EDEN 2020 RW – New Keynote – Workshops


Dear EDEN Members, Partners, and Friends,

With the 11th EDEN Research Workshop around the corner you are welcome to register for the online event, hosted by LE@DUniversidade Aberta (UAb) Lisbon by clicking HERE.
EDEN is delighted to introduce a new keynote, Martin Weller adding to the list of acclaimed speakers. 

The Eden Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards, the Best Research Paper Award and the Young Scholars’ Grants will be presented at the conference. You can also take a glimpse at a selection of the anticipated workshop topics below.
The online Research Workhop will be organised based on the sucessful experiences with the EDEN 2020 Annual Virtual Conference, including the PhD Symposium in June and our spring ‘Education in time of a pandemic’ webinar series which we resumed from 14 September under the title ‘Education in time of a new normal’

Enhancing the Human Experience of Learning with Technology: New Challenges for Research in Digital, Open, Distance & Networked Education

New keynote speaker

Martin Weller
Director – OER Hub at The Open University, Cardiff, UK

A selection of workshops from the conference programme

  • How the Community of Inquiry framework can humanize online learning: Perspectives on learning collaboratively in a pandemic
  • What’s your story? Using storyboarding to design engaging asynchronous online learning
  • Grand Challenge: Open Educational Practices Focusing on Future Skills
  • Trust building among students, higher education institutions and employers through digital credentials
  • Create a Virtual Escape Room        

Programme and Oxford-style debate

The Research Workshop programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops and moderated poster sessions. One of the highlights will be the Oxford-style debate on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on research in open, distance and online learning in a networked society.
The debate is a format based on a predetermined statement – also called a “motion” – from two opposing perspectives.

Speakers of the Oxford-style debate

Alan Tait
Chair of the debate
Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, Open University, UK

Mar Pérez-Sanagustín
PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning
Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse III, France

Cristina Costa
Assistant Professor, School of Education
Durham University, UK

Keynote speakers

Tony Bates
Research Associate, Contact North | Contact Nord, Canada


Maha Bali
Associate Professor of Practice Center for Learning and Teaching, American University, Cairo

Inés Gil Jaurena
Professor at UNED, Madrid Area, Spain


Ellen Helsper
Professor of Digital Inequalities, London School of Economics, UK


Terry Anderson
Professor Emeritus of Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada

António Sampaio da Nóvoa
Portuguese Ambassador to the UNESCO
Former Rector of the University of Lisbon


Important Dates and Deadlines

Registration Deadline12 October 2020
Notification of Authors: October 2020
Conference dates: 21-23 October 2020

EDEN 2020 PhD Symposium

The EDEN 2020 PhD Symposium Lisbon will be organised on 21 October. The Symposium, held in previous years in BarcelonaBrugesDublin and online has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology-enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts. The programme is available here. 

Young Scholars Grant

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support young scholars or teams of them with a grant of 600 Euros for successfully submitting a research paper to be presented at the Research Workshop. Eligible for the Young Scholars grants are degree-programme and doctoral students, who submit papers that are originated for the Research Workshop and will be presented by young scholar(s). For details click here


Accepted presentations will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Registered delegates will have electronic access to the full version of contributions. Publications will be openly accessible after the Workshop. Selected authors will be invited to submit to a special issue of EURODL. The best poster submissions will be published as short papers in RE@D, a journal edited by LE@D and Universidade Aberta. Awarded and accepted papers can be submitted to the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, a Web of Science (SSCI) and Scopus indexed journal edited by UOC, Universidad de Los Andes (Colòmbia), Dublin City University (Ireland) and Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), and published by SpringerOpen.

Lisbon, Portugal

The conference is hosted by LE@DUniversidade Aberta (UAb) Lisbon, Portugal

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