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May 16, 2018

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2018 Annual Conference Genova – BREAKING: MIT Micro-Masters Session At The Conference!

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EDEN 2018 Annual Conference: #EDEN18

Exploring the Micro, Meso and Macro
Navigating between dimensions in the digital learning landscape

Genova, Italy 17-20 June 2018


BREAKING – MIT MicroMasters Director joining with a special session in Genova!

tracytanTracy Tan, Director of the MicroMasters Program at MIT will hold a special workshop session at the Annual Conference in Genova introducing delegates to the MicroMasters programs.

MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance learners’ career. They provide deep learning in a specific career field and are recognized by employers for their real job relevance.

Learn more about her.

Registration is open

registrationThe EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. Registration is open!

The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days.

For young scholars a special discount will be applied.

Welcome Reception

palazzo tursiSunday evening, 17 June, the University of Genova will host the Conference Welcome Reception at the Palazzo Tursi which is a famous Genova museum at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Via Garibaldi – the baroque Strada Nuova dating back from the Italian Rinascimento.

This unique itinerary is connecting three important Genoese buildings: the Palazzo Rosso, the Palazzo Bianco and the Palazzo Doria Tursi which was built during the ‘Golden Century of Genoa’ (1530-1630).

Conference gala dinner

aquarium of genovaThe Conference Gala Dinner will be held at the world-famous Aquarium of Genova, which is the largest aquarium in Italy and the second largest in Europe.

The aquarium offers spectacular views of the Old Port of Genoa – it is located on the centuries-old wharf of Ponte Spinola. The aquarium was inaugurated in 1992 for the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of the New World. It now houses over 15.000 animals belonging to 400 species.

Pre-Conference Workshop “European Engineering Team” (EET) – 18 June, Sunday 12-16 hrs, Albergo de Poveri Genova

The future working environment of young engineers within the dynamic European society and economy will be more and more coined by mobility as well as of transnational and intercultural competencies. The workshop will introduce a generic approach for the development and implementation of transnational project-oriented courses, illustrated on the example of the master course “European Engineering Team” (EET) at universities from Italy, Norway, Poland and Germany. Participants can plan their own courses in small groups with the support of the EET-partners, discussed in cooperation with potential partners.

The Best Research Paper Award Turns 10

anniversaryIn Genova in 2018 we shall welcome the tenth Anniversary of the EDEN Best Research paper Award initiative! EDEN has bestowed the Best Research Paper Award at its Annual Conferences and the bi-annual Research Workshops since 2008.

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.

The keynote speakers

Georgi Dimitrov

Deputy Head of the Unit on Innovation in Education and the EIT

georgi dimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov joined the European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture, as a Policy Officer in 2008. He was involved in various roles in setting up the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a recent initiative of the EU addressing innovation by integrating education, research and business activities.

Learn more about him.

Sarah-Guri Rosenblit

– Vice-President for Academic Affairs, The Open University of Israel

sarah-guri rosenblitSarah Guri-Rosenblit is the Dean of Technology and Development at the Open University of Israel. Her areas of expertise are focused on comparative research of higher education systems, distance education and e-learning. Sarah does research in Educational Leadership, Educational Management and Teacher Education. Their most recent publication is ‘Distance Teaching Universities.’

Learn more about her.

Fabrizio Cardinali

CEO & Founder of KnowHedge Consulting – Human, Robotic & Machine Learning

fabrizio cardinaliOne of Europe’s first degreed students in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Fabrizio started a carrier development in (human) learning technologies, becoming a serial start upper of leading digital learning technologies companies.

Today he is CEO of Knowhedge, a Open Innovation consulting boutique firm which helps large Organizations, Incubators and Startups in their efforts towards better workforce training , safety, well being and, possibly, intelligent automation exploiting new (exponential) technologies such as IoT, AI, Machine Learning and Neural Computing. Learn more about him.

EMEM Italian track

The conference is hosted by the University of Genova and is organised conjointly with EMEM Italia, the leading national Education and Media Conference in Italy.

EMEM, the national „community of communities” is integrating the scholarly approach with practical, hands-on experiences. This year in Genova, opening to the international world will be in focus. EMEM will be present at the conference with its own track of reviewed submissions (in Italian), workshops and many experts, academics and professionals joining the international EDEN community.

Connect, learn and share with the Italian network of learning innovation, technology and pedagogy and benefit from the experience of meeting different professional cultures in e-learning!

EDEN welcomes Contact North

contactnorthWe welcome Conact North | Contact Nord, who are a strategic partner of our Association as Conference Publication Sponsor!

Preliminary conference structure

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand. The event starts on Sundayafternoon on 17 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 20 June.

The preliminary structure can be viewed here. Detailed programme to come this week soon!


To help with choosing accommodation for the conference, our hospitality partner, Convention Bureau Genova has put together a list of recommended hotels for conference delegates.

Quality and Recognition

recognitionThe tradition of awarding the EDEN Best Research Paper will be continued. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning.

The Award for the Young Scholars’ Best Paper will also be issued.

Open Badges – Authors of accepted submissions receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.

Conference Venue: Genova, Italy

Genoa (Genova) is a port city and the capital of northwest Italy’s Liguria region. It’s known for its central role in maritime trade over many centuries. In the old town stands the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with its black-and-white-striped facade and frescoed interior. Narrow lanes open onto monumental squares like Piazza de Ferrari, site of an iconic bronze fountain and Teatro Carlo Felice opera house.

The city’s once-tatty port area now hosts museums and a number of eating and drinking options. Its old town, too, has had its own far more organic revitalisation, with a bright new crop of fashionable shops, restaurants and bars lighting the way.

The Convention Bureau Genova has provided a brochure of sights not to be missed while visiting Genova, as well as a map of the city and surrounding areas.

port of genova villa

Port of Genova

Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini

piazza de ferrari

Piazza de Ferrari

The conference is hosted by the University of Genova and is organised conjointly with EMEM Italia and CNR-ITD, The Institute for Educational Technology of the Italian National Research Council.

Our Conference Hospitality Partner is Convention Bureau Genova.

uni genoa cnr itd emem italia cbg


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Inquiries in relation to the conference should be sent to:


The 27th EDEN 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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