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February, 2014



February, 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

Registration open!

Registration open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event. All attendees (presenters or audience) are expected to register by completing the form and arranging the respective payment.

Synergy Strand

The Synergy Strand submissions can be sent until 28 March in order to be able to integrate the latest achievements of the projects. Please consult the respective instructions here.

Related links

You may follow conference updates via Facebook and Twitter (#eden14). A respective Group on the NAP Members Area is also accessable for updates and discussions. For details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and contact the conference secretariat at



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Uni Zagreb


Community Update

Election of EDEN NAP Steering Committee 2014 - deadline 28 February

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 here.


Ildikó Mázár ERNET Advisory Board member

We are pleased to inform that Ildikó Mázár, EDEN Deputy Secretary General, has been appointed as a member to the Advisory Board of the European Research Network for Emerging Technologies. ERNET is a Cooperative Research Network of Madrid Open University's RDI Institute, focused on applicability of information technology and communication in education, economy, tourism, audiovisual media, digital communication and culture.


For Your Diary: 8th EDEN Research Workshop
27-28 October 2014, Oxford

Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning:
Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things

As a founding member of EDEN the Open University is pleased to be hosting and sponsoring EDENRW8 which will be held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014 ('zero day' 26 October). The theme and scope reflects the current challenges facing researchers and the intersection of their work with ‘doing better things’ for key stakeholders.

For more information, visit the event's website and the Call for Contributions.


European Commission's Corner

2014 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) proposals

Following the adoption of the Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) and the EIT’s amended Regulation by the European Parliament and Council in December 2013, the EIT's 2014 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) proposals has been published on 14 February 2014. Read more...


e-Skills for Jobs in Europe – Measuring Progress and Moving Ahead (2014)

The results from the most recent research on "e-Skills in Europe", funded by the European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry), indicate a potential for more than half a million unfilled new jobs for ICT practitioners by 2015 in Europe.

Reports including 27 Country Reports can be downloaded at the following websites:



New Articles in EURODL

Intercultural Blended Design Considerations: A Case Study of a Nordic-Baltic Course in Autism Intervention

Annika Käck, Lise Roll-Pettersson, Shahla S Alai-Rosales, Kari Høium, Sirkku

Predicting Dropout Student: An Application of Data Mining Methods in an Online Education Program

Erman Yukselturk, Serhat Ozekes, Yalın Kılıç Türel

Cross-Cultural Communication and Collaboration: Case of an International e-Learning Project

Elif Toprak, Evrim Genc-Kumtepe

A preliminary Exploration of Operating Models of Second Cycle/Research Led Open Education Involving Industry Collaboration

Ulf Olsson


Projects, practices, showcases

Social Care and ICT Skills Conference in Brussels

The ICT and e-Skills for Social Care Conference brings together social care professionals with policy-makers striving for responsive, competence-based and needs-oriented care systems.

Date: 26 February 2014 at 10:00-17:00 CET

You are still welcome to join online via the Adobe Connect online stream.

Conference web:

Registration (no fee):



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.

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.


New self assessment tool in ProM

ProM is a European project to support with e-learning the management and implementation of the increasingly important mobility projects in Erasmus+. ProM has issued its third newletter (FR, EN, DE) in which we announce the new self-assessment tool for teachers on mobility skills. Try it out!


VISIR International Seminar: e-learning micro-innovation matters!

26 March 2014, Brussels

The seminar aims at gathering representatives from the best VISIR cases to discuss the issue of innovation scalability and mainstreaming, starting from their real-life experiences, and to draw recommendations that should make education systems more receptive towards grassroots innovation.

More information at:


ODS Summer School 2014

The ODS Summer School 2014 has been scheduled for July 13-18, 2014 and will take place in Attica, Greece. The summer school's website is

Participation in the Summer School can be funded by the ERASMUS+ programme- please check the steps described in the “How to apply” section of the website and disseminate to your schools. You are also welcome to check this presentation on the ODS portal.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

New Rector at Anadolu University, Turkey

EDEN congratulates to Prof. Dr. Naci Gündoğan, the Rector of Anadolu University from 31 December 2013, succeeding Prof. Dr. Davut Aydin. To see the staff of the new rectorate, please visit this page.


EUCIS-LLL Training Session on Erasmus+

EUCIS-LLL is organising a training session on 5 March in Brussels to inform stakeholders about the new Erasmus+ programme. New policy objectives linked to the programme will be discussed, as well as new opportunities under the three new programme key activities, concrete changes compared to the Lifelong Learning Programme, participation of civil society and cooperation with National Agencies. More information in the provisional programme and register here before 24 January.


Call for applications to the Doctoral Programme in Education and ICT (e-Learning)

The call for the Doctoral Programme in Education and ICT (e-Learning) is open for the 2014/2015 academic year.

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is a fully accredited online university based in Barcelona. The University and the research centre welcome doctoral students who want to develop their research in a highly qualified and international setting. To read the details, please click here.


Call for conference proposals - 2015 HETL – SoTE Utah Conference

Proposal Deadline: April 11, 2014
January 20–22, 2015 at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

The conference theme is Reaching the Summit: Explorations in Meaningful Learning Through Community Engagement. Community-based engaged learning provides students with authentic and meaningful learning that applies curricula knowledge to real-world situations. Presentations are sought on meaningful community engagement by students, faculty and administration. Presentations on research and global perspectives on engagement are invited.

Conference details are on the conference website, and proposals may be submitted here.


'MOOCs: Game Changer or Passing Fad?' - Call for the RUSC special section

Guest Editors: Sir John Daniel, Esteban Vázquez Cano, Mercè Gisbert

No recent developments in higher education have captured the imagination of the media and the attention of university leaders as MOOCs have done. This special issue of the RUSC Journal will examine the phenomenon of MOOCs from different perspectives. Read more...


New issue of IRRODL published

Issue is available here.


Rethinking Dropout in Online Higher Education: The Case of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Josep Grau-Valldosera and Julià Minguillón
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

How well do Canadian distance education students understand plagiarism?

Cheryl Ann Kier


Mapping and analysing prospective technologies for learning. Results from a consultation with European stakeholders and roadmaps for policy action

Authors: Stefania Aceto, Spiros Borotis, Jim Devine & Thomas Fischer
Editors: Panagiotis Kampylis & Yves Punie

The report brings evidence to the debate about the technologies that are expected to play a decisive role in shaping future learning strategies in the short to medium term in three main learning domains: formal education and training; work-place and work-related learning; re-skilling and up-skilling strategies in a lifelong-learning continuum. Read more...


European Parents Association Annual Conference Lisbon - Keynote: EDEN President Prof. Antonio Teixera

The conference is entitled "Challenges for Parents in the Digital Age" and is organised in Lisbon on April 4-5, 2014 by the European Parents Association. Preliminary programme and more information is available here.


Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning - HoTEL - Newsletter released

The HoTEL project, during its second year of life, is working to test its Innovation Support Model for Technology-Enhanced Learning through real-life Laboratories. The latest issue (Spring 2014) of the project's newsletter is available at the project website or directly on this link.



Publications and Events

EU streamlines the management approach for Horizon 2020

Richard L. Hudson, Science|Business

The Commission has started re-organising its main department for research and innovation. The objective, Director-General Robert-Jan Smits tells Science|Business, is better policy and more efficient grant handling. Read article...


5 Trends for Academic Publishing in 2014

George Lossius, CEO at Publishing Technology. Read article...


elearningpapers - Issue No.36 Learning Analytics and Assessment

Open Education Europa

For more information and to download the issue, visit the OEE site.


How Online Learning Moved onto the Front Pages of Canadian Newspapers

Published by the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors. Read article...


Using Evidence in the Classroom: What Works and Why?

Research Report by Julie Nelson and Clare O'Beirne, January 2014

Read more about the report and download it from the website of the National Foundation for Educational Research.


17th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2014) and 43rd IGIP International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy

ICL2014 will be part of WEEF2014, 03-06 December 2014 in Dubai.

More information: and


The Mounting Momentum of MOOCs - An Update on the Rapid Growth of MOOCs

MOOCs keep on being high on the agenda and several articles offer evaluation about their state of art. A short paper is dealing with the topic in the recent EFMD Newsletter.


An overview of the MOOC Research Initiative: The project, literature and landscape

Presentation by George Siemens about the MOOC Research Initiative (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).



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