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October, 2012




October, 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

Keynote speakers

Registration still open!

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.

In collaboration with the University of Leuven

For details, visit the EDEN website.





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

The Joy of Learning - Enhancing Learning Experience and Quality

12-15 June 2013

Call for papers will be open soon!

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



Community Update

New Members

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

University of Salford, United Kingdom
King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

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


Mini-interviews Series 2012 by EDEN

Interviewees were asked about their views and experience in connection with the conference theme: Open Learning Generations - Closing the gap from "Generation Y" to the mature Lifelong Learners. The interviews were made at the EDEN Annual Conference in Porto.

Watch interviews on the NAP Area.


Highlighted Events

Antonio Teixera, EDEN Vice-President took part on the 1st Conference on University Teaching Innovation in Enriched Learning Environments, organized in the framework of the official celebrations of UNED's 40th anniversary and delivered a speech in the seminar titled „The role of academic networks in disseminating innovation: The experiences of CUED and EDEN”.


The EDEN Fellow Award was presented by Andras Szucs to Professor Michael Auer, Carinthia Institute of Technology, at the 15th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning and 40th Anniversary Conference if IGIP, the International Society on Engineering Pedagogy in Villach, Austria (26-28 September).

EDEN Secretary General was awarded at the event by the International Engineering Educator Honoris Causa title.


The Moscow University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, EDEN Institutional Member celebrated their 80th Anniversary on 9-11 October in Moscow. At the Jubileum festivities, Andras Szucs, EDEN Secretary General participated and delivered a keynote at the International Education Forum “The World on the Path to a Smart Society”. Andras also attended a meeting with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives about the planned launch of a Russian E-University, took part in the Round Table of the Russian Rectors’ Union, as well as spoke in the Expert Council for e-Learning and Information Technologies in Education under the State Duma.




European Commission's Corner

New Commission Report: Conceiving and Implementing the Digital Competence in Europe

Digital Competence has been acknowledged as one of the eight key competences of the European framework. This report contributes to better understand and develop Digital Competence in Europe. In particular, it maps and analyses case studies where Digital Competence is being developed, acquired, and assessed or certified. Read report...


Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) 2013 Call for Proposals

The Commission has published the general call for proposals for 2013 for participation in the last year of the Lifelong Learning Programme. Deadline varies depending on the part of the programme. See details...


Projects, Practices, Showcases

EDEN Projects at the Research Workshop in Leuven

POERUP - EmpOERing Students and Academics through Large-Scale Open Content Initiatives

Workshop and webinar on 22 October, 11:30 CET

elene2learn - Transitions into Higher Education: Can Social Networking Support Learning to Learn Competencies?

Workshop and webinar on 22 October, 14:00 CET

REVIVE-VET - Become a guardian of CVET Quality

Workshop on 23 October, 10:35 CET

MOVE-ON - Professional Learning for Adults on the Move

Paper presentation and demonstration of the MOVE-ON mobile learning application on 23 October, 10:35 CET

I-TUTOR - Intelligent Tutoring for Life Long Learning

Poster presentation on 22 October, 16:00 CET

See detailed programme...



EquNet - Enhancing Equatible Access to Higher Education - Final Event
7th November, Brussels, University Foundation

EquNet is organising an international workshop that aims to contribute, starting from the results of the EquNet research and of similar exercises, to shape EU and national policies in the field of Higher Education and to foster the exchange of research findings, working practices and ideas among relevant stakeholders and communities, in particular facilitating contact between the academic and the civil society communities. Find more info on the event here. The workshop will gather around 50 representatives of stakeholders from the HE field (European HE associations, universities, experts, policy makers) and from the social inclusion field (NGOs, associations, trade unions). Please confirm your participation to Beatrice Niyibigira:


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning - EUCIS-LLL
Communiqué prior to the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2012

EUCIS-LLL collected the results of the online consultation launched prior to the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2012 organised by the European Commission with the support of EUCIS-LLL. The consultation was sent to more than 2000 education stakeholders, from policy makers to education and training providers. Most of their key messages correspond to the ones from civil society. According to them, education and training should be inclusive and address all types of learners at all ages and adopt a holistic approach including the validation and recognition of non-formal education and informal learning and their quality assurance. Quality expenditures in E&T should be seen as a smart and necessary investment for the future; financial support and capacity building for civil society organisations is as well strongly recommended as they are multipliers of EU policies in E&T and can voice citizens’ concerns in a bottom-up approach. Read Communiqué...


Online Educa Berlin - 18th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training
28-30 November, 2012

For EDEN members a special code is provided for registration. The Online registration works as follows:

To register for the conference, kindly visit Please manually type "600" into the field marked "Special Rate" in the "Conference Participation - Payment" section. Please enter the term AC 109 in the field "Association Code", which you will find under the "Personal Details" section. The term AC 109 in the field "Association Code" will automatically validate the 600 Euro special rate.

Call for Proposals - eTextbook in Online Education Technologies

The online education technology landscape: Theories, perspectives and practices

Editors: Lisa Marie BLASCHKE, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany; Gila KURTZ, The College for Academic Studies, Israel; Stella PORTO, University of Maryland University College, USA

Proposals in the form of a 1-2 page short abstract are invited for a new e-textbook to be published by the ASF series by Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, scheduled for 2013. Read details...

Call for Papers: JOLT Special Issue on MOOCs

The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - JOLT has just released a Call for Papers for a special issue on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), to be published in Summer (June) 2013. The Guest Editors of the special issue are George Siemens (Athabasca University), Valerie Irvine (University of Victoria), and Jillianne Code (University of Victoria). Read the full Call for papers...


Publications and Events

Open Access Week, Athabasca University

22-28 October 2012, Noon hour webcast

More information...


Innovating Pedagogy 2012: New Report from Open University, UK

The report addresses new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world to guide educators and policy makers in making informed decisions about curriculum design, course development and teaching strategies. Read report...


Halfway there: More Change is Needed to Win the Innovation Race Science|Business Reporting

At the mid-point of her mandate, Research and Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn says a lot has been done, but there is more to do, and some tough battles to win. Read article...

Employment Opportunities at the African Virtual University

The African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.

See employment opportunities...


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