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May, 2019 Part 1


May, 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.

Detailed programme available

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand, ensuring digital interactivity and cooperation on the social web.

In the Closing session, the Council of EDEN Fellows will present the conference summary and conclusions.

Read the detailed programme here.

The 2019 EDEN Best Research Paper Finalists

Since 2008, EDEN is continuously granting the Best Research Paper Award at EDEN’s Annual Conferences as well as at EDEN’s bi-annual Research Workshops. From the submitted conference papers received, the Jury nominated the following finalists:

- Human Capital in Online Higher Education Settings: a Socio-Educative Perspective Applied to Graduates of an Online University by Riccardo Valente, Albert Sánchez Gelabert, Josep Ma Duart

- Digital versus manual. Two sides of the same coin by Ingrid le Roux

- The instructional design of an online learning environment (RISSC) for Upper secondary school students’ research skills by Louise Maddens, Fien Depaepe, Annelies Raes, Jan Elen

- Approaches and methodologies to support critical reflection by Jean Claude Callens

- Exploring the Emotions of Distance Learning Students in an Assessed, Online, Collaborative Project by Jake Hilliard, Karen Kear, Helen Donelan, Caroline Heaney

- Back to the future, the learner strikes back: feedback and reflection as key elements in MOOC re-design by Conchúr Mac Lochlainn

- Future Skills and higher education “Future Skill readiness” by Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

- Automatic Transcription software: Good enough for accessibility? A case study from Built Environment Education byTharindu R. Liyanagunawardena

Read more about the details of the selection process and the previous winners of the EDEN Best Research Paper Award here.

Conference live stream

Good news for everyone who can't make it to the conference: as in previous years, all plenary sessions of the Annual Conference will be streamed on EDEN's YouTube channel - you will be able to follow the conference welcome, all keynote speeches and the closing remarks from the comfort of your chair.

Social Events

imageWelcome Reception - 16 June, 18:30

The Welcome Reception helps you to set the mood for the Conference. Meet your colleagues and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere. The EDEN Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards will be presented at this occasion. The Reception will take place on the VIVES campus.


imageWine & Games Event - 17 June, 17:30

VIVES Bruges holds the VIVES Archive of Games, the largest collection of games in the world, with more than 20.000 titles and many educational (party) games. In the archive, you will find the most recent (educational) games, but also some very old games are kept in the closed section. The oldest game dates back to 1810!

EDEN members and conference delegates are invited to visit the Archives, entertain with exciting games and savour good wines.

Conference Gala Dinner - 18 June, 20:00

The Conference Gala Dinner will be held in the Market Halls of Bruges. Standing on the market square of Bruges there is one building that immediately attracts your attention, the market halls and its Belfry. They have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1999. The halls were built very early in the Middle Ages and were mainly used as an indoor marketplace.

The Best Research Paper Award and Young Scholar Award will be presented at the Conference Gala Dinner.


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.


Guide to Bruges

VIVES University students have created a website to help visitors get to know Bruges and its must-see sights, historic landmarks, charming spots and of course the best culinary experiences in town - take a look here, and plan your visit!

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


Hosted by the VIVES University of Applied Sciences


Conference Sponsors






Community Update

Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe
4 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium

How can we effectively promote online training among the workforce in Europe? Join the high-level conference in Brussels on 4 June 2019 in the context of the ongoing initiative on "Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe", launched in 2017 by the European Commission (EASME/DG GROW) and coordinated by PwC, in cooperation with European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and Espace Mendes France.

The conference will focus on new solutions, best practices and policy measures that reflect the need to upskill and reskill a significant percentage of the European workforce, and that would truly support enterprises, especially SMEs in this challenge. It will bring together policy makers, practitioners, academic and industry professionals, as well as course developers, start-ups and publishers, with a shared interest in promoting new technology-enhanced learning and training methods.

Should you want to join the conference, please fill out the registration form. Read more about the Conference here.


50th anniversary of The Open University in the UK

Read the new post on the EDEN President's Blog from EDEN President Airina Volungeviciene: "50th anniversary of the OUUK".

#EDENChat: Road to Bruges

The next #EDENChat "Road to Bruges" will take place on 5 June 2019 at 18:00 CEST, and will be hosted by EDEN NAP SC chair and members. 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 "Possible use of a portfolio as European Development" or "MOOC Myths, Magic & Methodology" you can now read the archived discussions here.


EDEN NAP webinar recording available: Sense-making Strategies for MOOC Research

The Sense-making Strategies for MOOC Research webinar took place on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at 15:30 CEST with Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl from the Dublin City University, Ireland. Read more and watch the recording here.

This webinar discussed the methodological case for adopting particular sense-making strategies and a variety of techniques to aid with data reduction, analysis and presentation of MOOC data to support specific learning design or redesign objectives providing examples from the Ideas Lab@ NIDL in DCU’s current research programme.

EDEN NAP webinar recording available: The use of digital literacy by University Students

“The use of digital literacy by University Students” webinar took place on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 15:30 CEST with Palitha Edirisingha from the Leicester University, UK. Read more and watch the recording here.

This webinar session focused on digital literacy skills and practices from an international student perspective.


Latest articles in EURODL

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.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

International Open & Distance Learning Conference at Anadolu University

Anadolu University is hosting the International Open and Distance Learning Conference (IODL 2019) on 14-16 November 2019 in Eski┼čehir, Turkey with specific focus on “glocal ODL learning opportunities and dynamics”. The aim of the IODL2019 is to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss a broad range of topics related to open and distance learning. For detailed information, paper submission and the latest news, please visit


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