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April, 2019 Part 1


April, 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 call will remain open until the end of the week.

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

Taster of interesting workshops

MIT Micro-Masters workshop - by Tracy Tan

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. Tracy 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.

Innovating International Higher Education by Virtual Mobility - by EADTU

Blended and virtual mobility is stimulated in many Erasmus+ actions, in particular in the “European universities” initiative, “strategic partnerships”, “knowledge alliances”, “sector skills” and “capacity building”. The “eU.University hub” for online learning will stimulate and empower universities for online education and virtual mobility. This workshop on VM will bring together stakeholders to reflect on the opportunities offered by virtual mobility.

Sustainable conferences and projects - time for virtual collaboration

The challenge of radically reducing our carbon footprint affects all areas of society and the education sector is no exception. As professionals in the field of distance and e-learning, it is time for us to lead the way in testing new online platforms and tools for virtual conferences and international collaboration that can contribute to a reduction in the need to fly to on-site meetings.

Augmented and Virtual Reality - In Reality: Connections to Learning, the Workplace, and Community

Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) are bridging connections in learning to the workplace and community in ways previously unimaginable. The session will share concrete “best-in-class” examples by discussing the impact AVR is having on the digital classroom and workplace experience, critically analysing its benefits and challenges. Recent examples of best practice will be presented, focusing on specific pedagogical uses of the emerging tools and techniques. AVR Technology Advancement, Market Predictions, Applications in Business, Applications in Education, Intersection of Workplace and Learning will be discussed.




Nell Watson - Engineer - Educator - Tech Philosopher

Jan Elen - Professor, KU Leuven, Center for Instructional Psychology an Technology

Steve Wheeler - Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor, Plymouth Institute of Education

Ilkka Tuomi - Founder and Chief Scientist, Meaning Processing

Yves Punie - Senior scientist, European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

Bert Wylin - e- Learning and e- assessment expert, KU Leuven

Tracy Tan - Director of the MicroMasters Program at MIT

Angeliki Dedopoulou - 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

Read more about the keynotes 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


Open Classroom Conference 2019
29-30 June 2019, Athens, Greece

Creating Conditions for Deeper Learning in Science




The International Conference "Creating Conditions for Deeper Learning in Science" will bring together researchers, practitioners and decision makers to investigate Deeper Learning, the conditions under which it could lead students to develop mastery in scientific subjects and the methods how these achievements can be assessed.

Deeper Learning can be defined as: “the process through which a person becomes capable of taking what was learned in one situation and applying it to new situations – in other words, learning for transfer… by developing cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies.”

Call for submissions

Proposals are invited for Papers and Poster presentations on the selected themes. Abstracts and inquiries about the conference content should be sent in electronic form (by e-mail) to Authors should use the abstract template.

The Conference will be organised as part of the EDEN Open Classroom Conference series.

Conference deadlines

  • Submission of Abstracts: 5 May 2019
  • Notification of Authors: 17 May 2019
  • Submission of full Papers & Posters (for publication in the proceedings): 31 May 2019
  • Conference Dates: 29-30 June 2019

For more details and registration, please consult the Conference Announcement.



Community Update

EDEN for Digital Learning and Teaching in Europe

From EDEN President Airina Volungeviciene: "Our life tempo is amazingly fast. Reflection on developments and achievements is a rare appreciated possibility these days. When stepping into the position of President in 2016, I called for community collaboration and active contribution to ensure the representation of community needs and wishes. The talk came into action very soon with the exponential growth of events and collaborative links that can hardly be summarised on a regular basis in such blog posts…

The EDEN community is a very special one, acting and living without borders, neither geographical nor political ones, working out how to foster the change and improvement of teaching and learning in the digital age, how to scale transformation up into digital education practices established for the good of digital and networked society." Read the full post on the President’s Blog.


#EDENChat: Possible use of a portofolio as European Development

The next #EDENChat "Possible use of a portofolio as European Development" will take place on 8 May 2019 at 18:00 CEST, and will be hosted by Alfredo Soeiro from the University of Porto, Portugal. 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.


#EDENChat archived discussions available

In case you missed the last #EDENChat on "From evaluation to creation: theoretical and practical tools for Open Educational Resources" or "Designing Online Courses using the Interaction Equivalence Theorem" you can now read the archived discussions here.


EDEN NAP webinar recording available: From visitors to virtual audiences: digital engagement and learning in museums

The From visitors to virtual audiences: digital engagement and learning in museums” webinar took place on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 15:30 CEST with Chiara Zuanni from the University of Graz, Austria. Read more and watch the recording here.

This webinar focused on the development of digital tools and practices to enhance learning in museums and in the heritage sector. Departing from how the digital transformation has affected visitor experiences in the galleries, the webinar then focused on online engagement, through websites and social media communication.

The “The use of digital literacy by University Students” webinar will take place on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 15:30 CEST with Palitha Edirisingha from the Leicester University in EDEN’s dedicated Adobe Connect room. Register for the webinar here.

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Special Issue for The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning: “Innovations for the Future with Digital Learning for Inclusion”

The former Chief Editor of EURODL, Professor Emeritus Alan Tait (The Open University, UK), and Professor Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Deputy Director of XLab (Aalborg University, DK), guest editors for a special journal issue in the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) invite you to submit a paper for this Special Issue:

"Innovations for the Future with Digital Learning for Inclusion”.

The Special Issue should address the notion of innovations and creativity with digital learning for inclusion of lifelong learners (including any segment of the population). Papers may be approached in a variety of perspectives/foci: new educational environments; learning designs for including education; affordances of digital tools for including education; creative ways of utilizing open educational technologies for inclusion of various segments of the population (e.g. pre-school children, elderly people, disadvantaged people, etc.); best practices; case studies on innovative technology-based learning strategies/pedagogies; upcoming trends; etc.

Read more about the Call, the relevant topics and the deadlines here.


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