Virtual School Meanderings

March 15, 2019

EDEN 2019 Annual Conference Bruges – PhD Symposium Deadline Approaching, New Keynotes

From yesterday’s inbox…

EDEN 2019 Annual Conference: #EDEN19
Connecting Through Educational Technology
In search for contemporary learning environments

PhD Symposium deadline approaching

Bruges, Belgium, 16-19 June 2019


Late submissions closing soon

Submissions, taking into account the conference theme and related to at least one of the conference tracks are welcome latest by 17 March in paper, poster, synergy, training, workshop or panel discussion session and demonstration/technical presentation formats

PhD Symposium deadline approaching

We invite contributions to the pre-conference PhD Symposium co-organized by VIVES, KU Leuven and EDEN. PhD students are encouraged to submit their ongoing research related to the broad area of the conference’s theme: “Connecting Through Educational Technology – To Produce Effective Learning Environments”.
Symposium Committee is chaired by Josep M Duart, EDEN Vice-president for research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain.
Committee members are:

  • Airina Volungeviciene, EDEN President, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Alan Tait, Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, UK
  • Wim Van Petegem, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Sarah Guri-Rosenbilt, The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • Albert Sangra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Sylke Vandercruysse, VIVES University, Belgium
  • Isabel Vanslembrouck, VIVES University, Belgium
  • Jan Elen, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Tinne De Laet, K.U. Leuven, Belgium

The Student Symposium will be supported by a panel of international scholars of education and by the community of EDEN Fellows. The call is open until 29 March 2019.

Read more on the PhD Symposium…

Registration is open

The 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. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

For young scholars, a special discount will be applied.

Register for the Conference

New keynote speaker joins the Annual Conference

Yves Punie

Yves Punie is a senior scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC IPTS)leading its research and policy activities on “ICT for Learning and Skills”. The research area started in 2005 with the aim to provide evidence-based policy support to the European Commission on harnessing the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices, improve access to lifelong learning and to deal with the rise of new (digital) skills and competences needed for employment, personal development and social inclusion. The research covers three interrelated research strands: Open Education and OER, Innovating Learning and Teaching and Key Competences and 21st century skills.

Before joining the IPTS in 2001, he was interim Assistant Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences.

Learn more about him here.

Read about all of our keynote speakers

Special MIT Micro-Masters workshop in Bruges

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. Learners may apply to the university offering credit for the MicroMasters certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated and less expensive Master’sDegree.

Tracy Tan, Director of the MicroMasters Program at MIT will hold a special workshop session at the Annual Conference in Bruges introducing delegates to the MicroMasters programs. She drives the strategy and growth of the MicroMasters programs offered by MIT and help shape and build MITx MicroMasters global ecosystem, including strategic engagement with partner universities, collaborating companies, and MicroMasters learners.

Learn more about her here.

Learn more about Bruges

Get to know the Conference sponsors

Principal Conference Sponsor:

Televic Education is a world leader in the development of research-based solutions that help solve training, quality, certification, accreditation, permanent evaluation and collaboration challenges in many different industries.

The combination of our in-depth knowledge of specific sectors with scientific research has enabled us to create innovative solutions and to build long-term relationships with our clients that range from governments, educational institutions, hospitals as well as corporates.

Televic Education is part of Televic, an international company specialized in innovative communication technology. Televic, headquartered in Belgium, employs over 700 employees worldwide, and maintains operations across Europe, Middle East, Asia and the US.

Conference Sponsors:

Blackboard’s mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services. With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education’s partner in change.
Teachers and students need user-friendly tools to make them function better. That is why Foursevens helps educational institutions in their search for existing solutions or in defining custom-made platforms. Cost-efficiency and user-friendliness are our most important goals in digital innovation.
The European hardware and software partner for the education sector.

Signpost only focuses on the education sector. That is all we do. Our ‘customers’ are educational institutions, employees, teachers, or students.

This means that we know the sector and its peculiarities very well and can respond to current evolutions and sensitivities. We invest a great deal in maintaining these relationships and monitoring the resulting relationships of trust.

Signpost is known for always thinking together with the customer about the next steps, new efficiency gains, and possible opportunities, etc. The main objective is always to make life easier for our customers so that they can focus on their core task of quality education. We are always at your service.

Students have to present themselves better than ever. After the student’s formal education has finished, employers and clients expect to see insight into the skills of a person and want to know what to expect from a candidate. Educational institutions are expected to give skills a permanent place in the curriculum. This is why the online portfolio of Simulise makes those skills transparent for students and teachers -both during school time and afterwards.

The world is changing rapidly. When students complete their education, the labour market will have developed requirements different to those that were apparent when the students started studying. This means that students can show their specific talents. Thus education becomes better, more transparent and future-proof.

Conference Publication Sponsor:

Standaard Boekhandel was founded in 1919 and is considered market leader with more than 140 brick & mortar shops in Flanders and Brussels. In 2014 Standaard Boekhandel acquired Club and as a result strenghtened its position with an additional 47 shops in the French speaking part of Belgium and Brussels.

Every single day 700 direct and indirect employees of Standaard Boekhandel are making all possible efforts in order to delight their clients with an unforgettable shopping experience that stimulates their curiosity, offers them inspiration and encourages them in their personal development.

Next to its comprehensive collection of Dutch books and press, Standaard Boekhandel also offers a wide range of stationery, CDs, DVDs and gifts.

Conference Dinner Sponsor:

City of Bruges

This is Bruges in 60 seconds, but honestly, you would need at least 60 hours to discover the city!

Conference communication partner:

Established in 1992, ENCATC is the leading European network of cultural management and policy. It has more than 100 member institutions and professionals in over 40 countries active in education, training and research within the broad field of cultural management and policy. Our members have an impact on the education of thousands of cultural managers worldwide. ENCATC represents, advocates, and promotes cultural management and cultural policy education, professionalizes the cultural sector to make it sustainable, and creates a platform for discussion and exchange at European and international level.
The conference is hosted by the VIVES University of Applied Sciences.


Conference website:

Inquiries in relation to the conference should be sent to:

The 28th 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
EDEN website
EDEN website
EDEN Facebook
EDEN Facebook
EDEN Twitter
EDEN Twitter
EDEN YouTube
EDEN YouTube
Conference Website
Conference Website
Copyright © 2019 EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you subscribed to our mailing list.

Our mailing address is:

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat

Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Egry J. u. 1.

Budapest, Budapest H-1111


Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: