May, 2012


May, 2012

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference on 6-9 June 2012, Porto


With a very good response to the Call, nearly 200 submissions, we are looking forward to a great conference again.

Interviews with keynote speakers:

David White: I Am a Sort of Guinea Pig for Principles that I Have Advocated
Interview by Steve Wheeler

Ulrich Bernath: Fresh Ideas Need Arguments to Be Grounded by Research
Interview by Helga Dorner

Dale J. Stephens: The Unconventional Learner
Interview by Eva Suba

Networking events on the site:

Book and Wine - Recommend a book and cheers!
Share interesting reading experience and enjoy Portuguese wine on Thursday, after the Annual General Meeting. For more information, contact Ari-Matti Auvinen

Young Researchers in Focus: informal meet and chat for early career people
Early career academics, professionals and researchers are invited to join their colleagues in the lunch break on Friday from 13:00 until 14:30 for an informal gathering. For more information, contact: Helga Dorner and Anders Nome

Virtual networking possibilities:

EDEN 2012 Annual Conference blog, Twitter, Linkedin,, Slideshare, Facebook

Detailed programme, hotel suggestions and other information about the Conference are available on the Conference website.


Community Update

New Members

EDEN welcomes the following institution that have joined the Association as Member since April 2012:

University of Oslo, Norway

You can view their profile at the "New Members" link on the EDEN web.


EDEN Fellows in 2012

The EDEN Executive Committee decides each year to award with the Fellow title NAP members who demonstrated excellence in professional practice of open, distance and e-learning and provided valued support to the evolution and progress of the Association. This year, the EC acknowledges the commitment and the contribution of:

  • Andrea Karpati, Eotvos Lorand University, MULTIPED Centre for Multimedia and Educational Technology, Hungary
  • Lisa-Marie Blaschke, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
  • Fabio Nascimbeni, MENON Network EEIG, Belgium
  • Diana Andone, Politechnica University of Timisoara, E-learning Center, Romania
  • Laszlo Komaromi, Gabor Denes Applied University, Institute of Basic Science and Technology, Hungary
  • Michael Auer, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, School of Systems Engineering, Austria

The Fellow Award ceremony takes place on 6 June 2012 during the Welcome Cocktail of the 2012 EDEN Annual Conference in Porto starting at 19:00h in the Noble Hall of the conference venue: Alfandega Congress Centre.


Best Research Paper Finalists Announced

EDEN's Best Research Paper Award is granted yearly during the Annual Conference Dinner. The Award is presented in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation.

This years' finalists are:

  • Reconsidering "Gen Y" & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it
    Emanuele Rapetti, Lorenzo Cantoni, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
  • Do Men Learn in Order to Earn? Motives for Lifelong Learners to Choose Web-Based Courses and the Relationship with Age, Gender, Parenthood and Rate of Studies
    Ron Mahieu, Simon Wolming, Department of Education, Umea University, Sweden
  • Generational Distinctiveness in the Time Use of Working Distance Learners
    Bill McNeill, The College of Estate Management, United Kingdom
  • Personalisation in e-Learning ? The Key for Success in Learning in Later Life
    Sonia Hetzner, Eline Leen, Innovation in Learning Institute - ILI, Germany


Steve Wheeler Named 4th Most Influential Tweeter in Learning Technology

Steve is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England and a passionate blogger and Twitter personality. He has been elected to the EDEN NAP Steering Committee last year and has been supporting the EDEN community ever since with dedication. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning.

He is now in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society. He teaches on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education programmes. He specialises in research on e-learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on social media and Web 2.0 tools.

We congratulate him for this acknowledgement, it is most certainly well deserved!



New Articles in EURODL

Emotive Vocabulary in MOOCs: Context & Participant Retention

by Apostolos Koutropoulos, Michael Sean Gallagher, Sean C. Abajian, Inge de Waard, Rebecca Joanne Hogue, Nilgün Özdamar Keskin, C. Osvaldo Rodriguez

Problem-based Learning in an Online Course of Health Education

by Isabel Chagas, Cláudia Faria, Dulce Mourato, Gonçalo Pereira, Afonso Santos


Projects at the EDEN Conference

elene2learn: ICT in the Process of Developing Learning to Learn Competences in Lifelong Learning Transitions: From Theory into the Practice

Workshop on Thursday, Session A6


elene2learn on fb



EquNet: Increasing Equity in Higher Education Beyond Rhetoric

Workshop on Friday, Session D6


EquNet on fb



Professional Learning on-the-move: Time to MOVE-ON

Paper presentation on Thursday, session B2

Demonstration of the MOVE-ON tool on Thursday, Session C4


MOVE-ON on fb



VISIR: The Future of ICT for Learning and its Impact on Open Learning Generations

Paper presentation on Friday, Session D3



POERUP Policies for OER Uptake

Poster presentation on Saturday, Session G4



NEST: Network of Staff and Teachers in Childcare Services

Poster presentation on Saturday, Session H6


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EDEN is Member of EUCIS LLL

EDEN's joining the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning. has been endorsed at their Annual General Meeting on 15 May in Leuven.

EUCIS-LLL, made up of 24 European networks active in education and training, promotes European-wide cooperation among civil society organisations, in order to build a citizen's voice on lifelong learning issues and to propose solutions based on expertise and competencies.

We look forward to widen the outreach of EDEN members by this networking opportunity.



OpenScout Portal Launched

The OpenScout portal has been recently launched by EFMD. The portal provides a range of free services to anyone who wishes to learn or teach management topics using Open Educational Resources (OER). OER is digital learning material (courses, presentations, articles, videos, case studies, etc.) that can be freely used and adapted for training purposes. OpenScout has been designed to help students, teachers, business people and entrepreneurs learn, develop and discuss management topics and save you time and money at the same time.

Video tutorials on how the portal works are available here. Feedbacks are welcome by the developers via questionnaires.

For more information, you can contact Boriana Marinova.


Publications and Events

Report on the EU-wide Public Consultation Concerning the Promotion and Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Read report

Assessing Learning Technology Predictions

Article on the Check.eLearning site by Bob Little

Workshop on Open Educational Resources, Copyright and Creative Commons licensing

20 June - 3 July 2012 (to coincide with the UNESCO World OER Congress in Paris), Online
Participation is free of charge, register on this link

DIVERSE Conference Organised by the Media and Learning Unit of Leuven University

3-6 July 2012 in Leuven, Belgium
More information...

CogInfoCom2012, 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications

2-5 December, 2012 in Kosice, Slovakia
Call for papers, website


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