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June, 2012 - Part 1


June, 2012 - Part 1

EDEN Conference News

After Porto: Conference Highlights

The 2012 Annual EDEN Conference in Porto was again a great success with 350 delegates with over 150 presentations from all over the world. The event was rich both in content and in collaboration opportunities and was highly interactive not only face-to-face, but also on the web.

The professional community followed the webcasts of the keynote sessions, the referenced links by the keynotes at the Conference blog (over 1300 visitors in 3 days) and shared experiences via Twitter (over 1400 tweets on the conference topic), Facebook (with 473 members of the Group), and Linkedin. A rolling issue collected the links, presentations, shared content of the conference with cca 1000 visitors online.

We thank the keynotes, the speakers and all delegates for their valuable inputs and contribution to the achievements and nice atmosphere of the conference.


Best Research Paper Award

Ingeborg Bo, the Chair of the Jury in her introduction to the Best Research Paper Award said, that 'In the Jury's judgement the Award winning paper is an excellent contribution to the theme of the conference on "Open Learning Generations - Closing the Gap from Generation 'Y' to the Mature Lifelong Learners" and it is best in presenting applicable and transferable results based on a solid methodological approach. The findings are critically discussed with references to the relevant literature and with creative ideas for further research.' The Winner was announced at the Conference Dinner:

Reconsidering "Gen Y" & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it

by Emanuele Rapetti and Lorenzo Cantoni, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
The paper as well as previous years' Best Research Papers are donwloadable from our Publications' site.

EDEN thanks for the collaboration and support of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning.


Ingeborg Boe,
Emanuele Rapetti

The Seventh EDEN Research Workshop: 22-23 October 2012

Learners in the Driving Seat

Users? – Partners? – Consumers? – Peers?
Where are we heading to?

A workshop about effective learning experience for researchers and practicioners

How students are driving teachers, instructors in the fields where new learning technologies play important role?

How does instruction work, where borders between physical and virtual learning environments disappear, where roles of students and teachers have changed, where new pedagogical paradigms and didactic approaches are introduced?

In collaboration with the University of Leuven

For details, visit the EDEN website.

leuven rw

For Your Diary: EDEN Annual Conference 2013, Oslo
University of Oslo

The Joy of Learning - Enhancing Learning Experience and Quality

12-15 June 2013

In collaboration with the
Norwegian Association for Distance and Flexible Education (NADE)
and the University of Oslo


Community Update

New Executive Committee Members were Elected at the Annual General Meeting in Porto

We are pleased to announce, that new Executive Committee members have been elected by the representatives of the EDEN members at the EDEN 2012 Annual General Meeting in Porto on 7 June.

Congratulations to the newly elected EC members!


Lisa-Marie Blaschke Grainne Conole Fabio Nascimbeni

University of Oldenburg

Grainne CONOLE
University of Leicester

MENON Network

To see their profile, please login to the NAP Area.


Delegates from the Open University of China Visiting EDEN and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)


The delegation of the China Open University (former Radio and TV University) visited the EDEN Budapest Headquarters. Members were:

  • Prof. Ruan Zhiyong, Vice President, OUC
  • Prof. Liu Chen, Director, Publishing House, OUC
  • Prof. Li Yawan,International Cooperation & Exchange Division, OUC
  • Prof. Liang Xiaoqing,Director, Chinese Language Center, OUC
  • Prof. Wang Qifu, Director, Continuing Education College, OUC
  • Prof. Zhang Xuhong, Director, Finance Department, OUC

The Peking-based Mega-University is interested in developing relations with EDEN and European flagship institutions and organisations. It was agreed to develop an operative plan for the next period until the end of 2013 in the near future.


New EDEN Brochure Available

The renewed EDEN brochure is now available as pdf to download and will be sent to the EDEN members. Would you need additional copies, please contact the Secretariat.


Paulo Simoes Named 6th Most Influential Tweeter in Learning Technology

Paulo brings a surprising combination of competences to e-learning. He has successfully linked his Portuguese Air Force background with e-learning pedagogy. Paulo is using every inch of Twitter to spread the word on learning and technology in an impressive way. He has been elected to the EDEN NAP Steering Committee last year and has been supporting the EDEN community ever since with dedication.

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

Members can leave comments and interact with him at the NAP Members Area.


Paulo Simoes

New Articles in EURODL

The Transition from Distance to Online Education: Perspectives from the Educational Management Horizon

Tor Söderström, Jörgen From, Jeanette Lövqvist, Anette Törnquist


Projects, practices, showcases

VISIR 1st Stakeholders Consultation - "What are the most relevant factors of change and how do they affect LLL?"

The objective of the VISIR Stakeholders' Consultations is to involve professionals and practitioners as well as decision makers, students, civil society representatives, to build on their opinion and experience and to develop a common vision on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality.

We are counting on your contribution to help to identify and analyse the trends on ICT and learning in Europe. It will take only few minutes of your time and even could be fun to reflect on the somewhat provocative and tricky statements which you will find in the consultation. Such statements were elaborated following a brainstorming seminar in Bologna in May 2012, with the participation of experts gathered from all over the continent. They analysed the domains of change, the polarities and tensions and the main lines of evolution and tried to outline future scenarios from here till 2020. Thus, the statements in the consultation are related to the year 2020.

We invite you to join the consultation to express your opinion, leave comments and add additional statements that you think are missing. The consultation website can be found in at:


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

In the frame of the EDEN 2012 Annual Conference the eLene2learn project has successfully organised its international Practice Exchange Forum interlinked with a lively webinar. After the presentation of the results of the research to that date both the face to face and the online groups engaged in fruitful discussions about existing practices, tools and methodologies targetting the application of ICT in the development of learning to learn competencies that enable smoother transition from secondary to higher education. The webinar has been recorded and can be viewed here. The discussions will be continued in the project's Facebook group, which you are also invited to join.

The event in Porto has also resulted in recruiting 2 new members into the eLene2learn Scientific Committee, which is multinational external body bringing a wide range of experience to the project. The members of the Scientific Committee work with the internal and external evaluators to ensure that the project remains on track from a conceptual point of view regarding the key themes, while they also provide information about new developments and new activities relevant to the project.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Russians Honour Alan Tait

Alan Tait, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curriculum and Qualifications, has received an honorary doctorate from one of Russia's leading economic institutions, the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, (MESI) in recognition of his services to distance education in Europe.

As well as his academic reputation in the field of distance- and e-learning, the award honours Alan's work with European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) of which he is a former President, and his position as Chief Editor of the European Journal of Open and Distance Learning.

At the Moscow seminar Alan gave a keynote address about open and distance learning in Europe to an audience of rectors from universities across the former Soviet states. And he talked to more than 120 of MESI's students about the UK higher education system and the OU.

Alan said: "There is currently significant effort in Russia to invest in distance education, and they are very interested in the issues of distance and transnational education."


Alan Tait and
Natalia Tikhomirova, MESI

Will Swann Becomes President of EADTU

The General Board meeting of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) recently appointed Will Swann as its President. He will take over from Carlos Reis, former Rector of Universidade Aberta in Portugal.

EDEN congratulates to Will Swann!

Will Swann

Will Swann

Web2LLP - Improving Web Strategies & Maximising Social Media Presence of LLP Projects

The Web2LLP project is organising face-to-face and online courses on web strategies and social media for managers and members of LLP projects. The face-to-face course will take place in Leuven, Belgium on 18 ­ 23 February 2013 and you can apply for funding to your LLP national agency by September 2012.

The online courses will be held in February ­ July 2013. These 10 hour courses organised in 5 modules of 2 hours each are available in English, French or Italian and will be backed up by an online help desk and support service.

Furthermore, to help better understand your training needs in respect to social media, we would be grateful for your help in completing this very short questionnaire which will take no more than 5 minutes to fill in.


Advanced Master in Higher Education Pedagogy by University of Liège

The University of Liege is offering a Master programme for college or university teachers. By enrolling to the Advanced Master in Higher Education, you have the choice between two options:

1. Improve your teaching and your practice as a teacher.

2. Improve your teaching and practice by working on an institutional project with some of your colleagues.

The application form has to be filled in by 31st August at the latest.

Further information:

Read press release here.
Formasup website


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