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September 18, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Sneak Peek of the Programme

From yesterday’s inbox…


Sneak Peek of the Programme

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016


Conference Opening – Distance Education Legend Otto Peters will welcome the conference in a video message

                        PetersIt is our pleasure to inform you that the Conference Opening will feature a welcoming video message from Distance Education Legend Otto Peters, providing a perfectly appropriate kick-off to the programme that, indeed, is exposing the deepest roots of ODL research and innovation.

Few individuals have had the degree of global impact in adult and continuing education as has Otto Peters, Ph.D. Entering the field in the 1960s, when continuing education was beginning to be affected by telecommunications technology, Peters provided both administrative and scholarly leadership during a time when distance education transformed from a “correspondence study” model to a media-based national strategy for workforce education in both developed and developing countries. As a pioneering administrative leader, scholar, and professional leader, he shaped the direction of university-based distance education in Europe and the world during a career that spans four decades. His contribution to the field has been recognized by organizations around the world.

Keynote Speech Titles Revealed

Inge de Waard: Self-determined learning: lifelong learning in an open range or fenced land?

Olaf Zawacki-Richter & Som Naidu: Exploring 35 Years of Research into Distance Education

Isa Jahnke: Studying Learning Expeditions in Cross Action Spaces with Digital Didactical Designs

George Veletsianos: A scholarly life online

Workshop Session Sneak Peek

sneek peakHow to Improve Soft Skills to Ensure Better Employability

In a world where linear careers in the same company are a thing of the past, employability means much more than producing ‘job-ready’ graduates for a particular industry. It’s about equipping them to integrate collaborative working environments and to cope with the challenges of a world undergoing profound change. And very few people would argue that when it comes to soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship, there is a significant gap between what universities equip their graduates with and what they will need in the workplace. Initiatives such as the ERASMUS+ funded eLene4work and Open Badge Network projects are serving a crucial purpose in addressing this issue.

So how can we measure soft skills and how can students and young workers improve and demonstrate their skills in their CVs or e-Portfolios? These are the main questions of this workshop, which will begin with an insightful presentation of Deborah Arnold describing the pathway eLene4work created to help students develop soft skills, followed by interactive group work and a Q&A section.

Conference Programme Structure

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, poster and synergy sessions. The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 4 October, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with the Closing Plenary Session on 6 October.

3 October: Day of German Unity

For those delegates, who plan to arrive early for the Research Workshop, please note, that 3 October is a national holiday in Germany and many businesses may be closed on this day. Bakeries, petrol stations and stores at railway stations, airports and shops near highways will generally be open. Public transport services may run as usual, or at a reduced frequency. There may be some disruption to traffic around large celebrations.

Registration open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Research Workshop. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.

registerThe registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days, not including satellite events of the conference. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee.

All attendees (presenters or audience) are required to register by completing the form and arranging their respective payments.

Conference Dinner

The three course, traditional German cuisine Conference Dinner wil be held at the Klinkerburg Restaurant, a truly unique place. The restaurant occupies the original first class waiting room in the main train station of Oldenburg.


Art Nouveau in perfection: the restaurant’s building was designed in 1915, by the famous architect Wolfgang Mettegang. The name “Klinkerburg” was a loving nickname given by the town’s inhabitants after the completion of the train station. In 2001, the restaurant was renovated and refurbished to create perfect harmony between innovation and tradition.

The Conference dinner will be held on 5 October, Wednesday evening.

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.


Conference Schedule and Deadlines

Registration: open

Conference dates: 4-6 October 2016

Visit the Oldenburg State Theatre

The dome of the Oldenburg State Theatre has been part of the city’s skyline since 1893. The building is of Neo-Baroque design, and although it has undergone some changes, its essence has been retained.

Three theatres are housed under its roof. In addition to the impressive Grosses Haus with 827 seats, in October 1998 the curtain first rose in the Kleines Haus which seats 350. In the season of 2001/2002, a small studio theatre, the Spielraum with seating for 70, also came into being.

The programme of the Oldenburg State Theatre is coloured by a high-quality, classic repertoire of operas, operettas, musicals, plays, dance performances and concerts as well as its commitment to the artistic avant-garde. Premieres and debut performances are regular features on the State Theatre’s programme.


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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