No. 10 – How do we plan for education after the pandemic?

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 17:00 CEST

EDEN webinar


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In these uncertain times due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?
To address these questions and many others, EDEN is organising a series of practical webinars entitled “EDEN webinar series: Education in time of a pandemic #onlinetogether #covid19”. These webinars are featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning.
The weekly, one-hour sessions are held every Monday at 17:00 CEST, from March through June, 2020.



The EDEN “#onlinetogether – Education in time of a pandemic”. webinars will be twinned on 2 June with the similar campaign of ICDE”#learningtogether” For this online event the topic: How to anticipate the global future educational landscape after the pandemic was choosen. UNESCO reported in May that about 75% of pupils and students cannot attend F2F classes. Fully online education on a global scale is unprecedented in history. Today we are talking about the “new normal” and “future normal”. What it is going to look alike?  In this panel, distinguished speakers will reflect on and share their insights into the present situation in education.

We will also try to provide answers to following questions:

  • How do you see this situation where all education has moved online? Can online and distance learning replace F2F learning? Some of the campus-based universities have already decided to start this autumn with online classes.
  • How can HEI’s and/or governments address issues of inclusivity, when both students and staff throughout the world don’t have access to reliable internet or electricity?
  • Critics have called online education to be “elitist,” how are we able to combat that stereotype and truly make remote education affordable and accessible for all?
  • What is the role of associations such as EDEN and ICDE in this process and how can they contribute to education, especially in these times?
  • What steps do institutions have to take to fully embrace the digital transformation and provide education accessible to students?
  • It is unlikely that we will be able to return to the situation we had before the pandemic, so how do you foresee the future of education?
  • Some teachers see online teaching as a temporary measure to be adopted until we return to the previous normal. Is this the case?
  • Are public campus universities endangered by distance-teaching ones, MOOCs and other online programmes?
  • What about universities that did not previously use any form of e-learning system? What kind of challenges do they face?
  • How can F2F HEI teachers be provided with proper training in the digital skills they need for online teaching and learning?
  • Students and teachers value human contact, how can this be guaranteed in virtual environments?


Mark Brown
EDEN Treasurer
Professor and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University, Chair of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning (Dublin)

Mark is Ireland’s first Professor of Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU). He serves on the Executive Committee of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) and is also an EDEN Fellow. Mark is a member of the Supervisory Board of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and maintains his strong “down under” connections by serving on the Executive Committee of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA). Mark is currently an active member of the DigiHE project being led by the European Universities Association (EUA) with a goal of developing a self-evaluation tool for digitally enhanced teaching and learning. He also serves on the European Commission’s Expert Group which aims to develop a common European Framework for Micro-credentials. Professor Brown is also a member of the Steering Group (2019-2020) for the DigiEdHack which is a key feature of European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) recognised Mark as a world leader in Open and Distance Learning. In 2019, Mark was Chair of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in Dublin. 


Sandra Kučina Softić
EDEN President
University Computing Centre SRCE, Croatia

Sandra Kučina Softić is the Assistant Director for Education and User Support at the Zagreb University Computing Centre (Croatia). She is also the Head of the E-learning Centre and the Head of the Office for E-learning at the University of Zagreb. Her work is focused on monitoring and fostering e-learning in Croatian higher education and providing support and advice to institutions, teachers and students in implementation of new technologies in learning and teaching. She was appointed Croatian representative in ET2020 Working group on Digital Skills and Technologies (2016-2018) and in ET2020 Working group on Digital Education: learning, teaching and Assessment (2018-2020). In 2018 she was appointed member of European Education and Training Expert Panel.

Her field of interest is strategic decision making related to e-learning and distance education, quality assurance, educational technologies and open education and open educational resources. She has been involved in a number of projects (national and international) related to these fields and she also actively presents at international conferences. She is also author of training courses for teachers and speaker on these topics.

She has a master’s degree in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and PhD in Information and Communication Technologies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb.

She has been a member of EDEN Executive Committee since 2013 and in 2014 she received the EDEN Fellow Title. In 2019 she became President of EDEN.

Antonio Teixeira
Former EDEN President
Universidade Aberta, Portugal

António Teixeira is an Associate Professor of open, distance and network education at Universidade Aberta (UAb), where he heads the Department of Education and Distance Learning. He’s also a researcher at the University of Lisbon and collaborates with the Laboratory for Distance Education and eLearning (LE@D) and the University of Rome 3.

He was Pro-rector for innovation in Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta (2006-09) and President of EDEN – European Distance and E-learning Network (2013-16). As a Pro-rector at UAb, António Teixeira conceived and managed the successful and speedy strategic transformation process of the university from a print-based distance learning institution to a fully online one. Throughout the years, he has integrated several boards of directors and many expert committees and task forces in higher education institutions and organizations at national and international level. He’s currently an external expert for AQU Catalunya and ACPUA quality assurance agencies in Spain and the research and innovation national agency of Uruguay (ANII) among others.

António Teixeira has participated in over thirty international research projects and authored close to one hundred scientific articles and other publications. He is an EDEN Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of the Council of EDEN Fellows.

Neil Fassina
ICDE President, Athabasca University

Dr. Neil Fassina is the president of Athabasca University, Canada’s first and only fully digital university and a world leader in online education. Dr. Fassina was formerly the vice-president academic and provost at NAIT and dean of the JR Shaw School of Business. He holds a PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a BSc in psychology from the University of Calgary. He is a chartered professional in human resources (CPHR) and a chartered director through the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Mpine Makoe
Institute for Open Distance Learning, The University of South Africa (UNISA)

Prof Mpine Makoe is the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Education Practices/ Resources at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is also a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated research professor in Open Distance eLearning (ODeL) and a director of African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). Mpine has published extensively in the area of educational technology focusing on mobile learning; staff development; quality and policy formulation in ODeL.  She has also done consultancy work for the Commonwealth of Learning facilitating the development of ODL policies in different universities in Africa.  She holds a PhD and MSc in Educational Technology from the Open University, UK. She also has an MA in Journalism from the University of Michigan and BA in Communication and English (cum laude) from Hope College in Michigan as well as a diploma in journalism from Africa Literature Centre in Zambia. Mpine is also the ICDE OER Ambassador and Advocacy committee member, the president of the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA), an executive member of National Association of Distance Education Organisation (NADEOSA) and a member of the University Futures Network. She has received numerous awards for her work in developing capacity in ODeL.


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