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November, 2017


November, 2017

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



Pressure is on all players of the online education community to keep up with new learning solutions, and better supply the skills currently demanded by growing economies. Digital credentials and open badges are the new currencies which are beginning to transform the economic models in education. Social and economic tensions continue to raise the issues of scalability, the micro-credentialling of education, training and skill development processes.

Micro, meso and macro aspects provide an interesting range of lenses for considering the problem. Navigating these dimensions are the reshaping of digital pedagogy and online instructional design; and social elements including digital societal mechanisms and the position of the individual in our new era. Read more…

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Genova to tell
about your research, projects and experience!

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Submissions, taking into account the Conference Scope and related to the Conference Themes are welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and Synergy formats.

For more details on the conference, please visit the conference website.



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European Distance Learning Week – Resources Available

Following the success of the first European Distance Learning Week (EDLW) in 2016, EDEN organised the high profile online event again this November.

Five webinars with 393 registered participants were held who came from 44 countries including 16 countries from outside Europe from Canada to Brazil, from South Africa to Nepal, encompassing 4 continents with substantial outreach.

All participants and facilitators receive EDEN open badges for their contribution.

The presenters’ slides can be viewed on EDEN’s SlideShare page, while the recordings can be accessed through the links below:


10th EDEN Research Workshop - EDENRW10
24-26 October 2018, Barcelona, Spain

Mark your calendar - Call to come soon!


Community Update

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

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

Join us for this year's last three #EDENChat sessions:

  • "What are Open Licenses?": 6 December 2017, at 20:00 CEST
  • "New Global Challenges for Quality development in open online learning": 13 December 2017
  • "What are Open Degrees & Open Badges?": 20 December 2017

Stay tuned for the announcement of the next events by following us on Twitter.


WEBINARS hosted by EDEN Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) focusing on Quality Enhancement (QE)

EDEN SIG TEL QE is hosting a series of webinars in collaboration with EDEN NAP:

- Quality In TEL On Micro, Meso And Macro Level, And Who Are The Stakeholders. Why And How Do They Have An Interest?

21 November 2017 15:00-16:00 pm CET

Facilitators: Ebba Ossiannilsson, SADE, Mark Nichols, Open University UK, Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Watch the recording

- New Global Challenges for Quality Development in Open Online Learning

7 December 2017 15:00-16:00 pm CET

Facilitators: Josep M. Duart UOC, Ebba Ossiannilsson SADE, Ulf – Daniel Ehlers
Register here

In addition an #EDENChat will be hosted by EDEN SIG TEL QE:

- New Global Challenges for Quality development in open online learning

13 December 2017 20:00-21:00 pm CET

Moderated by Ulf – Daniel Ehlers

EDEN NAP webinar – recording available

The recording of the "Quality In TEL On Micro, Meso And Macro Level, And Who Are The Stakeholders. Why And How Do They Have An Interest?" webinar is now available.

The next EDEN NAP webinar: "2017 New Global Challenges for Quality Development in Open Online Learning" will be held on 7 December 2017, starting at 15:00 CET. Register here for the webinar!

The EDEN interviews: videos are available

The first three conversations of "The EDEN Interviews" series, recorded by Steve Wheeler with keynote speakers of EDEN 2017 Annual Conference – #eden17 are available:


European Commission's Corner

Future of Europe: Towards a European Education Area by 2025

The Commission presented its contribution to the Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November, where EU leaders discussed the social dimension of Europe, including education and culture. As part of the ongoing debate on the Future of Europe, the Commission set out its vision and concrete steps to create a European Education Area by 2025.


Public consultation on fake news and online disinformation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on fake news and online disinformation, with the aim to help assess the effectiveness of current actions by market players and other stakeholders, and the need for scaling them up and introducing new actions to address different types of fake news. For more information and to contribute to the consultation, visit the dedicated webpage.

Are schools making the most of digital technologies?

The European Commission has launched the trial version of a new tool to support schools in using digital technologies: SELFIE to see how well they are using digital technologies for better learning outcomes. Read more...


EIT a model for European innovation

The European Commission published the Mid-term Evaluation Report on the EIT – Europe’s largest innovation community. The Report was carried out to assess the work of the EIT, and examined how the EIT fulfils its mission of boosting innovation and enabling an effective innovation model for Europe.


Education and Training Monitor 2017 published

The lead theme of this year’s Monitor is inequality in education and the important role that education plays in building a fairer society. The 2017 edition of the Commission's Education and Training Monitor shows that national education systems are becoming more inclusive and effective. Yet it also confirms that students' educational attainment largely depends on their socio-economic backgrounds. Read more in the press release and download the EU report.


EUA welcomes Commission initiative putting education at the heart of a more social Europe

The European University Association (EUA) applauds the European Commission’s proposal to put education front and centre on Europe’s social agenda. With its Communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”, the Commission gives new impetus to European cooperation through education and culture and outlines its vision of a European Education Area for 2025. Read more...


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Quantum leaps we can expect in teaching and learning in the Digital age - a roadmap

"Education is change, and change is at once our greatest strength and our greatest challenge. Change happens in society gradually and imperceptibly, but change happens to individuals abruptly and without warning. It is as though we wake up one morning to find that the world we once knew has disappeared, while all around us people proceed with their lives as usual as though nothing had happened." Read the essay by Stephen Downes.


International conference of the FIED

On its 30th anniversary, FIED (Federation Interuniversitaire de l’ Enseignment a Distance) organizes an international conference on 13 and 14 December 2017 in Paris. Beyond the anniversary, the objective of the conference is to examine the trajectories of the universities in France in order to identify the lines of force that allow clarifying strategies for the future in distance learning. For more information visit the conference website.


ICDE Launch Blended Learning Insight Paper: State of the Nation

During the 27TH ICDE World Conference, on 17 October 2017, Toronto, Canada, ICDE released the third instalment of its ICDE Insight Papers Series. The ICDE Insight Paper on Blended Learning: State of the nation, written by Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, EDEN EC member, targets a broad audience, including practitioners, policy makers and leaders. You can access the publication here.

Publications and Events

EIT Awards winners announced: new wave of innovators changing the face of Europe

Europe’s most ground-breaking entrepreneurs and innovators were honoured at the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) Awards ceremony at one of Europe’s most important innovation forums, INNOVEIT.


Macron to EU: Faster action needed to build university networks in Europe

The French government, in a memo to other EU member-states, is urging faster, coordinated action to boost innovation, education and research and build networks of universities across Europe. An article by Richard L. Hudson.


European HE leaders call for urgent Brexit decisions

Leaders of Europe’s higher education bodies have signed a statement calling on governments across Europe to speed up Brexit negotiations so that talks can begin over the future of European research, collaboration and student mobility. Read more...


German Scientists Resign from Elsevier Journals’ Editorial Boards

Eight German researchers have announced their resignation from the editorial and advisory boards of a handful of Elsevier’s journals since last Thursday (October 12) to show support for German research institutions as they attempt to establish a new, nationwide licensing agreement with the Dutch publishing giant. Read the article by Diana Kwon.


CECE's Map of Informatics in European Schools

The Committee on European Computing Education (CECE) has undertaken the major task of mapping out Informatics education in schools, for curricula and teaching training and methodologies, across Europe. Read more...


Building and Sustaining National Educational Technology Agencies : Lessons, Models and Case Studies from Around the World

"National educational technology agencies (‘ICT/education agencies’, and their functional equivalents) play important roles in the implementation and oversight of large scale initiatives related to the use of information and communication technologies in education in many countries." Read the new World Bank publication.


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