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September, 2013

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Synergy Workshop
19-21 October 2013, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Transnational Learning Forum

for Exchanging Practices and Ideas



The workshop will facilitate the collective development of new ideas and plans by engaging the conference participants in highly interactive and practical working group activities.

The EDEN Synergy Workshop targets the following specific themes within the framework of educational practice exchange:

  • ICT and digital media use in primary and secondary education
  • Developing and improving learning to learn competences
  • Learner support (with the use of ICT)
  • Open Educational Resources and their use in education
  • ICT enhanced language teaching and learning
  • Teacher training (communities of practice)

Don't miss the opportunity to participate at this event for free and submit your own case here.

Browse the growing collection of submitted projects to get a better idea of what will be on display in Budapest and whom you will be able to collaborate during the 3 days.


Synergy Workshop website


EDEN 2014 Annual Conference

11-13 June 2014 Zagreb, Croatia

In co-operation with the University of Zagreb and their University Computing Center



Community Update

ICDE 75th anniversary year

75 years ago ICDE held its first World Conference in Victoria, Canada, and the then International Council for Correspondence Education was inaugurated.

EDEN congratulates ICDE and encourages our members to join the Anniversary celebration actions.


New resources at NAP Members Area
Your EDEN community to connect you with the latest resources

  • See what's new on: The Wire
  • See the latest resource bookmarked: here
  • Join the Synergy group: here
  • Browse through downloadables (Proceedings, AGM Minutes, Books): here

Share your latest reads by bookmarking the link or post a review on your EDEN NAP blog! We care so we share.

Please, note that many contents are available for signed in members only.


European Commission's Corner

New Eurostat figures on social Europe and education

Eurostat has published the 1st edition of the “pocketbook” on European Social Statistics with a chapter on Education and Training. The publication provides a comparative overview of the latest results for ‘social’ headline indicators available in the Member States. This is an accessible and useful tool with schema and comments detailing figures of school enrollment, tertiary education, foreign language learning, lifelong learning and educational expenditure. The statistics back up for instance the assumption that the higher is the education level, the lower are the risk of poverty. Eurostat also published two articles on youth unemployment and participation in education and the labour market.


New Articles in EURODL

The Tutors' Views on the Utilization of E-learning System in Architectural Education

Bhzad Sidawi

Connectivism: 21st Century's New Learning Theory

Dorothy C. Kropf


Projects, practices, showcases

REVIVE VET Newsletter - Issue 3

  • Are you interested in vocational educational and training? Do you think vocational courses should be more efficient?
  • Are you interested in improving your current methodology or curriculum?
  • Would you start a vocational training course at your organisation?
  • Do you feel that quality assurance should be enhanced in vocational education and training?

Whether you are in the private or public sector, check out the Self Assessment Quality Criteria Tool for Technology Enhanced Vocational Education Training here. The tool was developed as part of the Revive VET project. Read more in the REVIVE VET Newsletter.


NEST Newsletter - Issue 2

In the second newsletter we give you an update on the NEST - Network of Staff and Teachers in Childcare Services community which started to spread its wings. National groups begin their collaborations in Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Finland, Greece and Hungary and created a multilingual pool of resources concerning Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). In this issue, the focus lays on Finland, where early childhood education law is changing as ECEC becomes the part of the education and training system. We provide some insight on this process and introduce the Finnish system. Read Newsletter here.


I-TUTOR Newsletter - Issue 2

The Intelligent Tutoring for Lifelong Learning – I-TUTOR project published its second newsletter with an update on piloting the plug-in prototype, an invitation to its final conference in Bari, Italy and some interesting inside information in the form of an interview with one of the developers on the process of developing a multi-agent based, user-friendly intelligent tutoring system to support online teachers, trainers, tutors and learners.

The project has launched a call for papers for its final conference aiming at collecting experiences, cases, visions, approaches on artificial intelligence use in learning environments. Read Newsletter here.


What is Your Best Experience in Using ICTs for Teaching?

A short survey for the European initiative called Digiskills project invites teachers, trainers, professors and academic staff to reflect on what works and what doesn't work in an educational setting with ICTs. With only 6 questions to answer, this questionnaire maps good practices in teaching and learning with ICTs and collects brief information on how teachers' competences are related to ICT use. Your experiences support a new project called Digiskills, a 3 year long European initiative to be introduced for the first time at EDEN's Synergy Workshop this fall. Some of the practices submitted via this survey will be invited to be shared online and live. The event is for free and will be accompanied with an online workshop. To be considered for invitation, after answering the questions, don't forget to enter your e-mail address.


Open education for all - the role of ICT: VISIR at the EDEN Annual Conference in Oslo

The theme "Open education for all - the role of ICT" was aimed to be presented from a broader perspective, beyond the often used OER context: about openness of education from the perspective of making education "... open to people, places, methods and ideas" - by the example of the most successful European initiative of the OU UK. Read report about the Seminar. Reports of other VISIR Seminars are available on this page.


Guidance for inclusion: practices and needs in European Universities

The Report “Guidance for inclusion: practices and needs in European Universities” (PDF download) presents the results of the research work carried out in STAY IN project. Executive Summary of the report is available in English, Italian, Spanish and Hungarian.

The overall aim was to review the ‘landscape’ of student guidance and counselling, taking into account the policies, programmes and practices that have developed in the field, and using the lessons learned to feed into the design of the STAY IN services.


Winter school for teachers on competence based learning

3-7 February 2014. The deadline for applications is September 17th, 2013. Participation is FREE.

Organised by the Open Discovery Space project, on the location of UAB Metis Baltic, J.Kubiliaus g. 6-7, 08234, Vilnius, Lithuania

The five-day ODS winter school programme invites teachers interested in training to use new and freely available ICT tools which support their own needs in terms of planning, implementing and sharing pedagogical ideas.

Participation in this event is funded by the European Commission. The list of eligible countries and the contact details of the National Agencies can be found here. Also, the detailed guidelines on how to apply for a grant are displayed here.

For any further information please contact Metis Baltic (

More information about the Open Discovery Space project:

Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

PhD and postdoc vacancies

12 PhD and 2 postdoc position vacancies as part of the EU-Funded FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network: EDUWORKS


  • 2 PhD positions in Human Resource Management-Organizational Behavior (University of Amsterdam)
  • 1 PhD position in Learning Analytics (University of Amsterdam)
  • 2 Postdoc positions in Sociology of Occupations (University of Amsterdam)
  • 2 PhD positions in Lifelong Learning (Trinity College Dublin)
  • 4 PhD positions in Labour Economics (Central European University/University of Salamanca)
  • 3 PhD positions in Knowledge Management (Corvinno/Corvinus University of Budapest/ University of Siegen)

Successful applicants will receive a competitive salary.

Read more:

Application deadline: 15th October 2013 23:59 CET


Publications and Events

LLinE Journal – Now available online for free

LLinE (Lifelong Learning in Europe) is dedicated to the advancement of adult education and lifelong learning through intercultural collaboration and best practice research. The last issue presented by LLinE, “Active Citizenship”, was focusing on the “golden ideal of democracy”.


A Guide To Quality in Online Learning

This new publication, co-edited by Sir John Daniel, looks at quality from an international perspective, bringing together best practices and practical tools from around the world organized around 16 key questions. Read more...


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

Published by the Commonwealth of Learning
Edited by Rory McGreal, Wanjira Kinuthia, Stewart Marshall, Tim McNamara


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