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September 16, 2021

IMPORTANT – EDEN Membership after Brexit

An item from our European colleagues.

Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

EDEN Digital Learning Europe – EDEN after Brexit

Thanks to the support of the professional community, we are celebrating the 30th Anniversary in 2021. EDEN has been the largest and most comprehensive association in the field of distance education and digital learning in Europe, a platform and magnet for academic and professional expertise and good practice.

EDEN’s activities and services have permanently been developing.

After Brexit, the continuation of EDEN’s Europe-wide mission became a problem, being a UK based legal entity.

Maintaining the high value European network of members and partners, the community of experts and practitioners needed in 2021 special efforts.

In the interest of sustaining EDEN’s legacy and ensuring the continuation of activities, the Executive Committee decided that EDEN should re-locate and continue its activities in an EU country.

An Association was created in Tallinn, Estonia under the name of EDEN Digital Learning Europe in April 2019. The legal frames and procedures have been endorsed by the EDEN Annual General Meetings of members in 2019 and again in 2020.

Estonia is one of the most digitized countries in Europe, with a supportive environment for innovation, creative industries and non-profit organisations, offering excellent online infrastructure and digital background in the public services.

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Partnership and transition: EDEN UK – EDEN Digital Learning Europe

To manage the transition, a ‘Cooperation Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding about Transfer of Activities’ has been elaborated and signed by the Presidents of both organisations. According to the Agreement, EDEN Europe will with identical mission continue the activities and functions that EDEN UK does. EDEN UK will share and provide know how, web page, community resources to EDEN Europe.

It is foreseen that EDEN UK will remain operational and functioning, at least for the period of duration of present commitments and projects. In the post-Brexit transitional year 2021, joint and shared activities with EDEN UK started.

EDEN is grateful for the three decades of exceptionally successful work done as UK based international organisation and the support of authorities and academic-professional community in the United Kingdom. We aim to maintain and develop the partnerships between the UK organisations and the new EDEN Europe.

Membership Arrangements

The uninterrupted operation, continuation of EDEN’s well established activities, serving and developing the European learning innovation community implies and requires that EDEN UK members join the new organisation.

After our first recruiting campaign, EDEN Digital Learning Europe has already built a community of 200+ members.

We invite you to confirm your affiliation to the community by following the smooth process of joining EDEN Digital Learning Europe
Joining with valid EDEN UK membership will not foster any further membership fee charge in 2021.

EDEN is delighted to recall that the new EU Digital Education Action Plan started from 2021, with long term strategic approach and policy support. This is also as recognition of the IT supported learning innovation and the community of academics, professionals and practitioners.
EDEN intends to develop and extend activities in this emerging framework.

Check the link to the EDEN Europe Membership Form

You are kindly requested to submit the Membership Form

If you experience any issues with the link above, please copy and paste the URL above into your web browser.

Important questions emerging

How will be guaranteed the integrity and continuity of the EDEN aims, the ‘brand’, activities and services?

The Articles of EDEN Digital Learning Europe have been formulated to mirror identically the EDEN UK mission, aims and main activities.

What about the EDEN membership status and the membership fees in the new EDEN Digital Learning Europe?

In 2021, your membership in EDEN UK remains continuous. EDEN members are invited to join EDEN Digital Learning Europe by requesting membership online. The procedure has been prepared to make the joining transparent and easy.

EDEN Digital Learning Europe Association will not charge any membership fee in 2021. This year fees are being collected by EDEN UK. From 2022, the membership fees will be set and invoiced by EDEN Digital Learning Europe.

Will the organisation and structures remain the same in EDEN Europe?

The Articles of EDEN Europe were formulated to carry on the EDEN existing structures and operations. The Annual General Meeting, an Executive Committee (Board), the Network of Academics and Professionals and the special groups (EDEN Council of Fellows) will continue operating under EDEN Europe.

What about the customary EDEN activities, events and services?

They will be identical, continued and developed further, including Annual Conferences, Research Workshops, Open Classroom events, communication services (Newsflash, Social media, YouTube channel, the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL), the Conference Proceedings, the EDEN Fellows Scheme, the Young Scholars’ movements and grants, the Best Research Conference Paper Award, the European Distance Learning Week, Open Badges, the series of EDEN seminars and alike.

What about the activities of EDEN UK?

EDEN UK will complete the existing contractual and legal commitments e.g. in the EU projects and other initiatives during their runtime. It will remain existing legal entity for the next years.

What next? What will happen in 2021-22?

With members joining EDEN Digital Learning Europe, the new organisation will convene its operational launching General Assembly on 12 October. The new Erasmus+ grant applications are being already submitted under the auspices of EDEN Europe. The 2022 EDEN Annual Conference and Research Workshop will be organised by the new Association.

Procedure for EDEN UK members to join EDEN Digital Learning Europe

We invite EDEN members to confirm their affiliation to the EDEN community by following the smooth process of joining EDEN Digital Learning Europe, by filling in and submitting the online Membership Form below.

The personalised form includes the members’ details as recorded at the EDEN Secretariat. Eventual updating the data/information is welcome.

Please proceed to the EDEN Digital Learning Europe Membership Form

The important launching General Assembly of members will be held
on 12 October. By joining now, you can be part of the processes
shaping the new EDEN Europe Association.
You are kindly invited to submit the Membership Form by 10 October 2021.

If you experience any issues with the link above, please copy and paste the URL above into your web browser.

You can contact us with any question by email

Dr Sandra Kucina  Prof. Airina Volungeviciene Dr Andras Szucs
EDEN
President,
EDEN Digital Learning Europe Board Member

EDEN
Digital Learning Europe
President
EDEN
Secretary General,
EDEN Digital Learning Europe Board Member
EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
The European Distance and E-Learning Network is co-operating with EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTÜ (Estonia), in order to sustain the legacy of the EDEN Association brand after the United Kingdom having left the EU, to ensure continuity of services and activities for the benefit of the European academic and professional community in open, distance and online learning.
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September 10, 2021

EDEN-ChildCA Webinar – 16 September 2021

An item from our European colleagues.

Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

In the frame of the CHILD C.A. project, aimed to improve children’s care in Central Asia (CA) countries through a modern and innovative postgraduate training of the specialists devoted to their care, and as a result of the cooperation of European experts in Distance Learning, we are introducing webinar number 4 of the ChildC.A. series: “Continuing Education in practice as a tool to keep health professionals updated”.

Description
One of the goals of the Higher Education Institutions  is to extend the education process to professionals through Continuous Education Programs among which those useful to keep updated health professionals. Higher education institutions are not the only players within this field including also scientific societies, health services organizations and their health and management staff, communications societies, and industries operating in the broad medical field. The webinar offers an overview of the different players/stakeholders involved.
Continuing education in practice as a tool to keep health professionals updated
The fourth webinar of the ChildCA series Continuing education in practice as a tool to keep health professionals updated is organized on Thursday, 16 September 2021, 11.00 CEST.
Register for the webinar
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Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.
Moderator
Sandra Kučina SoftičPresident of EDEN,
Assistant Director for Education and User Support, University Computing Centre SRCE, Croatia
Speakers
Tommaso Minerva Dept. of Surgery, Medicine and Dentistry, Coordinator and director of EDUNOVA, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, president of EduOpen and of the Italian eLearning Society

Stefano Denicolai Professor of ‘Innovation Management’ at the University of Pavia (Italy), Head of the Master degree – Laurea Magistralis – in ‘International Business and Entrepreneurship’ (MIBE), Director of the Executive MBA, and the Director of the Master in ‘Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship’

 

Antonio Memeo

Professor at the University of Milan for the Degree Course for Orthopedic Technicians, President of the Italian Society of Pediatric Orthopedics (SITOP)

Stéphane Freneix 

Strategic Advisor and Board Member in Healthcare Industry

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Thursday, 16 September 2021
11:00 CEST
EDEN 30th Anniversary – Three decades of serving modernisation in education
EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
The European Distance and E-Learning Network is co-operating with EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTÜ (Estonia), in order to sustain the legacy of the EDEN Association brand after the United Kingdom having left the EU, to ensure continuity of services and activities for the benefit of the European academic and professional community in open, distance and online learning.
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E-mail: secretariat@eden-online.org
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August 26, 2021

EDEN NAP Webinar – 1 September

An item from our European colleagues.

Dear Colleague,

We kindly inform you that the next EDEN NAP webinar Digital skills and training practices in disruptive industries: a European perspective will take place on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, at 17:00 CEST.
The session will consist in presentations followed by a discussion.

Register for the webinar
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You will get the joining instructions in a separate email before the webinar.
Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

Moderators

Francesca Amenduni

EDEN NAP Steering Committee member, Senior Researcher, SFIVET, Switzerland 

 

Vlad Mihaescu

EDEN Executive Committee member, NAP Steering Committee Chair, Lecturer at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

 

Panelists

Paolo Nardi

International Affairs and Research Officer, Cometa VET Centre, Italy and Coordinator of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre for Italy
Alberto CattaneoProfessor and head of “Educational Technologies in VET Programmes”, SFIVET, Switzerland.

Essi RyyminPrincipal Research Scientist and Teacher Educator in HAMK Edu Research Unit, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Katja MaetoloaProject Specialist at HAMK Edu Research Unit, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Description

New, flexible and on-demand skills training is needed to tackle digital disruption and generate employment and productivity, especially in disruptive industries. According to OECD, many EU countries have a strong focus on formal education which does not lead to the desired results.

This EDEN NAP webinar presents an analysis on how companies and company members approach learning, training and digital technologies in various disruptive sectors in four European countries. This analysis has been carried out within the framework of the Erasmus+ Project StiLLLearning.

The speakers will present the general results of this international study, discussing differences and similarities among sectors, countries and roles (employer, employee and adult educators).

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Wednesday, 1st September 2021,
17:00 CEST
EDEN 30th Anniversary – Three decades of serving modernisation in education
EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
The European Distance and E-Learning Network is co-operating with EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTÜ (Estonia), in order to sustain the legacy of the EDEN Association brand after the United Kingdom having left the EU, to ensure continuity of services and activities for the benefit of the European academic and professional community in open, distance and online learning.
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E-mail: secretariat@eden-online.org
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July 23, 2021

Newsflash 2021 July

An item for our European colleagues.

July 2021 
400 Delegates from 57 Countries – EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
Great Success Again!
Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

With nearly 400 delegates from 57 countries, the EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference officially closed! #edenconference #eden2021 Thank you to UNED – Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia for being our wonderful host, Blackboard honouring us to be the Principal Sponsor of the event, and huge thanks to all participants, keynotes and supporting staff to make these three and a half days meaningful and unforgettable. See you next year!.

Rewatch the Sessions and Ceremonies here
The Conference in Numbers
Rewatch the Keynote by Georgi Dimitrov on “Digital Education for EU’s Digital Decade:The Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027” 
EDEN Annual Conference Principal Sponsor
Eden thanks to  Blackboard
as the Principal Sponsor
of the 2021 Annual Conference.
Asknet Solutions is a strategic partner for Blackboard
in the German-speaking DACH region
(Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
“I know we all have digital fatigue. But we are not going back. Students got used to it, the demands will never be the same. We cannot just duplicate classroom lectures online in the future, but I’m sure it is possible to do it well.”  Quote from the June 22 presentation of keynote speaker Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, North America Higher Education, Blackboard Inc.
Rewatch the presentation of Darcy Hardy here
EDEN Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards
bestowed at the Madrid Conference
The Conference Welcome Ceremony of the EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference on Monday, 21 June at 18.00 CEST was remarkable on many levels. Besides officially launching the three and a half days Conference hosted by UNED, Madrid, the President of EDEN, Sandra Kučina Softić presented the annual recognition: the EDEN Senior Fellow and the EDEN Fellow Awards. Read more here.
Rewatch the Award Ceremony here
Best Research Paper Award, Young Scholar Grant
and Young Scholars’ Best Paper Award bestowed
at the Madrid Conference
Since 2008, EDEN has been continuously granting the Best Research Paper Award at the EDEN Annual Conferences as well as at the bi-annual EDEN Research Workshops. The selection process took place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning.
Rewatch the Award Ceremony here
30th EDEN Annual General Meeting
Changes in the EDEN Executive Committee
At the EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, the dedicated work of EDEN leaving Vice President Diana Andone, and Board Member Ebba Ossiannilsson was thanked. New members elected to the EDEN Executive Committee: Don Olcott Jr. and Willem van Valkenburg.  Read more here.
Changes in the EDEN Fellows’ Council
The EDEN Fellows Council Meeting, embedded in the EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, was held on 22, June, 2021. Besides the impressive turnout and good spirits some significant management and membership changes have been voted during the event. Read more here.
Remarkable Moments at the Conference

EDEN Webinar Recording available

The recording of the last EDEN #onlinetogether webinar titled “No. 5 – Embracing New Pedagogies for New Times: The Rainbow After the Storm” is available here. 

Open Classroom Conference
22-24 October 2021, Athens

EDEN OPEN CLASSROOM INITIATIVE PRESENTS
its next conference entitled
Real change takes place in deep crisiswith f2f, virtual and inworld participation on

22-24 October 2021

The event is jointly organised with Ellinogermnaiki Agogi, Athens, the Institute of Educational Policy, Greece, the European Distance and E-Learning Network and the EDEN Digital Learning Europe in the framework of the Reflecting for Change project.

The aim of the OCC 2021 is to explore the idea of “Open School” as an engaging environment that effectively introduces novel methodologies, tools and content by re-designing learning to accommodate and include difference and by bringing together families, community groups, local businesses, experts, universities, into an innovation ecosystem.

Proposals are invited for Papers on the themes of the conference. Abstracts and inquiries about the conference content should be sent in electronic form (by e-mail) to zygouritsas@ea.gr by 19/9/2021.

Registration and further information are available at the conference site: http://openclassroom2021.ea.gr/

EURODL – Call for Papers

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) is the journal of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) since 1995. It is an open access journal that presents research outcomes, scholarly work as well as solid information about open, distance, online and e-learning in technology-enhanced education and training in its most inclusive definition. It is published by Sciendo.
If you want to share your important research in the subject field(s) of the journal with a large community of readers, please submit your article here. After a double blind peer-review process we will publish papers of high quality on a continuous base.
As the subject areas of EURODL are quite broad, we need a wide variety of reviewers to assist us in assessing the quality of the submitted articles, and to help us keeping up with high academic standards for publication. In case you want to contribute to this important work, please make yourself known as potential reviewer here.

EDEN cooperation in organising CECIIS and the EDEN PhD Symposium on 14 October 2021, Croatia

We cordially invite you to join us at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI), University of Zagreb to attend EDEN PHD SYMPOSIUM that will be held on 14 October 2021 in co-organization of University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics and European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN). The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019) and Timisoara (2020) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.
PhD students are invited to submit abstracts before 1st September 2021!
Call for presentations and registration here.

Community Update

Succesful R4C workshop

A highly successful R4C workshop WAY TO MAKE YOUR SCHOOL E-MATURE AND OPEN was organised at the EDEN 2021 Conference to bring together policy makers, teachers, school leaders, researchers and representatives of the K12 sector of education on wider benefits of making their schools digitally mature, open and innovative.
The workshop examined how schools can be supported in using self-reflection tools to understand the current position of the school as an organisation and build on the results to define and implement a concrete set of actions by providing a step by step support mechanism for school heads and teachers. Presentations of representatives of the EU Joint Research Centre, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou and the Institute of Educational Policy Greece, Georgia Fermeli highlighted the event.

The workshop attracted 48 online participants and 87 YouTube followers.
Watch the recording here.

European Commission Corner

Launch of call for tender:
Supporting the development of the Digital Education Hub

The Digital Education Hub is an overarching action of the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) , reflecting the long-term objective to increase the effectiveness of cooperation and exchange in the field of digital education at the EU level.
It aims to promote cross-sectoral cooperation bringing together people and organisations working in all sectors in the field of education, interested in innovation and the development, use, distribution and mainstreaming of digital education.Tenderers should propose the methodology they consider the most appropriate for the successful performance of the different tasks.

The deadline for applications is 3 September 2021.

EDEN is planning participation in the Call.

Readings

OER for Education, Business and Innovation

The European Network for Catalysing Open Resources in Education (ENCORE+) supports the uptake and innovation of Open Educational Resources for education and business. ENCORE+ is a ERASMUS+, Knowledge Alliances project co-founded by the European Comission.
ENCORE is now conducting a survey which is directed to find out which value propositions stakeholders from businesses and higher education attribute to OER.
The office of the EDEN Secretariat will be attended without interruption during the summer months.

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June 30, 2021

EDEN webinar series – Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 – 5 July

An item from our European colleagues.

Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

Life and education in pandemic is going on, after a year now we have gained significant experience, offered numerous researches and analysis, reflected on steps taken. We know what we could have done better, we have ideas on how to do better, how to reset the education for the digital age and now it is time for action. In this new series of EDEN #onlinetogether webinars – resuming the successful 2020 series Education in time of a pandemic and Education in time of a new normal – our aim is to provide insight and advice on how to make those needed changes, to move forward and shape higher education for today and tomorrow.

The No 5 webinar of the series #onlinetogether Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 is organized on Monday, 5 July 2021, 17.00 CEST.
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Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.
Moderator
Dr. Lisa Marie BlaschkeEDEN Senior Fellow, Learnlife, Barcelona
Speakers
Dr. Roisin Lyons 

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, formerly DCU moving to University of Limerick

Kathrin Marie Otrel-Cass

Professor, University of Graz, Austria

Marta Markowska

Policy Officer, Digital Education, European Commission

Thomas Ryberg

Professor, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark

Description

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, new pedagogies have emerged which have the potential to dynamically impact education both now and in the future. Our expert panel of researchers will share their views on these new teaching and learning approaches and how and why they are poised to exert a powerful influence on our classrooms and institutions across all education sectors. During this session, you will have an opportunity to engage in a question and answer period with our panelists and to discuss questions such as:

  • What are the new pedagogies that are on the horizon?
  • How are these pedagogies likely to impact teaching and learning?
  • What will the impact of the new pedagogies mean for students, educators, and institutions?
Read more
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Monday, 5 July 2021,
17:00 CEST

EDEN 30th Anniversary – Three decades of serving modernisation in education

EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
The European Distance and E-Learning Network is co-operating with EDEN Digital Learning Europe MTÜ (Estonia), in order to sustain the legacy of the EDEN Association brand after the United Kingdom having left the EU, to ensure continuity of services and activities for the benefit of the European academic and professional community in open, distance and online learning.
EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: secretariat@eden-online.org
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