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December 15, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 Annual Conference, Barcelona – Reminder before Christmas

From last week’s inbox…

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EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Call for Contributions – Deadline: 31 January

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

CONFERENCE SCOPE | THEMES | CALL | SUBMISSION | PARTNER & VENUE | DEADLINES

Towards the end of the calendar year, with the peaceful winter holidays approaching, we hope you will find time and inspiration to consider how you could add value to the content offerings of the EDEN 2015 Annual Conference.

Conference Vision

Like the city of Barcelona, the EDEN conferences treasure their traditions whilst they also welcome and advocate modern solutions, innovation and creativity. The high quality content, insightful and inspirational keynote speeches, recognition of excellence by the Best Research Paper Award will continue to be cornerstones of the conference in 2015.

By way of contrast, capitalising on the encouraging participant feedback from EDENRW8, the new, more interactive and engaging session formats – like the speed-dating, homegroups and fishbowl – will feature in the programme, and delegates will be able to enjoy an improved Synergy Strand.
EDEN also aims to reach out to a new generation of educators, and will achieve this by offering support to young scholars in 2015 to facilitate their participation in the conference.

Follow and use our #EDEN15 hashtag and prepare to join the Community face to face in the inspiring city of Barcelona!

Call for Contributions

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and to the Conference Themes are invited in the following formats: paper, poster, workshop and demonstration.

If your initiative is not mature enough to be presented as a comprehensive research paper but has potential for development and/or achievements as project work in progress, we highly recommend you to submit in synergy category.

2015 ePortfolio & Identity Conference

The 2015 ePortfolio & Identity Conference (ePIC) will be organised in conjunction with the EDEN Annual Conference, taking place in the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel on 8-10 June. A joint day will enhance the sharing of experiences and networking. Discount will be available for delagates registering to both events.

Schedule and Deadlines

Paper Submission: 31 January 2015

Synergy Submission: 31 March 2015

Registration Open: mid-February 2015

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2015

Conference Dates: 9-12 June 2015

Conference Partner and Venue

Our Partner, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), is an innovative online university rooted in Catalonia and open to the world, sensitive to the diversity of the global environment and committed to empowering development and social change through education.UOC is based in Barcelona, “the city of Marvels“. The passionate capital of Catalonia in Spain offers a unique balance between the traditional and the avant-garde.

The conference venue is the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, located in the emblematic center of the city, the Plaza de Espana, providing excellent setting for the event with discounted rate rooms for the delegates.

National Museum of Catalan Art

Barcelona from the air

For any conference related questions contact the
Conference Secretariat at barcelona@eden-online.org.

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December 8, 2014

[Eurodl] New articles in EURODL – December 2014

An item from over the weekend…

Fresh Articles – December 2014

Dear EURODL subscriber,

We kindly inform you that new articles have been accepted for publication, since September 2014. Please, visit them at the journal’s website.

In case you like these and previous articles, feel free to recommend them for reading to your colleagues on your social networking account by clicking at the “Share” button above the article’s title.

We are pleased to announce EDEN’s 2015 Annual Conference “Expanding Learning Scenarios – Opening Out the Educational Landscape”, that will be held in Barcelona, 9-12 June, organised in co-operation with Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC. The conference will focus on: “How the progressive and innovative academic and professional international community can contribute to the better understanding of the expansion of the educational landscape?”.

The Call for Contribution is now open, for details please, visit the conference website.

Feel free to contact us in case you have any inquiries.

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November 18, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 Conference, Barcelona – Announcement and Call

From yesterday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Call for Contributions

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015
In cooperation with: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

CONFERENCE SCOPE | THEMES | CALL | SUBMISSION | PARTNER & VENUE | DEADLINES

Conference Vision

The ever-improving performance of mobile devices and the development of networking infrastructurecontinue to increase the appeal of new powerful instruments. The increased amount and improved quality of new digital content in learning are furthering rapid transformation of user habits and thesocial impact of new technologies. The re-interpretation of ‘openness’, ‘resource management’ and ‘IPRs’ have altered socio-economic and cultural aspects considerably.

The movement for openness of learning content and courseware is pushing a paradigm change and a need for new approaches in using ICT. New educational business models and stakeholder alliances emerge, supported by fresh social and economic demands and clusters of interest.

Deeper knowledge and reflective responses to the question of “How do we learn…?” could greatly enhance the efficiency of ICT-supported education. Important partners from interdisciplinary fields like brain sciences can help to discover the cognitive processes in the world of learning.

Call for Contributions

How can the progressive and innovative academic and professional international community contribute to the better understanding of the expansion of the educational landscape? We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge. The responsibility of the scholarly community includes widening the concept of learning and its role in society and exploiting transformative knowledge to drive social change.

Join the Community in the inspiring city of Barcelona to share your research, projects and practice at #EDEN15!

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and to the Conference Themes are invited in the following formats: paper, poster, workshop and demonstration.

The Conference Committee will double peer review all submissions. Accepted contributions will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings and their summary in the Book of Abstracts.

Synergy Strand

EDEN resumes its latest successful collaboration initiative. Take advantage of this special format and the prospect of meeting fellow project partners, share and discuss your EU projects and initiatives – preferably related to the Conference Themes – in the frame of the Synergy Strand.

The short introductions will be published in the Book of Projects, which is part of the official Conference publications.

Young Scholars Support

We are pleased to announce that EDEN’s support scheme to young scholars will be offered at the 2015 Annual Conference, following up the Young Researchers’ Scheme introduced in 2014 in Oxford thanks to the Ulrich Bernath Foundation and the Oldenburg University.

Two young researchers‘ attendance at the Conference will be supported with €600 each. Conditions and procedures will be explained in the application guidelines.

Schedule and Deadlines

Paper Submission: 31 January 2015

Synergy Submission: 31 March 2015

Registration Open: mid-February 2015

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2015

Conference Dates: 9-12 June 2015

Conference Partner and Venue

Our innovative university partner, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is rooted in Catalonia and open to the world, aware of the diversity of its environment and committed to the capacity of education and culture to effect social change. UOC is based in Barcelona, “the city of Marvels“. The passionate capital of Catalonia in Spain offeres a unique balance between the traditional and the avant-garde.

The conference venue is the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, located in the emblematic center of the city, the Plaza de Espana, providing excellent setting for the event with discounted rate rooms for the delegates.

Gaudi’s Park Güell

Plaza de Espana

For any conference related questions contact the Conference Secretariat at barcelona@eden-online.org.

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
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November 12, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Newsflash – November 2014, Special issue

For my European readers…

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November, 2014

Reflections: the Eighth EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) in Oxford

We thank the rapporteur, the keynotes, the speakers and all delegates for joining the Eighth EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8), for their input and contribution to the achievements and for the nice atmosphere.

This Research Workshop was, indeed, significantly different from the ones you may have attended in the past. The innovative discussion formats like the EDEN Fellows Walk and Talk, the Homegroups, Speed-dating sessions and Fishbowl conversations allowed a much more active and effective participation for the conference audience.

The EDENRW8 by Tony Bates – Inspiring keynotes in an innovative format

EDEN President, Antonio Teixeira invited EDENRW8 rapporteur Tony Bates to share with us his expert perspective on the main discussions and conclusions of EDENRW8. As a result, he wrote a collection of four excellent blog posts, to be published over the course of 2 weeks. Read the first on the President’s Blog.

Tony also invited the EDENRW8 keynote speakers to answer 3 questions in the light of the discussions at EDENRW8. These mini-interviews are coming soon.

The Best Research Paper Award has been shared between the following two papers:

Feedback on Academic Essay Writing through Pre-Emptive Hints – Moving Towards ‘Advice for Action
Denise Whitelock, Alison Twiner, John T. E. Richardson, The Open University, Debora Field, Stephen Pulman, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Student Perspectives on the Use of Their Data: Between Intrusion, Surveillance and Care
Sharon Slade, The Open University, United Kingdom, Paul Prinsloo, University of South Africa, South Africa

Beyond more information including the shortlisted finalists, the winner papers as well as previous years’ Best Research Papers are available on our Publications’ site.

The Best Poster Award was sponsored by the Open University and voted by Workshop participants on site. The Award went to:

Assessment Strategy – Designing and Developing Assessments for Online Distance Education
Elaine Walsh, James Brunton, Dublin City University, Ireland

Participants’ testimonials:

“Overall a really fantastic conference it had been a privilege to attend.”

“Fantastic EDEN research workshop, well done the EDEN team and the programming committee for great keynotes and innovative interactive sessions! Proud to be part of the EDEN community.”

Quick Links:

Workshop Proceedings (available until the end of the year)|Book of Abstracts
Keynotes |The Stories of Day 1 and Day 2 | Shared Resources |Photoblog

We thank the Open University for their invaluable co-operation!

We look forward to see you at the upcoming conference: EDEN Annual Conference 2015 in Barcelona on 9-12 June. Details follow soon.

In collaboration with

founding member of EDEN

BRPA Winners

Projects, practices, showcases

EMPORT Seminar: Portuguese Language and Business in Portuguese Speaking Countries

28 November 2014, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

EMPORT is inviting you to its final seminar in Santiago de Compostela on ‘Portuguese Language and Business in Portuguese Speaking Countries’. The seminar’s main target groups are teachers and educational professionals who are involved in business Portuguese teaching and companies’ staff benefiting from Portuguese language in their work.

For more information about the seminar and the recently launched multimedia course (open to the public), visit the EMPORT website. Registration for the seminar is free of charge and can be done via e-mail.

emport

learningportuguese.eu

E-SOLVE Final Conference: E-learning SOLutions for VEt

Budapest, 24-25 November 2014

We invite you to the E-SOLVE Final Conference in Budapest on 24-25 November 2014, at the University of Technology and Economics.

For your information the conference’s target audiences are:

  • project coordinators of VET-related distance and e-learning projects,
  • developers of e-learning and traditional learning methods and materials,
  • vocational education and training experts,
  • IT practitioners and
  • e-learning content developers.

Although participation is free, the online registration is essential. For more information and to register, please visit the project website.

e-solve
esolve.gtk.uni-pannon.hu/news

NEST Final Newsletter – Network of Staff and Teachers in Childcare Services

The NEST – Network of Staff and Teachers in Childcare Services project in its present form has ended on 31 October. During the last three years we forged a wonderful NEST team of the initial project partners and of our close collaborators from all over Europe. In the final newsletter you can read the testimonials of the project partners about their work in the project and with the early childhood education and care (ECEC) community.

There are two developments that we would like to raise your attention to: theNEST Library, collecting more than 400 ECEC resources in eight languages and themultilingual NEST portal. We are happy to share all the developed and translated (to German, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish, Slovenian, Spanish and Greek) features available. Read more in the final newsletter.

NEST

nest-project.eu

Policy Meets Practice: CARER+ News

The 6th CARER+ newsletter brings you the latest news around “aging well with ICTs”. The project is in its piloting phase where elderly people are using ICT solutions to manage their everyday life with the support of carers. In the same time, the project brings together policy-makers from 6 countries to exchange ideas, experiences and meet carers on-the-job for better future in an aging Europe. Read the newsletter here.

carerplusz

www.carerplus.eu

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October 17, 2014

[EDEN-News] 8th EDEN Research Workshop, Oxford 2014 – EDENRW8 Starts in Two Weeks!

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Research Workshop Starts in Two Weeks!

Together with our hosts and co-organisers, The Open University, we look forward to welcoming the participants of the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) in Oxford. Prestigious keynote speakers will present on both challenges and solutions in research focusing on ICT-supported learning. Alongside this, 50 papers, 20 posters, 6 workshops and several inspiring debates ensure that the conference will be an extraordinary event.

You are invited to consult the detailed programme and, if you haven’t done so already, submit your registration to join the 140 colleagues from 34 countries who secured their places already.

Delegates with completed registration have access to the conference publications in electronic format that allows a thorough preparation for the lively sessions. The online registration remains open until 22 October.

Recognising Excellence

Best Research Paper and Poster Awards

The tradition of awarding the EDEN’s Best Research Paper will be continued, in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Open and Distance Learning. Click here to see the list of finalists.

The Open University is sponsoring the Best Poster Award, decided by the votes of conference delegates.

The Awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on 27 October.

Students’ and Young Researchers’ Grant Awarded for EDEN Research Workshops

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning in collaboration with the Professor of Educational Technology at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, awarded for the first time support for young researchers at the EDEN Research Workshop Series.

EDEN Fellow Ceremony at the Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is hosting the Fellow Award ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre. We are honoured that the Lord Mayor of Oxford will join to greet participants and the new EDEN Fellows.

The EDEN Fellow Awards will be presented by Antonio Moreira Teixeira, President of EDEN and Graham Upton, Oxfordshire Deputy Lieutenant to:

Senior Fellow: Tony Bates,
President and CEO, Tony Bates Associates Ltd., Canada

Fellow: Andras Benedek,
Director of the Institute of Applied Pedagogy and Psychology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Before the Welcome Reception, honouring the Ancient Greeks’ peripatetic tradition of learning, a group of EDEN Fellows will walk around in the garden of the RW8 venue discussing the future of digital education. All delegates are welcome to join!

Workshop Highlights

Workshops will discuss diverse topics with one theme as focal point, here are some of the thought-provoking examples:

  • From Beans on Toast to Molecular Gastronomy (and a Bit of MasterChef): Linking Learning Design with Learning Analytics
  • From Lightning to Enlightenment: How to Apply Learning Analytics in Practice
  • Learning across Disciplines: A Step Too Far for Educational Research?
  • The Impact of Openness on Technology Enhanced Learning Integration in Education Organizations

Quick Links

The Full Programme | Invitation by the EDEN President | Online Form

Keynote Speakers | Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner | Hotel Booking | Partner & Venue

Follow conference updates via the EDEN Website and on Twitter.

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