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March, 2019 Part 1


March, 2019 Part 1

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 open!

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

For young scholars a special discount will be applied.

PhD Symposium deadline approaching

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.

We invite contributions to the pre-conference PhD Symposium co-organized by VIVES, KU Leuven and EDEN. PhD students are encouraged to submit their ongoing research related to the broad area of the conference’s theme: “Connecting Through Educational Technology - To Produce Effective Learning Environments”.

The Student Symposium will be supported by a panel of international scholars of education and by the community of EDEN Fellows. The call is open until 29 March 2019.

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

New keynote speaker joins the Annual Conference

imageBert Wylin has both an academic as well as a business profile. He works at the KU Leuven since 1993: first at the Continuing Education service, where he started up the distance education department and the Open University. Today, Bert Wylin is responsible for all e-content projects, for e-assessment and e-learning.

In research, he now focuses on assessmentQ, an online tool for learning, practising and testing, and the analysis of the results from that tool. Learn more about him here.

European Commission Europass presentation at the conference

The European Commission initiated the development of a framework for digitally-signed credentials, allowing their identification, issuing, storing, sharing and verification. The Europass framework and the EU DG Employment will support the implementation of this framework by developing a European Digital Credentials Infrastructure.

Angeliki Dedopoulou is an EU Affairs adviser to DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission for the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) and the Digitally Signed Credentials of the new Europass.

Learn more about her here.


Special MIT Micro-Masters workshop in Bruges

MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance learners’ career. They provide deep learning in a specific career field and are recognized by employers for their real job relevance.

imageTracy Tan, Director of the MicroMasters Program at MIT will hold a special workshop session at the Annual Conference in Bruges introducing delegates to the MicroMasters programs. She drives the strategy and growth of the MicroMasters programs offered by MIT and help shape and build MITx MicroMasters global ecosystem, including strategic engagement with partner universities, collaborating companies, and MicroMasters learners. Learn more about her here.


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

Tuomi is Chief Scientist at Meaning Processing, an independent public research organization located in Helsinki, Finland. As an internationally known expert in organizational learning, organizational cognition, technology-enabled learning, innovation research, and anticipatory systems theory, he has written 5 books, chapters in 25 books, over 60 scientific articles, and numerous scientific reports. Read more...

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

Open Education Week 2019 - Webinar recordings available

This year's Open Education Week was a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal was to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide, the free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.

With the success of previous years' Open Education Weeks in the background, EDEN once again organised a very successful online event this March. This year, 5 webinars with 370 registered participants were held in Open Education Week in Europe. The participants came from 38 different countries, including 16 countries from outside Europe. The records of all 5 webinars can be viewed at the EDEN website and following these links:


#EDENChat: "From evaluation to creation: theoretical and practical tools for Open Educational Resources"

The next #EDENChat "From evaluation to creation: theoretical and practical tools for Open Educational Resources" will take place on 3 April 2019 at 18:00 CEST, and will be hosted by Francesca Amenduni (@amendoonia) from from the University of Foggia and Roma TRE University, Italy.

The goal of the #EDENChat will be to share theoretical reflections and practical tools for the OERs assessment and creation, with the EDEN academic and professional community. Please join us on twitter using the hashtag #EDENChat!

#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.


#EDENChat archived discussion available: The use of digital literacy by Chinese Students in the UK

In case you missed the last #EDENChat on "The use of digital literacy by Chinese Students in the UK" hosted by Dr. Palitha Edirisingha (@palithaed) from Leicester University, UK, you can now read the archived discussion here.


EDEN NAP webinar recording available: Evaluation in distance education @ VIVES: some tools and trends

The “Evaluation in distance education @ VIVES: some tools and trends” webinar took place on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 15:30 CET with Koen Verhulst and Hendrik Coucke from VIVES University of Applied Sciences, Belgium. Read more and watch the recording here.

The “Assessing OERs quality – the Open VM mini-MOOC case” webinar will take place on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at 15:30 CEST with Francesca Amenduni from the University of Foggia and Roma TRE University, Italy in EDEN’s dedicated Adobe Connect room. Register for the webinar!

In the context of Open Education, quality assessment tools are necessary. Speaking of quality means quality assurance, quality audit and quality enhancement. In the Open Virtual Mobility Erasmus + Project’s framework, the quality assurance of OER is addressed through an iterative cycle of design, creation, implementation, and assessment, following the Design Based Research model. Read more about the webinar here!

The NIDL’s 5th Birthday Bash

Read a short summary on the NIDL’s 5th Birthday Bash, with the participation of DCU’s President, Professor Brian MacCraith, EDEN Executive Member Mark Brown and Seamus Fox, recently retired Head of Open Education.


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