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August 11, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Reminder

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Call for Contributions – Deadline: 31 August

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016


Building on the success of the research workshop in Oxford, EDEN is pleased to announce its Ninth Research Workshop organised in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Center for Lifelong Learning at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in Germany.


Research into distance education has renewed importance and taken on new dimensions, as open, distance, and online learning further merge with the mainstream of education. Changes are occurring at all levels of institutions: from new systems and theories and ways of leading and managing organisations, to new teaching and learning approaches and technologies.

EDENRW9 will be held in Oldenburg on 4-6 October 2016. The themes highlight the need of all levels and branches of educational systems to embrace new directions in their organisational management, research and practice, while observing their historical background and professional heritage.

Sponsorship opportunities

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and get in touch with the Conference Secretariat.

Call for Contributions

During this research workshop, EDEN will bring established scholars and researchers of ODL together with early researchers in the field. Building on DE’s extensive history of research and technology innovation, the workshop will create an open stage for further extending discussions on research, where delegates will have an opportunity to engage with experts and actively explore new areas of DE research. We invite all interested professionals to take part and discover the Workshop Themes by submitting their proposals.

Submissions should make a relevant contribution to the field and meet the customary academic requirements: clear aims/questions, methodology, contextualisation, results, conclusions and implications, and references.

Full text submissions must be in English, with careful language, spelling and grammar check. You are invited to send a 10-15 line summary, included in the file of your proposal, separately titled as ‘Abstract’. Authors are also expected to indicate how their research topic is related to the proposed framework of research areas (see workshop themes).

Submissions that relate to the Workshop Scope and one or more of the Workshop Themes are invited by the deadline: August 31, 2016. You are encouraged to submit your proposal earlier than August 31 to support a speedy evaluation of your proposal sooner and enhance your possibility to register early in time.

Contributions received will be continuously evaluated and authors informed accordingly.

Keynote speakers

EDEN proudly introduces the keynote speakers of the event:

Olaf Inge Paul George

Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Professor of Educational Technology

University of

Inge de Waard

PhD researcher

The Open University,
United Kingdom

Paul Prinsloo

Open Distance Learning Research Professor

University of South
South Africa

George Veletsianos

Canada Research
Chair in Innovative
Learning and
Technology and
Associate Professor

Royal Roads

Adnan Som Isa

Adnan Qayyum

Assistant Professor of

State University,

Som Naidu

Technology, Education and
Design Consultant

Monash University,

Isa Jahnke

Associate Professor and Director of
Research for the IELab

University of Missouri,


The EDEN Secretariat will be taking care of the registration for the Research Workshop. Registration opens by mid-August.

The registration fee will include access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days, not including pre- and post-conference programmes. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee. For each paper, only onereduced author’s fee will be offered.

Hotels near the venue

The Oldenburg Tourismus und Marketing GmbH has pre-booked rooms for EDEN Conference Delegates. All but one of the bookings are available until 3 September 2016 – for Hotel Altera the deadline is 15 August 2016. The booking form and procedure for reservation can be consulted here.


After the indicated deadlines, the availability of rooms can not be guaranteed by the agency.

Hotel rooms are available in a limited number in Oldenburg. You are encouraged to arrange your booking at your earliest convenience.

Logo Design Contest

contestSince the announcement of the EDEN Logo Design Contest in July, a number of creative participants already stepped up to the challenge and submitted new concepts and ideas for the Association’s graphic representation. The submission deadline is the 10th of September, so there is still time to join the competition. The designer of the winning artwork could be granted free participation at the 2017 EDEN Annual Conference or receive a 500€ prize money. Read more about the contest here.

Conference Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: 31 August 2016

Registration open: mid-August 2016

Notification of authors: early September 2016

Conference dates: 4-6 October 2016

Visit the Smart House in Oldenburg

Oldenburg may be a small town but it certainly has its own unique memorable features. The Smart House seeks to promote Oldenburg as an ideal location for scientific research and higher education. In addition, it supports development processes which ensure that the region is able to meet the challenges of the future.

It combines both new and old architectural features. Examples of modern technology such as photovoltaic modules make for a building that is “fit for the future”. A light shaft extends from the ground floor to the ceiling, bringing sunlight to areas of the interior that would otherwise be dark. Thanks to its design, the light shaft also provides optimal natural ventilation for the entire building. Other examples of “smart technology” include energy monitors which keep track of energy use as well as motion detectors which regulate lighting and ventilation.



The 9th EDEN Research Workshop is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union


EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858

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