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December, 2012




December, 2012

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2013, Oslo
University of Oslo

The Joy of Learning

Enhancing Learning Experience
Improving Learning Quality

12-15 June 2013

Call for contributions
Deadline: 5 February 2013

Conference themes

Keynote speakers

  • Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Bernie Luskin, President for the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, United States of America
  • Anne Kirah, Senior Design and Innovation Anthropologist, Steria, Norway
  • Pierre Mairesse (invited), Director, Commission Directorate-General Education and Culture, EU
  • Representative of the Norwegian Nobel Committee (invited)
  • Nordic online - Best practice of Distance and e-learning from all the Nordic countries, NADE and NVL - the Nordic network for adult learning

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Community Update

New Members

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

Campus NooA, Norway

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


Minutes of the 21st Annual General Meeting is available

The minutes of the 21st Annual General Meeting, held in Porto on 7th June, is available on the NAP Members Area (only for signed in members).


European Commission's Corner

Commission presents new Rethinking Education strategy

The European Commission launched a new strategy called Rethinking Education to encourage Member States to take immediate action to ensure that young people develop the skills and competences needed by the labour market and to achieve their targets for growth and jobs. Read more...

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"Erasmus for all" the European Parliament supports civil society organisations! - quoted from the EUCIS LLL Newsletter

27 November was a milestone in the negotiations on the new funding programme 2014-2020 for education, training, youth and sport. The Parliament Culture and Education Committee amended Chairman Doris Pack’s report (see the video of the vote) and decided to rename the programme “YES Europe” (for Youth, Education and Sport). EUCIS-LLL advocacy paid off as MEPs included a more regular consultation of organisations in the management of the programme and operating grants for European organisations active in this field. EUCIS-LLL and the Coalition set up together with the European Youth Forum will keep on advocating and monitoring discussions between EU institutions so that those steps forward are secured in the final version of the text. See the Parliament’s press release for sectorial updates and EUCIS-LLL advocacy papers here.


New Articles in EURODL

Illuminating the Importance of Learning Interaction to Open Distance Learning (ODL) Success: A Qualitative Perspectives of Adult Learners in Perlis, Malaysia

Hisham Dzakiria


Projects, Practices, Showcases

EmpOERing students and academics through large-scale open content initiatives

In case you missed the interesting workshop/webinar of the POERUP initiative (or you would like to refresh your memories) at the 7th EDEN Research Workshop in Leuven, you can replay the recording and watch the presentations delivered and interactive exercises carried out by the POERUP project partners and presential/online audiences on the 22nd of October. We would appreciate your feedback and contribution to the evaluation of the event, please devote a few minutes to answer the 5 questions of the short online questionnaire.


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

The eLene2learn project held its second transnational workshop/webinar in the frames of the 7th EDEN Research Workshop in Leuven. If you didn't have the chance to participate you can still replay the recording and learn from the eLene2learn experiences and practices, as well as, from the dialogue between the two invited experts who discussed the importance of learning to learn competences and how to improve them by using ICT and digital media. Please, help us evaluate the event and enable us to improve our services by filling in this online questionnaire. It should only take a couple of minutes.


Reviewing and reviving VET practices with the integration of innovative ICT methodologies

After a fruitful cooperation within the project consortium on the collection of quality criteria, it was identified as crucial to assess to improve performance and quality and is now open for review and debate. The consortium, with the assistance of external experts, prepared the templates for quality criteria for ICT integration and application on 4 levels – national, institutional, curriculum development and professional skills development. The templates are now made public for open consultation, please visit the Revive-VET project website.

In the frame of the EDEN Research Workshop in Leuven, the Revive-VET project has successfully organised its first international workshop. After the presentation of the research results to that date the face to face groups engaged in fruitful discussions about existing practices, quality assurance methodologies and ICT application targeting the development of life long learner key competencies. Would you be interested in giving us feedback to improve our quality criteria grids, tools or services, please contact Airina Volungeviciene at




Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

UNED-ICDE 2013 International Conference

The International Conference UNED-ICDE 2013 will be hosted in Madrid (Spain) on 7-9 March 2013. This conference, which is jointly organized by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), is one of the ICDE regional annual conferences. Read more...


The UOC eLearn Center calls for PhD candidacies for the Doctoral Programme in Education and ICT

The eLearn Center, research centre created by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and focused in e-learning, has opened for 2014 the admission process for the enrolment to its Doctoral Programme in Education and Information and Communication Technologies (e-learning). From 2009 to 2013 research projects are based on Time Factor programme, in order to contribute with unpublished research to the scientific progress about this issue. Read more...


On-Line Debate #1: Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (VNIL)

The OBSERVAL-Net project has organised its first on-line debate (following the Oxford Debates style) on VNIL issues. The first motion on debate is:

Non-formal Learning outcomes are equivalent to formal Learning outcomes. Therefore, universities should value and assess them equally for purposes of awarding qualifications.

The discussion is open, you can join here.


University of Leicester: MSc in Learning Innovation online course

The new MSc in Learning Innovation offers a unique state-of-the-art survey of the field and provides learners with both theoretical underpinnings and practical hands-on applications of the technologies in different learning contexts.

The award-winning programme team, led by Professor Gráinne Conole, has a strong track record of externally-funded research in this field and an international reputation based on its members’ knowledge and expertise. Read more...


VISCED - A Transnational Appraisal of Virtual School and College Provision

VISCED Handbook - Virtual Schools and Colleges - Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning

The two volumes of the VISCED Handbook entitled "Virtual Schools and Colleges - Providing Alternatives for Successful Learning" are now available from the project team. Volume 1 includes a summary of virtual school and college activity around the world, a series of case studies, a description of a set of innovative piloting activities supported by the project and a chapter on policy challenges and opportunities. Download handbooks...

2012 Report on Online and Blended Learning in the US published

iNACOL has published its annual report on the status of online and blended learning in US schools. Entitled "Keeping Pace with K-12 online and blended learning - an annual Review of Policy and Practice" this ninth annual report provides a comprehensive overview of various trends and developments. In their opening snapshot the authors point to four themes that stand out from their research. Read more...


Publications and Events

Making sense of MOOCs - Article by Sir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have captured the attention of many leaders in education and development, including former COL President Sir John Daniel. In this excerpt from his new research paper, "Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility", Sir John explains that while MOOCs will prompt universities to improve the quality of teaching, they will not help expand higher education in developing countries. Read more...


Critical success factors in university-industry collaborations - Science|Business

University-industry partnerships have never been more important in developing a knowledge-based economy. This makes it critical to understand the drivers and barriers to effective collaboration, says Tatiana Schofield. Read article...


Training trainers in providing basic ICT skills education to people with disabilities

Grundtvig course in Belgium, May 2013 and in Lithuania, July 2013 with 100% of expenses covered. The course is suitable for adult educators, trainers, school teachers, career officers, councellors, representatives of persons with disabilities, and others, as detailed in the invitation. Deadline: 16th January 2013


From Science View: Grundtwig Training courses 2013

Science View will organize four training courses (one week in length each) entitled: "From traditional to digital classroom: Use Web2.0 tools & learn how to create your own e-Learning course". Deadline for applications: 16 January 2013. More information...


2012 ECAR Study of Analytics in Higher Education

Read more on the EDUCAUSE website...


From Media and Learning News: New publication available on teachers’ use of social media networks

The idea behind the TeLLNet project is to study the eTwinning network through visualisation techniques, Social Network Analysis (SNA) and a number of complimentary methods. Read more...


Ebba Ossianilsson: Towards a Nordic Alliance for Open Educational Resources

Read blog post on Ebba Ossianilsson's blog.


In-service Training Courses in 2013

Registration to the 2013 editions of the training courses by Pixel Associazione in Florence are now open. The participation to the in-service training courses can be fully funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme. For more information about the courses please visit and or write an e-mail to:


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