Co-designing the NextNormal of European Institutions of Higher Education – What do students hope, fear and wish for?

Almost 20 years ago I had my first presence at an EDEN event and presented research which – at that time as a young researcher – was fascinating me enormously: Exploring the students’ views to find out how learning should be. Now, 20 years down the road it appears that this perspective seems to have gained importance again. The Covid 19 shutdown has challenged students, as well as higher education institutions across Europe, to quickly adapt to a new learning and teaching situation at home, one that is characterized by digitization and distance learning. In this process, new teaching and

The year we reimagined education

There was once a Portuguese football player who when asked about his prediction for a game he famously replied: Predictions? Only after the match. The year now ending has proven how prudent this funny remark is. Few could have expected the ‘onrushing train of 2020’, to use Jeffrey Klugger’s expression on Time magazine. It seems the world has turned upside down and nothing is certain anymore. This blog post is a good example of that. Having started to write it well before Christmas, only now a few hours before New Year’s Eve am I able to finally complete it after

Emergency Education

None of us expected it. Many of us were ill-prepared. It took the world completely by surprise. And sadly many have had to pay a high price. I’m referring of course, to the Covid-19 pandemic that we first began to hear about around the start of 2020. From the outset, most of us, let’s be honest, thought little of it. We continued to go about our daily lives. And then the news reports began to get more serious, infections escalated, and the virus started to creep closer to our doors. Within weeks, the world was in turmoil, markets went into

EDEN2030 – supporting the strategic development of EDEN for the next decade

Project members: Deborah Arnold (lead), Albert Sangrà, Antonio Teixeira EDEN2030 is one of the projects adopted at the first EDEN Fellows Council meeting in Genoa, 2018. It aims to engage Fellows and Senior Fellows in the collaborative design of a vision for EDEN in 2030, and the project team works in close synergy with the EDEN Executive Committee. At the EDEN Annual Conference 2020, we ran an online workshop entitled “Opportunity knocks! Have your say in shaping EDEN2030”. The purpose of this workshop was to engage EDEN Fellows and the wider community in discussion around opportunities EDEN should consider taking

Beyond the Digital Abyss: Renewing Our Humanity, Empathy and Judgment

Deference to technology over humanity, empathy, and judgment is its own banality of evil. Don Olcott, Jr. If you haven’t heard the news on the BBC or CNN, civilisation as we know seems to be coming to an end.  No, it’s not due to the pandemic Covid-19, it’s not our dependency on World Cup football or our personal quest to find our true selves amidst the uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity of modern society. It is none of these. The latest Ship of Doom is reporting that digital technology and artificial intelligence are covertly taking over the world . . .

Bruges and Bridges – An EDEN Senior Fellow Reflects on the 28th EDEN Annual conference, June 2019

When I was a young boy, I grew up in a very nice town in Belgium, with a great medieval history, called… yes, Bruges, or in Dutch, Brugge. For those speaking my mother tongue, this sounds like ‘brug’ or in plural ‘bruggen’ (in English: bridges). And honestly, when I was that young boy, I never doubted that the name of my city was derived from the bridges across the many water canals in the town. Later I learnt the real etymology, and it is not exactly true, but for sure it has to do with water, harbour and other constructions

News from the EDEN Council of Fellows

Greetings to the EDEN Community! Indeed, keeping our EDEN members informed of developments within EDEN is a key objective of the association. As Chair of the Council of Fellows Board, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our progress on current initiatives within the EDEN Council of Fellows. As was announced last summer at the EDEN Annual Conference in Genoa, the community of EDEN Fellows and Senior Fellows has been rebranded as the EDEN Council of Fellows. This development stemmed from a growing need within the EDEN organization to leverage the wisdom and expertise of its Fellows