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July, 2012


July, 2012

EDEN Conference News

The Seventh EDEN Research Workshop: 22-23 October 2012
University of Leuven

Learners in the Driving Seat

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

A workshop about effective learning experience for researchers and practicioners

Call for contributions open

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.


Community Update

EDEN's Next Steps: Members' Survey

We are continuously working to improve the quality of our services. In support of this, we invite you to provide feedback to us through a short survey (that takes ca. 10 minutes to complete). Thank you in advance for your time and contribution as we highly value your reflections and ideas! The results will be shared and discussed within the membership.


Video Report by the UAb Media Team on the 2012 Annual Conference in Porto

Featuring Alan Tait, Morten Flate Paulsen, António Moreira Teixeira, Paulo Dias, David White, and other speakers and participants.

See the video

A series of video interviews will be posted in the coming months on the EDEN website.


European Commission's Corner


From 1st July 2012, the Digital Agenda of the European Union is managed by DG CONNECT: Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

Find out more at and about the activities at



Commission Push to Complete the European Research Area
Open Access as Condition of Horizon 2020 Funding

After twelve years horsetrading, a voluntary agreement between the European Commission and Europe's research bodies aims to get 27 national research systems functioning as one, and complete the European Research Area (ERA).



New Articles in EURODL

Influence of Learning Styles on Graphical User Interface Preferences for e-Learners

Velimir Dedić, Suzana Marković

MOOCs and the AI-Stanford like Courses: Two Successful and Distinct Course Formats for Massive Open Online Courses

C. Osvaldo Rodriguez


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI): International Education Forum "The World on the Path to a Smart Society"

EDEN member institution Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) will be glad to welcome you at The International Education Forum "The World on the Path to a Smart Society" which will take place in Moscow from 9 to 10 October.

The objective of the Forum is to provide an international platform for education policy-makers and practitioners to share their experiences on the key themes related to the development of smart economy, smart society, and smart education.

The forum will embrace the following parts:

  • The International Education Conference Smart e-Learning Russia, 4th edition
  • The Summit Common Education Space in the Eurasian Economic Community
  • The Conference Innovation School
  • The Conference Innovative Technologies in Education and Teaching
  • The EduTech Russia Exposition.

To find out more, please visit the Forum websites:,


News from ICDE - International Council for Open and Distance Education

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and UNESCO issued a report in connection with the World OER Congress entitled "A Survey on Governments' Open Educational Resources (OER) Policies."

Read more and download the report from here

In collaboration with UNESCO, the COL has recently published a book, "Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources and Change in Higher Education: Reflections from Practice."

Read more and download the report from here


Open University of Catalonia (UOC): Call for Chapters - Assessment and Evaluation of Time Factors in Online Teaching and Learning

Call for Chapters open for an editorial proposal by UOC's professor Elena Barberà.

Proposal submission deadline: 15 September 2012
Submission deadline: 13 May 2013

More info...


Winter and Spring Schools 2013 Funded by the European Commission

Science View will organize three different training courses in March and n April 2013 in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki) and in Norway (Stord):

1. "Teacher's new role in the Classroom of the future (e-design, e-tutoring, e-assessment)" ( GR 2013 209 002)

  • 11-16 March 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 18-23 March 2013, Athens, Greece

2. "Designing and developing an e-learning Course integrating web2.0 tools" ( GR 2013 208 002)

  • 11-16 March 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 18-23 March 2013, Athens, Greece

3. "Creative (ICT) Approaches to inquiry based science teaching" ( GR2013 215 002)

  • 8-13 April 2013, Stord, Norway
  • 22-27 April 2013, Athens, Greece

The courses have already been published in the Comenius-Grundtvig Training Database and the participants can apply for grants to their national authorities (Search for them using the Reference number).

Deadline for submission: 17 September 2012

Additional info:


ELIG Annual Meeting: 10th Anniversary of ELIG - Towards the Next Decade of Innovation for Learning and Knowledge

Hosted by Enterprise Ireland and Intel this major networking event will bring together a group of participants from across the Learning Industry and include input and perspectives from Social Networks, European Government and Venture Capitalists.

Register here


Publications and Events

Turning on Mobile Learning in Europe - Illustrative initiatives and policy implications.

UNESCO working paper series on mobile learning


policies and practices in education, training and employment for students with disabilities and special educational needs in the EU

An independent report prepared for the European Commission by the NESSE network of experts


Researchers of Tomorrow: The research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students

by JISC and the British Library
Read the report online or download a copy:


ESNSurvey 2012: Exchange: Creating Ideas, Opportunities and Identity

The focus of this year´s edition is to investigate the employability of mobile and non-mobile students and show the beneficial effects of going abroad.
Survey closes at 30 September 2012


Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses 2012

Released by the American Council of Education
The report assesses the current state of internationalization at American higher education institutions, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
Read more and download the report here


ODLAA 2013 Distance Education Summit

The Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) will host their 2013 Distance Education Summit on 4-7 February 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
More information:


Pre-Conference International Forum: E-Learning in the Workplace

Amman, 6 November 2012
A one day forum will be organized on the first day of the IMCL2012 conference.
Extended abstracts due: 31 July 2012


Second Water Summer School, Rome, 24-28th September 2012 - STREAM Project

The Summer School will be an occasion to bring forward the exchange of knowledge and the awareness on EU water research and technology state of art, which are stimulated among researchers from universities, research institutes and SMEs. This Second Summer School is organized as a training of five days, with participants from the EU as well as its neighboring countries.


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