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May 7, 2015

Registration Open: Premier Distance Ed Conference

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Join 800+ distance ed colleagues…
Where education, technology, and learning converge
Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
August 11-13, 2015 | Monona Terrace, Madison, WI
The UW-Madison Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is for education and training professionals who want to keep up in the field by staying far ahead. Build your expertise on pertinent topics such as learning analytics, mobile and social learning, digital open badges, competency-based education, and much more.Keynote speakers and their topics:

  • Marc Rosenberg / Learning Ecosystems: Reshaping the Future of Learning
  • Sharon Derry and Susan Singer / Applying Learning Science Research to Distance Education Practice
  • Marc Prensky / From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Educating and Engaging Today’s Learners

This premier event has welcomed thousands of speakers and distance education professionals from around the world to share best practices, learn about current research, and engage with experts in online education and training. Plus, it’s a great chance to meet up with your colleagues and enjoy beautiful Madison, Wisconsin in the summertime.

Get the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. And be inspired by world-class thought-leaders who push the boundaries and share new perspectives in distance education.

Registration is open! Register by July 21, save $50!
Who: Professionals in distance education/training with any level of experience
When: TuesdayThursday, Aug 11-13
Where: Madison, WI, Monona Terrace Convention Center
Cost: $495 ($545 after July 21). Group rates, virtual option available. Optional Tuesday workshops are an additional fee. Space is limited. Details >
Questions? Contact Conference Manager Kimary Peterson at |608‑265‑4159
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Congress Is Only Three Weeks Away! | Le Congrès débute dans trois semaines!

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May 5, 2015


Congress 2015 is only three weeks away!


The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest academic gathering in Canada,with approximately 70 different association conferences happening at once. That’s great, but why should you attend? Let us give you some great reasons!


Why attend Congress?


1. Your association is participating
Congress is the place for you! At Congress you can:

  • Connect with your association and peers
  • Showcase your research
  • Build visibility for your discipline
  • Learn about advances in your field
  • Network with scholars and policy-makers
  • Communicate your work to the media

Find out what your association is doing and get involved:


2. You are interested in the social sciences and humanities
If you are a fan of the social sciences and humanities but not a member of any association, Congress is also for you! Sign up for an enriching and thought-provoking experience. Read on to find out what’s in store at Congress.


What’s on at Congress? 

(new programming added!)


Big Thinking lecture series

Hear leading scholars and public figures from around the globe present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. More info


Congress Expo

Visit Canada’s largest academic trade show! Expo brings together more than 50 publishers and exhibitors for a full week of dynamic programming, including book launches, book signings, career presentations and networking receptions. More info


Career Corner

Partake in a professional development workshop series for everyone from graduate students to established faculty members to learn about career advancement, teaching techniques, lesson planning, publishing research and careers beyond academia. More info


Interdisciplinary symposia

Attend this series organized by the University of Ottawa and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, focused on interdisciplinary research on issues of national and global importance in the humanities and social sciences. More info


Associations’ special programming
Associations frequently open some of their lectures and events to the general public. Browse our online calendar (filter by “Open to”) and find something that suits you!
Cultural activities

Engage in exciting cultural activities tailored for Congress attendees: take a walking tour along the Rideau Canal, enjoy the tastes and sounds of the ByWard Market, watch a colourful Franco-Ontarian show, and more! Browse our online calendar (filter by “Open to”).


Le 5 mai 2015


Le Congrès 2015 débute dans trois semaines!


Le Congrès des sciences humaines est le plus grand rassemblement universitaire au Canada, avec la tenue d’environ 70 conférences d’association en même temps. C’est très bien, mais pourquoi devriez-vous y assister? Voici quelques bonnes raisons!


Pourquoi participer au Congrès?  

1. Votre association sera présente

Le Congrès est pour vous! Au Congrès, vous pourrez :

  • Échanger avec votre association et vos pairs
  • Présenter votre recherche
  • Donner de la visibilité à votre discipline
  • En apprendre davantage sur les avancées dans votre domaine
  • Rencontrer des chercheurs et décideurs politiques
  • Présenter votre travail aux médias

Découvrez le programme de votre association et participez :


2. Les sciences humaines vous intéressent


Si les sciences humaines vous fascinent mais que vous n’êtes pas membre d’association, le Congrès pourrait aussi vous intéresser. Lancez-vous dans cette expérience enrichissante et stimulante. Lisez ce qui suit pour savoir ce que le Congrès vous réserve.


Que se passe-t-il au Congrès? 

(programme mis à jour!)


La série de causeries Voir grand

Venez écouter des chercheurs et personnalités publiques de premier plan venus du monde entier présenter leur recherche, idées et solutions progressistes aux questions cruciales de notre temps.

Plus d’information


L’Expo du Congrès

Visitez le plus important salon universitaire du Canada, avec plus de 50 maisons d’édition et exposants sur toute une semaine, ainsi qu’une programmation dynamique incluant des lancements de livres, séances de dédicaces, conférences de carrière et réceptions-rencontre. Plus d’information


La Foire aux carrières

Participez à une série d’ateliers de développement professionnel ouverte à tous, aux étudiants de cycle supérieur comme aux membres du corps professoral, pour en savoir plus sur les possibilités d’avancement de carrière, les méthodes d’enseignement, la préparation des cours, la publication des résultats de recherche et les perspectives de carrière au-delà du monde universitaire. Plus d’information


Les symposiums interdisciplinaires

Assistez à cette série, organisée par l’Université d’Ottawa et la Fédération, qui présente des activités de recherche interdisciplinaire sur des questions d’importance nationale et internationale en sciences humaines et sociales. Plus d’information


La programmation spéciale des associations

Les associations ouvrent souvent quelques-uns de leurs événements et conférences au grand public.Parcourez notre calendrier en ligne (filtrez par “Ouvert aux”) et découvrez ce qui vous convient!


Les activités culturelles

Prenez part à des activités culturelles passionnantes conçues spécialement pour les congressistes : promenez-vous le long du canal Rideau, appréciez les saveurs et les sons du marché By, assistez à un spectacle franco-ontarien haut en couleur et plus encore! Parcourez notre calendrier en ligne(filtrez par “Ouvert aux”).



May 3, 2015

Speaks VOLumes Conference: 5th Annual Speaks VOLumes Virtual Conference Invite

Posting this on behalf of a colleague…

Connie Swiderski
5th annual speaks VOLumes virtual conference invite
by Visionmancer (Connie Swiderski) – Thursday, 30 April 2015, 11:03 AM
Please join us for the 5th annual speaks VOLumes, Virtual Online Learning Conference on July 29 – 31, 2015. The conference is sponsored by the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). PASS THE WORD ON!The speaks Volumes conference audience is primarily K-12 district/campus administrators, student mentors, online instructors and online course developers with an interest in online learning, implementation, student/educator support, instructional strategies, course development and a vision of the future.

There is NO COST to participate in these 3 days. Yes, you read that correctly, it is FREE!

  • No travel needed
  • No substitute needed
  • All sessions recorded for anytime viewing
  • CPE documentation

Register now at:

NOTE: If you have attended the speaks VOLumes conference before, no need to register, just login with your previous account and attend!

Each day will feature live online presentations by keynote speakers and guest educators during which you interact with presenters and peers. All sessions will be recorded and posted immediately for those who cannot attend live.

Featured Speakers include:

  • Mawi Asgedomis a refugee turned Harvard graduate, Mawi has trained over 1,000,000 students and written eight books used by thousands of classrooms and school districts. He has trained educators at the Harvard School of Education and at conferences across the world.
  • Raymond Rose is a veteran of online education having been on the team that created the country’s first virtual high school. He has been a proponent of educational equity his entire life, and created the first virtual school special needs policy. He is currently writing a new publication that incorporates the latest case law and legal interpretations of the US Dept of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
  • Dr. Nelson Coulter is the Superintendent of Guthrie CSD in Guthrie, Texas. Guthrie is very small, in the rolling plains of West Texas. Every student PreK-12 has a district-provided device. Wireless network is throughout the district. They use many Web 2.0 tools, including Google Docs and softwares premised on game theory (Study Island, Vantage, Rosetta Stone, etc.). They use open source applications, text, email, Skype to communicate, and they use project-based learning.
  • Mark Evans is the Program Coordinator for Digital, Distance and Online Learning for Klein ISD.
  • Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience.
  • John Watson from Keeping Pace. Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice, is a series of annual reports that began in 2004 that examine the status of K-12 online education across the country. The report provides an overview of the latest policies, practices, and trends affecting online learning programs across all 50 states.
  • Peggy George has been a professional educator for over 45 years. She has had many administrative/leadership roles throughout her career. Since her “retirement”, she has been involved in many educational technology projects related to Web 2.0 and best practices for technology integration in schools/universities. She co-hosts the weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinars on Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Michael Simonson is the Program Professor, Instructional Technology and Distance Education at Nova Southeastern University. He is also the editor of the  Quarterly Review of Distance Education and Distance Learning Journal.

Be a Volunteer! Would you like to help our conference and volunteer as a presentation facilitator. All that is required is for you to come and show off your great personality! All necessary presentation setups will be done for you. For more information visit:

speaks VOLumes 2015 promises to deliver with timely topics and engaging speakers sure to have an immediate impact on the work you do every day. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information and creating a conference account visit:

Warm regards,
speaks VOLumes conference Team, TxVSN

Connie Swiderski

Professional Development and Communications

Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN)

(972) 348-1094 (voice)

(972) 348-1095 (fax)


You are receiving this notice based on your TxVSN speaks VOLumes account. If you wish to be unregistered and removed from the conference site please email Connie Swiderski at to delete your account.

May 2, 2015

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 Barcelona – Latest News

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Latest Conference News – Register Now!

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

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The EDEN 2015 Annual Conference is soon to open its gates: More than 300 delegates registered already, from over 40 countries. The final programme is being formulated with over 200 accepted contributions, including interactive speed-dating research paper sessions, demonstration and poster sessions, workshops, and lively Synergy sessions for new project ideas and in-progress initiatives.

Openness in the Context of Sustainability: Video Interview with Belinda Tynan

In the recent interview, as part of the series of EDEN pre-Conference interviews, Airina Volungeviciene Vice-President of EDEN interviewed Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of The Open University, UK ahead of her keynote speech at the #EDEN15 Conference in Barcelona.

“Online learning is hardly new to anyone anymore, however openness is potentially new for many organisations in Europe.”

“The roles of academic workforce are changing […] In some universities, teachers are being asked to be multimedia experts, or learning designer experts and that has not been traditionally part of what their role has been.”

Tynan interview

Video Interview with Belinda Tynan
by Airina Volungeviciene

Pre-Conference Events

2015 ePortfolio & Identity Conference (ePIC), 8-10 June, Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, with a joint day with the EDEN Conference to share experience and networking. Discounted fee applies to delegates registering to both conferences!


Pre-Conference Session: Introduction to EDEN – To Old Friends and Newcomers, 9 June: Short presentations followed by informal discussion about the activities, services, developments of EDEN with NAP Steering Committee and Secretariat members.


Join the meeting of editors from all around the World! Learn about the different approaches and practices, ask your questions at the

International Editors Workshop In Educational Technology Journals, 9 June (afternoon), pre-Conference workshop co-hosted with UOC. Attendance is open to all interested EDEN 2015 Conference participants, althoughregistration is necessary due to space limitations.


HOME – How Europe seizes the opportunities offered by MOOCs, 9 June,
pre-Conference workshop by EADTU. Attendance is open to all interested EDEN 2015 Conference participants.



The EDEN Secretariat administers the registrations of conference participants.

The Registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the printed Book of Abstracts including the Synergy Book of Projects, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments. For details see the Conference website.


All attendees (presenters or audience) are expected to register by completing the form and arranging their respective payments.

Social Events

The Conference offers a great opportunity to socialise and network in an informal setting as well with a series of social events:

Welcome Reception and EDEN Fellow Award, 9 June: with castells (human tower) performance, Centre Cultural el Born

Book & Wine Event, 10 June: A tradition of the EDEN Conferences is that in the end of the first day the lovers of literature and good wines share their latest interesting reading experience by short presentations. Please contact Ama Auvinen if you are interested to join as speaker.

Conference Dinner and EDEN Best Research Paper Award, 11 June: dinner with entertainment (Mediterranean jazz), Royal Palace of Pedralbes. To book your place for the Dinner, please fill in the relevant section of the Online Registration Form.

human tower

Conference Venue

The venue of the Conference is the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, located in the emblematic center of the city, the Plaza España.

Plaza Espana

Plaza España is a lovely plaza just out of the centre of town, where many of the main roads in Barcelona, such as Gran Via and Parallel intersect. It is also home to Barcelona’s old bull-fighting ring which is now nothing but a shell, albeit quite a beautiful one.

The main draw to Plaza España is the Palau Nacional which is the Museum of Catalan art, stands regally up on the side of Montjuïc. It’s stunning and there is never a better time to see it than when it is lit up at night with the Magic Fountain in front. More about the sights to see here.

Follow and use our #EDEN15 hashtag and prepare to join the Community face to face in the inspiring city of Barcelona!


For any conference related questions, contact the
Conference Secretariat at


EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858

EDEN-News mailing list

BJET – EDEN Conference, Barcelona 9-12 June 2015

From Thursday’s inbox, an item from the British Journal of Educational Technology.


Dear Dr. Michael Barbour,

The EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network) Annual Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain, 9-12 June 2015, hosted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), under the theme: “Expanding Learning Scenarios”.

The UOC is holding a pre-conference workshop related to open scientific publishing in the field of e-learning which may be of interest to you.  You can find details at:

Best regards, Nick

Nick Rushby
Editor, British Journal of Educational Technology
Chantry Cottage,  Burgess Hill
Sevenoaks Kent  TN14 5PD  UK
tel/fax: +44 (0)1959 525205   mobile: +44 (0)7968 721 958

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