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January, 2019

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…

Registration is now open!

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. image

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.

For young scholars a special discount will be applied.

PhD Symposium

Given the success of the EDEN 2018 Barcelona Research Workshop – PhD Student Symposium, this tradition will be continued on Sunday 16 June 2019 as part of the 28th EDEN Annual Conference.
The PhD Student Symposium aims at fostering the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the broad area of the conference’s theme, while providing a discussion forum for the advancement of doctoral research.
The Student Symposium will be supported by a panel of international scholars of education and supported by the community of EDEN Fellows.


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! Read more...

First Keynotes Announced

imageNell Watson

Nell Watson is an engineer, educator, and tech philosopher who grew up in Northern Ireland. She founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp). Today, Nell educates others in how to implement such technologies, for example, by creating video coursebooks for O’Reilly. Learn more about her here.

imageJan Elen

Jan Elen is a full professor at the KU Leuven, Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology. He was the head of the educational support office of the KU Leuven, coordinator of the expertise network School of Education of the Association KU Leuven, and vice-dean Education of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. Learn more about him here.

imageSteve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and Science education teams. Learn more about him here.

imageIlkka Tuomi

Ilkka Tuomi has written books, including Networks of Innovation: Change and Meaning in the Age of the Internet which develops theory of open innovation based on analysis of Internet-related innovations and open source, and Corporate Knowledge: Theory and Practice of Intelligent Organizations, which develops theory of knowledge management. Learn more about him here.

Important dates and deadlines

Submission deadline for contributions: 4 February 2019

Notification of Authors: 9 April 2019

Registration is open!

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


Community Update

EDEN Past-Presidents @ Onlinelearninglegends: Alan Tait and António Teixeira

imageProfessor Alan Tait

Professor Alan Tait is Professor Emeritus with the Open University UK, with multiple international involvements including with EDEN and the ICDE. This interview took place following Alan’s keynote at the 2018 EDEN conference in Genoa, outside on a hot Italian afternoon. Read more on the website of Leaders & Legends of Online Learning.


imageProfessor António Teixeira

António is a Professor at Universidade Aberta, the Portuguese Open University. He is also a Senior Fellow and recent President of EDEN, and he joined me via Skype from Lisbon. António has been involved in some impressive online and distance education projects, as you’ll hear from this conversation. Read more on the website of Leaders & Legends of Online Learning.


What were EDEN's most popular news in 2018?

Revisit last year's most popular news on the EDEN website:

1. Position Paper: Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning – one step further

2. European Distance Learning Week #EDLW – 5-9 November 2018

3. EDEN at the Open Education Week

4. Changing roles of the teachers in a changing world


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.


Projects, practices, showcases

Conclusions of the ReOpen project

The activities of the ReOpen project were successfully completed by 31 October. In the framework of the project a platform for non-formal open learning curriculum development with learning validation and recognition instruments in place (learner credentials, digital badges, learning path recognition and assessment tools) has been developed. Read more about the conclusions and results here.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning

The 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning will be organized in Dublin, Ireland, on 3-7 November 2019 by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). The conference theme is “Transforming Lives and Societies”. EDEN is Official Partner of the Conference.


Innovating Pedagogy 2019

This seventh report, produced by The Open University in collaboration with the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway, proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not had a profound influence on education in their current form.


Kindness in leadership

‘Kindness’ is seldom mentioned as a desirable leadership trait in MBA or executive programmes but it can have enormous benefits for organisations. Gay Haskins and Lalit Johri argue that it’s time we all became more kindly. Read more...


Publications and Events

Searchable Directory of More than 65 Open Universities Worldwide

Throughout the world, more than 65 open universities provide open and equal access to education. Open universities do not require any formal education or credentials to be admitted. They have a common commitment to open access to quality learning and student success. Use the directory created by Contact North | Contact Nord to search location, contact information, delivery modes, enrolment and more!


Doctoral education in Europe today: approaches and institutional structures

The European University Association’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) has presented the results of an extensive and unique study on the state of play of doctoral education in Europe. The study covers more than 300 institutions and focuses on the deep transformation that has taken place in doctoral education over the past ten years.


2018 Global Human Capital Trends

Organizations today are judged for more than their success as a business. They’re now being held responsible for their impact on society at large. Explore the 2018 trends here.


Can Digital Technology Make the World a Better Place?

Tech companies, be it idealistic start-ups or well-established billion-dollar empires, often have lofty aspirations. Countless app makers, device manufacturers and internet companies set out to connect the planet, help people live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives and ultimately, to quote the great Michael Jackson, heal the world and make it a better place. But can they actually do it? Find the answer in this report published by the Dentsu Aegis Network and Oxford Economics.


Six predictions for Learning and Development in 2019

The annual look by Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance at what’s going to be hot in learning and development (L&D) in the year ahead focuses, perhaps inevitably, on the continuing impact of all things digital. Read the article on Checkpoint e-learning.


Reflecting on 2018, and (Tentatively) Projecting the Future

A new online institution, a transforming textbook market, shifting landscapes for MOOCs and alternative credentials, increasing interest in mobile, and more. In this article by Mark Lieberman experts make sense of a convoluted year.


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