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July, 2014



July, 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).

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

Submission deadline: 1 September

See the excellent keynote speakers on this link.

Oxford Debate

Within the thematic strand with focus on 'open', an "Oxford styled debate" event will be held on the uptake and impact of OER, with the participation of the ICDE UNESCO chairs.

Social events

  • Welcome Reception: 26 October, Sheldonian Theatre

    including: EDEN Fellows Walk and Talk and EDEN Fellow Award

  • Gala Dinner: 27 October, Cardinal Restaurant of Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel

    including: EDEN Best Research Paper Award



In collaboration with


founding member of EDEN


Community Update

EDEN NAP Steering Committee launches #EdenChat
Forthcoming: 17 July, 20:00 BST (21:00 CET)

You are cordially invited to participate in the next #EdenChat on 17 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). 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.


Summer vacation at the EDEN office

We inform you that between 1 and 21 August, the EDEN Secretariat will be closed, however the Secretariat e-mail will be continuously attended.

We wish all of you a nice and relaxing summer!


European Commission's Corner

Public consultation on the Commission's Stakeholder Consultation guidelines

From 30/06/2014 to 30/09/2014

The guidelines focus on consultations carried out in policy preparation. They also apply to consultations in the context of evaluations. They provide advice and support on all aspects of carrying out consultations from the definition of the consultation's objectives to the evaluation of the consultation exercise. Read more...

The questionnaire can be accessed here.

The accompanying consultation document can be accessed here pdf(324 kB).


Public consultation on the revision of the Commission's Impact Assessment guidelines

From 01/07/2014 to 30/09/2014

The Commission's Impact Assessment system has undergone continuous strengthening and improvement since it was set up in 2002, with the publication of guidelines in 2009 and complementary guidance on various categories of impacts since then. Building on experience gained, the Commission has committed to revise its Impact Assessment guidelines in 2014. Read more...

The questionnaire can be accessed here.

The accompanying consultation document can be accessed here pdf(185 kB) .


New Articles in EURODL

TPDK, a New Definition of the TPACK Model for a University Setting

Sylviane Bachy

Student-centred outcomes of an e-learning course on Public Health in Hanoi and New York

Bach Xuan Tran et al.


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.



4-DAY FREE summer CAMP on E-Learning solutions for VET

25-28 August 2014, Balatonalmádi, Hungary

We invite you to a 4-DAY free summer camp on E-Learning solutions for VET to Balatonalmádi, Hungary 25-28th August, 2014. Over the 4 days, E-SOLVE partners aim to supply the participants with both theoretical and practical knowledge and advice, as well as to give support on practice adaptation and successful dissemination. Access details by clicking here.

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




Lake Balaton

Students Guidance for Inclusion - STAY IN

"It doesn"t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop" (Confucius)

STAY IN project (financed by the European Commission) has developed and is currently testing an open-source web-based platform to help students to avoid drop out. The testing is currently ongoing on three universities (in Italy, Hungary and Spain). Research results about available practices on the field and needs of the students can be accessed on the STAY IN website, where results of the piloting will also be available soon (by the end of October 2014).

stay in

LeHo: International network for Home and Hospital Education through ICT

Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of young people across Europe and the rest of the world with medical needs? Did you know that the majority recover and go on to be successful members of their communities? Hospital schools and home tuition programmes make sure that students not only keep up with their education while they are ill, but that they go on to achieve magnificent things after they recover.

LeHo - financed by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission - is developing an online hub that will provide tools and resources for those engaged- or involved in home and hospital-based education. In the first phase of this 3-year project, a definition of the key educational factors and good practice in the field will be used to meet the next project aims, such as, providing a Practical Guide and a Toolkit for everybody involved in Home and Hospital Education (HHE). See more details on the LeHo online hub where you can also subscribe to the LeHo newsletter for project updates (the first issue with our initial results will be released in September 2014).


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

ICDE SCOP 2014: The Presidents Summit

Leadership challenges: Approaches towards successful positioning Open Education models

19 - 21 November, 2014, Bali, Indonesia hosted by Universitas Terbuka

The ICDE invites: Presidents and Vice Presidents, the leadership of institutions, leaders and heads of ODL/flexible education/online/elearning departments in conventional higher education institutions and dual mode institutions.

Presidents of the Regional Associations are also invited. The next meeting in the ICDE Consultative Committee will be organised during SCOP 2014.

More information on ICDE SCOP 2014: THE PRESIDENTS SUMMIT will be published in near future.


Promoting Virtual Mobility in Placements - PROVIP

from K.U. Leuven

Within PROVIP, the Pathway platform has been developed that is a tool to support and facilitate internships from a distance. To see how it works, visit and/or watch the demo video. The tool is open source and will soon also be available as a downloadable version which can be adapted, customized and hosted on your own servers.

You are also invited to join for one of the PROVIP webinars, which will be organized to conclude the project:

Webinar for companies and organisations:

“The Future of International Internships” on Tuesday, 16th September 2014 from 14:00 to 15:00 CET

Webinar for higher education institutions:

“International Internships from a distance: what, why and how” on Thursday 18th September 2014 from 14:00 to 15:00 CET

For more details, visit the PROVIP website.



Open call for position papers on MOOCs

from OpenupED, EADTU

The call for position papers on the opportunities and characteristics for European cooperation on MOOCs is open until 13 September 2014. Submitters are free to choose any angle, subject or approach, but the position paper should address the key questions on how Europe could collaborate on MOOCs, including the role of Open Education. The best 15 position papers will be invited as keynote speaker to present their work at a special international conference on MOOCs to be held in Portugal in November 2014. Full specifications and background information can be downloaded from the HOME website.


Publications and Events

MOOCs Are in High demand

from Checkpoint-elearning

The European Commission has published a new study on the supply and demand of MOOCs related to web skills. It shows that while MOOCs are widely recognized as a valuable learning opportunity, students struggle to find appropriate courses. Read more...


eLearning Papers: Learning in cyber-physical worlds

This newest issue of eLearning Papers features a collection of articles that examine the new teaching and learning approaches that are emerging from the overlap between digital and physical worlds. Read it here.


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