May, 2013



May, 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

Programme on the web!

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 - NADE, who will have their own strand at the conference. You can meet the Nordic e-learning community representatives, deemed one of the best in the world.

Keynote Speakers

  • Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Norway
  • Prof. Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Sir Ken Robinson (via live satellite), Professor emeritus, internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, United States
  • Anne Kirah, Chief Experience Officer, Making Waves, Norway
  • Ana Carla Pereira, Head of Unit at European Commission, DGEAC
  • Bernie Luskin, President for the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, United States of America
  • Torunn Gjelsvik, Norwegian Association for Distance and Flexible Education - NADE, Norway

For the list with details click here.

Recognising Excellence

The tradition of awarding the EDEN Conference Best Research Paper will be continued, in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Open and Distance Learning. Awards will be presented at the Conference Dinner on 14 June. See the list of finalists here.

Inspire! - an unconventional forum with young scholars - Session F6 14 June, Friday 14:10 - 15:15

This forum is to be organised in collaboration with young researchers and well-known scholars participating and presenting at the conference. The dedicated forum intends to allow its participants to meet and discuss the most relevant themes emerging from the side of the young. The consultation with their peers and with a group of senior scholars presents an opportunity to the more novice to enhance the effectiveness and quality of their work. This interactive session is OPEN TO ALL who consider themselves young enough to benefit from the discussion OR experienced enough to enrich the debate by their own insights and opinions.

What is the burning issue you think young researchers and experienced scholars need to talk about? Share your themes in the NAP Member Area's "Joy of Learning - 2013 Annual Conference" Group!


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.





Conference Venue: Georg Sverdrups hus, Blindern. Photo: Francesco Saggio, UiO. Source


Conference Dinner Venue: Oslo Military Society Conference Centre

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EDEN Community Update

Congratulations for EDEN Executive Committee Members for their recent appointments

Deborah Arnold is the Deputy Director at La Passerelle at Université de Bourgogne in France and Ene Koitle has been assigned as a member to the Management Board of the Information Technology Foundation for Education and the Head of the Estonian e-Learning Development Centre at the Estonian Information Technology Foundation in Estonia.

We congratulate and wish Deborah and Ene further successes and many inspirational moments in their career.


New members

EDEN welcomes the following institutions that have joined the Association as Member since March 2013:

  • Escuela Iberoamericana de Psicología Jurídica y Forense, Peru
  • Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain

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


NAP's Annual Conference" Group: the online networking group for EDEN Members

EDEN Members have access to the Annual Conference's online group at the NAP Members Area: join "The Joy of Learning - 2013 Annual Conference Group" to post discussions, load up files, enter your presentation in the conference calendar, comment topics, find resources and share yours with others.

Only EDEN members can edit and post in the group, however the topics are visible to the public. Don't forget to arrange 'public access' when loading new content if you wish everybody to see it.


New Article in EURODL

Rich Media e-Compendiums: A New Tool for Enhanced Learning in Higher Education

Brynjar Foss, Bjørg F. Oftedal, Atle Løkken


Meet EU projects at the EDEN 2013 Conference

13 June, Thursday

Session B5: Open Education for All and ICTs by the VISIR Network

The theme "Open education for all - the role of ICT" will be presented, beyond the often used OER context: about openness of education from the perspective of making education "... open to people, places, methods and ideas ".


Session B6: Fostering the Joy of Teaching and Learning through Open Educational Practices

Workshop participants (face-to-face and virtual participants as well) will be encouraged in an action research setting to 1) exchange their experiences about their use of Open Educational Resources (OER), to 2) discuss barriers against the use of OERs and 3) jointly develop problem solutions.

Session C5: Review and revive VET practices

You are invited to Revive VET workshop - "Come and Check the Quality of TEL Provision" in Oslo. Prior to the workshop, read the Revive VET quality criteria presentations here.

revive vet

14 June, Friday

Session D1: ICT Supported Learning: Methodology, Concept and Practice
Learning Design in Multi-Agent Multi-Language Intelligent Systems


Session F1: Digital Competence Development in Practice: The CARER+ Digital Competence Framework

The Carer+ Digital Competence Framework adopts the modern notion of digital competence understood both as a key competence for employability and a comprehensive life skill.

Join the workshop to learn about how to transform a vocational competence framework into learning tools!


15 June, Saturday

Session G4: Transitions into Higher Education: Can the Use of Digital Media, Serious Games and Virtual Worlds Support Learning to Learn Competencies?

Transition from secondary school to university and moving back into training or education to reskill or upgrade competencies represent a challenge for any learner. Approaches using social media, social networks, digital media, serious games, virtual worlds, ePortfolio and blogs have potential to support the development of learning to learn competencies. The approach and the results of the project will be presented, including national pilot implementations with direct contributions of teachers, enhanced by an online webinar.

Session G6: Staff Development in Early Childhood Education and Care – The NEST Project


Session H5: How to Power-up Communities behind OER Initiatives

This workshop will begin with the development of a shared consensus on the concept of OER and OER Communities. The facilitators will provide a short overview of examples of existing OER Communities. Participants may visualise their own learning ties and reflect on the influence these learning ties have for their own use.

Read also the recently launched POERUP Newsletter.


To see the most recent project-related developments, visit the EDEN website!

To see the Deatiled Conference programme, click here.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EAE on the top 25 best Business Schools in the world

EDEN Member EAE has been included among the 25 best Business Schools in the world, according to the "Las Mejores Escuelas de Negocios Globales 2013" ranking.

For the first time, EAE is placed among the 25 most prestigious business schools in the world. EAE is ranked between other prestigious schools such as Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, London Business School and IESE. Read more...


Summer schools in Rhodes by the University of Aegean, Greece

1. “Innovative Educational Methodologies for Schools”, is a European Scheme based on a EU project. EU grants are available for participants. Find it also in the European Database

2. “Educational uses of 3D Graphics-Virtual Reality - SSVR '13”, is a new endeavour sponsored by the Greek ministry of education that is funded by the EU. It is about 3D graphics and virtual reality, as this is one of the fields of research that is advancing now with the increased capabilities of computers and the Internet. Find it also in the European Database


Call for papers on ITS in the frame of the REM-Research on Education and Media Journal.

Deadline: July 15, 2013

The I-TUTOR project in collaboration with SIREM (Società Italiana di Ricerca sull’Educazione Mediale) is preparing a thematic special issue of the REM-Research on Education and Media Journal in December 2013. Authors are invited to submit papers on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) and the new horizons of the educational and technological research. The language of the publication is English.


Opportunités internationales - Construire une formation à distance à l’international, Paris

FIED (Fédération Interuniversitaire de l’enseignement à Distance) will organise a Thematic Day the 7 June with the theme "Opportunités internationales - Construire une formation à distance à l’international" at UPMC Sorbonne in Paris. Consult the programme and visit the FIED site for more information.


25th ICDE World Conference extended abstract submission deadline

The abstract submission deadline has been extended until 31 May 2013 for the 25th ICDE World Conference to be hosted by Tianjin Open University, China, 16-18 October 2013. The conference theme is New Strategies for Global, Open, Flexible and Distance Learning. Read more at


Publications and Events

Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

Rory McGreal, Wanjira Kinuthia and Stewart Marshall, Eds. May 2013

Published jointly by the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University, Canada (UNESCO/COL Chair in OER) as CC-BY-SA and freely available to all:


European Forum on Learning Futures and Innovation - The role of technologies, the challenges of scalability and mainstreaming

The forum was organised jointly by ODS, TEL MAP and the VISIR EU projects in 18-19 March 2013 in Brussels. Read report here.


MOOCs and Beyond, 33rd issue by elearningpapers

The elearningpapers, reference journal of the European Commission’s elearning portal, is one of the most valued scholarly journals on on-line learning. The recently released issue about the challenges of MOOCs, edited by Yishay Mor and Tapio Koskinen is now available.


Journal of Learning for Development by the Commonwealth of Learning has been released

An online scholarly journal providing a forum for practitioners and academics working in education and development to share knowledge and experience. Read more here.


Employees Read Work Email during Family Occasions

by Checkpointelearning. Read article...


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