Pages home > EDEN Newsflash > 2014 > January, 2014

January, 2014



January, 2014

EDEN Conference News

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

From Education to Employment and Meaningful Work with ICTs

E-learning at work and the workplace

Call for Contributions

Deadline: 31 January

Conference Themes

Submission Guidance


We are glad to announce that the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference will take place under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia.


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.

Keynote speakers

  • Alan Tait, Professor of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Blaženka Divjak, Vice Rector for Students and Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Jeff Haywood, Vice-principal, Knowledge Management at University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Terry Anderson, Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research (CIDER), Athabasca University, Canada
  • Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Professor of Educational Technology, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Jim Devine, DEVINE Policy | Projects | Innovation, Ireland

Sponsorship opportunities

EDEN is offering sponsorship possibilities linked to the event and we would be pleased to welcome your organisation amongst the conference partners. Would you be interested at further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and contact the conference secretariat at

You may follow conference updates via Facebook and Twitter. A respective Group on the NAP Members Area is also accessable for updates and discussions.



In collaboration with

Uni Zagreb


Community Update

New EDEN Deputy Secretary General

Ildikó Mázár was appointed as Deputy Secretary General of EDEN from 1st December 2013.

Ildikó has been working with the Secretariat since 15 years. She has gained lots of experience and has built effective professional networks of partnerships in distance and e-learning. Ildikó has been instrumental in the operational management of EDEN's EU projects and acted as an ambassador of the Association. Her knowledge and dynamism will be an asset for EDEN's further development and modernisation.


EuroPACE membership integrated to EDEN

With the ceasing organisational activities of EuroPACE, we welcome in the EDEN Community - based on the decision of the Boards of the two Associations - the EuroPACE institutions from January 2014, in order to continue their activities within EDEN.

There has been a long and good history of the partnership and co-operation of the two European networks since the early 90es. With different focus of activities, both organisations have played important role during the last decades in the development of the ICT supported learning. The trajectories of the two organisations have converged and will now continue in the EDEN frames, using among others the members’ infrastructure and tools in the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) like the portal, networking tools and structures.


New members

EDEN welcomes the following institutions that have joined the Association as Affiliate Members following EuroPACE joining EDEN:

  • Space European Network For Business Studies and Languages, Norway
  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
  • West Pomeranian Business School, Poland
  • Consorzio NET.T.UN.O, Italy
  • University of West Hungary, Hungary
  • Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, Belgium
  • University of Brussels, Belgium
  • Universiteit Gent, Belgium

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


Election of EDEN NAP Steering Committee 2014

EDEN Members are invited to nominate Steering Committee 2014. The Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP), is co-ordinated by a Steering Committee, elected by a ballot of its members. EDEN Members are invited to nominate the Committee's members by 28 February 2014. Read details on the NAP Members' Area.


European Commission's Corner

Erasmus+ Call for Proposals/Tenders - Edaucation and Training

The call for proposals under the new Erasmus+ programme has been published. For information about Erasmus+, visit this link.

Education and Training in Europe 2020 - Responses from the EU Member States - Report by the Eurydice Network

The report presents a focused comparative analysis of national responses to the Europe 2020 priorities in the field of education and training. It concentrates on recent and forthcoming national reforms across several thematic areas that have a direct relevance to the Europe 2020 strategy: early school leaving, higher education, youth employment and vocational education and training and lifelong learning. Read more...

Most recent data on education budgets in Europe

Eurydice has produced the National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe 2013 which provide the most recent data on planned education expenditure in European countries. National education budgets are presented by type of expenditure and level of education. Read more...


EU consultation on skills and qualifications

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a European area of skills and qualifications to collect the views of stakeholders on the problems faced by learners and workers with regard to the transparency and recognition of their skills and qualifications when moving within and between EU Member States, on the adequacy of the related European policies and instruments and on the potential benefits of developing a “European Area of Skills and Qualifications”.


Deadline for input: 15 April 2014.


New Articles in EURODL

An Exploratory Study of Emotional Affordance of a Massive Open Online Course

Jeremy C.Y. Cheng

Design and Development of a Self-Assessment Tool and Investigating its Effectiveness for E-Learning

Manisha Domun, Goonesh K Bahadur

Transactional Distance among Open University Students: How Does it Affect the Learning Process?

Amanda Kassandrinou, Christina Angelaki, Ilias Mavroidis


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

European Incubator for Innovation in Education.

The European Incubator for Innovation in Education is an initiative from, in partnership with the European Commission and under the patronage of Commissioner Vassiliou.

The whole information is available on and additional information will be published with the launch during the BETT fair in London on January 22nd.


EUCIS-LLL Manifesto: “Building together the Future of Learning”

With the new EU parliament elections approaching, EUCIS-LLL has launched a joint manifesto “Building together the Future of Learning”. The aim of this paper is to make sure the future members of the EP are committed to follow and promote lifelong learning during their mandate with the concrete outcome of the setting up of an intergroup on lifelong learning. Read manifesto here.


EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards 2014

The EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) recognise outstanding and impactful Learning & Development partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent and Organisation Development.

The L&D programme can be deployed by an organisation either together with its in-house Learning & Development unit or with external L&D providers. All partners must act as a team and contribute to the case study to ensure a balanced view. Award winning cases must demonstrate strong business impact, excellent programme management and operational excellence.

The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2014. More information here.


Open PhD and PostDoc Positions at KU Leuven

1 ESR/PhD position (36 months) and 1 ER/PostDoc position (24 months) are now open at KU Leuven, Leuven Institute for Media and Learning, Belgium. Both positions are offered within the FP7‐Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘Improving Children’s Auditory Rehabilitation (iCARE)’. Read more about the positions.


Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe

As part of the “Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe (DEFINE)” project, the European University Association (EUA) has been collecting information and data from national rectors’ conferences/university associations on the different public funding modalities and efficiency measures (including performance-based funding, concentration measures and excellence schemes) in place in Europe and their impact on universities. The report and more information available here.


Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching, EUA Annual Conference 2014

Hosted by Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

The European University Association organises its Annual Conference 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, on 3-4 April 2014. The Conference will explore innovative teaching approaches being developed, discussed or introduced, and consider their implications for the organisation of learning and teaching processes in the years to come. High-level speakers from Europe, Brazil and China will reflect on the opportunities and challenges facing institutions in Europe and other world regions, as well as, more specifically, on the impact of mobility and internationalisation on learning and teaching in universities in Europe. See more information on the EUA website.


Projects, practices, showcases

Call: ICT and eSkills for Social Care Conference

On 26 February 2014 an international conference (CareNET conference) will be organised at the Brussels Press Club in Belgium, to share the lessons learned and to collaborate with other initiatives of the field and to establish further use of these results. We invite practitioners, organisations and researchers to join the consortium in discussing what ways open up for the care-sector in the brave new world of digital inclusion. A Conference Call invites projects, research in progress reports and research results (10 min presentation) for submission. Presentations are to be held on-site. Participation is free of charge, more details are available on the project website.

Read further details about recent project developments and interesting articles on this field in the 2nd careNET newsletter.


YOUR input needed: policy recommendations for OER uptake

Policies for OER Uptake (POERUP) looks at in-depth case studies of user and producer communities of OER in Europe and abroad. The project has already created an inventory of over 400 OER projects and published numerous reports on European and Gulf states. Based on this research, POERUP has come up with three sets of recommendations for encouraging OER uptake in schools, colleges, and universities.

Now, POERUP needs the input of end users and producers of OER on these policy recommendations. The overview of the policy recommendations and the full draft documents are available on Open Education Europa where your are invited to share your comments and feedback.


Publications and Events

2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond

Article by Tony Bates, read more here.


CEDEFOP new publication on VET dropouts: validation as a key?

The CEDEFOP has released a briefing note on “Keeping young people in (vocational) education: what works?”. Read more here.


Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2013

Released by the Babson Survey Research Group, Pearson and the Sloan Consortium. Download report here.


Impact of the economic crisis on R&D in Greece may not be as bad as feared

Article by Iordanis Arzimanoglou and Athina Ikonomidou on Science|Business website.


You are receiving this Newsflash as member of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals. To read about the benefits and services of the EDEN Membership, visit this link.

EDEN Members are kindly encouraged to send relevant brief news for the next issue of the Newsflash.

The archive of previous Newsflash issues can be found at the EDEN NAP Members’ Area, further you have free electronic access to the latest EDEN conference proceedings.


Last updated 2601 days ago by EDEN News