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November 26, 2021

EDEN Newsflash – November 2021

An item from our European colleagues.

November 2021 

2021 ICDE Prize of Excellence Award

The EDEN Executive Committee is delighted and proud to announce that the Jury for the ICDE Prizes of Excellence 2021 has decided to award EDEN for The Institutional Prize. The prize was officially announced by ICDE during the Closing Session of the ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week October 2021.
EDEN thanks to all its members and partners for their support and co-operation in this great achievement!
Co-organised by Ellinogermaniki Agogi, the Institute of Educational Policy, 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 Open Classroom Conference 2021 “Real change takes place in deep crisis” was 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.
Read more about the event here.

Upcoming NAP webinar
1 December

Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project  being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions. It aims to enhance digital assessment of students’ transversal skills in STEM. Drawing on key ideas and theories of STEM educational policy, formative assessment, use of digital learning tools, and integrated STEM education the project developed an overarching conceptual framework that underpinned a training and development programme for teachers. More information here…
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The 11th edition of the Lifelong Learning Week
is open for registrations!

Building on LLLP’s Annual Theme “The changing nature of evaluation in education and its impact on learners’ wellbeing“, the LLLWeek will take place in a hybrid form on the week of 29 November, in Brussels. While the European Parliament is yet to open its doors for events and seminars, LLLP members will bring their concerns directly to European institutions through 12 different online workshops!
More details here…

An inspiring week of reflections for the
EDEN community

EDEN thanks all the participants, moderators, panelists, organisers and partner associations who supported us in hosting once again an insightful European Online and Distance Learning Week. We welcomed a total of 700 online attendees at 8 webinars, with 36 moderators and speakers. This year we renewed our partnership with USDLAODLAA and FLANZ. We had a special contribution from ICDE and Blackboard.

Read more…

Sandra Kucina Softic presenting on
OEB Global Conference 2021

Sandra Kucina Softic, President of EDEN, is one of the speakers at OEB International Conference on 2 December, 12:00-13:00 with the title Learning Professionals’ Communities of Practice.
OEB Global is the annual global cross-sector conference and exhibition on technology-supported learning and training. The 27th edition of the event, which is widely recognised as an unrivalled forum for the people and organisations shaping the future of how we teach and learn through technology, is now available online here.
EDEN members will benefit from 100 EUR discount to the conference participation fee. Make sure to contact EDEN Secretariat for information on how to register for the special rate of 795 EUR (excl VAT). Read more information and register here.
Link to OEB actual newsletter.

Membership Changes in the
EDEN Europe Management Board

The EDEN Europe 2021 Annual General Meeting has been held on 12 October 2021.
We are delighted to announce that at the Annual General Meeting the following Board Members were elected:

Denise Whitelock, The Open University, United Kingdom
Helga Dorner, Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary
Mark Brown, Dublin City University, Ireland

Alfredo Soeiro, EUCEN, Portugal
The new Management Board elected Josep M. Duart (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain) as President of the Association at it’s first meeting.

Visit the webpage of EDEN Europe to review the recent changes.

Community Updates

Evolving as a Digital Scholar

an open access book by

Wim Van Petegem,
and co-authors from Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
JP Bosman, Miné De Klerk, and Sonja Strydom

We are delighted to share that EDEN Senior Fellow, EURODL Editor-in-Chief, Wim Van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium) and co-authors published an open access book on the topic “What does it take to become a digitally agile scholar?”
Read  more…
Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future
EXCELLENCE AND EQUITY FOR ALL
by Andreas Schleicher
The International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) 2021 brings ministers and union leaders together to explore how governments, teacher organisations and schools can work together.
This report, Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future: Excellence and Equity for all, provides data and analysis from the OECD as background for ministers and union leaders to address these questions. Read the full report here…
3 predictions for the future of responsible technology
Over the past two years, the World Economic Forum – working in close collaboration with a diverse group of experts – has been working on advancing the field of ethics in technology. This project, titled Responsible Use of Technology, began when more than 40 leaders from government, civil society, and business, some with competing agendas, met in The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. This group agreed on the important goal of providing tools and techniques that leaders can use to operationalize ethics during the lifecycle of technology.. Read more about the project here…
MOOCs Are Back
As the pandemic began to impact people in every corner of the world in 2020, many looked at their time in lockdown as an opportunity to engage in learning. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), particularly from the six major MOOC providers — edX, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, Swayam and FutureLearn — experienced major growth in registrations, especially for programs leading to credentials.

Read more here…

European Commission Corner
Monthly update from Commissioner Marya Gabriel
On 14 October, following the announcement made by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address, we, the Commission, adopted the decision to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people to build a better future, and Europe needs to give young people opportunities for the future, a future that is greener, more digital and more inclusive. Read the full update here
World Teachers Day:
Commission launches tool to support primary and secondary teachers in using digital technologies
To mark World Teachers Day, the Commission is launching a new online tool for teachers to reflect on how they use digital technologies in their teaching activities. Based on a series of questions, the tool, ‘SELFIEforTEACHERS‘ can help them assess their digital competences and identify where they need further training and support. Learn more here…
The Power of Entrepreneurial Education
The EIT works with hundreds of educators and administrators in higher education institutes across Europe, training the next generation of entrepreneurs and upskilling lifelong learners.  Read more here…
The Future of Learning – EIT Education Conference 2021
Technology is affecting every part of our society – from the way we communicate and collaborate, to the work we do, the skills we need, and the way we learn those skills.
Listen and access the presentations held at EIT Education Conference on 05 November.
Readings
 EUA – Innovation ecosystems for a sustainable Europe
In this position paper, EUA considers how the contribution of universities can be enhanced in light of the need for European innovation ecosystems. Read more…
25 Years of Ed Tech
by Martin Weller
In this lively and approachable volume based on his popular blog series, Martin Weller demonstrates a rich history of innovation and effective implementation of ed tech across higher education. Read more…
EDEN 30th Anniversary

 Three decades of serving modernisation in education

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November 25, 2021

EDEN NAP – Upcoming Webinar – 1 December 2021

An item from our European colleagues about an up-coming webinar.

Dear Colleague,

We kindly inform you that the next EDEN NAP webinar ‘Assessment of STEM transversal skills from conceptual framework to real- world problems’ will take place on Wednesday, 1 December 2021, at 17:00 CET.
The session will consist in presentations followed by a discussion.

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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

Orna Farrell
Assistant Professor specialising in online and blended education in Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
Prajakta Girme
Researcher in Dublin City University (DCU), Irelan

Panelists

Eamon CostelloAssociate Professor of Digital Learning at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland

Eva HartellHead of research in Haninge municipality, Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Alberto SacidoSpanish teacher in Rosalía de Castro High School in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Description

Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project  being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions. It aims to enhance digital assessment of students’ transversal skills in STEM. Drawing on key ideas and theories of STEM educational policy, formative assessment, use of digital learning tools, and integrated STEM education the project developed an overarching conceptual framework that underpinned a training and development programme for teachers. Teachers in 107 schools in seven European countries worked with teacher mentors to help teachers reflect on and develop their teaching practices to teach students key STEM skills via learning projects aiming to have real work impact and address the UN’s sustainable development goals.

This presentation will feature tales spun from theoretical frameworks to classroom practices. Dr. Eamon Costello will first give an overview of the project and discuss the topic of real world skills, a concept of contestation in the STEM educational discourse. Following the overview, Dr Eva Hartell  will present on the project implementation in Sweden where the research team worked in partnership with schools and parents on projects that allowed students to explore and affect their real world. Lastly, teacher Alberto Sacido will share an inspirational story of the ATS STEM pilot implementation undertaken in Rosalía de Castro High School, Spain, with his enterprising students in a project about Covid-19.

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November 18, 2021

EDEN Recommends – ‘Evolving as a Digital Scholar’

An item from our European colleagues.

November 2021 

Evolving as a Digital Scholar

an open access book by

Wim Van Petegem,
and co-authors from Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
JP Bosman, Miné De Klerk, and Sonja Strydom

 “Teachers and researchers need to develop or grow in their competences to adapt to the quick changes and demands of our digital society.”
We are delighted to share that EDEN Senior Fellow, EURODL Editor-in-Chief, Wim Van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium) and co-authors published an open access book on the topic “What does it take to become a digitally agile scholar?”.
How to become digitally proficient as a teacher and researcher

What does it take to become a digitally agile scholar? This manual explains how academics can comfortably navigate the digital world of today and tomorrow. It foregrounds three key domains of digital agility: getting involved in research, education and (community) service, mobilising (digital) skills on various levels, and acting in multiple roles, both individually and interlinked with others.

After an introduction that outlines the foundations of the three-dimensional framework, the chapters focus on different roles and skills associated with evolving as a digital scholar. There is the author, who writes highly specialised texts for expert peers; the storyteller, who crafts accessible narratives to a broader audience in the form of blogs or podcasts; the creator, who uses graphics, audio, and video to motivate audiences to delve deeper into the material; the integrator, who develops and curates multimedia artefacts, disseminating them through channels such as websites, webinars, and open source repositories; and finally the networker, who actively triggers interaction via social media applications and online learning communities. Additionally, the final chapters offer a blueprint for the future digital scholar as a professional learner and as a “change agent” who is open to and actively pursues innovation.

Informed by the authors’ broad and diverse personal experience, Evolving as a Digital Scholar offers insight, inspiration, and practical advice. It equips a broad readership with the skills and the mindset to harness new digital developments and navigate the ever-evolving digital age. It will inspire academic teachers and researchers with different backgrounds and levels of knowledge that wish to enhance their digital academic profile.

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EDEN 30th Anniversary

 Three decades of serving modernisation in education

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EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union. The publication reflects the authors’ view, the EACEA and the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
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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November 15, 2021

EDEN 2021 European Week summary

An item from our European colleagues to clue up their distance learning week last week.

An inspiring week of reflections
for the EDEN community

EDEN thanks all the participants, moderators, panelists, organisers and partner associations who supported us in hosting once again an insightful European Online and Distance Learning Week. We welcomed a total of 700 online attendees at 8 webinars, with 36 moderators and speakers. This year we renewed our partnership with USDLAODLAA and FLANZ. We had a special contribution from ICDE and Blackboard.

Students’ voice was represented in the session lead by Airina Volungevičienė.

We closed the EODLW series of webinars with a motivating discussion lead by Sandra Kucina, featuring Georgi Dimitrov, Josep A. Planell Estany, Mark Brown, Airina Volungevičienė and Alfredo Soeiro.

This week represented an excellent opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim to identify and pursue the good practices in online teaching and learning. Among the topics, MOOC, XR technologies, OER and microcredentials were discussed by experts in these fields.

Rewatch all EODLW webinars here

EODWL in numbers

Why did we need a pandemic as the catalyst for the digital transformation of higher education? 

The transformation has been apparent, a real transformation requires time and determination from all stakeholders involved (from Mark Brown’s speech).

We have to build new models to facilitate the online learners, digital tools shall serve us to improve communication (from Alfredo Soeiro’s speech).

Open universities have the duty to lead the digital transformation from the experience they have since before the pandemic (from Josep A. Planell Estany’s speech).

What is the role of the Digital Education Action Plan in contributing to shaping a new European Education Area?

The DEAP will support building a European digital education area, which is a priority of the European Commission. The Digital Education Hub will create an interface of cooperation between policy, research and private sector and aims to increase and deepen the dialogue with member states on the present needs in digital education (from Georgi Dimitrov’s speech).

We thank Blackboard Europe for participating in the webinar ‘Stepping up to the plate! How technology has supported ODL during and after the pandemic‘.

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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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November 6, 2021

BREAKING! – EDEN Awarded

An honour for our European colleagues.

ICDE Prize – October 2021 

The EDEN Executive Committee is delighted and proud to announce that the Jury for the ICDE Prizes of Excellence 2021 has decided to award EDEN for:

ICDE Prize of Excellence: The Institutional Prize

officially announced by ICDE during the Closing Session of the ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week October 2021

EDEN thanks to all its members and partners for their support and co-operation in this great achievement!

INSTITUTIONAL PRIZE OF EXCELLENCE
LAUDATION
EDEN is Europe’s leading professional association in the enhancement of open, flexible and distance learning. EDEN’s current membership from more than 50 countries includes 145 institutional members, 322 individual members and more than 1000 members of their Network of Academics and Professionals.

The ICDE Prize of Excellence Institutional Prize is awarded to an institution, an association or a network of institutions for very significant achievements or contributions to the international community of open, flexible and distance education during the past five years. EDEN is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and has a longstanding record of leadership, innovation and service to the educational community dating back over three decades.

In service of its members, and the sector at large, EDEN hosts a range of regular events, including a major Annual Conference, an Open Classroom Conference, a prestigious Research Workshop, and a high-profile PhD Symposium. EDEN also hosts a comprehensive range of webinars and virtual events, which are well supported by members and attract participants and partners from around the globe.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, EDEN has hosted numerous online events to help support the education sector. Its leadership role during the COVID crisis has been truly exceptional with an outstanding contribution to building resilience and helping to maintain continuity during such challenging times. In March 2020, EDEN’s #onlinetogether free webinar initiative proved evidence of an immediate response to the crisis to support the education community worldwide and provide practice-oriented advice to those faced with the challenges of having to rapidly pivot to online teaching and learning.

ICDE commends EDEN for its remarkable contribution to the international community of open, flexible and distance learning, as well as its 30 years of continuous leadership and sustained outreach to the European and global education community.

EDEN 30th Anniversary

 Three decades of serving modernisation in education

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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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