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