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September, 2012


September, 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 practitioners

Call for contributions open

Deadline: 25 September 2012

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

The special facet of the conference will be the active participation of groups of Leuven university students. They will present their cases, share the experience and practice they came across and co-operate in validating research views.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Wim Van Petegem, Director, Catholic University of Leuven, Teaching and Learning Department

Grainne Conole, Professor of learning innovation and director of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance University of Leicester

Helen Keegan, National Teaching Fellow, Senior Lecturer – Interactive Media and Social Technologies, University of Salford, MediaCityUK

Prof. Marianne Poumay, University of Liege, Vice-Président IFRES - Institut de Formation et de Recherche en Enseignement Supérieur and Director LabSET - Laboratoire de Soutien à l'Enseignement par Télématique

The European Student Union representative

In collaboration with the University of Leuven

For details, visit the EDEN website.





Community Update

EDEN Members' survey - We invite members to collaborate

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.


New members

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

University of Geneva, Switzerland
New Technologies and Learning in Europe, Germany

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


EDEN NAP Area - Network for Academics and Professionals

The EDEN NAP Area is continuously under development in line with members' feedback. The new wave of improvements effected the search function that now makes searching more sophisticated and more comfortable:

You can search for other NAP member by hoovering the cursor over the 'My Profile' menu on the top left corner of your screen. By selecting 'Members' menu from the drop-down list appearing, you will find two types of search options. A simple version of 'Search' option is where you can search NAP members by name institution and country. To use advanced search, click on 'Advanced Search'. Now you can refine your search by the criteria 'Membership type'. With the help of 'Advanced Search', you can easily find your institutional contact person or other NAP Members from your institution as well as NAP members from other institutions.

The more complex profile you have, the more connections you make!


Call for Tenders - Country Reports on Open Educational Resources

Tender No. 1: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Romania
Read tender here

Tender No. 2: South Africa, Thailand, Gulf States (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates), Mexico , Argentina
Read tender here

Tender No. 3: Spain, Portugal, Greece
Read tender here



European Commission's Corner

Public consultation on "Opening up Education"
European Commission, DG EAC

The European Commission (DG EAC) has now launched a public consultation on "Opening up Education – a proposal for a European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies".

This public consultation is available until 13 November 2012 via the weblink:



Grundtvig - Training of trainers to provide basic ICT skills’ education to people with disabilities

1st SESSION: Larnaca, Cyprus, on 11-15 March 2013.
Register by 25/02/2013!

2nd SESSION: Ypres region, Belgium, on 20-24 May 2013.
Register by 16/05/2013!

3rd SESSION: Vilnius, Lithuania, on 01-05 July 2013.
Register by 17/06/2013!

4th SESSION: Nottingham, UK, on 14-18 October 2013.
Register by 30/09/2013!

You may find all details about the course at this address, including the full programme, organizers, fees and sessions’ details.

Find your National Agency here and follow the procedure to apply for a Grundtvig In-service Training grant!


Live webcast with Commissioner Poto─Źnik
Hosted by the Science|Business Innovation Board AISBL

Eco-innovation: Harnessing R&D for a green economy - how can industry and universities benefit from the Commission's 'Eco-Innovation Action Plan' - streamed live from Brussels on 26 September 2012. For more information visit this link.


Validating school and non-school experience

On 5th September 2012 the European Commission presented a draft recommendation to the Council that aims to acknowledge non-formal and informal apprenticeships. Indeed a growing number of Europeans have experience like this. The acknowledgement of this training would stimulate employment and bring a share of the European population out of its social exclusion. This document suggests that Member States introduce by 2015 the mechanisms to acknowledge these acquis by concentrating on their identification, their documentation, their assessment and their certification. The Member States will also have to ensure the distribution of information about the possibility to validate acquis and offer citizens the opportunity to make an assessment when necessary...Read more


Projects, practices, showcases

MOVE-ON Application - Try Mobile Training!

You are invited to test the MOVE-ON mobile learning application by participaing in one of the 3 available courses (Project Magament, Financial Management and Negotiations) in any of the 5 (BG, IT, HU, EN, EL) languages. Pilot testers are expected from all over Europe. Should you be interested in participaing in the pilot tesing, contact us at:

The courses will be ready for download on our website in October 2012.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

2nd ODS Winter School in Lithuania

The Winter School will take place next January/February in Vilnius, Lithuania (28/01/2013-01/02/2013) and the host institution will be Metis Baltic.

The title of the event is "Development of learning design skills for enhancing students' key competencies". The course generally aims to cover the topics of learning design and the use of educational resources.

It has been validated by the Lithuanian National Agency and it is published in the Comenius - Grundtvig Training Database with the reference number "LT-2013-029-001". The initial description of the event can be found here.

The deadline for applications is September 17th, 2012.


EUCEN: Testing of the new on-line courses of the IMPLEMENT project

EUCEN invites professionals in the area of University Lifelong Learning to take part in the free testing of online courses developed by the IMPLEMENT project that will take place between 17 to 28 September.

A moderated on-line workshop in the area of “Exploring Diversity in University Lifelong Learning” is offered on Wednesday, 19 September from 15:00 CET onwards. Read full press release...


From the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning - EUCIS-LLL Newsletter

2013 has been officially dubbed the European Year of Citizens

The year 2013 has officially been dubbed the European Year of Citizens, after intensive negotiations between the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament. The aim is to raise awareness and knowledge of the rights and responsibilities attached to Union Citizenship. EUCIS-LLL, as a member of the European Year of Citizens 2013 Alliance, has been actively advocating broadening the scope of year’s topic, tackling not only individual rights but the Europeans’ sense of belonging to a common European Union. EUCIS-LLL vision on what European Citizenship includes important topics such as education to (European) citizenship or civil dialogue and participatory democracy that are so crucial to re-connect citizens to the EU project especially one year before the European elections.

European Education and Training Forum 2012, 18-19 October

The next European Education and Training Forum will take place on 18-19 October in Brussels. The aim of the Forum, entitled “Investing in skills for growth and jobs”, is to mobilise stakeholders and policy makers to modernise education and training systems through national and EU policies and instruments in order to enhance growth and jobs. This year's Forum will have a double focus on 1) Education and training aspects of Europe 2020 and 2) the future Erasmus for All programme. Further information and invitations will come in early September. More information...


Publications and Events

Report on the OECD Conference “Educating for innovative societies”

The summary report, presentations and background material for the conference can now be accessed through the conference website, including a video of Howard Gardner’s seminal intervention. 


The European Commission press release on the Education at a Glance 2012

Read press release
The Official report here


USDLA - An Insructional Media Selection Guide for Distance Learning - Implications for Blended Learning
Featuring an Introduction to Virtual Worlds

Read report


Presentation of the second Horizon Report Iberoamerican Edition: Perspectives on Technology. Higher Education in Iberoamerica 2012-2017

Read presentation


Media&Learning Conference

Brussels, 14-15 November 2012
Conference website


Insight Into the Accuracy and Quality of Wikipedia

This pilot study compares a sample of 22 Wikipedia articles to equivalent articles in other online encyclopaedias.

Read more


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