Wrapping up 2017 in EDEN

The Values and Flexibility for Recognition of Innovative, Open and Digital Education in Europe

September came with a promise of an Autumn rush for EDEN, but none of us could anticipate the richness of blended virtual and physical events that EDEN community enjoyed through the semester. October’s Open Classroom Conference in Athens and EDEN’s presence at the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning „Teaching in a Digital Age – Re-thinking Teaching & Learning”, hosted by EDEN’s long standing prestigious partner: Contact North in Toronto were sound introductions to EDEN’s November events.

The European Distance Learning Week (EDLW)  took place between the 6-10th of  November, 2017, for the second time in Europe, also continuing a successful collaboration with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in synergy with the US Distance Learning Week.

This year EDLW was also organized in a blended mode, having the international conference “Open Professional Collaboration for Open Classroom “ organized by EDEN – UNESCO IITE – MES – VMU, as part of the EDEN Open Classroom conferences, the physical event in Kaunas broadcast online.

Outstanding discussions and panels led online and face to face addressed the divide in values which may bring us backwards instead of driving forward. The divide is in the understanding of the mission of open and digital education and how it should support the development of the society, how to bring best immediate impact for the brightest minds and sharing, for development of professional community and new institutional business models to address new and transparent qualification models and recognition of innovative and digital education.

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