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June 1, 2017

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Update In The Programme, Sneak Peek At Workshops

From yesterday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Update in the programme,
sneak peek at workshops

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.register

For more information on fees and discounts, visit the Conference Registration page.

Detailed conference programme available

programme booklet coverThe 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 detailed conference programme can be viewed here.

The conference structure can be reached here. Eventual programme changes may apply.


In the end of the first Conference day, just after the EDEN Annual General Meeting on 14 June, it is planned – based on the nice experience of the Oxford Research Workshop in 2014 – to organise a “Walk and Talk” event in the bright Nordic evening. We shall take a trajectory around the lake Munksjön.

EDEN members and conference delegates are invited to join the conference featured speakers, EDEN Executive Committee and Network of Academics and Professionals post bearers – and discuss about any matters of interest around EDEN, Learning Innovation in the world, Openness, the future of Digital Education and alike.

The sunset that evening will be at 10:06pm.

Would the weather not be friendly, the discussion will take place in the Orangerie room of the University.

The Walk and Talk programme replaces the Book and Wine evening for which less interest was expressed this year.


Sneak peek at conference workshops

How to Facilitate Diversity in Flexible Learning?

Technology enhanced learning is today’s learning for new groups of students. It changes our learning styles, institutional strategies, teaching and learning skills.

National associations of flexible learning and technology enhanced learning (TEL) professionals are usually the ones who unite professionals applying technologies in learning facilitate learners, teachers and institutions to promote learning using new technologies.

Learning should support diversity. The conference theme is “Diversity Matters” we mean this is a very important aspect when developing result oriented learning. It is very important to develop and facilitate application of technologies in learning that support diversity. ICT supported lifelong learning brings individual learning and knowledge, as well as very rationale application of learning results in professional practices.


Enhancing Diversity with Open Badges

This workshop introduces Open Badges as a novel approach and a technical tool to recognise, validate and communicate a diversity of skills and achievements of an individual learner in a digital, verifiable and information-rich format.

Certificates, school grades and workload-based credits tell us nothing about learner’s competencies, skills, experiences, motivations or attitudes. Open Badges are a new concept addressing the weak points of traditional credentialing systems. Open Badges are learner-centered and can be used for micro-credentialing of 21st century skills, including digital skills, creativity, critical thinking, entrepreneurship or team skills, all of which rarely get captured by traditional certificates.

From OER to OEP

Despite the rapid development of Open Education movement, there are still many challenges identified by education organizations, teachers and trainers, e-learning centre staff members and also learners themselves that prevent the uptake and mainstreaming of open education using and developing of Open Educational Resources (OERs). One of the major challenge is to integrate OERs in curriculum designing transferring OER to Open Educational Practices (OEP) because of lack of skills and competences of participants to find and use, to find and adapt or to develop OERs due to restricted information on which ICT tools are most suitable for one or another purpose.

Join the #EDENChat on 15 June, live from the conference!

On 15 June, starting at 16:15, during the “How to Conduct an Academic Chat via Twitter – The #edenchat Case” workshop, Antonella Poce will be moderating a discussion on the same topic. Join in on twitter using the #EDENChat hashtag.

#EDENChat is a scheduled online discussion event on Twitter where anyone can join in and contribute to the discussions on current issues in distance, open and e-learning. In the most recent #EDENChat we discussed MOOCs and soft skills development in higher education. Read all the archived discussions here.

#eden17 live stream of plenary sessions

We are happy to announce, that the #eden17 Conference Plenary Sessions will be live streamed on EDEN’s youtube channel. Tune in to see your favourite keynote speakers every day according to the official programme schedule and share your thoughts and reflections using the official conference hashtag: #eden17.

Selected keynote speakers will be interviewed on video by Steve Wheeler on behalf of the EDEN NAP Steering Committee. All the recorded videos will be uploaded to Youtube.

Diversity will be with us – Almost 40 countries in the pool of presenters!

You will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with speakers from the Universities of Roma, Delft, Regensburg, Zagreb, Stockholm, Budapest, Saxonia, London, Oldenburg, Denmark, Porto, Rioja, Baden-Württenberg, the Baltics from Europe – as well as with proferssionals from other continents: University of Maryland, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Hongkong, Turkey, India, Beijing University, Southern Queensland, Sydney, Mexico, Nepal, the Middle-East, not to mention the leading Open Universities of the world: OU UK, UNED Spain (Madrid), UOC Catalunya, South-Africa, Turkey (Anadolu), and Athabasca (CA).

Recognising excellence

recognitionYour papers, posters and training submissions are not only 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. Everybody who has an accepted submission for presentation will receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.


Schedule and Deadlines

The call is closed

Registration open

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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