The 29th EDEN Annual Conference in June Goes Online!
New submission deadline 30 April – Sessions on pandemic – Proceedings and E-book Publication
Dear EDEN Members, Partners, and Friends,
The European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) has organized Annual European conferences for the experts, academics and practitioners of open, distance and ICT enhanced learning since 1992.
The 2020 Conference was planned to be held on 22-24 June in Timisoara, Romania, hosted by the Politehnica University of Timisoara.
With the development of the pandemic COVID19, it is not likely that national and international restrictions on normalization of life, travels and social gatherings will be lifted by the end of June.
In consideration of the present situation, the EDEN Executive Committee has decided to organize the 2020 Annual Conference as a Virtual Conference.
In making this decision, the Executive Committee has taken into account the recent, positive experience with virtual EDEN events, such as the webinars and chats by the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP), the European Distance Learning Week (EDLW), the EDEN sessions at Open Education Week (OEW) and the recently starting Education in time of pandemic series.
We aim to maintain the identity and momentum of the EDEN 2020 Conference as a major gathering of the European professional community, to focus on cutting-edge research, developments and problems, along with sharing experience and publishing achievements.
Considering the extraordinary global situation with the COVID19, special sessions will be organized to survey the pandemic related educational issues in order to gather experience and to share the latest emerging issues and best practices. In order to allow for and invite such submissions, the format will be flexible, using the most efficient virtual conferencing tools.
EDEN aims to ensure the enhanced academic quality of the event and the publications.
Full Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Accepted Full papers will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with an ISSN and available online to all participants. The Conference Proceedings will be discovered and linked by Google and Google Scholar, Alma (ProQuest), EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS), with further indexing via the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).
The tradition of awarding the Best Research Paper will be continued, with publication of finalist papers in the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.
Workshops, Posters, Demonstrations are encouraged and if accepted, will be electronically published in the Conference Booklet, under a Creative Commons license, with ISBN and available online to all participants. Results from EU funded projects and initiatives are welcomed.
The submission deadline for all conference papers has been extended until 30 April!
Submissions uploaded by 30 March will be considered for the virtual conference and evaluated respectively.
Authors of submissions accepted for presentation will be invited to contribute to the virtual conference sessions online. Technical instructions will be communicated in due course
The issue of conference fees is still under discussion, but fees will be substantially decreased and free access will be offered for young scholars and groups of those in need.
The Timisoara venue and partnership, acknowledging the efforts of the host University in the preparations will be maintained. In case the conditions improve for the better, it is planned to organize part of the virtual conference in-situ /on the spot/ in Timisoara.
EDEN looks forward to the continued successful collaboration with all members and partners, with a firm commitment to expressing togetherness and solidarity of the community.
Let’s make this conference a memorable event in the hope of seeing each other face to face again on the EDEN Research Worksop in Lisbon on 21-23 October!
EDEN Executive Committee