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April 19, 2017

$100 Discount Ends 4/30

And another item from Monday’s inbox…

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Online and distance educators:
The Early‑early-bird discount ENDS APRIL 30
…for the 33rd Annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference on July 25‑27. Learn from thought leaders and connect with colleagues at this national conference.

Sign up by April 30 and pay just $510. A savings of $100 off the regular price!

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Disruptive Design for the Future of Online LearningMichelle Weise, Executive Director of Sandbox Collaborative, Southern New Hampshire University
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Designing eLearning: The Future is TodayNick Floro, CEO/Learning Architect, Sealworks Interactive Studios
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Cultivating the Skill of Well‑Being: Implications for Teaching and LearningRichard J. Davidson, founder, Center for Healthy Minds; professor of psychology and psychiatry; and director, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin‑Madison
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The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference keeps getting better and better. This is one of the best‑organized conferences I have ever attended, and the venue is outstanding. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in online learning.
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April 18, 2017

USDLA 2017 Virtual Conference

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…


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2017 Virtual Conference
Can’t join us in Indianapolis?  Register for our virtual conference being held May 1-2, 2017.  Registration will give you live access to our opening Keynote Speaker, Elliott Masie, 8 concurrent sessions and our prestigious Awards Banquet.  Recordings of each session will also be provided after the conclusion of the event.
Check out the full virtual conference schedule today!
Thank you to the USDLA 2017 Virtual Conference sponsor:
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Registration Rates are below.
Virtual Conference Registration
USDLA Member Rate – $200

USDLA Non-Member Rate – $250

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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Social Events at EdMedia 2017 (DC)

Another item from AACE.

Washington, DC – June 20-23, 2017

Private Smithsonian National Air & Space and Natural History Museum Tours
Complimentary Topics Lunch 
WednesdayFriday. Registration Required.
Disco Night in DC Welcome Party!

Attendees & a guest are invited to wear your favorite 70’s outfits & light up the dance floor!

Emerging Scholars SIG Social Event 
Enjoy a night out on the town with fellow
grad students!
Potomac Monuments Riverboat Tour
Narrated sightseeing cruise featuring the Jefferson Memorial, JFK Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, & the 14th St Bridge.
Closing Happy Hour
Let’s celebrate EdMedia 2017 with Happy Hour & toast to EdMedia 2018 in Amsterdam!
We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions.


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Internships at Innovate Learning Review

This may be of interest to some readers.

Editorial & Social Media Internships Available

Innovate Learning Review (ILR) is an online publication with insight
on the issues, practices, research, ideas, discussion, and resources
by and for innovative learning professionals around the world.

ILR is offering part-time positions for Editorial and Social Media Interns. Editorial interns will curate/select and write brief content for publication. Social Media interns will help build the ILR social media presence and community.

These positions will enable interns to gain much experience, keep current in the field, and connect with other learning professionals. Also, college credit may be available from your school!

Internships are paid and require 3-5 hours/week working from anywhere.  Also, college credit may be available from your school.

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April 15, 2017

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Registration, Keynotes, Recognition, Social Events

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Registration, Keynotes, Recognition, Social Events

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017



jkpgThe conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping and SADE, the Swedish Association for Open and Distance Learning and supported by the Jönköping City Council.

We wish a Happy Easter to everyone!

Registration is open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. 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.

registerAuthors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee. For each paper, only one reduced author’s fee will be offered. For more information on fees and discounts, visit the Conference Registration page.

The Call is closed now, evaluations will finish in the next few days. With eventual late submission requests please contact the Conference Secretariat directly. Synergy and Training submissions are awaited until end of April.

New keynote speaker joins the conference

Andreia Inamorato dos Santos

andreiaScientific Officer, ICT for Learning, Skills and OER, Human Capital and Employment Unit, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Andreia joined the JRC in September 2013. Her role involves research and policy support on ‘ICT for Learning, Skills and Open Educational Resources (OER)’. Her work contributes to finding opportunities and challenges of ICT and OER implementation at a policy level to innovate and modernise teaching, learning and training practices in Europe. Learn more about her here.

Her contribution will feature in a special session with the most interesting OER papers presented.

Keynote titles revealed

keynoteGeorgi Dimitrov – EU perspectives on digital education

Andreia Inamorato dos Santos – Where do we stand on policies for open education? Evidence from research on EU Member States

Frans Mäyrä – Multidimensional Ludic Literacy: Diversity in Game Cultures

Stefan Hrastinski – Diversifying e-learning

Hanqin Qiu – The Transformation of Teaching and Learning Appropriate for a Digital Age: Development and Implications

Jean-Marie Filloque – Diversity and social engagment, contributions of Universities lifelong learning strategies in Europe

Manjula Srinivas – Digital communication platforms and media educators in under graduate schools of mass communications in India

Social Events

2Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will take place in the assembly hall of the School of Education and Communication (building H) at Jönköping University. At the reception you can start preparing yourself at the event.

Meet the EDEN fellows, Board and NAP members, Secretariat staff who can help you to find out best how to exploit the event. The pleasant surroundings will ensure inspiration for intellectual exploration dialogue learning-partnerships and collaboration. The EDEN Fellow Awards and Young Scholar Awards will be presented during the reception.

bookwineBook and Wine event

EDEN continues the tradition of the Book and Wine event: at the end of the first day (14 June) the lovers of literature and good wines share their latest interesting reading experience through short presentations in the Orangerie of the University.

Please contact the conference secretariat if you are interested to join as speaker. Everyone is welcome to listen and discuss over a glass of wine!

Conference Dinner

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The venue of the Conference Dinner will be the classical style Elite Stora Hotellet, one of the most beautiful buildings in Jönköping and with a central location along the southern shore of Lake Vättern.

Jönköping’s walking street passes right by the hotel, putting guests right in the midst of the city’s shopping, attractions and nightlife. Elite Stora Hotellet was built in the mid 1800’s and has been painstakingly renovated. Much of the hotel has been preserved in its original glory, including the Hall of Mirrors, which is one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful banquet halls.

Tours and other activities

For tours and activities in and around Jönköping, the Småland region, before or after the conference, please contact our conference partner Memu.

Selection of interesting workshops from the conference programme

  • How to Facilitate Diversity in Flexible Learning?
  • Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education.
  • How Relevant is Open Education for Refugees?
  • How to Conduct an Academic Chat via Twitter? – The #edenchat Case

EDEN Open Badges

The European Distance and E-Learning Network has extended its quality and excellence recognition with the launch of open badges aiming at helping colleagues within the EDEN Network to communicate their achievements and skills acquired via their participation in EDEN activities and events. Our aim is to help people progress in whatever professional skills they would like to represent and build on.

Receiving and collecting badges representing your achievements with EDEN provides you the opportunity to show your skills and accomplishments to a wide audience in social web communities. Find our more about EDEN’s Open Badges.

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recognistionContributors, please remember…

that your papers, posters and training submissions are not only subjected to the conference evaluators’ thorough assessment, but could also win one of EDEN’s prestigious awards. We are keen to promote and inspire professionals by recognising excellence and will continue the tradition of distinguishing Best Papers and Best Practice Initiatives. The conference participants can also make their voices heard – they will be able to vote on their favourite posters on display – the poster earning the highest number of votes will receive the conference’s Poster Prize. Everybody who has an accepted submission for presentation will receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.

Get inspired by the Young Scholar Award winners of 2016

The award to young scholars has been offered at our Annual Conferences and Research Workshops since it’s intorduction in 2014 in Oxford thanks to the Ulrich Bernath Foundation and the Oldenburg University.

Last year’s Young Scholar Award winners at the EDEN 2016 Annual Conference in Budapest were Ágnes Gaul-Ács from KAPTÁR Visual Arts Workshop and Archive, Hungary for her paper on Digital Creativity for Net Generation Students: Retooling the Art and Design Environment at School andDávid Sík from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary for his paper on Use of Big Data in Education Efficiency Analysis.

At the 9th EDEN Research Workshop, the award was granted to Elisa Bruhn, for the conference paper “Towards a Framework for Virtual Internationalization”, Antonia Bralić for the conference paper “Use of moocs in traditional classroom: Blended learning approach”, Shaiffadzillah Omarali for the conference paper “Investigating the Effectiveness of the ‘Online Learner Profiling Questionnaire’ in Generating a Profile of Learners Based on Learner Dispositions: a Pilot Study” and Kristie Naidoo for the conference paper “Integration of Learning Analytics in Blended Learning Course at a University of Technology”

Conference programme

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand, ensuring digital interactivity and cooperation on the social web.

The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 13 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 16 June.

The conference structure can be viewed here. Please note that programme changes may apply.

Did you notice?

The European Commission has just announced their renewed policy plans for the modernisation of higher education. As Georgi Dimitrov, Deputy Head of the Unit on Innovation in Education and the EIT, and a policy expert in this area, will attend the EDEN 2017 Annual Conference as a keynote speaker we hope to get first hand relevant information on this in good time.

Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

lufthansaThe Lufthansa Group airlines offer a comprehensive global route network and exclusive prices and conditions to our participants, visitors, exhibitors, and invited guests. Read moreon how to use the special offer.

Visit the world’s only Match Museum

match museum

Jönköping was known for its matchstick industry between 1845-1970. The Match Musem in Jönköping is the world’s only. It is located in the beautiful building that once was the first match factory in Jönköping.

In the museum, living match history is told. Encounter the people and machines that built up the match industy and developed it into a global operation. You will find an exciting film and thousands of matchboxes and labels.

Sponsorship opportunity

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and the Conference Secretariat.

Exhibition stands will also be available for booking.


Schedule and Deadlines

The call is closed, with eventual late submission requests please address the Conference Secretariat directly

Registration open

Conference Dates: 13-16 June 2017

For any conference related questions contact the Conference Secretariat


The EDEN 2017 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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