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March 18, 2017

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Registration, Workshops, Keynotes

Note this item regarding the European distance education conference.

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Registration, Workshops, Keynotes

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017



jkpgThe conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping and SADE, the Swedish Association for Open and Distance Learning and supported by the Jönköping City Council.

Registration is open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

registerAuthors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee. For each paper, only one reduced author’s fee will be offered. For more information on fees and discounts, visit the Conference Registrationpage.

Get to know some of our keynotes

Cecilia Bjursell

mayraDirector of Encell, the National Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Dr. Cecilia Bjursell is the Director of Encell at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University. Her research interests are organization, learning, metaphors, organizational ethnography and narrative perspectives in various empirical contexts. Her earlier studies focused on post-merger integration processes and women’s enterprise in family businesses.

Learn more about her here.

Markku Markkula – invited

srinivasMarkku Markkula was elected President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in February 2015 for a two and a half year term of office.

He has been a member of Finland’s Espoo City Council since 1980 – where he was President from 1990–1992 and again in 2010 – he is a member of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and has been Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board since 2004.

Learn more about him here.

Stephan Rapp

qiuDean, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University

Stephan Rapp has extensive experience from the school system as a teacher, principal and school director.He has also been training manager at the Swedish National Courts Administration with responsibility for planning and implementing training programs for staff in the country’s judiciary.In his research, he has been interested in school leadership role in the development of the school.

Learn more about him here.

Selection of interesting workshops from the conference programme

  • How to Facilitate Diversity in Flexible Learning?
  • Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education.
  • How Relevant is Open Education for Refugees?
  • How to Conduct an Academic Chat via Twitter? – The #edenchat Case

Young Scholars’ Support

We are pleased to announce that EDEN’s support scheme to young scholars will be offered again at the 2017 Annual Conference, with the sponsorship of SADE, the Swedish Association for Distance Education. Two young researchers’ attendance at the Conference will be supported with €600 each.

Watch the short interview with Antonia Bralic, Young Scholars’ Support awardee at the Oldenburg Research Workshop #RW9, to find out why EDEN conferences are a great experience.


recognistionContributors, please remember…

that your papers, posters and training submissions will not only be subjected to the conference evaluators’ thorough assessment, but could also win one of EDEN’s prestigious awards. We are keen to promote and inspire professionals by recognising excellence and will continue the tradition of distinguishing Best Papers and Best Practice Initiatives. The conference participants can also make their voices heard – they will be able to vote on their favourite posters on display – the poster earning the highest number of votes will receive the conference’s Poster Prize. Everybody who has an accepted submission for presentation will receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.

Get inspired by the Best Research Paper Award winners of 2016

Since 2008, EDEN has bestowed the Best Research Paper Award at its Annual Conferences and the bi-annual Research Workshops. A robust selection process guarantees the high-standing of these awards for contributions to the field of open, distance and e-learning. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, with the support of a distinguished Jury.

Last year’s Best Research Paper Award winners at the 9th Research Workshop in Oldenburg were Antonia Bralic and Blazenka Divjak from the Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, Croatia for their paper on Use of MOOCs in Traditional Classroom: Blended Learning Approach.

The winners at the 2016 EDEN Annual Conference were Jieun Lim and Jennifer Richardson, from the Purdue University, United States of America, who were awarded for their paper on How Social Networking Experience relates to Social Presence and attitude of Using SNS in education.

Conference structure

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand, ensuring digital interactivity and cooperation on the social web.

The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 13 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 16 June.

The conference structure can be viewed here. Please note that programme changes may apply.

Did you notice?

The European Commission has just announced their renewed policy plans for the modernisation of higher education. As Georgi Dimitrov, Deputy Head of the Unit on Innovation in Education and the EIT, and a policy expert in this area, will attend the EDEN 2017 Annual Conference as a keynote speaker we hope to get first hand relevant information on this in good time.

Late submissions still welcome!


There has been an impressive response to the Call, showing high level compliance with the theme and concept. The relevance and diversity of submissions is reassuring for a conference rich in content and in networking opportunities.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until further notice. Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themesare still welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

lufthansaThe Lufthansa Group airlines offer a comprehensive global route network and exclusive prices and conditions to our participants, visitors, exhibitors, and invited guests. Read more on how to use the special offer.

Visit the City Park & the Jönköping Open Air Museum


With views stretching for miles over the southern district of Lake Vättern, the city park is just five minutes by bus from the city centre. The city park is a beautiful nature area in Jönköping for all ages. The park has an exciting maze, picnic areas, bird ponds, animal pastures, and mini golf.

There is also the unique Bird Museum with a collection of approx 1400 stuffed birds of 341 species and an egg collection with approx 2500 eggs, as well as an Open Air Museum to which old buildings have been moved. In the summer, the county museum usually moves into the houses and opens them for different activities.

The Open Air Museum’s history began in 1901 when the engineer Algot Friberg bought the Bäckaby medieval wooden church and moved it to Jönköping City Park. Eventually more older buildings were brought to the park and the open air museum was born.

Sponsorship opportunity

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

Exhibition stands will also be available for booking.


Schedule and Deadlines

Late submissions welcome

Registration open

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2017

Conference Dates: 13-16 June 2017

For any conference related questions contact the Conference Secretariat


The EDEN 2017 Annual Conference 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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