, open online learning, virtual mobility, remote experiments and science education, to name a few), as well as regulations facilitating collaboration of education providers on all levels of education (Bologna process, credit transfer, prior and non-formal learning recognition)." Read the full post on the Presidency Blog.

Prof. Georges van der Perre passed away

It is with great sadness that we announce that Georges van der Perre, Professor emeritus at the Faculty of Engineering of the Leuven University, former President of EuroPACE, a great scholar and international fellow, esteemed partner of EDEN and passed away on 14 September.
He will be remembered for being a pioneer and prestigious supporter of the modernisation of universities, advocate the European collaboration and progress.
We shall keep his memory as generous friend of EDEN.


Publications and Events

Open Educational Resources: Global Report 2017

The Commonwealth of Learning has just released the Open Educational Resources: Global Report 2017. This Global Report provides the outcomes of six regional consultations and global surveys conducted prior to the 2nd World OER Congress.


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