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November, 2013



November, 2013

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Annual Conference 2014
10-13 June 2014, University of Zagreb, Croatia

From Education to Employment and Meaningful Work with ICTs

E-learning at work and the workplace

Call for Contributions

Submission Guidance

The year 2014 is important as the start of the new European programme period until 2020. This coincides with intensive developments in ICT-supported learning, educational innovations and, in particular, open educational resources. With present economic trends, the key question being growth and employability, it is highly important how employers accept job candidates with the certifications and competences from the new world of learning, characterised by many innovative approaches and open educational settings.

Call for Contributions

Join the Conference in Zagreb to tell the professional and academic community about your research, projects and experiences.

Submissions for paper presentations, posters, workshops and demonstrations are welcome. Furthermore EU projects and practices are invited to introduce themselves at Synergy Strand, our newest collaboration initiative.

Schedule and Deadlines

Paper submission: 31 January 2014

Registration open: mid-February 2014

Notification of authors: 28 March 2014




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Community Update

EDEN at the 19th Online Educa Berlin conference

At this year's Online Educa Berlin, under the title of “How to bridge Open Research and Open Education for modernizing learning, education and training?” EDEN will be sharing an expert panel with the European Institute for Learning, Innovation and Cooperation (eLC), UNESCO and the European Commission. This Discussion and Debate session (GLL03 on Thursday, 5 December 2013, 12:00-13:30) will have the invited speakers, who represent different stakeholder groups and view points, deliver their short presentations followed by discussions with each other and the whole audience.

EDEN also has a special collaboration agreement with the European Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. For their request, one of the final outputs of the Synergy Workshop in October was a joint LLP project presentation that will be delivered at the EACEA stand on the 5th of December (Thursday) at 13:00-15:00. Amongst the 45 institutional, national and European projects and initiatives that presented themselves in Budapest, there were 27 Lifelong Learning Programme co-funded initiatives. EDEN, as a nominated ambassador of these 27 LLP projects, with the assistance of the project coordinators, will promote these initiatives and share the good practices of their collaborations with each other.


Prof. Andrea Karpati receives EDEN Fellow Award

Andrea Karpati, Professor of the Eotvos Lorand University, Centre for Multimedia and Educational Technology, Budapest received the EDEN Fellow Award at the opening session of the Synergy Workshop. She has been a pioneer and important driving force in developing ICT enhanced learning in the Hungarian higher education and promoter of media use and culture development in learning.


Payment by credit card is available for EDEN services

Following the feedback of the EDEN members, the infrastructure has been made available for arranging payments by credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) for the EDEN services. For more information, please consult with the Secretariat or the respective online forms.

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European Commission's Corner

Erasmus+ was adopted by the European Parliament

On 19 November, the Erasmus+ funding programme for education, training, youth and sport has been approved. The new programme for 2014-2020 replaces several existing EU programmes, covering all sectors of education. For the first time, Erasmus+ will also offer EU support for sport, particularly at grassroots' level.

Erasmus+ significantly increases EU funding (+40%) for the development of knowledge and skills, reflecting the importance of education and training in EU and national policy agendas. It aims to boost people's personal development and job prospects. Read more...


Erasmus+ Open Access requirement

The Open Access requirement will ensure that all educational materials produced with funding from Erasmus+ are freely accessible to all, based on the principle that anything paid for with public money should benefit the public. Whenever an Erasmus+ beneficiary produces educational materials they will have to make them available to the public through the use of Open Licences and via Open Educational Resources (OER). Read more...


Agreement reached on 2014 EU budget

The EU Council and the European Parliament on 11 November in Brussels have reached an agreement on the EU budget for 2014 in the negotiations guided by the Lithuanian Presidency. The budget amounts to 142.6 billion euros in commitments and 135.5 billion euros in payments. The Lithuanian Presidency noted that “almost half of the budget, 64 billion euros, will be made available to initiatives for smart and inclusive growth” and that “in this area, spending on research, innovation and education will increase markedly while 47.5 billion euros is committed to cohesion policy”. Read more...


Survey of adult skills highlights need to improve education and training

The first comprehensive international Survey of Adult Skills published in October 2013 by the OECD and European Commission.

The Survey's key findings:

  • 20% of the EU working age population has low literacy and numeracy skills: the figure is higher among the unemployed who are likely to be caught in a 'low-skills trap' because they do little or no adult learning;
  • 25% of adults lack the digital skills needed to effectively use ICT (addressing this is one of the objectives of the Commission's new Opening up Education initiative);
  • There are striking differences between countries in skills provided through formal education: recent school leavers with an upper secondary qualification in some Member States have similar or better skills than higher education graduates in others;
  • Lifelong learning policies must aim at sustaining skills over time given the gaps between generations revealed by the survey and the significant economic and social benefits of higher skills.



New Articles in EURODL

Playing Games: Do Game Consoles have a Positive Impact on Girls' Learning Outcomes and Motivation?

Lucy Kitching, Steve Wheeler

E-Learning Readiness in Public Secondary Schools in Kenya

Gordon O. Ouma, Fredrick M. Awuor, Benjamin Kyambo


Projects, practices, showcases

CareNET newsletter highlights

The careNET consortium created the Map of domains for common and specific digital competences for domiciliary care workers and care recipients aged 65+ years. The result of an analysis and description is following the collaborative exercises in outlining the methodological bottom-up approach.

CareNET focuses on social inclusion through the development of ICT competences for care recipients above the age of 65 years in long term domiciliary care and care workers. Care workers’ care for elderly people goes beyond helping with cleaning, cooking and other daily tasks. Care workers need their vocational competences to be developed, competences in relation to enabling care recipients use ICT.

Read more on the project and interesting articles on this field in the careNET newsletter.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Anja Oskamp appointed as the new President of EADTU

In October 2013, Prof. Anja Oskamp of the Open Universiteit (The Netherlands) was appointed as the President of the EADTU for a two year period. In January 2014 she will take over this task from Will Swann of The Open University (UK).

On behalf of EDEN, Antonio Moreira Teixeira, President, congratulated to Prof. Oskamp and wishes her a successful Presidency.

Anja Oskamp

EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the future of learning”

The 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe. The current economic and social crisis gave a new impetus to deeper cooperation in education and training with a high focus on growth and employment while at the same time austerity measures have weakened our educational systems. EUCIS-LLL believes that a sustainable investment should be made in learning as essential for our social model, in line with their prioritization at EU level. EUCIS-LLL calls MEPs to consider three top priorities and a set of 12 policy recommendations for lifelong learning in its Manifesto “Building together the future of Learning”. Read more...


Publications and Events

Elearning Papers, Issue No.34: Design for Learning Spaces and Innovative Classrooms

by Tapio Koskinen, Mike Keppel

As technological innovations change the ways in which people teach and learn, the physical spaces in which they teach and learn must also change. Can mobile devices help to transcend the barriers of a classroom? How can we collect reliable data on informal and social learning networks? What would a student desk look like if it was designed by students themselves? Read article here.


Publications from the Commonwealth of Learning related to OER

Report on the Assessment and Accreditation of Learners using OER

by Dianne Conrad, Wayne Mackintosh, Rory McGreal, Angela Murphy, Gabi Witthaus

Creating, Using and Sharing Open Educational Resources

by Rory McGreal


7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

April 9-11, 2014 · Sheraton Dallas Hotel - Dallas, TX

Organised by the Sloan Consortium and MERLOT. More information...


European MOOCs Scoreboard

The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs and open courses available on different open websites.


Envisioning the future of education technology

This visualization on site attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades.


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