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February, 2019


February, 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.

For young scholars a special discount will be applied.

Late submissions welcome!

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until the first week of March. Submissions are welcome in paper, poster, synergy, training, workshop or panel discussion session and demonstration/technical presentation formats.

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.

The PhD Student Symposium aims at fostering the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students while providing a discussion forum for the advancement of doctoral research.

The Student Symposium will be supervised by a panel of international scholars of education and supported by the community of EDEN Fellows.

Read more on the PhD Symposium and how to submit your work!


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.

imageYves Punie

Yves Punie is a senior scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC IPTS) leading its research and policy activities on “ICT for Learning and Skills”. Before joining the IPTS in 2001, he was interim Assistant Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences. Learn more about him here.

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 at the Open Education Week 2019

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. EDEN is offering 5 webinars as part of the Open Education Week:

Register and join us at the webinars!


#EDENChat Schedule for 2019 spring semester

#EDENChat Twitter discussions will return this spring with 8 special twitter chats on Wednesdays from 18:00 CET/CEST:

  • E-learning in the heritage sector- 6 March, 2019
  • The use if digital literacy by Chinese Students in UK- 20 March, 2019
  • Possible use of a portofolio as European Development- 3 April, 2019
  • Knowing you, Seeing me: Investigating User Preferences in Drone-Human Acknowledgement- 17 April, 2019
  • Assessing OERs Quality – the Open VM Mini-MOOC case- 8 May, 2019
  • Twitter and the Irish Language #Gaeilge – Agents and Activities: Exploring a dataset of micro-implementers in Social Media- 22 May, 2019
  • Road to Bruges- 5 June, 2019
  • Connecting through educational technology – Summing up the Annual Conference- 19 June, 2019

#EDENChat is an online discussion event on Twitter initiated by Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP). It is mediated by members of the NAP community and runs for approximately 1 hour. Anyone can join in and contribute to the discussion which is presented in a Question and Answer format, and focuses on current issues in distance, open and e-learning. To join in, follow and use the #EDENChat hashtag on Twitter.


EDEN NAP webinar schedule for 2019 spring semester

The EDEN NAP community is happy to offer the following five webinars this spring:

  • Evaluation in distance education @ VIVES: some tools and trends- 20 March, 2019 (Register here!)
  • Possible use of a portofolio as European Development- 3 April, 2019
  • TBD- 17 April, 2019
  • Public archeology and online engagement- 8 May, 2019
  • Twitter and the Irish Language #Gaeilge – Agents and Activities: Exploring a dataset of micro-implementers in Social Media- 22 May, 2019

All webinars will start at 15:30 CET/CEST. Stay tuned for more information on each webinar. Registration will open in March.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Report from the ICDE Working Group on The Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials (ADCs) Now Available

In 2018, ICDE invited members to submit an Expression of Interest for participating in the Working Group on the Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials. The working group was appointed and has now delivered its report: Report of the ICDE Working Group on The Present and Future of Alternative Digital Credentials (ADCs). Read the full report here.

Call for Papers: 28th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning

ICDE is looking for participants willing to present digital posters, lightening talks, concise papers, and full papers at the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. The conference theme is Transforming Lives and Societies. The abstract submission deadline is 1 March, 2019.


2018 Annual Survey of Online, Digital and Distance Learning in Canadian Post-Secondary Education

Learn more about the increasing role online learning plays in Canadian post-secondary education in Tracking Online and Digital Learning in Canada, just released by the Canadian Digital Learning and Research Association.

Ten Key Facts About Blockchains

Learn how blockchains are used in higher education to support e-portfolios, secure academic credentials, connect students to tutors, support lifelong learning and more! Ten Key Facts About Blockchains is the fifth in a series by Contact North I Contact Nord on current and emerging tools influencing and shaping online learning, including Blended Learning, OER, Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.


Call for Chapter Proposals: The Future of Academic Research in Higher Education

An edited volume by Dr. Enakshi Sengupta and Dr. Patrick Blessinger, Emerald Group Publishing and International HETL Association. Submission Deadline: 20 March, 2019. Read more...


Publications and Events

European Court of Auditors’ special report on Horizon 2020

In a recently published special report, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has assessed the simplification measures taken by the European Commission (EC), to see to what extent such measures have proved effective in reducing the administrative burden of Horizon 2020 beneficiaries and if they mirrored the evaluations and feedback proposed by the stakeholders. Read more...


Towards European Universities – JRC study on university partnerships in Europe

The study “Mapping of European Transnational Collaborative Partnerships in Higher Education” was recently released by the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) and the Directorate-General Joint Research Center (DG JRC). The study is based on a survey with the purpose of mapping the international collaborations of European higher education institutions, to identify drivers, objectives and facilitators, as well as the main obstacles to deeper collaboration.


Call for papers: Can artificial intelligence transform higher education?

The International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Educationhas recently launched a Call for Paperswith the aim of examining the potential and actual impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on higher education (HE). The focus is primarily on the use of AI for supporting teaching and learning. Read more...


Quality Assurance In Open And Distance Learning: Global Approaches and Experiences

This book by Michael Mariasingam is an edited book of case studies from around the world. The case studies serve as illustrative examples of implementation of the concepts of quality, quality assessment and quality assurance in Open and Distance Learning in institutions around the world.


Position paper on European Union policy after 2020 on Vocational and Educational Training

After some fruitful and straightforward discussions within the VET4EU2 Group, the Position Paper of the Group on the EU post 2020 focus on Vocational Education and Training, which was shared with the attendees of the European Vocational Skills Week in Vienna on 7 November and with the Commission itself is now published.


From partnership to fusion: future educational landscapes

"Across the higher education sector, aspirations to internationalise the student body, transform approaches to education, increase student recruitment and generate revenue are all on the agenda." In this article, online education expert Gilly Salmon reflects on making online education collaborations work successfully.


Handbook of Distance Education

The Handbook of Distance Education, 4th Edition is a comprehensive compendium of research in the field of distance education. The volume is divided into four sections covering the historical and theoretical foundations of distance education, attributes of teaching and learning using technology, management and administration, and different audiences and providers.


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