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May 11, 2013

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Oslo 2013 – Programme On The Web!

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The Joy of Learning

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 at the conference website. Near 100 papers, 50 posters, 17 workshops and 9 demonstrations will highlight the state of art in ICT supported learning in Europe and beyond.

Keynote Speakers

  • Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Norway
  • Prof. Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Sir Ken Robinson (via live satellite), Professor emeritus, internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, United States
  • Anne Kirah, Chief Experience Officer, Making Waves, Norway
  • Ana Carla Pereira, Head of Unit at European Commission, DGEAC
  • Bernie Luskin, President for the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, United States of America
  • Torunn Gjelsvik, Norwegian Association for Distance and Flexible Education – NADE, Norway
  • Patrick Blessinger, Executive Director, The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association – HETL, United States

For the list with details click here.

Kristin Halvorsen

Sir Ken Robinson

Sugata Mitra

Anne Kirah

Bernie Luskin

The Norwegian Association for Distance and Flexible Education will have their strand about best practice of distance and e-learning during the NADE Day “Disruptive Education”, 14 June. You can meet the Nordic e-learning community representatives, deemed one of the best in the world.

Workshops selection

  • Open Education for All and ICTs by the VISIR – “Vision, Scenarios, Insights and Recommendations” on ICT and Learning Network
  • ICDE-EDEN Joint Workshop on Open and Distance Learning Futures: The increasing societal impact of online education
  • OportUnidad: Faculty as Game Changers into OER-OEP Enhanced Learning Experiences
  • Meeting Social Justice Goals in Open Distance and e-Learning: How are we Doing?
  • The Online ‘Nobel Prize’ Competition Workshop with teams of students (by the Davidson Institute of the Weizmann Institute)
  • Owning the Place of Learning: Principles for Designing Personal Learning Spaces for Learners and Teachers
  • Accessing Labs and Infrastructures Remotely from European Classrooms
  • Fostering the Joy of Teaching and Learning through Open Educational Practices
  • How to Power-up Communities behind OER Initiatives
  • Why Spend Time on Open Educational Resources?
  • How do you Improve the Joy of Learning – European Panorama


The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the 2013 Annual Conference. Please, use the Online Registration Form.

The registration fee includes all conference facilities and materials (electronic Proceedings, Book of Abstracts), the Welcome Reception on 12 June, lunches and coffees on 13-15 June.

We offer combined EDEN membership and conference fee discounted packages as well. For detailed information visit the conference website.

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 14 June.

Exciting Interviews with the Keynote Speakers

Read the pre-conference interviews with the EDEN 2013 Keynotes and learn about their particular approaches and stimulating themes at the conference web.

The NVL Distance Network has arranged for a Nordic webinar on 16 May, interviewing Anna Kirah, Keynote Speaker. In this webinar you have the opportunity to get a more personal impression and at the same time you get a taste of what will be discussed at the Conference.

Online and Social

The Conference will be supported and accompanied intensively by social networking, sharing, online and virtual presence and involvement possibilities. You are invited to share on Twitter, Facebook, Slideshare and Youtube. The conference hashtag is #EDENOslo. A curated Conference news service is collecting related information via it’s account.

Follow the The EDEN Oslo Facebook group which has been active for several weeks, sharing a lot of relevant information about and around the Oslo Conference.

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 12 June in the foaje at the University of Oslo where you can start preparing yourself at the event. The EDEN fellow award wil 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 (13 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 14 June, with a folklore programme at the beginning, will be organised in Oslo Military Society Conference Centre, a beautiful building in neo-romantic style. The Conference Centre is located in the city centre by the Oslo Fjord, besides the famous medieval Akershus Castle.

Conference Venue, Oslo

Oslo has a special combination of city life and easy access to the great outdoors, the Oslo fjord and the forests. You may enjoy the view on the roof of the new Opera House, the new Ski Jump Holmenkollen, or you may pay a visit to the Munch Museum and the Nobel Peace Center.

Georg Sverdrups hus, Blindern. Photo: Francesco Saggio, UiO. Source

Oslo Military Society Conference Centre

Ski Jump Holmenkollen

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