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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,

May 19, 2022

EDEN NAP webinar: May 25 2022, 16:00 CEST – How we can and should respond to the educational needs of those who have become refugees

An item from our european colleagues.

Dear Colleague,
We kindly inform you that the next EDEN NAP webinar ‘How we can and should respond to the educational needs of those who have become refugees‘ will take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, at 16:00 CEST.
The session will consist in presentations followed by a discussion.
Register for the webinar
Add to calendar
You will get the joining instructions in a separate email before the webinar.
Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

Moderator

Dr. Alan Bruce

CEO and Director of Universal Learning Systems

Panelists

Imelda Graham

Imelda Graham has worked with disadvantage, inclusion and diversity for many years. Recently this included  working in a volunteer capacity with refugee in Lesvos, Greece. Imelda developed a kindergarten in an independent refugee camp, Lesvos Solidarity Camp at Pikpa.  Imelda advocates for refugees and their children through presentations and writing, and is currently part of a steering group in Ireland organizing supports for Ukrainian families and children.

Imelda has authored and co-authored a number of publications for early years educators and lectured on various topics for a number of universities in Ireland.  She has worked on national and transnational projects and served on the board of the European Training and Development Federation for a number of years.  Imelda is currently working on several Erasmus + Projects. She has worked with US organizations, and presented at conferences in the US, UK and Europe. Imelda is on the Board of the National Childhood Network, and is a member of PEIN, the Prevention and Early Intervention Network.

Lee Ann Rawlins Williams

Dr. Lee Ann Rawlins Williams presently serves as Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Rehabilitative Health Sciences (RHSC-BS) at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. Previously, she has served in various positions during her tenure in the field of rehabilitation and disability studies. Her academic experience includes work with graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Auburn University. Her professional experiences include work in the field of rehabilitation in the areas of blindness and low vision, general rehabilitation counselling, human resource training/development, and in guest services with the Walt Disney Company. Dr. Rawlins Williams has held a variety of leadership positions at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels for professional rehabilitation associations. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals and authored a book on caseload management. Her areas of research interest include, professional practice in rehabilitation, undergraduate education, professional ethics, case/caseload management, psychosocial aspects of disability, and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Rawlins Williams is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). She is a member of the Board of the National Rehabilitation Counselling Association in the United States.

Ahmad Fareed Al Saif

Ahmad is Founder and CEO of Alefredo Books in Jordan. Alefredo is active in educational development with a core focus on the EdTech industry in Jordan and MENA region. This enterprise acts as an online marketplace for all types of used academic books & supporting educational material in addition to mock exams also available in digital format, for school and university students. His work places Ahmad at the centre of educational access and provision initiatives in Jordan, including the need to address the needs of a significant refugee population. Jordan currently hosts 760,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR (of whom 670,000 are from Syria). These numbers are considered an underestimate and do not factor in over 2 million Palestinian refugees.

Ahmad holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan (2011) and, an MSc in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Jordan (2019) with 10 years of experience in the private sector with Izzat Marji Group and Total Jordan in renewable energy and commercial departments. His work has received several national and international awards in innovation and entrepreneurship from UNDP, the Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan and Plan International.

His current work on educational access and digitalization of materials addresses a wide range of educational access needs in Jordan and the region.

Description

The disruptions caused by war, oppressive regimes and environmental degradation are causing unprecedented levels of social dislocation and violence. To all this can now be added the shocking impact of war and invasion in Europe itself. Millions of people have had to flee just to stay alive. Individuals and families alike have been traumatised by this. We would like to explore the impact on educational needs and whether we can fashion interventions that somehow ease the pain while also providing a model of a way forward for those so impacted.

Register for the webinar
Add to calendar
Save the date and see you
Wednesday, 25th May 2022,
16:00 CEST
Copyright © 2022 EDEN Digital Learning Europe, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

Our mailing address is:

EDEN Digital Learning Europe

Roosikrantsi 2

Tallinn 10119

Estonia

May 10, 2022

2022-2023 EDEN Mentoring Programme

The second of two items from our European colleagues.

2022-2023 EDEN Mentoring Programme

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 May 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,

Next EDEN NAP webinar: May 25 2022, 16:00 CEST – How we can and should respond to the educational needs of those who have become refugees

The first of two items from our European colleagues.

Dear Colleague,
We kindly inform you that the next EDEN NAP webinar ‘How we can and should respond to the educational needs of those who have become refugees‘ will take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, at 16:00 CEST.
The session will consist in presentations followed by a discussion.
Register for the webinar
Add to calendar
You will get the joining instructions in a separate email before the webinar.
Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

Moderator

Dr. Alan Bruce

CEO and Director of Universal Learning Systems

Panelists

Imelda Graham

Imelda Graham has worked with disadvantage, inclusion and diversity for many years. Recently this included  working in a volunteer capacity with refugee in Lesvos, Greece. Imelda developed a kindergarten in an independent refugee camp, Lesvos Solidarity Camp at Pikpa.  Imelda advocates for refugees and their children through presentations and writing, and is currently part of a steering group in Ireland organizing supports for Ukrainian families and children.

Imelda has authored and co-authored a number of publications for early years educators and lectured on various topics for a number of universities in Ireland.  She has worked on national and transnational projects and served on the board of the European Training and Development Federation for a number of years.  Imelda is currently working on several Erasmus + Projects. She has worked with US organizations, and presented at conferences in the US, UK and Europe. Imelda is on the Board of the National Childhood Network, and is a member of PEIN, the Prevention and Early Intervention Network.

Lee Ann Rawlins Williams

Dr. Lee Ann Rawlins Williams presently serves as Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Rehabilitative Health Sciences (RHSC-BS) at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. Previously, she has served in various positions during her tenure in the field of rehabilitation and disability studies. Her academic experience includes work with graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Auburn University. Her professional experiences include work in the field of rehabilitation in the areas of blindness and low vision, general rehabilitation counselling, human resource training/development, and in guest services with the Walt Disney Company. Dr. Rawlins Williams has held a variety of leadership positions at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels for professional rehabilitation associations. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals and authored a book on caseload management. Her areas of research interest include, professional practice in rehabilitation, undergraduate education, professional ethics, case/caseload management, psychosocial aspects of disability, and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Rawlins Williams is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). She is a member of the Board of the National Rehabilitation Counselling Association in the United States.

Ahmad Fareed Al Saif

Ahmad is Founder and CEO of Alefredo Books in Jordan. Alefredo is active in educational development with a core focus on the EdTech industry in Jordan and MENA region. This enterprise acts as an online marketplace for all types of used academic books & supporting educational material in addition to mock exams also available in digital format, for school and university students. His work places Ahmad at the centre of educational access and provision initiatives in Jordan, including the need to address the needs of a significant refugee population. Jordan currently hosts 760,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR (of whom 670,000 are from Syria). These numbers are considered an underestimate and do not factor in over 2 million Palestinian refugees.

Ahmad holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan (2011) and, an MSc in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Jordan (2019) with 10 years of experience in the private sector with Izzat Marji Group and Total Jordan in renewable energy and commercial departments. His work has received several national and international awards in innovation and entrepreneurship from UNDP, the Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan and Plan International.

His current work on educational access and digitalization of materials addresses a wide range of educational access needs in Jordan and the region.

Description

The disruptions caused by war, oppressive regimes and environmental degradation are causing unprecedented levels of social dislocation and violence. To all this can now be added the shocking impact of war and invasion in Europe itself. Millions of people have had to flee just to stay alive. Individuals and families alike have been traumatised by this. We would like to explore the impact on educational needs and whether we can fashion interventions that somehow ease the pain while also providing a model of a way forward for those so impacted.

Register for the webinar
Add to calendar
Save the date and see you
Wednesday, 25th May 2022,
16:00 CEST
Copyright © 2022 EDEN Digital Learning Europe, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

Our mailing address is:

EDEN Digital Learning Europe

Roosikrantsi 2

Tallinn 10119

Estonia

May 5, 2022

EDEN Digital Learning Europe Newsflash – May

An item from our European colleagues.

NEWSFLASH – May 2022

EDEN 2022 Annual Conference

Call for Papers, ultimate extended deadline May 15th

The 2022 EDEN Europe Conference titled “Shaping the digital transformation of the education ecosystem in Europe” will be hosted by Tallinn University, Estonia, on 20-22 June 2022. Take a look at the Call for Papers and find more information about the PhD Symposium.

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2022-2023 EDEN Mentoring Programme

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 deadline for submission of applications is 15 May 2022.

More information

EDEN’s 2022 Research Workshop

“Towards smart and inclusive learning ecosystem”, 19-20 September

EDEN’s 2022 Research Workshop entitled “Towards smart and inclusive learning ecosystem” will be held in Dubrovnik (Croatia)19-20 September 2022.

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Events

DIGI-HE Workshop 2

Developing a High-Performance Digital Education Ecosystem: Institutional Self-Assessment

Organised in partnership with the European University Association (EUA). DIGI-HE Workshop 2 will be held online on Tuesday 24 May 2022 at 14:00-16:30 (CEST). This Workshop will be of interest to higher education leaders responsible for learning and teaching as well as those working on the digital transformation of learning and teaching.

Programme and Registration

UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022, 18-20 May

The 3rd World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) will bring together relevant stakeholders to define and prepare a roadmap for a new era of Higher Education. The Conference will take place from 18 to 20 May 2022.

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USDLA 2022 National Conference, 18-21 August

The 35th Anniversary of the National USDLA Conference will be held in Nashville, July 18th-21st, 2022. This event will be focused on online teaching and training, student engagement techniques, micro-certifications and much more.

More information

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