EDEN Fellow Awards Laudations at the Welcome Reception of the EDEN 2015 Annual Conference

June 16, 2015 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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The EDEN Senior Fellow title is awarded to outstanding EDEN members, in recognition of their contribution to the development of open, distance and e-learning in Europe and for their valued commitment and support to the evolution and progress of EDEN. The EDEN Fellow title is an expression of acknowledgement of professional merit, for EDEN Members, who have demonstrated excellence in professional practice in the field of flexible and distance learning, and provided valued support to the evolution and progress of EDEN.

Alan Bruce (Senior Fellow), Albert Sangra (Senior Fellow), Terry Anderson (Senior Fellow),
Timothy Read (Fellow), Helga Doner (Fellow), Josep A. Planell (UOC President)


EDEN Senior Fellow Award is given in 2015, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:

Alan Bruce

Universal Learning Systems, Ireland

EDEN Fellow, Vice-President of the EDEN Executive Committee until June 2015.
His research interests are centred on regional underdevelopment, social change and marginalization.
He taught sociology at universities in France and England and worked in policy research for the European Commission in Brussels, as well as on vocational guidance for students with disabilities. Alan was National Training Coordinator, at the National Rehabilitation Board in Dublin.
With Universal Learning Systems, he has been involved in various European projects in research, evaluation and design with specific reference to social exclusion and marginalization. His teaching and research fields include social construction of disability, employment policy formulation in equality contexts, planning and strategic change in the social services and diversity perspectives of an emerging European identity, Equality and Diversity.
Alan is Senior Research Fellow with the University of Edinburgh and has been a long-standing contributor to the work of EDEN.
He has been a passionate advocate of innovative learner-centred teaching. His impressively wide experience sector-wise and internationally, enabled him to provide valuable support to a wide range of EDEN’s strategically significant initiatives, in particular the Open Classroom movement.
In 2007 he was one of the first outstanding professionals made an EDEN Fellow
In 2010 he was elected as EDEN Vice-President.

Albert Sangra

UNESCO Chair in Education & Technology, Faculty Member at the eLearn Center at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

At UOC, Albert is responsible for the application of new technologies. He is also a senior consultant in various distance learning projects in Europe, America and Asia. Former director of the eLearn Center at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Albert is now the Director of the M.Sc. program in Education and ICT (e-learning) and full professor at the Psychology and Educational Sciences Department (2006-2012). Member of the Edul@b research group.
Previously, at the UOC, he served as Director, Methodology and Educational Innovation, being in charge of the educational model of the university.
His main research interests are ICT-uses in education and training and, particularly, the policies, organization, management and leadership of e-learning implementation, and its quality assurance. He has played the role of consultant in several online education and training projects in Europe, America and Asia, and he has also served as a consultant for the World Bank Institute.
He has been Vice-President for the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL), and member of the EDEN Executive Committee. Albert served in the Advisory Board of Universidade Aberta in Portugal and the Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy.
Member of the Advisory Board of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, the Journal of eLearning and Knowledge Society and acts as reviewer of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, and the International Journal of Learning. He also was a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE) (2002-2005), and Distance et Savoirs (2003-2007).
He earned his European Ph.D. in Education at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, conducted postgraduate staudies in Applications of Information Technology in ODE at The Open University of the UK, and earned his Diploma on Strategic Use of IT in Education at Harvard University. BA in Education at the Universitat de Barcelona.

Terry Anderson

Professor in Distance Education, Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research, Athabasca University, Canada

Terry teaches at Masters of Distance Education, and at the Education Doctoral program at Athabasca University and is the Editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Terry Anderson is the author of the award winning Theory and Practice of Online Learning book and serves on advisory committees with the Canadian government. He is an active keynote and regular session speaker at education, distance education and net-based learning conferences.
Terry has been a committed partner of EDEN in the development and strengthening of the relations with the Canadian academic and professional community. In particular, his liaison activities have been substantial in establishing valuable and effective co-operation between the Canadian and European researchers’ communities. He was several times keynote speaker at the EDEN conferences and contributed with workshops and outstanding research papers as well.

Roberto Carneiro

Professor at the Portuguese Catholic University, Chair of the Study Centre on Peoples and Cultures and Dean of the Institute for Distance Learning

Roberto Carneiro is former Portuguese Minister of Education.
He  was responsible for the Information Society Observatory in Portugal, Vice-President of the Information Society Forum, Member of the Benchmarking Steering Group of e-Learning for Enterprises in Europe.
Member of the Information Society Technologies Advisory Group, and of the UNESCO International Commission for Education in the 21st Century. Prof. Carneiro has also extensive international experience with the World Bank, UNESCO, OECD, the European Union and the Council of Europe and is Honorary Doctor of King’s College (University of London), Visiting Professor at the Macau Institute of European Studies.
He is president of the Editorial Board of eLearning Papers, and chairs the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Education.
Roberto has been a key contributor in Europe to the formulation of open, distance and e-learning policies, initiator and spiritus rector of core observatory and foresight programmes. His contributions to the EU policy development in our field has been substantial. The collaboration of EDEN and Professor Carneiro goes back to a decade, under different partnerships and programme constellations. We acknowledge him as senior speaker at the EDEN conferences, project partner and always appreciated advisor in conceptual matters.


EDEN Fellow Award is given in 2015, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:

Helga Dorner

Lecturer, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Central-European University, Budapest

Member of the Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals.
Helga received her PhD in Educational Science - ICT in Education. She teaches on the use of online collaborative environments in teaching and also the electronic teaching and research portfolios. Helga has been member of the validation team of the European Union research and development project Calibrating eLearning in Schools and the Knowledge Practice Laboratory. She researches blended learning and technology integration in higher education and issues of mentoring and social learning in online environments and is engaged in co-designing and researching online collaborative higher education courses in the field of social sciences and humanities. Helga is also invited speaker at the Hungarian Schoolnet Programme and the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Timothy Read

Senior Lecturer in Madrid, the National University of Distance Education: UNED, Spain.

Dr. Read works at the Department of Computer Languages and Systems.He has held a range of positions in the university government at UNED, including Joint Pro-Vice Chancellor of Technologies in Study Centres, Managing Director of the Centre for Technological Innovation and Development, Joint Pro-Vice Chancellor of Emergent Technologies and Director of „Open UNED”.
He has taught Masters and Doctoral programmes as well as professional training courses in England and Spain, on the design and development of distributed systems and Web architectures, software design and ubiquitous computing.
Dr. Read is the cofounder of the ATLAS research group, researched on the development of collaborative tools and systems for the distance learning and mobile assisted language learning and MOOCs for languages. Tim has been for a long while invaluable partner of EDEN for the development of international relations with institutions in the Spanish but also the Latin-American region. He supported the liaisons with international and global organisations.
A regular and appreciated speaker at the EDEN conferences.


Four more colleagues have been awarded as EDEN Fellows who could not participate at the Award Ceremony and will receive their award at another occasion:

Ene Koitla
Estonian e-Learning Development Centre, Information Technology Foundation for Education, Estonia, EDEN EC member until 1 June 2015

Irina Smirnova
Chief of Department, International Projects, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Russia

Yaacov Katz
Professor Emeritus, President, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Margarida Carmo,
Head of International Relations, Universidade Aberta, Portugal