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May 24, 2014

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

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May, 2014

Projects, practices, showcases

Projects presenting within the Synergy Strand

The Synergy Strand in Zagreb will facilitate the sharing of project outputs and research findings, offer the participants platform to develop new ideas and plans, to create new partnerships by engaging the conference audience in highly interactive working group activities during parallel sessions. For more information about the Conference and the Synergy Strand, please visit the Conference website.

Zagreb

www.eden-online.org/2014_zagreb

TALOE: Call for e-assessment practices

EDEN is partner of ‘Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in E-learning’ – TALOE project coordinated by University of Porto. The main goal of the project is to develop a web-based platform to help teachers and trainers decide which e-assessment strategies to use in their online courses.

The project is collecting case studies on e-assessment. If you have any interesting cases, please send them directly to soeiro.alfredo@gmail.com within the next ten days. From this link you can download a template to help you in structuring the information you send. All received case studies will be considered and used to define the criteria and the types of e-assessment that the project is intending to involve in the platform.

TALOE

taloe.up.pt

5th eLene2learn Newsletter – What do the teachers say?

The eLene2learn project continues to explore and study the ways in which ICT and digital media support the development of learning to learn competencies in lifelong learning transitions. The third and fourth newsletters introduced the ‘How to’ guide and an ever-growing collection of case studies and invited to and reported on the project’s public events. The current (5th) newsletter provides further insights into results, achievements and upcoming events. In addition to reading this latest newsletter release, you are also invited to join the eLene2learn discussions on Facebook and to explore the revised project portal.

elen2learn

www.elene2learn.eu

Digiskills Newsletter – Share your good practice!

Are you teaching in a school, at a university or in other educational institution?

Do you use digital tools as part of your classroom practice?

Do you want to meet others doing the same?

The special in this community is that there are no barriers between secondary, higher and adult learning practices. Everyone can find the way to learn and to inspire each other. However, the curriculum and the content can be different, you may find a meaningful methodology or an interesting tool.

Join our community and read the Newsletter here.

Digiskills

digiskills-project.ea.gr

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

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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[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Zagreb 2014 – Conference Highlights

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E-learning at                           work and the workplace

Conference Highlights

Only some days left!

The dates of the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb are approaching. You can consult now the detailed programme on the web! Make sure to book your place in time via the Online Registration Form!

Keynote News

Olaf Zawacki-Richter (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany) is a multitasking talent at one of the most important German research hubs for open, distance, and flexible learning. Eva Suba reached him for an interview.

Fabrizio Cardinali has often played the role of the facilitator between the industry and educational policy-makers. Trained in Italy, Fabrizio moved around the globe for work, returning to his home country recently for new challenges. Dr Andras Szucs, Secretary General of EDEN invited him for a deep conversation.

Further interviews with the other keynote speakers can be read on the Conference Blog.

The EDEN 2014 Annual Conference will take place under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia who will join in person the opening plenary session on 11th June, to address the delegates. On the first day of the Conference, the keynotes Blazenka Divjak and Jeff Haywood, will “open the minds” and draw up the conceptual frame of the conference.

On 12 June, Thursday, the title of Andre Richier’s keynote (EU Commission) will be “Filling the Gap: e-Skills for Jobs”, Alan Tait (The Open University, UK) will speak about “Interesting work and Open Education”, and the theme of the thinker, observer, meanwhile blackbelt corporate representative, Fabrizio Cardinali will be “Smarter Training for Smart Manufacturing Towards the 4th Industrial Revolution”. On Friday, Jim Devine will highlight “Challenging the Paradox of Progress: Agile responses to Ireland’s jobs crisis”. The strategic theme of the exceptional keynote duo, Terry Anderson and Olaf Zawacki-Richter will be “Online Distance Education – Towards a Research Agenda“.

Best Research Paper Award Finalists Announced

EDEN’s Best Research Paper Award is granted yearly during an Award Ceremony the Annual Conference Dinner. The Award is presented in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation.

This years’ finalists are:

  • Let’s Look into the Future! E-Learning Trends and Hypes in Academic Teaching
    Helge Fischer, Linda Heise, Matthias Heinz, Kathrin Moebius, Thomas Kohler, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
  • Online or Blended – Comparing Online and Blended Courses
    Miki Kritz, Einat Rozner, Miri Shonfeld, Jacob Gujski, Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and Art, Israel
  • Badging and Employability at the Open University
    Patrina Law, Leigh-Anne Perryman, Andrew Law, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals
    Corrado Petrucco, University of Padova, Italy
  • Distinctions between Computer Self-Efficacy of Pupils and Teachers in Elementary School
    Tomislav Topolovcan, Milan Matijevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Workshop highlight

MAJMIN International Workshop: Major Competences to Manage Minor Offenders – VET research and innovation for professionals working with minor offenders

This project tackles a highly sensitive issue: tackling competence development of the professionals who deal with juvenile offenders. Within this workshop MAJMIN partners will present the main educational outcomes of the project, including the Research Report, an EQF based curriculum and technology-enhanced learning supported training course for VET training of professionals.

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 became a 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, one of the most authentic and traditional from among Zagreb restaurants. The EDEN Best Research Paper Award will be presented at the event.

On Friday, 13 June, after the conference, a sightseeing will be organized for the Conference participants on behalf of the City of Zagreb starting from the Ban Jelacic Square.

Conference Sponsor

You may follow conference updates via the Conference Group, Facebook and use #eden14.

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May 10, 2014

[EDEN-News] Digiskills News

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FIRST ISSUE

Educators welcome!

Are you teaching in a school, at a university or in other educational institution?
Do you use digital tools as part of your classroom practice?
Do you want to meet others doing the same?What special is in this community is that there are no barriers between secondary, higher and adult learning practices. Everyone can learn and inspire each other. The curriculum and the content may be different, but you may find a meaningful methodology, or an interesting tool.

Join our community and:

Share Your Good Practice!
Connect
Join our European Workshop!

The project builds a good practice collection for teachers’ on-the-job learning and practice. The workshop takes place as part of the Synergy sessions of the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb on 10-13 June, 2014. The Digiskills Workshop is combined with the Working group: Inspiring teachers’ practices and will be organised in several sessions
-> Register now for the whole conference

Connect
Focus Groups and Transnational Good Practice Forum
In October 2013 several focus groups were organized in various countries with primary secondary school teachers and university professors.
The main goal was to receive comments on teaching and learning practices along with some concrete suggestions for potential improvement. In most countries, partipicants agreed that ways of teaching can be improved/changed and that technology should not be the goal, but the tool. The focus groups were accompanied by an international event: the First Synergy Workshop in collaboration with the eLearn2learn project.For all levels of education essential aspects are pedagogical/andragogical: the use of technology in the teaching and learning process should be driven by relevant acknowledged methodology and pedagogical practices.

Read about the First Synergy event and browse the resources shared:
First Synergy Workshop website

Inspire
New Good Practices Online:
Digital Brainstorming: “group work where groups are asked to discuss a question, find information about a subject, test different ICT tools or web services, brainstorm ideas…”->Read more
Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum: “This free, open and online course (MOOC) has been designed for anyone with an interest in curriculum and learning design…” -> Read more
Inspire
Teachers’ Contest:
Are your teaching entrepreneurial skills in interdisciplinary way? Enter this contest to win:
  • A five-day training seminar of Entredu 2014 summer school, 13-18 July at the Greek coast
  • 3 places at EDEN Annual Conference in Zagreb, Croatia, 10–13 June 2014
Read about the ENTREDU contest: http://entredu.ea.gr/contest2014/
12th Science Festival:
12th Science Festival (hr. Festival znanosti) took place from 7th to 14th April 2014. During the course of the Festival in all major cities in Croatia a number of activities promoted science for children, students of primary, secondary and higher education as well as all interested general public.
Workshops, presentations, exhibitions, discussions, scientific cafes and performances presented science in popular, cheerful and understandable way. -> Read more
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[CNIE-L] Event Announcement to ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2014

From Thursday’s inbox…

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2014
20th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training

Modern education is evolving, and traditional methods are shifting to meet new demands. With people learning in multiple forms, in ever-changing learning environments, what shape with learning take next? What do these changes offer us?

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is the largest global conference on technology supported learning and training for the corporate, education and public service sectors. It is a window to the world of technology supported learning, with over 2000 delegates from more than 100 countries attend the conference, making ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN the key international meeting place to discover innovative solutions, absorb new thinking and exchange ideas. Over its 20 years, the event has consistently brought together high-level decision makers from education, business and government sectors, the three areas driving e-learning adoption and innovation. The spotlight is also on international providers who will demonstrate their products, tools and services at the Exhibition, giving participants a closer look at the latest technologies and innovations.

“Twenty years ago, the Web went mainstream and ONLINE EDUCA became the forum for discovering and debating what works in online education. At first, many people said online education would never work. Two decades of progress and innovation have proven them wrong.” ? Jay Cross, CEO of Internet Time Alliance and member of ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN’s Steering Committee

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2014
When: December 3 – 5, 2014
Where: Hotel InterContinental Berlin, Budapester Str. 2, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Organiser: ICWE GmbH, Leibnizstr. 32, 10625 Berlin, Germany

Press Contact: Melanie Wollenweber + Georgia Gilson

Learn more at:  http://www.online-educa.com,
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Connect with ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN for all the latest updates:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/OEBconference  #OEB14,
News Portal: www.newsportal.online-educa.com,
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ONLINEEDUCABERLIN

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May 9, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Zagreb 2014 – Programme On The Web

This came through my inbox yesterday…

E-learning at                         work and the workplace

Conference Programme on the web!

We are pleased to announce that the detailed conference programme with the schedule of plenary and parallel sessions is now available on the conference website. This year’s highly engaging programme includes 70+ papers, 30+ posters, 16 workshops and two demonstration sessions which will highlight the state-of-the-art of ICT supported learning in Europe and beyond.

The sessions include the interactive Synergy Strand with over 40 European practices and projects.

Make sure to book your place in time via the Online Registration!

Keynote Speakers


Alan Tait

Professor of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, United Kingdom


Jeff Haywood

Vice-principal, Knowledge Management at University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Bla
ženka Divjak
Vice Rector for Students and Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia

André Richier
European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry


Terry Anderson

Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research (CIDER), Athabasca University, Canada


Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Professor of Educational Technology, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

Fabrizio Cardinali (Invited)
Chief Strategic Marketing Officer, sedApta
LACE Project,
Workplace Learning


Jim Devine

DEVINE Policy | Projects | Innovation, Ireland

Further information about the keynotes and interviews can be read on the website.

The EDEN 2014 Annual Conference will take place under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Ivo Josipović‡, President of the Republic of Croatia. The President has accepted our invitation for the Conference Opening on the 11th June.

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. The registration guide gives detailed explanation about the process.

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.

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.

Recognising Excellence

The tradition of awarding the EDEN Conference Best Research Paper will be continued, in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Open and Distance Learning. Awards will be presented at the Conference Dinner on 12 June.

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.

On Friday, 13 June, after the conference, a sightseeing will be organized for the Conference participants on behalf of the City of Zagreb. The guided walk tour will start at 15.30 from the city center, at the Ban Jelacic Square.

Conference Sponsor

You may follow conference updates via Facebook and #eden14.

If you would like to be removed from our mailing list,
simply follow the link on the bottom of this letter.

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: zagreb@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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