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March, 2014



March, 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

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.

Synergy Strand - Presentation and Networking: Projects and Practice

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.

Social web

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.



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Uni Zagreb


Community Update

Keynote Speaker Prof. Jeff Haywood in Interview (VIDEO)

Prof. Haywood is keynote speaker of the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb (#eden14). Alastair Creelman (Linnaeus University, Sweden) sat down for an in-depth interview prior to the Conference to discuss open learning, certifications and employability and the problematics of universities meeting the demands of industry for digitally literate critical thinkers who have real skills. Read and watch the full interview on the Conference Blog.


The Challenges of a Contemporary Educator - Terry Anderson Interview

Professor Terry Anderson (Athabasca University, Canada), is one of the iconic figures of contemporary education. Steve Wheeler (Plymouth University, UK) had the chance to reach him for an interview. Terry is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and we are delighted that he will be delivering a keynote speech at this year's EDEN Conference. His work around the study of social and cognitive presence in distance learning contexts has been cited many times. Read the interview in details here.


Canada honours Sir John Daniel

In his New Year’s List, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, named former COL President, EDEN founder and Senior Fellow, Sir John Daniel, O.C., as an Officer of the Order of Canada, which acknowledges a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

The appointment recognises “his advancement of open learning and distance education in Canada and around the world”.

Sir John has been bestowed with national honours from three countries: Canada, France and the U.K.

Sir John Daniel

Election of EDEN NAP Steering Committee - Your vote counts!

The Ballot for the Network of Academics and Professionals' Steering Committee election is open. Deadline: 5.00 p.m. (CET) on 10 April (Friday) 2014.

The nominees:

  • Helga Dorner, Central European University, Hungary
  • Don Olcott, University of Maryland University College, USA
  • Ebba Ossiannilsson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Antonella Poce, University Roma III, Italy
  • Marius Sadauskas, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Christian-Andreas Schumann, West Saxon University of Zwickau, Germany
  • Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

The form and more information can be found on the NAP Members' Area (after logging in).

Please contact the NAP Helpdesk if you need assistance to vote.


New members

EDEN welcomes the following institutions that have joined the Association since January 2014:

  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Universidad Técnia Particular de Loja, Ecuador
  • Arteveldehogeschool, Belgium
  • Arab Open University, Kuwait
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF, Brazil

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


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.


Incentives from the NAP Area

Latest blog post:"The most important task now for all teachers everywhere, is to firstly begin to appreciate the huge potential these tools and technologies can have on education. Secondly, teachers need to make up their minds what they are going to do with these technologies. What really excites me about technology in education is that many teachers are already discovering new and innovative ways to use technologies. (...) Learning will happen if the conditions are right, and it will happen whether teachers and technology are present or not." Read more (after logging in): What is digital learning? by Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom


New Articles in EURODL

Learners' Perceptions on the Structure and Usefulness of e-Resources for the Thesis Courses

Naghmeh Aghaee, Henrik Hansson, Matti Tedre, Ulrika Drougge


Projects, practices, showcases

On-line survey on ProM self-assessment tool

Building skills for educational mobility (ProM) partnership has introduced a new self-assessment tool, which can be found on the project’s website, allows teachers and other educators to assess their current skills level on mobility management. We would like to invite you to fill in this short 10 minutes survey to help us the improvement. Input from professionals working in vocational education would be particularly appreciated. The questionnaire is online until 06 April 2014. For further information about the project: or

Thank you in advance for your contribution.


Good Practices for Teaching with ICTs - Digiskills

The Digiskills project invites teachers of all levels of education to enhance their ICT competences and combine them with pedagogy, to integrate ICT in the curriculum and in the institutional daily work and organisational development. With Digiskills teachers/trainers of all levels and areas can:

  • learn: browse examples of innovative teaching,
  • share: show off their own teaching practices,
  • connect and get inspired by each other.

The initiative brings together teachers and by supporting them in peer-learning and is currently develops its portal with an inventory of good practices in learning with ICTs. We invite EDEN members to browse the portal in development and share their good practices. In the next EDEN Newsflash EDEN Members will receive access to the feedback form on the portal.


ICT Skills in Home Care: "it's not about replacing people with robots"

The "ICT and e-Skills for Social Care Conference“ was organised by the careNET project in the Brussels Press Club in February 2014. The recording of the entire conference including presentations talks and discussions are now available online.

The event brought together social care professionals with policy-makers striving for responsive, competence-based and needs-oriented care systems face to face and online. The Conference was streamed online via Adobe Connect to provide open and free access: parallel conferences were organised by the consortium in Odense (Denmark), Paris (France) and Burgos (Spain). Read more on the event here.


e-Guidance for University Students

STAY IN has developed and is currently testing an open-source web-based platform to help students to avoid drop out. The platform does not only aim to give students support to find information tackle practical problems, but also to provide real counselling service. For more information, see the recently released STAY IN Newsletter.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

News from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

New Call for applications to the UOC Doctoral Programme in Education and ICT (e-learning); The extended deadline for applications is 1st May. UOC offers three grants for following this Doctoral Programme.

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) launches a new edition of the Open Thoughts blog where international experts from the academic, business and socio-cultural worlds will try to answer the question How many peers does it take to change a light bulb?. A debate on peer production on digital platforms and an exploration on the possible dangers and benefits of this way of working.



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.

Download call here.

More information: and


EUA publishes second paper on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

EUA has published its second Occasional Paper on the topic of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). A follow-up to the first paper published at the beginning of 2013, it is designed to inform and update EUA member universities and other interested stakeholders on the broad range of MOOCs developments that have taken place in recent months particularly in Europe and North America, but also more widely. Read more...


New Book: New Learning and Educational Innovation

The E-book 'New Learning and Educational Innovation: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies [Kindle Edition]' is now available on Amazon.

It contains studies by international experts with several EDEN scholars among the authors in educational technology, based on successful experiences in the school environment, gathered in this book especially addressed to academics, researchers, educators, students and other interested parties.


Publications and Events

The State of the World’s eLearning Market

The Docebo report, "eLearning Market Trends&Forecast 2014-2016" is avalaible on the CheckPoint-elearning website.


To MOOC or Not To MOOC, That is the Question

Guest Post on the EFMD site from Johan Roos, Dean, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. Read more here...


How to enhance the impact of the Innovation Union?

Florin Zubașcu, Science|Business

Europe needs to close the R&D and knowledge divides between its regions and shape its innovation strategy for the global stage, says the European Research and Innovation Area Board. Read article...


The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition Wiki

The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Read more...


Articles from Contact North:

Online Learning as a Possible Cost Saving Measure: What Canadian Researchers Tell Us

How to Design an Innovative Course

How Online Learning Can Help Address the Talent and Skills Challenge for the New Economy


The Sloan Consortium: Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks - Volume 17:4 - February 2014 - Special Issue on Online Learning: A Universe of Possibilities!

The issue is downloadable here. Suggested articles:

Khan Academy: The Illusion of Understanding
Mark Schwartz, University of Texas at Arlington

An Analysis of the Research on Faculty Development for Online Teaching and identification of New Directions
Katrina A Meyer, University of Memphis


"Really Open Education” – reflections from CC policy debate

The report on the event organised by Creative Commons is available on the Open Educational Resources Policy in Europe project's website.


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