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October, 2014



October, 2014

EDEN Conference News

8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) Starts in One Week!
27-28 October 2014, Oxford

Challenges for Research into Open & Distance Learning:
Doing Things Better - Doing Better Things

EDEN’s Eighth Research Workshop - EDENRW8, (Oxford, 27-28 October 2014) will soon commence. The full programme is available online with exciting and inspiring keynote speeches, research papers, workshops and debates offering great value to those 140 participants from 34 countries who registered to the event already.

Detailed Programme

Registration Details | Invitation by the EDEN President | Social Events

The online registration remains open until 22 October.

Best Research Paper and Poster Awards

The tradition of awarding the EDEN's Best Research Paper will be continued, in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Open and Distance Learning. Click here to see the list of finalists.

The Open University is sponsoring the Best Poster Award, decided by the votes of conference delegates.

The Awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on 27 October.

Students' and Young Researchers' Grant Awarded for EDEN Research Workshops

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning in collaboration with the Professor of Educational Technology at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, awarded for the first time support for young researchers at the EDEN Research Workshop Series.


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Community Update

EDEN - ABED Collaboration Agreement signed

EDEN recently signed an ambitious collaboration agreement with the Brazilian Association of Distance Education (ABED) at the ABED Conference in Curitiba. The EDEN-ABED alliance will enable both communities to expand even further and to share their knowledge, experience and resources.


The Blogging President: Building A Roadmap

When an organization is leading its field as EDEN does, it needs to break through uncharted ground. Building a roadmap, therefore, becomes a critical task. Our network should feel proud of how it is successfully finding its way through a rapidly changing landscape... Read the full post as well as former presidents' and Executive Committee members' blog posts on the President's blog.


#EDENChat on "Should we discard the term 'Distance Education'?"
Forthcoming: 3 November, 20:00 BST (21:00 CET)

You are invited to join the next #EDENChat about "Should we discard the term 'Distance Education'?", on 3 November at 20:00 BST (21:00 CET). #EDENChat is a series of online discussion events on Twitter mediated by the Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) and runs for approximately 1 hour. Anyone can join in and contribute to the discussion in a Question and Answer format - find and follow the #EDENchat hashtag.

Previous #EDENChat Archive | Schedule of further #EDENChats


New members

The EDEN community welcomes the following institutions that have joined since June 2014:

  • University of New England, Australia
  • Brazilian Association for Distance Education - ABED, Brazil

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


Minutes of the EDEN Annual General Meeting 2014 approved

The twenty third Annual General Meeting of EDEN were held on 11 June 2014 at the venue of the EDEN Annual Conference in Zagreb. Minutes are available (for signed in members) for download on the NAP Members Area.


European Commission's Corner

Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility

Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills, highly valued by employers. A new study on the impact of the European Union's Erasmus student exchange programme shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is 23% lower. The study, compiled by independent experts, is the largest of its kind and received feedback from nearly 80 000 respondents including students and businesses. Read more...


New Articles in EURODL

Sticking With Spanish: Reasons for Study and Motivation Maintenance in Adult Beginner Distance Language Learners

Concha Furnborough, James A. Coleman

The Effects of Social Networking Sites in Distance Learning on Learners' Academic Achievements

Büsra Özmen, Bünyamin Atici

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

2015 Open Discovery Space Contest

Following the success of the 2014 edition of the Open Discovery Space Contest, the Consortium is already preparing the 2015 edition. This event will evolve around two contests: a National Contest, at the end of which National winners will be awarded, and an International Contest, bringing together all the National winners. The Open Discovery Space Contest is targeting teachers all around Europe. To enter the Contest, teachers will have to submit an innovative interesting and successful Teaching Scenario through the ODS Community Website.

To mention two other recent highlights we are pleased to inform you about a successful virtual visit that brought CERN and South Pole to ODS schools and that the ODS portal is now recommended by Scientix Portal, the science education portal that EUN is developing on behalf of the EC. To read more, please visit the ODS news portal.


EMPORT Seminar: Portuguese Language and Business in Portuguese Speaking Countries

28 November 2014, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

EMPORT is inviting you to its final seminar in Santiago de Compostela on 'Portuguese Language and Business in Portuguese Speaking Countries'. The seminar's main target groups are teachers and educational professionals who are involved in business Portuguese teaching and companies' staff benefiting from Portuguese language in their work.

For more information about the seminar and the recently launched multimedia course (open to the public), visit the EMPORT website. Registration for the seminar is free of charge and can be done via e-mail.


Learning Analytics SoLAR Flare Webinar and Event: 24 October

The LACE project invites you to this one day networking gathering event at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). Under the auspices of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), this event forms part of an international series: SoLAR Flares provide opportunities to learn what’s going on in learning analytics research and practice, to share resources and experience. If you can't make it to the UK for the LACE SoLAR Flare on Friday, you can watch it online, starting at 10am (BST) via the LACE Flare Webinar and contribute via Twitter at #LACEflare.


NEST Newsletter - Network of Staff and Teachers in Childcare Services

During the last couple of months, the NEST partnership worked hard to foster the sharing process among the different national groups. In the recent newsletter, the main topics are digital media, rating systems and values education as these issues were the most raised in the community and we explored it further to be the center of the discussion during our international workshop in Zagreb.


Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

Online Educa Berlin: EDEN members' discount

As an association partner, EDEN is able to offer a discounted registration rate of EUR 600 instead of the standard EUR 790 to all members. If you wish to use this discount rate, use the code AC115 for registration.

Online Educa Berlin is the largest global conference on technology supported learning and training for the corporate, education and public service sectors. For the conference programme and registration, visit the OEB website.


Democratizing Higher Education - International Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Patrick Blessinger, John P. Anchan, HETL

Higher education systems around the world are undergoing fundamental change and reform due to external pressures - including internationalization of higher education, increased international competition for students, less reliance on public funding, and calls to create greater access opportunities for citizens. Read more...


EUA 2014 Public Funding Observatory outlines trends in public funding to universities in Europe

At EUA’s Funding Forum held last week at the University of Bergamo, EUA presented the 2014 edition of its Public Funding Observatory report, which monitors the impact of the economic crisis on universities and identifies trends in public funding to higher education institutions across Europe since 2008. Read more...


EUCIS-LLL calls MEPs to support an intergroup on lifelong learning in the Parliament

EUCIS-LLL believes that an intergroup is needed on Comprehensive Lifelong Learning in the European Parliament. There is a need for a vision and the political commitment to ensure the education and training systems deliver better for economic development, social and civic participation, personal fulfilment and well-being. Read more...


From UNIR: XVI International Symposium on Computers in Education, SIIE 2014
Universal and massive access for life-long learning

Logroño, La Rioja, Spain, November 12-14, 2014

The International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE) is an international forum for the presentation and debate of the latest research advances on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education. The Symposium aims at becoming a major point of contact between researchers, developers, institutional representatives and educators willing to share their points of view, knowledge and experiences. Read more...


MOOCs, E-learning and Blended Learning Symposia in Brussels

This year on November 19th and 20th, two important meetings on MOOCs, e-learning and blended learning will take place in Brussels. Organized by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, the theme of the first day symposium is 21st Century Learning in Higher Education: ‘The Campus Blended Online? The Flanders Case’. The second day will address the question ‘Will universities survive the e-learning revolution?’. Read more...


Pearson Learning Solutions: How Open Badges are Unlocking the Emerging Jobs Economy

Recent economic studies have identified a paradox: Although high percentages of youth are unemployed, employers report a shortage of qualified candidates who possess critical job skills. Higher education providers are producing more graduates than ever before, yet fewer than half of new graduates or employers believe that they are adequately prepared for entry-level positions. The symptoms described in the reports point to troubling market-signaling problems between job candidates, employers and education/training providers. Read more...


First European Multilingual MOOCs Go Live

Learners all over the world can sign up to take part in free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in a range of different subjects from Blended Learning to Business Organization, from Searching on the Internet to Climate Changes thorugh EMMA. These MOOCs, lasting between 6 and 8 weeks, are all offered by the new European Multiple MOOC Aggregator, called EMMA for short, which brings together leading university partners providing online, easy-to-access learning opportunities that are open to all learners. This first catalogue of courses are all offered in at least 2 languages including Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Catalan. For more information, visit the EMMA website at


Publications and Events

The Horizon Europe Report: 2014 Schools Edition is now online

A joint publication by EC's JRC-IPTS/DG EAC and the New Media Consortium from USA. Report available here.


IRRODL: An Investigation into Social Learning Activities by Practitioners in Open Educational Practices

Bieke Schreurs, Antoine Van den Beemt, Fleur Prinsen, Gabi Witthaus, Gráinne Conole, and Maarten De Laat

By investigating how educational practitioners participate in activities around open educational practices (OEP), this paper - as a result of POERUP project - aims at contributing to an understanding of open practices and how these practitioners learn to use OEP. Read article here.


Free eLearning Books - The Ultimate List - eLearning Industry

This article highlights 53 free eLearning and instructional design books from the industry's top talents.


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