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January, 2013

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
  • Ana Carla Pereira, Head of Unit at European Commission, Directorate-General Education and Culture
  • 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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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 December 2012:

eCademy, Norway
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Kocaeli University, Turkey

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


Dr. Don Olcott, EDEN Fellow is awarded with the USDLA Hall of Fame Award

"The USDLA Hall of Fame Award is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the field of distance learning through leadership, technology, research and teaching." EDEN congratulates to Don Olcott and wishes him a lot of success in the future as well.


EDEN congratulates to Dr. Fabio Nascimbeni

EDEN congratulates to Executive Committee member Fabio Nascimbeni, for finishing his PhD studies with his thesis on "Networking for Development: A Network Analysis of a Development Programme Between Europe and Latin America" and wishes good luck for his future plans. The thesis will be available soon here.


EDEN Members' Survey

We are continuously working to improve the quality of our services. In support of this, we invite you again 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.


European Commission's Corner

European Year of Citizens 2013

The European Year of Citizens 2013 is dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship. Over this year, dialogue will be encouraged between all levels of government, civil society and business at events and conferences around Europe to discuss those EU rights and build a vision of how the EU should be in 2020.



Curriculum Reform in Europe - The impact of learning outcomes

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training has published its research paper that is part of a series of systematic analyses carried out by Cedefop since 2009 on curriculum policies and practices in Europe. Using a comparative approach, this particular analysis discusses curriculum reform developments in 32 countries, identifies what is successful and why and provides greater insight into two specific sectors: tourism and electronics. Read more...



New Articles in EURODL

Web 2.0 and Higher Education: Its educational use in the University Environment

Raúl Santiago Campión, Fermín Navaridas Nalda, Antonio Medina Rivilla

Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and Outcomes

Andrew Feldstein, Mirta Martin, Amy Hudson, Kiara Warren, John Hilton III, David Wiley


Projects, Practices, Showcases - EU projects kicking off

STAY-IN: Student guidance at the university for inclusion

STAY IN is a two-years project co-funded under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme, Erasmus Multilateral Projects, that aims at providing a comprehensive on going guidance service to higher university students, including e-guidance, to contribute to increase educational achievement in higher education.

STAY IN seeks therefore to design and develop a service able to support higher education students during their academic career, by offering guidance and e-guidance to access available opportunities within the universities and in the communities where the universities are players. Guidance is conceived as personalised support for each student to tackle potential obstacles that lead to disengagement and drop-out. More information will be available soon on the EDEN website.


DigiSkills Project Brings Together Digital Competence Development of Teachers And Educational Repositories

A new project kicked off in December 2012 with EDEN participation to serve as an accelerator of the sharing, adoption, usage, and re-purposing of the already rich existing eLearning resources to teachers. The project plans to demonstrate ways to involve Secondary Education, Higher Education and Adult Education communities in innovative teaching and learning practices through the effective use of eLearning resources. As a first activity, the project invited teachers and trainers to its Summer School in July to Crete to run the first needs analysis and focus groups:



Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

From ICDE: Open Praxis, first issue published on 15 January

The first issue of the relaunched Open Praxis was published Tuesday 15 January. The editor and the editorial team of the issue is from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain! Read more...


ICDE Standing Conference of Presidents 2013

The ICDE Standing Conference of Presidents (SCOP) 2013 will be hosted by Universidade Aberta in Lisbon, Portugal on 27-30 November 2013.

The SCOP 2013 meeting will be organized in association with the European Distance and E- learning Network - EDEN, offering a valuable collaboration to ICDE. The meeting will also include the yearly ICDE Policy Forum and the meeting for Presidents.

The Title of the conference is Leadership in the Time of Openness: Sustainable visions, Innovative Strategies and Creative business models.

The program details of the event will be announced soon.



Alan Tait is member of the ICDE Executive Committee

EDEN Past-President, Professor Alan Tait, Pro Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, UK has been co-opted to the ICDE Executive Committee. EDEN congratulates him and wish him a fruitful period in his new position.


Publications and Events

Business-Driven Innovation: Is it Making a Difference in Education?
An Analysis of Educational Patents

This paper analyses business-driven innovation in education by looking at education-related patents. It first draws a picture of the challenges for innovation in the formal education sector, which suffers from a poor knowledge ecology: science is hardly linked to core teaching and administrative practices. It then turns to a common indicator of innovation: patents. Read more...


Open Learning Recognition - Taking open eductional resources a step further

The publication presents the main outcomes of the OERtest project run by European universities and associations with a focus on innovative OER practices. Read more...


Perspectives on Learning Technologies

The e-book written by Bob Little has just been published. Beside the learning technologies, it addresses 'learning' itself. Read more...


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