Virtual School Meanderings

May 9, 2021

Join us for a live webinar on the six innovative strategies for creating new markets

This one appears to be their more generalized newsletter…  But either way, it’s still from the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Dear Friends,

Last month my colleague Lincoln Wilcox and I published a new report that demystifies the process of market creation in emerging economies. The report explains that while perceptions of risk cause many would-be entrepreneurs and investors to shy away from creating impactful businesses, this narrative is misleading. In fact, the encouraging conclusion of our research is that organizations have far more control over their destiny than many previously imagined. By employing six strategies in the ways they overcome challenges, innovators can—to a large extent—create their own luck.

If you haven’t read the report, I encourage you to do so, in the hopes that it provides you with actionable insights that elevate your understanding of market creation as well as its role in creating shared prosperity. For an insider’s dive into the research, I also invite you to join us for a live webinar on May 20th, at 11:00 AM EST.

During the webinar, we’ll discuss in detail:

  • Why we conducted this research and what we hope to achieve with it;

  • Our methodology and the limitations of the study;

  • Which insights we found most surprising and useful;

  • What’s next for the Global Prosperity team; and more.

I hope you’ll join us for what will surely be a lively discussion. Please register and feel free to share any questions ahead of the webinar through Eventbrite; we will also make time for a Q&A should questions arise during the discussion.

Best wishes,

Efosa Ojomo

Christensen Institute · 92 Hayden Avenue · Lexington, MA 02421 · USA

Posts from AADES for 05/04/2021

An item for my Aussie readers as they begin their week.


News feed from the AADES feed


SA – Distance education works wonders for year 10 student Eloise

Meet Eloise, a year 10 student from Open Access College in SA who enjoys singing in the Australian Girls Choir, trampolining and cooking. Eloise came to study online under the medical enrolment program at OAC because of uncontrolled epilepsy. Moving to distance education has done wonders for Eloise’s confidence, self-belief and grades. After impressing her teachers with her hard work, leadership qualities and resilience, Eloise wrote an article describing her experience with distance education.
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CORE Blog: Finding your voice in a digital world

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An item for my Kiwi readers.

The latest from the CORE Blog
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Finding your voice in a digital world

By Kit Haines

2020 threw us all a curveball. It was the year of baking banana bread, viral TikTok trends, and online learning. Forget Year of the Rat, 2020 was the year of the Zoom chat. Education, along with the rest of the world, was virtually redefining itself. When I looked ahead to the uLearn20 conference, my first

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Learning through play and assessment

By Patty Barbosa

“We need a teacher who is sometimes the director, sometimes the set designer, curtain and backdrop, and sometimes the prompter. A teacher who is both sweet and stern, who is the electrician, who dispenses the points, and who is even the audience – the audience who watches, sometimes claps, sometimes remains silent, full of motion,

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Reminder: QM Award Nominations Due May 15

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Note this up-coming deadline.

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Be Recognized for Your Work

Over the past year, we have witnessed time and again the amazing work our members are doing — how institutions and individuals like you are ensuring students succeed despite facing unprecedented challenges. It’s time to get recognized for your efforts — for all you have done to put students first, not just last year but every year.

Follow in the footsteps of institutions such as Mount Carmel College of Nursing and showcase how you are “Making a Difference for Students.”

QM Award nominations are available in four categories:

  • Outstanding Impact by an Individual in Higher Education
  • Outstanding Impact by a U.S. Higher Education Organization
  • NEW — Outstanding Impact by a Non-U.S. Higher Education Organization
  • Outstanding Impact by a K–12 Individual or Organization

For more information, review our award criteria. Then submit your nomination form by May 15.

All winners will be announced at the QM ConnectLX Online Conference — November 3-5.

Please contact us if you need assistance with the nomination process or have questions about the process.

Also due by May 15… Nominations for the Ron Legon Leadership Award! This prestigious award recognizes visionary, innovative leaders who have had a significant impact on online education quality assurance policy or practice in higher education, K–12, publishing, or continuing education. Sound like someone you know? See the award criteria and submit a nomination.
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EDEN Annual Conference – Registration opens 15 May

Note this up-coming deadline from this European conference.

EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference – UNED-Madrid
Registration Opens on 15 May!
“Lessons from a pandemic for the future of education”
Submit a Contribution
Dear Members, Partners and Friends,

EDEN is glad to announce that the registration for the EDEN Virtual Annual Conference, hosted by the National Distance Education University UNED (pictured above) will be opened on 15 May, 2021.
With eleven acclaimed keynotes (so far), special and highly informative Conference Sessions (including a keynote presentation on the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 adopted by the European Commission in late 2020 and an EDEN 30th Anniversary discussion of former EDEN Presidents), a PhD Symposium led by international experts as well as bestowing the Young Scholars’ Grants in cooperation with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation, we await your contributions as well as participation. The evaluation of the submitted contributions is continuous, the Call remains open until 15 May, based on a revised Synergy Concept elaborated below.

Synergy concept:
For project ideas: if you have an exciting project idea to develop, you will be able to present and discuss your idea by submitting a short description of an emerging project, even if not accepted yet. Please submit your initiative in the synergy template field.

For granted projects: EDEN partners, project- and associate partners are still warmly welcome to present ongoing, funded projects by submitting a brief description of the background and objectives. Please submit your initiative in the synergy template field.
All granted project synergy submissions accepted by the Conference Committee will be published in the conference Short Paper Book. The presenters will be able to reach around 300 experts in the field during the conference and more than 12.000 experts via promotion through EDEN channels.

Special Conference Sessions
  • Digital Education Action Plan and the Experience of the EU Education and Training DELTA working group (Sandra Kučina Softić)
  • R4C – Reflecting4Change: Way to make your school e-mature and open: the benefits of using  the R4C Self Reflection Tool and implement changes built around the results – project coordinated by Ellinogermaniki Agogi  (Ferenc Tátrai and Sofoklis Sotiriou)
  • Leveraging University Micro-Credentials: Critical Issues, Practices and Policies for Enhancing Institutional and Employer Capacity (Don Olcott, Mark Brown, Deborah Arnold, Rory McGreal, Mpine Makoe and Timothy Martin Read)
  • EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals and EDEN Fellows Council (Vlad Mihaescu and Lisa Marie Blaschke)
  • The EDEN European Journal – EURODL: with new Chief Editor, new online platform and services in 2021 (Wim van Petegem and Josep Duart)
  • EDEN 30th anniversary: lessons from the past and perspectives for the future – Think tank experience (Ulf Daniel Ehlers)
  • After the Brexit – EDEN Digital Learning Europe Association (Andras Szucs)
  • Alejandro Tiana Ferrer, Secretary of State for Education in Spain
  • Angeles Sanchez Elvira Paniagua, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Distance Education, UNED, Spain
  • Antonio Teixeira, Professor of Education and Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • Covadonga Rodrigo, Chair of the Digital Inclusion Lab, UNED, Spain
  • Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, North America Higher Education, Blackboard Inc.
  • Diana Laurillard, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Francesc Pedro, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Georgi Dimitrov, Head of Digital Education, European Commission
  • Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Mark Nichols, Executive Director, Learning Design & Development, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany
Full Bios of Keynotes
PhD Symposium Madrid
The EDEN 2021 PhD Symposium Madrid will be organized on 21 June 2021, in the frame of the conference. The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019), Timisoara (2020), Lisbon (2020) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts. Check more information about EDEN PhD Symposium here.
You can find the Call for presentations, the Committee members and submit your paper here.
Young Scholars Grants
The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support 4 young scholars or teams of young scholars with a grant of 300 Euros for submitting a significant contribution (Full paper) to the EDEN Annual Conference.

Eligible for the Young Scholars Grants are degree-programme and doctoral students, who individually or in teams submit original research papers to the EDEN Annual Conference in Madrid. The paper will be presented by young scholar(s). Team work with senior scholars are accepted, however it must be declared that the major part of the paper has been authored by young scholar(s).

Young scholars who apply for the grant will take part in the EDEN Best Research Paper Award competition, which is based on evaluation results that follow five standard evaluation criteria: (i)The paper deals with a research question; (ii) rigorous examination/research methods are applied; (iii) findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined; (iv) conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and further research; (v) literature is reviewed against the state of art.The grants will be handed out by bank transfer after the EDEN Annual Conference in Madrid. Eligible candidates are invited to contact the organisers at: before submitting their Full Paper.

EDEN 30th Anniversary Updates
In 2021 EDEN is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. We look forward to sharing the pleasure of this special year with our members, partners and friends. Please read the blog post of EDEN President Sandra Kučina Softić reflecting on this special occasion. Read here.
The official EDEN30 website has been set up and announced already. Nevertheless, the webpage is continuously enriched and upgraded, extended with substantial, meaningful content (history, projects, events, awards, photo galleries, member testimonials etc.), including your warmly welcomed input to show the real power of our community and its 30 years of history.
Share your story!
Do you have an inspiring story of EDEN to tell? We invite all of you to send, upload, share your memories, experiences, memorable moments, including your reflections, comments and ideas to EDEN throughout the anniversary year on the EDEN30 website. You can upload your story and/or photo HERE.
The 30th EDEN Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union
The European Distance and E-Learning Network is co-operating with EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTÜ (Estonia), in order to sustain the legacy of the EDEN Association brand after the United Kingdom having left the EU, to ensure continuity of services and activities for the benefit of the European academic and professional community in open, distance and online learning.
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