EDEN Fellows

Recognition of professional excellence

The purpose of the EDEN Fellow scheme is to provide validation and support to professionals in Europe in this field, and to enhance their mobility within Europe through a respected scheme of recognition. The first Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards were presented at the 2007 Annual Conference in Naples.

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 by the Association, for NAP 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.

2015 Senior Fellows

  • Alan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland
  • Albert Sangra, UNESCO Chair in Education & Technology, Faculty Member at the eLearn Center at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Terry Anderson, Professor in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Roberto Carneiro, former Minister of Education, Portugal

2015 Fellows

  • Helga Dorner, Lecturer, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Central-European University, Hungary
  • Timothy Read, Senior Lecturer, National University of Distance Education – UNED, Spain
  • Ene Koitla, Estonian e-Learning Development Centre, Information Technology Foundation for Education, Estonia
  • Irina Smirnova, Chief of Department, International Projects, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Russia
  • Yaacov Katz, Bar-Ilan University and Michlala – Jerusalem Academic College, Israel
  • Margarida Carmo, Head of International Relations, Universidade Aberta, Portugal

2014 Senior Fellow

  • Tony Bates, Tony Bates Associates Ltd, Canada

2014 Fellows

  • András Benedek, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Sandra Kucina, University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre – SRCE, Croatia
  • Ebba Ossiannilsson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Marci Powell, Polycom, USA

2013 Senior Fellows

  • Morten F. Paulsen, Nordic online Academy – NooA, Norway;
  • Sofoklis Sotiriou, Head of R&D Department, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece.

2013 Fellows

  • Ari-Matti Auvinen, Chair, HCI Productions Ltd. Finland;
  • Grainne Conole, Professor of Learning Innovation, Director, Beyond Distance Research Alliance University of Leicester, United Kingdom;
  • Sonia  Hetzner, Innovation in Learning Institute, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany;
  • Thomas Kretschmer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany;
  • Bill McNeill, Reader in Distance Education, College of Estate Management, United Kingdom;
  • Ilse Op de Beeck, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Teaching and Learning Department, Belgium.

2012 Fellows

  • Diana Andone, E-learning Center, Politechnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Lisa-Marie Blaschke, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Andrea Karpati, Eötvös Lorand University, Centre for Multimedia and Educational Technology, Hungary
  • Michael Auer, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Laszlo Komaromi, Gabor Denes Applied University, Hungary
  • Fabio Nascimbeni, MENON Network, Belgium

 2011 Fellows

  • Tapio Koskinen, Uaalto University Professional Development (Aalto PRO), Finland
  • Natalia Tikhomirova, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Russia
  • Andy diPaolo, Stanford Center for Professional Development, Stanford University, USA
  • Jim Devine, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland
  • Ilaria Mascitti, Consorzio FOR.COM, Italy
  • Rafi Nachmias, Tel Aviv University, Israel

2010 Senior Fellows

  • Michael G. Moore, The Pennsylvania State University, USA 
  • Alan Tait, The Open University, UK
  • Martine Vidal, Distance et Savoirs, France

2010 Fellows

  • Deborah Arnold, Videoscop – Université Nancy 2, France
  • Berit Johnsen, Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, Norway 
  • Don Olcott Jr., United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Eva Sandor-Kriszt, Budapest Business School, Hungary 
  • Antonio M. Teixeira, Distance Education, Universidade Aberta, Portugal 
  • Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania 

2009 Senior Fellow

  • Ulrich Bernath, Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in ODL, Germany

2009 Fellows

  • Thomas Fischer, Institute for Learning Innovation (FIM – NewLearning), Germany
  • Anna Grabowska, PRO-MED Co. Ltd., Poland
  • Mehmet Kesim, Anadolu University, Turkey
  • Dénes Zarka, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

2008 Senior Fellows

  • Walter Kugemann, Institute for Learning Innovation (FIM – NewLearning), Germany
  • Torstein Rekkedal, NKI Distance Education, Norway

2008  Fellows

  • Costas Tsolakidis, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Montse Guitert, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC, Spain
  • Adriana Gnudi, Universita degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy
  • Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Sally Reynolds, ATiT & Associates, Belgium
  • Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

2007 Senior Fellows

  • Sir John Daniel, President of the Commonwealth of Learning, former Vice-Chancellor of the OU UK
  • Erling Ljosa, former Director of NKS, Norway, Founding President of EDEN
  • Erwin Wagner, University of Hildesheim, former President of EDEN
  • Ingeborg Bo, Executive Director of the Norwegian Association for Distance Education, retiring President of EDEN
  • Carl Holmberg, Secretary General, International Council for Open and Distance Education
  • Claudio Dondi, President of Scienter, Bologna, and President of the European Foundation for Quality in E-learning (EFQUEL)
  • Peter Floor, former Secretary General of the Leiden University, Member of the Distance Learning Task Force of the Coimbra Group of Universities, long standing member and in 2003 -2007 Chair of the European ODL Liaison Committee

2007 Fellows

  • Danguole Rutkauskiene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Wim Van Petegem, Leuven University and EuroPACE, Belgium
  • Jeanne Schreurs, Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium
  • Sarolta Zárda, SZAMALK and Gabor Denes College, Hungary
  • Albert Sangra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Nikitas Kastis, Lambrakis Research Foundation, Greece; MENON Network
  • Christian-Andreas Schumann, Zwickau University, Germany
  • Ulrich Bernath, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Gila Kurtz, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Alan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland
  • Anne Gaskell, Open University, UK
  • Jack Koumi, Educational Media Production Training, UK
  • Sofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
  • Henrik Hansson, University of Stockholm
  • Roni Aviram, Center of Futurism in Education, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • Stavros Savas, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
  • Jolanta Chec, National Institute of Telecommunications, Gdansk, Poland

Life Members of EDEN

The Life Membership was awarded in the middle of the nineties  to prominent personalities as a recognition of their outstanding contribution to the development of open and distance learning in Europe and for their support for the progress of EDEN.

The following Life Memberships were awarded in 1993-2000:

Gottfried Leibbrandt, EuroCampus Institute, The Netherlands, Erling Ljosa, NKS, The Ernst G. Mortensens Foundation, Norway, Professor Tamás Lajos, Distance Education Centre of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary, Professor Armando Rocha Trindade, Universidade Aberta, Portugal, Professor Michel Moreau, CNED – Centre National de l’ Enseignement á Distance, France, Professor Valerio Grementieri, Associazione CAMPO, Italy, Johannes Van Heddegem, Catholic University of Leuven and EuroPACE, Belgium, Janet Jenkins, Consultancy in Distance Education, UK