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January, 2018


January, 2018

EDEN Conference News

EDEN 2018 Annual Conference: #EDEN2018
17-20 June 2018, Genova, Italy

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



Registration is now open!


The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner (optional, indicative price 80 €).

Co-operation with EMEM Italia

The EDEN Annual Conference will be organised conjointly with EMEM Italia, the leading national Education and Media Conference in Italy. EMEM, the national „community of communities” is integrating the scholarly approach with the practice, hands-on experiences. This year in Genova, opening to the international world will be in focus.

Conference Vision

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…

Call for contributions

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.

Submission deadline for contributions approaching:
5 February 2018

The tradition of awarding the EDEN Best Research Paper will be continued. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning.

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




Hosted by the University of Genova


In co-operation with ITD-CNR



In co-operation with EMEM Italia


Community Update

Pre-announcement: Open Education Week 5-9 March 2018

The Open Education Week, coordinated by the The Open Education Consortium will run from 5-9 March, 2018 with the aim of raising awareness about free and open educational opportunities. Call for participation is open! For more information visit the event's website.

EDEN is contributing with webinars and a dedicated #EDENChat to the 2018 OE Week.


Call for hosting the EDEN 2019 Annual Conference

EDEN invites Expression of Interest from its institutional members to host the Annual European Conference of open, distance and ICT enhanced education, Learning innovation to be organised by EDEN in co-operation with the host institution in June 2019.

The EDEN conferences since 1992 have been major academic and professional ODL events in Europe, supporting professionalisation and international exchange of experience.

The host institution is expected to demonstrate strong professional background, national and international position and activities in the field, able to provide logistic, promotion and organisation background for the event.

Express of Interest documents should be sent to EDEN Secretary General Dr. Andras Szucs by email. Further consultations about details and criteria will be initiated and tender-based decision about the 2019 conference venue taken before June 2018.


#EDENChat: What are Open Credentials & Open Badges? – Archived discussion available

In case you missed the last #EDENChat on Open Credentials and Open Badges moderated by Ilona Buchem, you can now read the archived discussion on EDEN’s Storify page.


The EDEN interviews: Frans Mäyrä

Watch the latest video: Ludic literacy - Frans Mäyrä interviewed by Steve Wheeler at the 2017 EDEN Annual Conference in Jönköping #eden17.


European Commission's Corner

Digital Education Action Plan published

To follow up on the Gothenburg Summit, the European Commission adopted new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils' awareness of the functioning of the European Union.

The Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached an agreement on the revision of the Europass

On 15 December the Council of the EU reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on the new Europass framework. According to the Council, this will improve the understanding of skills and competences, facilitate mobility throughout Europe and establish a new web-based platform that will cover a wider range of EU online tools and information about the skills, qualifications and learning opportunities offered in Europe. Read more...


European Council calls for increase in the Erasmus+ budget

In the main conclusions of December's meeting, the European Council admits the need to "stepping up mobility and exchanges, including through a substantially strengthened, inclusive and extended Erasmus+ programme". It also gave recommendations on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as on the opportunity that the European Year of Cultural Heritage represents to increase awareness of the social and economic importance of culture and cultural heritage. You can read the full conclusions here.


Projects, practices, showcases

EDEN Projects 2017/2018

EDEN has been active in several European projects during 2017, taking a leading role in cooperation with its partners to promote developments in open, online, flexible and distance learning and in innovation in education in general.

As part of this work our projects running in 2017 and the ones recently launched (MicroHE, OEPass, Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe) are focusing on topics like:

- modernization of higher education institutions (D-Transform, Armazeg, eLene4work, MicroHE)

- promoting the usage of ICT, mobile learning and self-regulated learning in general education (t-Mail)

- fostering the recognition of non-formal and informal learning by using micro credentials (Open Badge Network, ReOpen, MicroHE, OEPass)

- promoting employability and professional development (eLene4work, Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe)

For more information on the specific initiatives you are invited to visit the projects' websites and to follow the evolution of the work in the recently launched projects in EDEN website.


Multiplier event „Development and Recognition of high-quality non-formal online learning materials“ Zagreb, Croatia - 30 January 2018

New Multiplier event is going to be organized by the University Computing Centre SRCE. The event is aimed at educators, teachers in primary and secondary schools and higher education institutions. This workshop-style multiplier event will cover the following topics: development of open online learning materials, application of digital badges and recognition of non-formal open learning.

At the beginning of the workshop the ReOPEN project idea and goals will be presented as well as the already developed training materials. The possible impact of the project on the Croatian education will be discussed. Participants will participate during the workshop in group work and contribute to discussions reaching for some joint conclusions on the topic of non-formal online learning. The language of the workshop will be Croatian. Agenda of the event is available in Croatian.



ReOpen in the news

New and very important reports have been issued by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre as the final outcome of intense research into open education policies involving many stakeholders, particularly ministries of education, research and science across Europe.

The ReOPEN project is mentioned in Going Open EC JRC report as an example of a coalition needed to create open education in Europe - for details please see page 19. We should continue working more closely and openly together in education institutions creating realistic and valid possibilities for Valid Open Learning. Motivating, inspiring and rewarding work!


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Inspiring Science Education Summer Schools 2018
1-6 July & 8-13 July 2018 – Marathon, Greece

The European Science Education Academy (ESEA) has announced a new series of ISE Summer Schools for 2018. Learn more about the courses based on the latest education trends, such as: School Innovation Management, STE(A)M, Digital Storytelling, Deeper Learning, Online Labs, IBSE, The Big Ideas of Science, etc.

The ISE Summer Schools 2018 consists of six exciting summer schools (including the OSOS Summer School), each of them specifically designed to support headmasters, teachers and educators in primary and secondary education in their efforts to modernize today’s science education.


International conference: GeM 2018
12-14 September 2018, Jönköping, Sweden

The international conference: "Genres and media landscapes in virtual-physical learning spaces. Moving frontlines?" aims to create a multi-disciplinary platform for dialoguing on the every-day uses of modality rich, parallel, linked, and hybrid, communicative genres that are embedded in media landscapes and circulate in learning spaces inside and outside institutional settings.


Publications and Events

Latest issue of Open Praxis online

Open Praxis, ICDE’s peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education, has released its latest issue "Open Praxis volume 9 issue 4", that includes eight research papers and one book review.


European Council adopts conclusions on Brexit and sets new priorities

In the last European Council, held on 14 and 15 December, the EU-27 leaders assessed the progress of Brexit negotiations and agreed it was sufficient to move to the next phase. Read more about the priorities set by the European Council in the field of education.


Economic Contribution of the LERU Universities

This study assesses how the 23 LERU Universities located in 12 countries throughout Europe contributed to the economy in 2016. It considers the quantifiable role that the LERU Universities have on the economy through their core activities, students, research, commercialisation and graduates.


The eLearn Center opens a call to international researchers

New Goals (NG) is a three-year programme of the eLearn Center (eLC), aimed at developing the UOC's strategic lines of research in e-learning. The field of research for this first edition centres on Intelligent Tutoring Systems and their potential effects on students' learning processes. The deadline for applying is 25 February 2018. Read more...


Calling urban mobility and manufacturing innovators: competition for new EIT innovation communities launched

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) has launched a competition for new Innovation Communities in the areas of urban mobility (EIT Urban Mobility) and added value manufacturing (EIT Manufacturing).


Higher education funding divide grows across Europe

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the divide between higher education systems that increase public funding and those that reduce investment is getting wider in Europe, according to a new report published by the European University Association (EUA). An article by Brendan O’Malley.


Analysis of sector mobility - effects, drivers, and good practices in Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland

This analysis focuses on sector mobility of senior researchers between academia and businesses. This group of researchers are generally characterised by a low level of sector mobility, but their experience, extensive networks and reputation is expected to have a particularly strong impact on the institutions and businesses they move between.


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