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November, 2018

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2019
16-19 June 2019, Bruges, Belgium

Connecting Through Educational Technology
In search for contemporary learning environments




EDEN is pleased to announce its 28th Annual Conference hosted by the VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Bruges 16-19 June 2019.

How can information and communication technology in the age of Industry 4.0 create and enhance synergies between online learning programmes, the increased diversity of stakeholders, the workplace experience, socio-cultural influences and students’ work-life balance? Read more…

Conference tracks

For the EDEN 2019 Annual Conference, the major tracks set-up will be:

  • Global connections: How to organise online study programmes that enhance the students’ international competences, provide connections with international partners and promote virtual mobility?
  • Connections with workplace: How can innovative study programmes be developed to involve the workplace impact and experience (virtual dual learning, (distance/digital) internships)?
  • Connections with the community: How to organise study programmes that focus on relations of curriculum, delivery and the socio-economic environment – like community service learning, social partnerships, interdisciplinary projects?
  • Connection with learners: caring about the work-life balance of the students, attentive to learners’ needs, expectations and the changing behaviour of diverse student populations including career, other studies, family-life.

Call for contributions

Contributions are invited which resulted from own research, project achievements, case studies, theoretic and conceptual work on the conference theme and tracks and the creative use of educational technology.

Submissions, taking into account the conference theme and related to at least one of the conference tracks are welcome in paper, poster, workshop or panel discussion session and demonstration/technical presentation formats.

Join the conference in Bruges to share your research, projects and experience to make the conference showroom of best ideas and cases!

Important dates and deadlines

Submission deadline for contributions: 4 February 2019

Notification of Authors: 9 April 2019

Registration opens: January 2019

Conference Venue

The Conference will take place in VIVES University of Applied SciencesXaverianenstraat building in Bruges, Belgium.

Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.


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


Hosted by the VIVES University of Applied Sciences


European Distance Learning Week #EDLW - Resources available

With the success of the European Distance Learning Weeks (EDLW 2016 and 2017) in the background, EDEN organised the high profile online event again in November 2018.

This year 8 webinars with over 500 registered participants were held. The participants came from 41 different countries including 13 countries from outside Europe from Canada to Peru, from South Africa to Nepal, demonstrating strong geographical coverage and substantial outreach.

The presenters’ slides can be viewed on EDEN’s SlideShare page, while the recordings can be accessed through the European Distance Learning Week’s page.

To view our partner, USDLA's National Distance Learning Week webinars, please visit their website.

Community Update

New member from the Open University UK in the EDEN Executive Committee

The EDEN EC decided on 22 November to co-opt Rebecca Galley, Director of Technology Enhanced Learning, OU UK as Member of the Executive.

Mark Nichols, OU UK EDEN EC Member 2016-18 will return to New Zealand in January 2019. EDEN is grateful to Mark who has has served in the Board as Treasurer with high professionalism and authenticity.

The new Treasurer elected by the Executive Committee is Timothy Read from UNED.


EDEN 10th Research Workshop outcomes

Just back from the 10th EDEN Research Workshop in Barcelona on “Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning”. The event – fruitful as ever – established many positive moments and contributions to research of ODL, but also Community development, as such. Read the full post on the President’s Blog.

The third successful European Distance Learning Week

The third European Distance Learning Week (EDLW) organized by EDEN on November 5-9, 2018, received high attendance from online community members (both, synchronously and asynchronously) and also high quality feedback from the participants of the events with appreciation expressed towards the topics selected, the panelists and the presenters invited to the webinars of the week. Read the full post on the EDEN President's Blog.


#EDENChat " #OpenVirtualMobility: content and e-assessment": archived discussion available

In case you missed the #EDENChat on #OpenVirtualMobility: content and e-assessment, you can now read the archived discussion on EDEN’s Wakelet page.
Stay tuned for announcements of our 2019 #EDENChat schedule!


Call for hosting the EDEN 2020 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 2020.

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.


European Commission's Corner

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Learning, Teaching, and Education

This report describes the current state of the art in artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential impact for learning, teaching, and education. It provides conceptual foundations for well-informed policy-oriented work, research, and forward-looking activities that address the opportunities and challenges created by recent developments in AI.

Latest articles in EURODL

Teleconference in Support of Autonomous Learning

Stefanos Armakolas, Christos Panagiotakopoulos, Anthi Karatrantou


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Online Training initiative: Interim Report published on EU Publications

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission have launched a new initiative (2018-2019) on “Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe”. It aims to explore the role of online training in tackling the skills-related challenges in Europe, with a particular focus on high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This work is facilitated by a service contract which is coordinated by PwC EU Services in collaboration with the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and Espace Mendès France. The Interim Report of the initiative is available on EU Publications here.

Your feedback and additional inputs for this initiative would be highly appreciated. We are specifically collecting good practice examples of national and pan-European policy initiatives aiming to promote the use of online training among European companies. Please send your inputs to Dr. Kristina Dervojeda.


ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit 2019

The ICDE Lifelong Learning Summit 2019: Shape the Future of Lifelong Learning in the Age of Digitization will be held in Lillehammer, Norway from 11 to 13 February 2019. Preview the sessions and pick the one that most interests you here! Register for the conference here.


Publications and Events

Analysing Structured Learning Behaviour in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): An Approach Based on Process Mining and Clustering

"The increasing use of digital systems to support learning leads to a growth in data regarding both learning processes and related contexts. Learning Analytics offers critical insights from these data, through an innovative combination of tools and techniques. In this paper, we explore students' activities in a MOOC from the perspective of personal constructivism, which we operationalized as a combination of learning behaviour and learning progress." Read the article by Antoine van den Beemt, Joos Buys and Wil van der Aalst.


Sustainability of Open Education Through Collaboration

"The definition of openness influenced the sustainability of business models of Open Education (OE). Yet, whether openness is defined as the free (re)usage of resources, or the free entry in courses, there always is a discussion on who pays for the resources used in these offerings. This article analyzes four cases that each have a different approach to OE and (financial) survival. The aim of this study is to determine the most efficient conditions for a sustainable OE business model." An article by Frank H. T. de Langen.


A Computer Engineering Curriculum Model for Teaching: Software Development to Bridge the Gap between Academia and Industry

Multidisciplinary team of eleven lecturers of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya participated in a long-term research study with the aim to propose a new engineering curriculum model in the scope of software development. Read more about the study here.


HR Realities Research 2018-19

With input from 500+ senior HR leaders, from predominantly enterprise organisations across Europe, the 2018-19 HR Realities research highlights the changing face of HR today, and looks ahead to the landscape of tomorrow. Download the headlights and read more about the research here.


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