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June, 2014



June, 2014

EDEN Conference News

Call for Contributions: 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8)
27-28 October 2014, Oxford

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

EDEN and the Open University invite all interested professionals to the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8), to be held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014 ('zero day' 26 October).

The session formats will promote collaboration opportunities, including: Parallel ‘Research-speed-dating’ papers, team symposia sessions, workshops and demonstrations.

Find out more on the details: Invitation| Workshop Scope | Workshop Themes |
Call for Contributions
| Submission Guidelines | Online submission form

Submission deadline: 1 September

Submissions will be double peer reviewed by the Conference Committee. Accepted contributions will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISBN and their summary in the printed Book of Abstracts. The selected best papers will be invited to be published in a joint special issue of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) and Open Learning.

Keynotes Speakers

  • Sian Bayne, Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Cristobal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK
  • Pierre Dillenbourg, CHILI Lab, EPFL Center for Digital Education, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Allison Littlejohn, Director, Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Chair in Learning Technology, UK
  • Philipp Schmidt, Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University / MIT Media Lab fellow, USA
  • Willem van Valkenburg, Coordinator Delft Open Education Team, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands



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Reflections: the 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb

We thank the keynotes, the speakers and all delegates for joining the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference, for their inputs and contribution to the achievements and nice atmosphere of the event. The Conference gathered 320 delegates from 40 countries, with over 170 presentations with rich content and networking.

This year's EDEN Fellow Awards were announced at the Welcome Reception. The Award in 2014 goes to:

  • Sandra Kucina, University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre, Croatia
  • Ebba Ossianilsson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Marci Powell, Polycom, USA

Best Research Paper Award:

Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals
Corrado Petrucco, University of Padua, Italy

Beyond more information including the list of the finalists, the winner paper as well as previous years' Best Research Papers are available from our Publications' site.

Online resources:

Keynotes' presentations | Opening speech by the President of Croatia

Book of Abstracts: EDEN website (download) | (online)

Photo Album | The Conference Group | Facebook event| #eden14 | The conference through your peers' lense

We thank the University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre - SRCE for their excellent collaboration.



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Uni Zagreb




EDEN Fellows in 2014

Community Update

EDEN NAP Steering Committee launches #EdenChat
Forthcoming: 3 July 2014, 20:00 BST (21:00 CET)

You are cordially invited to participate in the next #EdenChat on 3 July at 20:00 BST (21:00 CET). #EdenChat is an online discussion event on Twitter initiated by the newly elected Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP). The first #EdenChat is archived here. It is mediated by members of the NAP community and runs for approximately 1 hour. Anyone can join in and contribute to the discussion which is presented in a Question and Answer format, and focuses on current issues in distance, open and e-learning. Follow the #edenchat hashtag to find the chats.


New members

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

  • Irish Water, Ireland
  • Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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


Your opinion is important to us

In Zagreb, during a lively pre-conference workshop titled "Introduction to EDEN - To Old Friends and Newcomers", representatives of the newly elected NAP Steering Committee discussed the strengths and weaknesses of EDEN services and how they could be improved and adjusted to the specific needs of our professional community. Following a free flowing discussion about services' quality and fitness for purpose, suggestions were collected on what kind of improvements may be needed. The work has just begun and you are invited to join this activity by completing this short survey. We look forward to follow up on your suggestions and ideas to make the EDEN service package as suitable to your professional needs as possible.


European Commission's Corner

Outcomes of the Council of the European Union Education, Youth, Culture and Sport meeting

At the end of May, Education, Youth, Culture and Sport meeting of the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on “quality assurance supporting education and training”.

The conclusions, which follow the two reports on quality assurance published this year by the European Commission, welcome the “progress achieved in developing a culture of continuous quality enhancement in education and training systems across Europe – although in varying degrees due to different starting points”. Read more on the EUA (European University Association) website.


New Articles in EURODL

The Temporal Perspective in Higher Education Learners: Comparisons between Online and Onsite Learning

Margarida Romero, Mireia Usart

Engineering College Lecturers Reluctance to Adopt Online Courses

David Pundak, Yoav Dvir

Nigerian Students' Perceptions and Cultural Meaning Construction regarding Academic Integrity in the Online International Classroom

Annamaria Szilagyi


Projects, practices, showcases

VISIR Fourth Consultation: What actions should be taken to boost and scale e-learning Micro Innovation Europe?

The VISIR – “VIsion, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations on how ICT may help making lifelong learning a reality for all“ project has arrived to its fourth phase of online consultations targeting the professional community of open, distance and e-learning, ICT enhanced education and learning innovation.

Whilst getting closer to the formulation of key messages for the stakeholders of ICT enhanced learning innovation, we invite your opinion to finalise the strategic recommendations.

It will take only few minutes of your time. Please visit the survey at

The Consultation is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

To see the full description, click here.


Learning Analytics Community Exchange - 1st LACE Newsletter

Analysis of data to inform decision-making in education and training has the potential to provide evidence-based insights into learner abilities and patterns of behaviour which in turn can provide crucial insights to guide curriculum design and delivery, to improve outcomes for all learners, and so contribute to national and European economic and social well-being.

Learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) offer a valuable source of policy evidence but may also help to teach and assess 21st century skills. The main aim of the LACE - Learning Analytics Community Exchange project is to capture and assess key issues and problems as they arise. This is the first newsletter of the project.


Update on the NEST community and more

Since our previous newsletter the NEST community held two national events in Hungary and in Spain as well as an international workshop at the recently held EDEN Annual Conference. On the occasion of the Hungarian event, the focus of the present newsletter is Hungary. Other titles include: the Piklerian approach, Kamishibai - the paper theater as well as a link to the hot of the press Eurydice Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe 2014 report that aims to provide insights into what constitutes high quality early childhood education and care through policy-driven and internationally comparable indicators. This is the second report on the topic, following a 2009 report that focused on tackling social and cultural inequalities through ECEC. Read newsletter here.


EU-level policies for OER Uptake

Following an online consultation on the Open Education Europa portal, the final version of the three types of policy recommendations (in the higher education, schools and vocational education and training sector) will be available on the POERUP website soon. The supporting arguments, references, concordances with Opening Up Education etc., are still to be integrated into a public narrative report, meanwhile a summary table is already available online for consultation.

We are also pleased to announce that an early version of the POERUP OER Map is also available - this should undergo some major improvements during the next month, so please check back again later.

More information about the results of the project can be found in its fourth newsletter.


E-learning Solutions for VET - E-SOLVE Summer Camp

25-28 August 2014, Balatonalmádi, Hungary

The LLP co-funded E-SOLVE project is collecting and analysing projects and practices providing e-learning solutions for "white collar" vocational education and training. You are welcome to submit your own project here to enrich the collection.

E-SOLVE is organising a free hands-on Summer Camp, where a selection of the best cases will be introduced and representatives of these VET projects and other VET stakeholders (e-learning developers, training providers, etc.) will have the chance to collaborate with each other. Over the 4 days the E-SOLVE partners will also aim to supply the participants with both theoretical and practical knowledge and advice, as well as give support on practice adaptation and successful dissemination.

You can dowload the invitation flyer here and secure your registration here before the limited places get fully booked.




Lake Balaton

Join the VM-Pass Living Lab

The VM-Pass - Implementing Recognition of Virtual Mobility and OER Learning through a Learning Passport - project was organising their successful face-to-face and online recruitment seminars in the past months. The seminars served as opportunities for interested institutions to receive information on open learning recognition as a concept, the latest developments in recognition in HEIs, the Recognition Clearinghouse and the learning passport. If you missed these opportunities, you can hear the recording of the last webinar and chance to join the Living Lab by writing to


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

EMMA project: New Multilingual MOOC Platform for Europe

Twelve leading universities, among them Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), and companies in eight European countries have announced the launch of the new EMMA project, which will provide access to MOOCs in different languages and that are supported by automatic transcription. Read more on the Checkpoint-elearning website.


Drawing lessons from the eclections for the future of Europe

EUCIS-LLL takes stock of the European elections and calls on new Members of the European Parliament to draw lessons of the ballot outcomes by delivering better for economic development, social and civic participation and well-being. Inclusive growth is definitely the forgotten pillar of the Europe 2020 strategy and consequently of EU action in education and training. See the EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the future of learning”.


Publications and Events

Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda

edited by Olaf Zawacki-Richter and Terry Anderson

The editors were invited as keynote speakers at the EDEN Annual Conference in Zagreb 2014 where they introduced this recent publication that includes 19 articles, supplied by 25 contributors from open, online and distance learning. Read more about the book and access it here.


Open Education Challenge

The Open Education Challenge project has selected the 20 finalists of their challenges for innovators. See the inspiring ideas here.


UNESCO prepares for the post-2015 education agenda

From ICDE News

Focusing on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) up to 2015 is a top priority for UNESCO member states. At the same time discussions are underway on the agenda for the future. Read more...


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