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November 18, 2014

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

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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 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


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November 12, 2014

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

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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


You receive this newsletter as member of the EDEN e-mail list. To read about the EDEN Membership Services, please visit this link. The archive of previous Newsflashes and Project Newsletters can be found at the Networks of Academics and Professionals - NAP Members’ Area.

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October 17, 2014

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

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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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October 11, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDENRW8 – Detailed Programme Online

An item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Detailed Programme Online

With less then three weeks to go until the 8th EDEN Research Workshop – EDENRW8, we are pleased to announce that the detailed workshop programme is now available on the website. The schedule of plenary and parallel sessions with over 80 submissions frames a diverse programme and provides the basis for inspiring debates.

Read: The Full Programme | Watch: Invitation by the EDEN President | Register: Online Form

The programme structure at a glance

Plenary and Interactive Sessions

Plenary sessions include keynote presentations by world-renowned speakers supported by the Rapporteur who will moderate the Workshop in general. Morning Plenary sessions are followed by Interactive Sessions where participants will be assigned to a random group (homegroups) to discuss a set of selected questions.

Research-Speed-Dating Papers & Workshops

Accepted papers will be discussed in research-speed-dating style. These sessions include 6-7 short presentations followed by discussions in small groups. Participants have access to the online paper repository in beforehand thus are encouraged to read the papers before the event using. Workshops will discuss diverse topics with one theme as focal point. Session chairs will support thematic and structural facilitation.

Open and Oxford Debates

The Open Debate session will serve to discuss themes suggested by participants in fishbowl conversations. It allows the group to participate with all voices heard, supported by experienced animator.
The Oxford Debate will focus on the uptake and impact of Open Educational Resources in an “Oxford styled debate” format on with the participation of ICDE UNESCO chairs.

Poster Session and Best Poster Award Voting

The Poster session will take place in a dedicated room and the adjacent buffet area for meeting and discussion. Presenters will be near their posters during the session, while participants move around and discuss with the presenters. Participants can vote for the Best Poster using start stickers. The Best Poster Award will be presented at the Gala Dinner by The Open University.

Join the 130+ colleagues already registered and make sure to book your place in time!

You can register now online via our Online Registration Form.

Visit to the OU

EDENRW8 is organised in collaboration with The Open University, UK. On 29th October a special visit to the premises of The Open University, UK in Milton Keynes is available for registered participants. The full day programme includes transfers, lunch/coffees and presentations on some of the OU’s main recent initiatives. Places can be booked for an additional charge of €25/£20 per person by 10th of October via the Registration Form.

Find out more: Keynote Speakers | Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner | Hotel Booking | Partner & Venue

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September 26, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Newsflash – September 2014, Special Issue 2

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September, 2014

Message from the EDEN President

The Blogging President – New Posts from Antonio Teixeira

For the European education community, the end of the summer break represents always a time of starting over and of a cyclic new beginning. This is a time for imagining and planning the future, of looking beyond our horizon. Read his latest full post as well as his previous and the former presidents’, Executive Committee members’ blog posts at the President’s blog. Previous Post: EDEN Goes to Zagreb

Antonio Teixeira

Antonio M. Teixeira,
EDEN President

Projects, practices, showcases

ProM Final Seminar: Registration Open

The ProM project’s Final Seminar (9-10 October 2014 in Sèvres, France) is open to mobility managers at HE and VET institutions, teachers and trainers. Register now to learn about a unique self-assessment tool for mobility and get to know the self-training online platform developed to train individuals involved in mobility management. The seminar will be available in French and in English. Selected participation costs may be covered for a limited number of participants. Read the details by clicking here.


Building the Learning Analytics Community

The LACE project is proving to be a real community exchange. During the last few months, partners have run or participated in more than 10 learning analytics events targeted at both academics and practitioners. In addition, we have run webinars, written blog posts and articles and started working on a series of White Papers, as well as began to build connections with our Associate Partners across Europe. To hear about our latest developments and issues such as ethics & privacy, outputs of past events and our future plans, please check out the 2nd issue of the LACE newsletter.


Ask Your Learning Outcomes What You Should be Assessing

Within the framework of the Workshop on learning outcomes and evaluation methods in e-course, organized by the University Computing Centre SRCE, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia on 26 September 2014, one of the presentations will be focusing on the main challenge of the TALOE project: the importance of linking assessment with intended learning outcomes. You can join virtually via this webinar link.

For more information about TALOE please read our first Newsletter.


Piloting of a Brand New Online Business Portuguese Language Course

The EMPORT Consortium is now recruiting pilot testers for its recently launched Portuguese multimedia course. Read more in the EMPORT newsletter (pdf download, also available in PT).

The EMPORT project is focusing on the improvement of employability and enhancing the competitiveness of companies, by means of language and cultural competences acquisition in Portuguese language and culture.


Events, Practices, Community – Digiskills News for Educators

The latest topics on the Digiskills platform bring you good practices around ICT for learning, as well as recent and future events. The autumn issue of the newsletter offers a practical guide on digital identity, a guide to use Facebook for teaching languages, announcement of the European Day of Languages Photo Contest, and many more: 2nd Newsletter.


Learning at Home and in the Hospital – 1st Newsletter

Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of young people across Europe and the rest of the world with medical needs, and that the majority recover and go on to lead full and normal lives?

Hospital schools and home tuition programmes ensure that students not only keep up with their education, but that they can go on to achieve magnificent things.

Read more in the first LeHo Newsletter.


For Your Diary: EDEN Annual Conference, Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

You receive this newsletter as member of the EDEN e-mail list. To read about the EDEN Membership Services, please visit this link. The archive of previous Newsflashes and Project Newsletters can be found at the Networks of Academics and Professionals - NAP Members’ Area.

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