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April 18, 2014

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

Another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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April, 2014

Projects, practices, showcases

LeHo Focus Group – Call for participation
The international network for the Home and Hospital Education through ICT

LeHo project partners are organizing Focus Group sessions with medical staff, hospital and home tuition teachers aimed at:

  • outlining the key educational factors for children who are unable to attend school due to health related issues;
  • exploring ICT-based solutions designed to help enable these children improve their access to education.

Contact details for the following network country Focus Groups are as follows:

Focus groups will occur April-May 2014. The final date will be set by each network partner.

For more information about Focus Group sessions and LeHo please visit our website:

Improve employability and enhance European competitiveness through the acquisition of language and cultural competences in Portuguese

EMPORT is soon launching a Portuguese language course that is based on research results of available multimedia language courses and the needs analysis of small and medium enterprises dealing with Portuguese speaking countries. For details about the background, results, related events, and the course, read the EMPORT e-bulletins (also available in PT) or visit the EMPORT website.


VISIR keeps stakeholders alert: e-Learning micro-innovation matters!

The VISIR partners believe that successful mainstreaming of ICT-enhanced and of Open Education strongly depends on uptake of grassroots practices. Innovators, experts and stakeholders gathered together in the Committee of the Regions, Brussels, on 25-26 March in Brussels to reflect upon a way forward in order to make education systems more receptive towards grassroots innovation. Barriers and success factors for the transformation of new ideas into mainstream practices – based on the results of the 3rd VISIR Consultations – were discussed and strategies that can facilitate scalability of innovation were proposed.

Read press release about the event at the VISIR website for more details.


Learning Analytics Data Sharing – i-KNOW14 Workshop

During the i-Know conference co-located with EC-TEL in Graz, Austria, September 2014 the LACE project is organizing a workshop on Learning Analytics Date Sharing. Submissions should address at least one of the following aspects, as applied to data sharing for learning analytics or educational data mining:

  • Scope – what kind of data is it most beneficial to share?
  • Technical architectures for data sharing
  • Interoperability and standards
  • Ethical aspects of data sharing
  • Sustainability of collaborative initiatives or shared infrastructure
  • Business models for data-driven services

More information:

Piloting of the STAY IN e-Guidance Platform

STAY IN has developed and is currently testing an open-source web-based platform to help students to avoid drop out. The platform does not only aim to give students support to find information tackle practical problems, but also to provide real counselling service. The STAY IN platform is available for piloting since the 1st February in three piloting countries – Italy, Hungary and Spain. More details about STAY IN are available on the website.


For more information about the projects EDEN is involved in, please visit the EDEN website.

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April 11, 2014

[EDEN-News] 8th EDEN Research Workshop, Oxford 2014 – Call for Contributions

From Thursday’s inbox…

E-learning at work and the workplace

Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning:
Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things

Call for Contributions


As a founding member of EDEN the Open University is pleased to be hosting and sponsoring EDENRW8 which will be held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014 (‘zero day’ 26 October). The theme and scope reflects the current challenges facing researchers and the intersection of their work with ‘doing better things’ for key stakeholders.

The format of the event is key. This is not your usual conference program and definitely a workshop format! You will not sit through long presentations and juggle a programme by jumping from one room to another and network between sessions. The networking occurs as an essential aspect of your experience. Featuring small groups for deep dialogues, feedback on your research, team symposia, ‘research-speed-dating’ papers, demonstrations, poster sessions, a connect lounge, informal sessions for meet the professor for early career and postgraduate researchers , world café style facilitation and presentations along with our resident keynotes. You can also volunteer to be one of our social media ambassadors or be in the lucky dip for a curator role.

EDENRW8 is very focussed on you the researcher and what you can learn from and with your peers. It takes place in an intimate setting where researchers including postgraduate students can share research, connect with peers and have adequate time to discuss the challenges of their work. EDENRW8 is suitable for researchers and postgraduate students and particularly those wishing to actively connect with peers and debate Challenges for research into Open & Distance Learning: Doing Things Better: Doing Better Things.

Call for Contributions

EDEN intends to bring together differing points of view with a debate approach and speakers who back up their points of view with sound research.

We invite all interested professionals to take part and discover the Workshop Themes by submitting their proposals.

Submissions that relate to the Workshop Scope and one or more of the Workshop Themes are welcome in papers, workshops/symposia, posters and demonstrations categories by the deadline: 1 September. You are encouraged to submit your proposal earlier to support a speedy evaluation of the proposals and enhance your possibility to register early in time. Proposals submitted before 11 July will be evaluated within two weeks.

Submissions will be double peer reviewed by the Conference Committee. Accepted contributions will be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings with ISBN and their summary in the printed Book of Abstracts.

For details visit the Call for Contributions and the Submission Guidelines.

To submit your proposal, please use the online submission form.

Schedule and Deadlines

Paper Submission: 1 September 2014
Registration Open: 1 September 2014
Notification of Authors: 15 September 2014

Conference Venue, Oxford

There are few places more quintessentially and unashamedly English than Oxford, a city so picturesque that even its nickname, ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, sounds lifted from a classic romance novel. This city perfectly blends old English charm with modern shopping streets, a cutting-edge arts scene and a buzzing nightlife.

The conference venue is the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel – surrounded by lush and tranquil greenery just 15 minutes walk from the city centre – providing an excellent setting for the event with professional facilities.

The Research Workshop is organised in cooperation with the Open University, a world leader in modern distance learning, pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.

You may follow conference updates via Twitter.


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April 5, 2014

[EDEN-News] Developing Digital Competences Of Care Workers: CARER+ Project’s News

From Friday’s inbox…

Dear Subscribers,

Please, find below the latest news from CARER+, an EDEN-related project.

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Open Call for Pilots

The CARER+ Consortium is inviting organisations to join an Open Pilot experience. It is an open possibility for home care service providers or other organisations dealing with home care workers or older people to take part in a piloting experience of using the CARER+ methodology and learning materials.

Organisations joining the pilot will receive access to the key outputs of the project including the competence framework, learning resources, and other tools of the Virtual Learning Environment. Pilot organisations will also receive methodological support from the Consortium and will be invited to present their experience at the CARER+ final conference.

Read the full Call, including detailed information:
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Latvian trainers and care-workers dive in trainings

Piloting in Latvia started in 2014 by equipping of carers with iPads. The face-to-face training series as part of the piloting exercise, attracting more external trainers.  Read more…

French Pilots Kicked Off

Piloting has started in France, with training sessions in Poitiers and Nice. Participants are already exchanging impressions on the French CARER+ social network. Read more…

Full competence framework research now available for download

This document presents the CARER+ Digital Competence Framework for care workers and caregivers which is the key product of Work Package 2: Identification of ICT knowledge and skill-based competences for domiciliary care workers and caregivers. In Chapter 2, the methodology of the empirical research is summarised and selected evidence introduced. Chapter 3 elaborates on the analysis of related projects… Read more

The blended learning solution of the CARER+ piloting programme will be presented at the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference (10-13 June 2014, Zagreb, Coratia). The project will be part of the Synergy Strand with 40+ inititatives from all around Europe. Read more…

2nd Validation Workshop

Stakeholders interested are invited to the second Workshop involving discussions and interactive working sessions related to the CARER+ learning design and blended trainings. Read more...

ICT and e-Skills for Social Care Conference

The conference was the final event of the sister project CareNET in the Brussels Press Club on 26 February. The recording of the presentations are available online. Read more…
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March 21, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Zagreb 2014 – Synergy Strand

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

E-learning at                         work and the workplace

Synergy Strand: Where projects need to be

Synergy Strand

Even when a project finishes contractually, it may still seek ways to sustain its results, services and communities, while freshly started initiatives are eager to learn from their more experienced peers and take suitable ready-made solutions on their boards. Thanks to our newest collaboration initiative we can provide these projects an opportunity to find their match and build valuable synergies.

By engaging the conference audience in highly interactive working group activities during dedicated parallel sessions, the Synergy Strand will facilitate the sharing of project activities, outputs and research findings. The event also offers a platform to develop new ideas and plans and to create new partnerships for future collaborations.

To take advantage of this unique initiative and to ensure high visibility and attendance, EU projects and practices – preferably that display thematic cross sections with the Conference Themes – are invited to introduce themselves in Zagreb. The short introductions of the submitted initiatives are available both on the conference website and will be printed in the CC licensed Book of Project.

The Synergy Strand submissions are awaited until 28 March, please consult the respective instructions here.

Keynote News

We are glad to announce the newest keynote speaker, André Richier who is Principal Administrator at the European Commission in Brussels within the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry. He is responsible for policy issues relating to information technology, competitiveness and innovation and the digital economy in particular e-leadership and the EU e-skills strategy.

Prof. Jeff Haywood is one of the keynote speakers of the Conference. Alastair Creelman (Linnaeus University, Sweden) sat down for an in-depth interview prior to the event to discuss open learning, certifications and employability and the problematics of universities meeting the demands of industry for digitally literate critical thinkers who have real skills. The interview touches on hot topics such as how do universities build curricula that make use of the best technology to support personalised pathways leading students towards employment.

Further interviews with the other keynote speakers are coming in the next weeks.

Online Registration

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event. All attendees (presenters or audience) are expected to register by completing the form and arranging the respective payment.

Registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the online collaboration platform, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the printed Book of Abstracts (including the Synergy “Book of Projects”), the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the days of the conference. Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee. For each paper, only one author’s fee will be offered.

Combined conference registration and EDEN membership with discounted fee is offered. Three or more delegates attending the conference from the same institution, and registering together, are entitled to group rate discount of 15%. For young scholars, full time students and PhD students (under 35 years) special fee of 200 € is offered.

Online and Social

The Conference will be supported by social networking and collaborative online presence. The conference hashtag is #eden14. You may follow conference updates via Facebook. A conference group is being set up for the delegates at the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) Members Area to be animated with the progress of registration (with conference blog, pre-conference interviews, the Book of Abstracts – all at one place).

Social Events

The Conference offers a great opportunity to socalize and network in an informal setting as well.

The Welcome Reception will take place on 10 June in the Botanical Garden of the University of Zagreb. The EDEN Fellow Award will be presented during the reception.

It has developed into tradition of the EDEN Conferences to organise a Book and Wine Party, a gathering in the end of the first day (11 June) for the lovers of literature and good wines where they can share by short presentations their latest interesting reading experience.

The Conference Dinner on 12 June, with entertainment, will be organised in Restaurant Okrugljak, probably one of the most authentic from among Zagreb restaurants and certainly one of the most traditional establishments in the north of Croatia. The EDEN Best Research Paper Award will be presented at the event.

Conference Sponsors

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March 3, 2014

[EDEN-News] careNET Project Newsletter – Issue 4

Also from Friday’s inbox…

Project Newsletter – Issue 4


CareNET Final Conference: Challenges for care-workers in the digital age

„The ICT and e-Skills for Social Care Conference“ was organised by the careNET project in the Brussels Press Club on 26 February 2014. The recording of the entire conference including presentations talks and discussions will be soon available online. The event brought together social care professionals with policy-makers striving for responsive, competence-based and needs-oriented care systems face to face and online. The Conference was streamed online via Adobe Connect to provide open and free access: parallel conferences were organised by the consortium in Odense (Denmark), Paris (France) and Burgos (Spain).

The programme opened with keynote speakers elaborating on the role of (ICT) skills and competences in social care. Keynote speakers included Mme Marie-Béatrice Levaux, President of the European Federation for Family Employment (EFFE) and Stephanie Carretero, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies- Joint Research Centre, European Commission who talked about the policy issues and research perspective of technology in European social care. Thanks to the pivotal questions and current challenges in the field addressed in their talks, valuable and high quality discussions evolved around the situation of informal carers with migrant background and the need for stronger involvement of older people in European initiatives and research.

Read about details and the link to the recording of the conference here.


Call for Open Pilot

The careNET Consortium is inviting organisations outside the Consortium and potentially from other countries to join an Open Pilot experience. It is an open and free possibility for home care service providers or other organisations dealing with home care workers or older people as receivers of home care to take part in a pilot exercise.

Organisations joining the pilot will receive full access to the key outputs of the project including the map of domains of competences, learning path and learning resources, and other tools of the Virtual Learning Environment. Pilot organisations will also receive methodological support from the Consortium.

Read more about the open pilot here.


Validation seminars of the Spanish and French pilots

In the last phase of the careNET pilots, launched in November 2013 the piloting partners, FBIS and IPERIA organised two validation seminars to introduce the project and the pilots to thank the local and national partners and to discuss the first outcomes.

On 21th February 2014 in Burgos (Spain), FBIS presented the careNET project and the Spanish pilot to the local stakeholders and the media. To improve further the quality of life of older people and the professionalisation of care workers in Spain, FBIS encouraged the participants to access the tools of the Virtual Learning Environment and to implement the careNET training.

On 10th February 2014 in Paris (France), IPERIA gathered together several stakeholders in the framework of the French validation seminar and invited Juliette Boulanger as expert in home care and independent living markets. Mrs Boulanger presented her analysis of the careNET pilot on the basis of the acceptability factors of the digital use by older people at different levels. At the individual level, the project considered the usefulness of the technology-based care, the simplicity of the use of ICT and the motivation of the participants. At the social level, the project empowered the care workers as learning mediators of ICT skills towards older people. At the organisational level, it committed to sustainable action.

Read more about these events here.

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