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February, 2013




February, 2013

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2013, Oslo
University of Oslo, 12-15 June 2013

The Joy of Learning

Enhancing Learning Experience
Improving Learning Quality

Registration open!

Social programme

Conference themes

With over 200 contributions submitted for the Call, we look forward to a great event, organised in co-operation with the Norwegian Association for Distance and Flexible Education who will have their special strand during the conference. Delegates can meet the Nordic academic and professional community in e-learning, one of the best in Europe.

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the 2013 Annual Conference. Please, visit the Registration menu on the web and use the Online Registration Form to join the event. All attendees (presenting or visiting) are expected to register.

Online submission is closed. With eventual justified requests to send a late contribution, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Keynote speakers

  • Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University, UK
  • Bernie Luskin, President for the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological
  • Anne Kirah, Senior Design and Innovation Anthropologist, Steria, Norway
  • Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research
  • Ana Carla Pereira, Head of Unit at EU Commission, DG Education and Culture
  • Representative of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
  • "Nordic online": The best practice of distance and e-learning from the Nordic countries.

Join the EDEN Oslo group on Facebook! The conference twitter hashtag is #EDENOslo. A curated Conference news service is collecting related information via it's account.

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




Akershus Castle


City Hall of Oslo


Community Update

New members

EDEN welcomes the following institution that have joined the Association as Member since January 2013:

  • Gjovik University College, Norway
  • Union des Jeunes pour le Developpement Human, Reel et Durable - UJDHRD, Haiti
  • International Society for Engineering Education - IGIP, Austria

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


EDEN and IGIP Signed Agreement

It is our pleasure to announce that the International Society of Engineering Education (IGIP) and EDEN agreed to establish a special co-operation including a reciprocal membership agreement.

Following the EDEN Executive Committee meeting in January, the two organisations signed a mutual agreement of collaboration with the aim of exploiting the synergies in international co-operation, and to share expertise, ideas and solutions.


Professor Michael Auer, President of IGIP and
Dr András Szűcs, EDEN Secretary General

EDEN NAP Members’ Area – Did you know?

We are continuously working to improve the quality of our services. In support of this, we would like to draw your attention to the following availabilities in the EDEN NAP Members’ Area:

  • You can update your own profile with the most important professional information on yourself and make it public – or keep it for NAP members only.
  • You can use your profile to store files, papers, research resources and share them with your colleagues.

If you need any assistant, please do not hesitate to contact us to be able to use our social workplace more effective.


European Commission's Corner

Decisions of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport's Council

On 15th February 2013 the 27 Education, Youth and Culture Ministers of the European Union adopted their conclusions on investment in education and training in response to the annual growth survey and the conclusions of the European Council.

„The Commission highlighted in particular the importance of the initiative (...) soon to be implemented: the Agenda for modernizing education and training through ICT tools." Read full press release...


Digital Competence in practice: An analysis of frameworks

Author: Anusca Ferrari, European Commission

This reports aims to identify, select and analyse current frameworks for the development of digital competence. Its objective is to understand how digital competence is currently understood and implemented in fifteen cases, drawn from school curricula, implementation initiatives, certification schemes and academic papers. It develops a proposal for a common understanding of digital competence and identifies the sub-competences that compose it. Report is dowloadable here.


Roma and education - Challenges and opportunities in the European Union

This recent publication from EACEA is downloadable here.


New Articles in EURODL

Best of EDEN 2011 - EURODL Special Issue

The finalists of the Best Research Paper Award Competition at the EDEN 2011 Annual Conference in Dublin have been invited to further elaborate and re-submit their contributions. The present selection contains the enhanced versions of these papers and few more selected excellent articles published in EURODL in 2011.


Projects, practices, showcases

Open Discovery Space - National Ministry Survey

The Open Discovery Space (ODS) partnership is conducting an overview of regional, national, European and International policies in the educational sector, highlighting policies which are thought to accelerate or hinder the adoption of eLearning Resources and their integration into national curricula. This work has an EU focus predominantly, but also addresses relevant international innovations.

Contributions for the related survey (takes only a few minutes to answer) from national policy experts, in particular from Ministries / Governmental organisations are invited. Survey available here.


The Carer+ Digital Competence Framework - Mapping and developing carers’ skills

The Carer+ consortium is currently finalising research that will lead to the creation of the Carer+ Digital Competence Framework. But what is a competence framework in the first place? And how can it serve care workers and caregivers in their personal and professional development? Find out more on this and on other topics in the project's First Newsletter.


EMPORT - Improve employability and enhance European competitiveness through the acquisition of language and cultural competences in Portuguese

EMPORT is a project financed by European Commission and aimed at improvising the employability of European citizens and enhancing competitiveness of companies, by means of acquisition of language and cultural competences in Portuguese Language and Culture.

The course will include the expressions and pronunciation used not only in Portugal, but also in Brazil and other Portuguese speaking countries. A totally interactive approach will be used, including the most up to day multimedia resources (animations, games, video, drawings...) in order to facilitate the learning process, being built with an interactive approach. More information will be available soon.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EUCIS-LLL: Call for trainee on "Communications/Fundraising"

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-­‐LLL) released an open call for a Communication and Fundraising Assistant. Deadline: 22 February 2012. Read more here.


Teachers' Guide to Open Educational Resources (OERs)

ODS Summer School 2013 called "Teachers guide to OER" will be held in Split, Croatia from 9th to 13th September 2013. Summer School will be organised by Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet, a national leader in ICT based education and e-learning.

The aim of this Summer School is not only to inform teachers about the latest trends in use of open education resources, but also to rethink what are the best ways for every teacher to apply OER in every day work. Our goal is to help every teacher optimise the use of OER according to their particular curricula and according to the needs of their pupils.


ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013: Call for Proposals now open

Deadline: 3 June 2013

With a particular emphasis on how learning moves ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2013 will focus on change and the role of technology in promoting creativity and innovation. Learning is changing. Learning is also changing us. The world seems ever more complex, presenting education with new challenges. New technology can seem complicated too but it offers unparalleled opportunities, changing learning and enabling us to inspire others to learn. How is the world of learning changing? How does technology help us to change the world? Read more...


Teachers as leverages for Lifelong Learning - A European Qulification for Teachers Competences in Inspiring Lifelong Learning

18 March 2013, European Parliament, Brussels

The LLWINGS project is an effort at European level that wants to contribute to better teaching in Europe, by proposing a shared European teacher competence framework which relate to the area of “lifelong learning oriented teaching” as well as an associated certificate which can attest a teacher has acquired those competences.

The evnet is free of charge, but seats are limited. For more information and details for registration, see this pdf.


"Learning Innovations and Quality: The Future of Digital Resources" - LINQ 2013

Thursday, 16th and Friday, 17th of May, 2013, Rome, Italy

LINQ 2013 invites all experts, practitioners and interested stakeholders in the fields of lifelong learning, education and training from Europe and all countries worldwide to present, share and discuss experiences, expertise and open questions! More information:


Publications and Events

Horizon Report 2013 Higher education

The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, an EDUCAUSE Program. Report available here


Figures emerge on size of Horizon 2020 – and now EU budget set to become a political football

Philip Hunt, Science|Business

Figures for the 2014 - 2020 research budget are starting to emerge despite a lack of clarity from the European Council. But MEPs are determined to reject the budget, and R&D could become part of a test of strength between the EU institutions. Read more...


Update of data protection laws needs ICT skills to deliver

Science|Business Reporting

The reform of data protection will lead to a surge of innovation in products and services and make the public sector more efficient, the Commission promises. But this won’t happen if ICT skills continue to be neglected. Read more...


Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: An Asian Perspective

Gajaraj Dhanarajan and David Porter, Eds.

Published jointly by the Commonwealth of Learning and OER Asia as CC-BY-SA and freely available to all:


Reshape research policy to drive innovation

Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Published by Science|Business

Universities have a pivotal role to play in responding to the Grand Challenges, fostering innovation and creating growth and social wellbeing. How should these institutions respond to this task? asks Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, President of Euroscience and Rector of Aarhus University, Denmark. Read more...


Social media - the new power of political influence

Ari-Matti Auvinen

Publication available in pdf format.


3 Web2LLP handbooks published on the use of social media in LLP projects

  • Improving web strategies of LLP projects
  • Maximising the social media presence of LLP projects
  • Tools for self-assessment

Publications available here.


University funding articles series

A selection of contributions on the topic of university funding authored by a variety of higher education practitioners and experts gathered on the EUA - European University Associations website.


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