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May 3, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Budapest 2016 – Sneak peek at conference trainings and workshops

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EDEN 2016 Annual Conference: #EDEN16

Budapest, 14-17 June 2016



“We should focus in the short term more on MOOCs than on OER.”

A special Oxford-Style Debate session will be held about the above statement of the standing of MOOCs and business models of openness. Debaters will be Paul Bacsich (Coordinator, Open Education Working Group, and Senior Consultant, SeroHE) and Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos (Board member of Open Education Consortium, Vice-President of the Brazilian Distance Education Association – ABED). The debate will take place on Thursday, 16 June, after the lunch break.

Supporting students and young scholars

For young scholars, full time students and PhD students (under 35 years) a special discounted fee of €200 is offered. To request admission as a student, please send a short ‘motivation’ letter to the Conference Secretariat at budapest@eden-online.orgtogether with evidence of your student status and age.

We are also offering a support scheme to young scholars again. Two young researchers‘ attendance at the Conference will be supported with €600 each. The colleagues awarded should have a submission (paper or poster) accepted for presentation at the Conference. If you wish to apply for the Young Scholars Support, please, indicate your interest by 8 May, 2016.

Sneak peek at conference trainings and workshops

Here are some highlights from accepted trainings and workshops that you will be able to participate in:



Sharing achievements across the web with Open Badges: how to design a badge of value

Gráinne Hamilton – DigitalMe, Programme Director HE / Adult Learning

Effective Interactive Webinars: Methods to facilitate learning in open collaborative learning environments: A toolbook for practitioners/facilitators

Torhild Slaatto – Fleksibel utdanning Norge (Flexible Education Norway)

Social Media for Teaching and Learning

Prof. Dr. Yasemin Gülbahar – Ankara University

Is lurking working?

Jørgen Grubbe – Chair of Danish Association for Flexible Learning FLUID

Animation creation as a learning tool

Kriszta Mihalyi – University of Pecs Hungary, PhD candidate

ABC Rapid Blended Course Design for Educators

Clive Young, Nataša Perović – University College London (UCL)

Meet our keynotes

  • Tony Bates, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate
  • Lesley Wilson, European University Association, Secretary General
  • António Teixeira, President of EDEN
  • Yves Punie, Senior scientist at the European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
  • Michael G. Moore, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education The Pennsylvania State University USA
  • Danny Arati, Intel, former Education Manager, Europe
  • Melissa Highton, Director of the Learning, Teaching and Web Services Division, University of Edinburgh
  • Cristóbal Cobo, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Susan Aldridge, Senior Vice President for Online Learning and President of Drexel University Online
  • Paul Bacsich, Coordinator, Open Education Working Group, and Senior Consultant, SeroHE
  • Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos, Board member of Open Education Consortium and Vice-President of the Brazilian Distance Education Association – ABED
  • János Józsa, Rector of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Preliminary programme structure updated

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, short training courses, moderated poster, demo sessions and synergy strand. The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 14 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 17 June.

The programme structure can be seen here.

Plenary sessions will be streamed online and open to comment on social media.

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.

Registration is open

registerThe EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.

Schedule and Deadlines

Paper Submission closed

In case of eventual last minute submissions you may check possibilities with the EDEN Secretariat.

Registration Open until 5 June 2016

Conference Dates: 14-17 June 2016

For any conference related questions, including conference services for corporations, please contact the Conference Secretariat at


The EDEN 2016 Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union. The publications reflect the authors’ views, the EACEA and the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information they contain.


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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Just Uploaded A Video

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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute has uploadedMVLRI Spring 2016 Research Collaborative
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The quarterly Collaborative Meetings are designed for researchers in the field of K-12 online and blended learning to come together, get feedback on their work and share any collaboration opportunities on grants, research, publications, etc.
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REMINDER: Webinar TODAY (May 3) at 3 PM ET on Assessment in Online Learning

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Join us for an interactive webinar led by experienced instructional designer and online facilitator, Lesley Reilly. This webinar will focus on the role of assessment in the design and delivery of online learning experiences.

Using the resources from ETLO’s new course, Assessment in the Online Course Environment, this webinar will examine the importance of considering assessment in the course design process and tools and techniques for supporting assessment once the course is underway. Webinar participants will be encouraged to share their own experience with assessment in online learning.


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Five Key Steps To Reading And Understanding Education Policy Research

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April 28, 2016

Holly Yettick, (303) 803-2061,
Daniel J. Quinn, (517) 203-2940,

Five Key Steps To Reading And Understanding Education Policy Research

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Apr. 28, 2016) – As part of Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking, a multipart brief that takes up a number of important policy issues, Holly Yettick, Ph.D. provides a single-page brief to identify tips for recognizing higher-quality research studies and making better use of education policy research.

Readers of education policy research are often given conflicting information regarding the quality of research studies. There are myriad reasons to be cautious about research findings. However, important questions remain, including: (1) what is high-quality research?; and (2) what should readers look for to identify higher-quality studies?

Yettick, director of the Education Week Research Center, provides five simple steps to improve the reading of education policy research. These topics include:

  1. The importance of peer-review;
  2. Prioritizing research reviews over standalone studies;
  3. P values” and statistical significance;
  4. Effect sizes; and
  5. Research applicability.

She states: “When readers heed basic cautions, research can provide valuable guidance that helps them learn from past experiences rather than reinventing the wheel by repeatedly re-introducing policies and practices that have failed in the past.”

Find the concise brief on the GLC website:

This concise brief is published by the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is made possible in part by funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

This brief is also found on the NEPC website at:

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