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May 20, 2022

2022-2023 EDEN Mentoring Programme – Submission of Applications until 15 June

An item from our European colleagues.

2022-2023 EDEN Mentoring Programme

Submission of Applications until 15 June

Dear EDEN Colleagues,

On behalf of EDEN Digital Learning Europe, we are pleased to announce that the application process for the 2022-2023 EDEN Mentoring Programme is now open.

The Mentoring Programme was designed as EDEN members serving EDEN members and to provide a collaborative and mutually supportive professional development option for members. The current Mentors in the programme are EDEN Senior Fellows and EDEN Fellows, many of whom have established European and globally recognised reputations in the field.

If you are interested in benefiting from such a mentorship, we invite you to submit your application. We have enclosed a Programme Brochure that provides an overview of the programme, a description of the timelines and key dates for applicants, as well as a sample completed form. You will also find the Mentee Application Form as a separate document for you to fill in and send with your application. You can downloand the documents clicking in the buttons below:

Programme Brochure
Mentee Application Form

Please note that the focus of this programme is on practising professionals working in the field, not students. At present it is our view that postgraduate masters and/or doctoral students have other options for professional development in their studies. Doctoral students that are employed in the field may apply to the EDEN Mentoring Programme.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 June 2022. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a brief biosketch and the completed and signed Mentee Application Form to:

We would also like to encourage applicants to consider a minimum commitment of 4-6 months in your application for a mentorship. We recently conducted a pilot project of the Mentoring Programme, and the evaluation data were clear that 1) establishing clear goals and outcomes and 2) ensuring a time commitment that allowed for busy schedules were the two primary issues shared by mentors and mentees. These are common issues cited by other global mentoring programmes.

We are delighted to invite you to apply to the 2022-2023 EDEN Digital Learning Europe Mentoring Programme. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., Chair, or Dr. Deborah Arnold, Vice Chair, at the email addresses below.

Feel free to share this information about the Mentoring Programme with other colleagues who may be interested.

Warm regards,

Article Notice – Paradigms lost and gained: Stakeholder experiences of crisis distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 10:01 am
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This scrolled through one of my open scholarship networks in the past day or so.

  • June 2021
  • Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education 37(2):1-16
  • DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2021.1929587
  • Alun Epps
  • Matt Brown
  • Baldish Nijjar
  • Lynda Hyland

Abstract – The physical distancing requirements designed to slow the contagion of COVID-19 instigated sweeping changes to the education sector. School closures in 193 countries brought significant disruption to education and to the lives of children, parents, and teachers. This study explored the experiences of school stakeholders during this period of crisis distance learning (DL). The perspectives of participants in six discrete focus groups of pupils, parents, and teachers at a private school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, were subject to thematic analysis. Researchers identified three key themes, including ‘a need for stakeholder support’, ‘curriculum delivery implications’, and ‘educational outcomes of crisis distance learning’. Conclusions and recommendations will be of interest to researchers, teachers, school leaders, and teacher education providers.

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[PDF] ICT Competence of Pre-service Teachers in Vietnam: Structure and Impact Model

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Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 6:02 am
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May 19, 2022

Announcing CUE’s new Community Portal!

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:03 pm
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This item may be of interest to my California-based readers.

Dear Michael,
I’m excited to let you know that CUE has launched a new website.  I’m excited about this for a number of reasons, but the most significant is that coupled with the new website is a community portal that will have several cool features for CUE members.
To join the community portal:
Please visit and click on the Sign Up link in the upper right hand corner.  If you’re currently a CUE member, you need to sign up for a membership to migrate your current membership into the portal. This is a two-step process:
Step 1:  Click on the Sign Up link,
Step 2: Click on the confirmation link in your email,
  • Select a membership option – you have a choice of a free trial (monthly through the end of July (you’ll need to renew each month until then), or paid membership (good for one year).
  • After you select your membership type and complete the process, you’ll get a confirmation email welcoming you to the CUE Community.
If you have trouble with any of the process please email, and we’ll help you.
This new portal contains a number of elements to foster collaboration, conversation, and sharing of ideas and resources through a forum, Affiliate groups, Learning Networks and other special interest groups, news and information, and the ability for members to post opportunities of interest to other members such as jobs, mentorships, and the like.
The new membership portal will be free for a few months, but the CUE membership model will be changing over the summer, and we’ll be asking members to contribute a membership fee of $40 beginning August 1.  For that fee, members will have access to the portal’s groups and forums, blogs, resources, and a growing list of trainings from CUE and CUE members, Google, Common Sense Media, and other corporate supporters and partners, along with a number of other benefits and opportunities. See all of the new Member Benefits
The past couple of years has been challenging for CUE, as it has for educators everywhere.  Since the Board asked me to step in as Executive Director last year, my primary goal has been to maintain a focus on CUE as a community.  In my mind, that’s what drove the conversations that resulted in CUE’s new strategic plan.  Our mission and vision center around two fundamental questions – What can we do together to support educators? and What can we do together to support better teaching and learning for kids?  Clearly, our educational technology roots are embedded in both of those questions, but we’ve evolved over the past forty-four years.  Today, every educator is a computer-using educator!
Thanks for everything you do for your colleagues, students, and for the CUE Community!
Mike Vollmert, Ed.D.
Executive Director, CUE
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