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July-August, 2018


July-August, 2018

EDEN Conference News

24-26 October 2018, Barcelona

Towards Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning

Conference website | Keynotes | Call | PhD Symposium | Submission | Venue

Use the summer weeks to complete your submission

Deadline extended to 12 September

Building on its success of the research workshops, EDEN is pleased to announce its Tenth Research Workshop organised in collaboration with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona, Spain.

Call for Contributions

During this Research Workshop, EDEN will bring established scholars and researchers of ODL together with early researchers in the field. Building on DE’s extensive history of research and technology innovation, the workshop will create an open stage for further extending discussions on DE, where delegates will have an opportunity to engage with experts and actively explore the topics of Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning. We invite all interested professionals to take part and discover the Workshop Themes by submitting their proposals.

The Call will remain open during the summer, due to numerous requests from scholars with different holiday schedules, until 12 September.

Those who send their submission until 23 July, will receive the result of the evaluation by 30 July.

The last deadline is 12 September and authors submitting between 24 July - 12 September will be informed on the decision by 25 September.

PhD Student Symposium- Grants from the Ulrich Bernath Foundation available

A PhD Student Symposium will take place on 24 October 2018 as part of the Research Workshop. The Symposium has been designed to provide discussion forum and foster the exchange of experience among doctoral research students. Senior researchers of the conference themes will help young scholars with reflections and advice. PhD Student Symposium participant candidates should submit their abstract using this form. For further information, please visit the EDEN Research Workshop website.

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support FIVE young scholars or teams of young scholars with a grant of 600 Euros for successfully submitting a conference paper to be presented at the EDEN Research Workshop in Barcelona in October 2018.

In collaboration with

EDEN 2018 Annual Conference

Conference resources

The 2018 EDEN Annual Conference – #eden18 was again a highly successful event, gathering over 320 delegates at the University of Genova. It was rich in content and debates, also reflected in social media.

You can attend the most popular resources here:

  • Re-watch the plenary sessions:

Plenary session livestream – Monday – Airina Volungeviciene, Georgi Dimitrov, Fabrizio Cardinali, Claudio Dondi

Plenary session livestream – Tuesday – Antonella Poce, Alan Tait, Teemu Leinonen, Anthony Camilleri, Joe Wilson

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– Wim Van Petegem, Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, Tom Wambeke, Claudio Dondi, Airina Volungeviciene, Sylke Vandercruysse

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

  • Conference Proceedings and Book of Abstracts:

We are pleased to announce that the Electronic Conference Proceedings and Book of Abstracts, including the Collection of "Synergy" Synopses is available online.


Community Update

Summer vacation at the EDEN office

The EDEN Secretariat remains functional online during holidays. The next Newsflash will come in September. We wish you pleasant and relaxing summer and look forward to re-join after the break!


Latest articles in EURODL

Evaluation of the Distant Education Methodology: The Case of Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus

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Peer Training Assessment within Virtual Learning Environments

Carlos Manuel Pacheco Cortés, Elba Patricia Alatorre Rojo, Adriana Margit Pacheco Cortés

MOOCs as a Disruptive Innovation to Develop Digital Competence Teaching: A Micromasters Program edX Experience

Mónica De La Roca, Miguel Morales, Antonio Moreira Teixeira, Flor Sagastume, Racael Hernández Rizzardini, Roberto Barchino


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

IEEE TALE 2018: Educational Technology/E-Learning and STEM Education Conference, Australia

TALE is the IEEE Education Society's flagship Asia-Pacific conference, catering to researchers and practitioners with an interest in engineering/technology education and educational technology. TALE 2018 will be held in Wollongong, on the spectacular South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, close to Sydney. The theme of the conference is "Engineering Next-Generation Learning”. The final, extended paper submission deadline is 24 August 2018. For more information visit the Conference website.

Call for speakers - education workshop at European Semester seminar

As part of its strategic dialogue with civil society under the European Semester DG EMPL is organising a consultation with civil society in Brussels on 2 October. This seminar will feature a breakout session on education, training and lifelong learning with a focus on inclusion of disadvantaged groups. For this session they are looking for 3-5 speakers to provide civil society's views on the education dimension of their national Country Report. They would like speakers from the following countries: AT, BG, DE, ES, MT, PT, RO. Nominations are welcome by email until 26 July. Please note that an invitation is not guaranteed as the Commission will decide itself on a case-by-case basis. For more information on the seminar and what is expected, a full explanation is available here.

The UOC-coordinated Skill Up Project holds its Multiplier Event in Stockholm

On 20 September 2018 Skill Up Project partners would like to welcome you to share their experiences and project results, but specifically also to discuss on new methods and tools to support transitions from higher education to work, authentic learning approaches in Higher Education and e-counselling among different topics of interest. The event will build on a keynote speech and some parallel sessions devoted to a more specific topic on learning scenarios and how to support graduates in making successful transitions from education to the labour market. For more information visit the Project website.

The UOC publishes a research about Dropout in Online Higher Education

One of online distance learning’s positive attributes is its flexibility. However, the possibility of engaging in periods of non-enrollment (breaks) usually ends in students dropping out. In this paper, the intention to continue of those students who have not enrolled in the second semester is analyzed, adopting a long-term program perspective.


Alejandro Ferrer, Rector of UNED has been appointed as Secretary of State in Spanish Government

EADTU President Alejandro Tiana Ferrer has been invitated to join the Ministry of Education in Spain, as Secretary of State for Education and Vocational Training. He has accepted this new position and left the position as rector of UNED. EDEN congratulates Professor Alejandro Tiana Ferrer with this important change in his career and wish him great success in the new position.


Publications and Events<

Digital Transformation in UK Higher Education

The very nature of higher education is changing, with students and employers expecting institutions to provide an experience that equips students with the right skills to succeed in today's job market. IDC sees digital technologies as a catalyst for change in higher education, impacting all areas, from teaching through to the underlying business processes. Read more...


Highered Student Survey Insights

Highered EFMD Global Career Services continues to offer an additional EFMD full member benefit, providing a platform designed to support existing EFMD school career service initiatives with international job placement opportunities.

In June, to further support and understand the global student perspective, Highered recently conducted a survey where students responded globally to questions regarding their job search. The survey results allow us to evaluate the types of positions, companies, and sectors that are most attractive to EFMD students providing relevant work opportunities, complementing individual school career services and strengthening company global recruitment strategies. Read more...


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