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May 24, 2020

New edWebinars | Remote Learning, Math, STEAM, Assessment, And More!

Note these up-coming webinars.

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How to Develop Scalable and Sustainable Remote Learning Plans Using Familiar Frameworks
Tuesday, May 26 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Liz Brooke, CCC-SLP, Chief Learning Officer, Lexia Learning; and Dr. Suzanne Carreker, CALT-QI, Principal Educational Content Lead, Lexia Learning
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Teaching Math Remotely at Any Grade Level
Tuesday, May 26 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Louis Shanafelt, EquatIO Product Manager, Texthelp; and Megan Mongelli, Technology Integration Specialist, Fort Mill School District, SC
Angela Eckhoff
edWebinar with CE Certificate
Provoking Curiosity:
Student-Led STEAM Learning for PreK to Third Grade
Wednesday, May 27 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Angela Eckhoff, Associate Professor of Education, Old Dominion University, VA
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Thinking Forward with Equity-Based MTSS:
Supporting All Students in a Changing World
Wednesday, May 27 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Dawn Miller, Associate Director of Technical Assistance, SWIFT Education Center; and Dr. Christine Russell, MTSS Coordinator and Psychologist, Oxford Community Schools, MI
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How Are the Children? What Parents and Caregivers Need to Cope With Home-based Learning
Wednesday, May 27 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Doris Corporan, Counselor, NYC; and Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Vice President of Content and Partnerships, Learning Heroes
Nicolas Princen
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Build Your Digital Summer Reading Program:
Tips to Create Great Engagement and Avoid Learning Loss
Thursday, May 28 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Nicolas Princen, Founder and CEO, Glose Education
Juan Cabrera
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Supporting Special Populations Students Through Distance Learning
Thursday, May 28 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso ISD, TX
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May 23, 2020

LAUSD’s Pandemic Approach To Teaching And Instruction

Note this up-coming webinar.

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The Future of Learning Starts Now: LAUSD and Verizon Makes Distance Learning a Reality
In this webinar, learn how the Los Angeles Unified School District relies on proactive planning, strategic execution, and partnerships to make distance learning a reality during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
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May 22, 2020

This Week’s Remote Learning Resources from the REL Program

A weekly series of resources form the Regional Education Laboratories program.

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This Week’s Remote Learning Resources from the REL Program

In response to COVID-19, the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have collaborated to produce a series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by the pandemic. See below for a roundup of featured resources on this topic. A full list of resources is available on the REL COVID-19 webpage.

Dropout Prevention in the Time of COVID-19
Blog | REL Appalachia
Audience: Secondary school leaders and counselors

Learning Remotely in the Age of COVID-19: Lessons from Evidence and Concerns for Equity
Webinar recording | REL Mid-Atlantic
Audience: District leaders, school boards, state leaders

Supporting Educators in Implementing Reading Across the Content Areas
Webinar recording | REL Pacific
Audience: School leaders, district leaders, state leaders, community college staff

Using Transparency to Create Accountability When School Buildings Are Closed and Tests Are Cancelled
Blog | REL Mid-Atlantic
Audience: District leaders, state leaders

Where Can Teachers, Caregivers, and Parents Find Free Digital Resources to Support Early Math Learning?
FAQ | REL West
Audience: Families, caregivers, teachers


The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) build the capacity of educators to use data and research to improve student outcomes. Each REL responds to needs identified in its region and makes learning opportunities and other resources available to educators throughout the United States. The REL program is a part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education. To receive regular updates on REL work, including events and reports, follow IES on Facebook and Twitter. To provide feedback on this or other REL work, email

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May 21, 2020

[FOS WEBINAR] Differentiation & Personalized Learning In Remote Teaching

This is a webinar that may be of interest to readers.

You’re invited to join us tomorrow (5/22) for our next Future of School Webinar:

Differentiation & Personalized Learning in Remote Teaching

5/22 @ 11AM EST


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‘No. 9 – Use Of OER & OEP In The Online Pivot’ 25 May 17.00 CEST #onlinetogether

Note this up-coming webinar from our European counterparts.

The current pandemic has accelerated demand for the transition from traditional education to its online equivalent. EDEN is currently running a new series of EDEN webinars: Education in time of a pandemic.
#onlinetogether #covid19
Meet Timothy Read, Martin Weller and Catherine Cronin on Monday, 25 May 2020, 17:00 CEST on the topic: ‘No. 9 – Use of OER & OEP in the Online Pivot’.
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Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.


Timothy Read
EDEN Vice-president, UNED, Spain


Martin Weller
Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University, UKMartin Weller is the director of The Open Education Research Hub and the director of the GO-GN network. Weller chaired the Open University’s first major online e-learning course in 1999, which attracted 15,000 students, and was the OU’s first LMS Director. His popular blog, features his writings on aspects of educational technology. He is the author of The Battle for Open (2014) and 25 Years of Ed Tech (2020) both available under an open licence.

Catherine Cronin
Strategic Education Developer, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (Ireland)

Catherine Cronin is Strategic Education Developer at Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education where her collaborative work across the sector supports digital and open education including the development of digital capabilities, use of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP), and development of enabling policies for digital and open teaching and learning. Catherine’s 2018 PhD explored the benefits, risks and tensions of using open educational practices in higher education.
You can find Catherine on Twitter @catherinecronin and at

Image credit: CC BY-NC-SA Chris Bull for #ALTC (Flickr)


As each of us has often spoken and written about, the motives for using open educational resources and practices (OER and OEP) are many. Practically, the use of OER enables greater access to educational resources and the ability to adapt resources for different contexts, the use of OEP helps to foster learner activity and agency, and both OER and OEP help learners and teachers to develop vital digital capabilities. More profoundly, both can help to ameliorate inequalities that are present, and widening, within all education systems. As we deal with the current COVID-19 crisis, as individuals and as educators, the urgency of opening education is clear. OER and OEP, and other forms of open education, offer ways to support learners and teachers, to share vital knowledge and resources, to move beyond a limited set of options, and to preserve the values of higher education and perhaps even to save higher education itself.

Rather than two separate 15-minute presentations, this session is structured as a conversation between Martin and Catherine, each sharing important OER and OEP research and resources and then  exploring some key questions, e.g. What are the advantages of using OER? How does it relate to OEP?
What are the opportunities in this time to rethink some of the ways we do teaching?
What are some of the issues to look out for?

After 30 minutes, the session will open for wider Q+A.

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Monday, 25 May 2020,
17:00 CEST

Previous EDEN webinars

No 8 – Practical Tips for Learning and Instructional Design
Monday, 18 May, 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | More info

No 7 – How to manage the onslaught of information and fake news? The 2019-nCoV ‘infodemic’
Monday, 11 May, 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | More info

No 6 – Face-to-face at a distance: Building a learning community online
Monday, 4 May, 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | More info

No 5 – How to engage and support students online
Monday, 27 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | View the presentation | More info

No 4 – How to design and manage assessments for online learning
Monday, 20 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | View the presentation | More info

No 3 – An EDEN response to your most pressing questions and issues
Tuesday, 14 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
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No 2 – When education moves home: implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders
Monday, 6 April, 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | View the presentation | More info

No 1 – How to start teaching online
Monday, 30 March 2020, 17:00 CEST
Watch the recording | View the presentation | More info

Please note that the EDEN 29th Annual Conference will be organized as a virtual event due to the recent developments of the pandemic.

You can find updated information in EDEN’s featured news and on EDEN social media channels

EDEN webinar series
Education in time of a pandemic
#onlinetogether #covid19

In these times of lockdown due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, face-to-face educational functions and activities are being moved online, using remote working sites and tools. Many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online, especially those who have always taught in a traditional classroom and are now being asked to rapidly regroup and prepare for a longer period of educational “social distancing”. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?

To address these questions and many others, EDEN has deciced to roll out a series of practical webinars on how to take face-to-face education online. These webinars are focusing on the day-to-day challenges our teachers and educators face and move on to consider other, broader institutional aspects.

These #onlinetogether #covid19 webinars are especially developed for these uncertain times, featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning. These weekly, one-hour webinar sessions are held every Monday at 17:00 CET. Each webinar consists of a brief presentation addressing the webinar topic, that will be further complemented by a question-and-answer session, where you are greatly encouraged to participate, share your opinion and experiences, and ask your most pressing questions.

You can find the upcoming webinars on our website.

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