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October 19, 2021

EDEN Webinar series – Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 – 25 October 2021

An item from our European colleagues.

Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

This webinar will introduce participants to the basics of micro-credentials including emerging definitions, the drivers of micro-credentials, affordances and challenges, types of micro-credentials, development of competency-based approaches for learning, minimum levels of performance and skill level domains for certification.  The panel will also share practical examples of micro-credentials from their respective institutions and professional networks.

The new webinar of the series #onlinetogether Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 is organized on Monday, 25 October 2021, 17.00 CEST.
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Moderator
Mairéad Nic Giolla MhichílFellow of EDEN
Director of Micro-Credential Strategy and Innovation and Head of DCU Studio, Dublin City University, Ireland
Speakers
Deborah Arnold

Senior Fellow of EDEN
French Digital University for Economics and Management (AUNEGe), France

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Senior Fellow of EDEN
Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany

Rebecca Ferguson

Professor of Learning Futures in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) ,The Open University, UK

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Monday, 25 October 2021,
17:00 CEST

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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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October 11, 2021

EDEN Recommends: PLEIADE project news

The second of two items from our European colleagues.

PLEIADE Project news – October 2021 

PLEIADE project aims at strengthening the role of the teacher and tackle school disadvantages, by improving teachers’ ability to design learning activities that foster collaboration and inclusion of students.

During the first year of the project, a blended training initiative for teachers was designed and is currently being delivered to a group of teachers from schools located in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. Teachers are learning about collaboration for inclusion through a gamified platform.

Three Intellectual Outputs were released to the public in 2021:

IO1 Blended Teachers’ Professional Development (TPD) pathway: describing the teachers’ training pathway;
IO2 Hybrid I4Ts game: a game to support teachers in designing collaborative learning activities;
IO3 Gamified platform for the Blended Training Activities (BTAs): the platform where the training will take place.

PLEIADE Intellectual Outputs

Update on teachers’ training activities  

The teacher’s training (Blended Training Activities or BTAs) has started on 20 May 2021 and comprises synchronous and asynchronous activities, such as attendance of webinars and development and delivery of group projects. Teachers are working in groups, supervised by tutors from Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Genova, Italy) and Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski. Teachers can communicate through a Moodle-based platform and their training is based on a space journey metaphor.

Three Short term Joint Staff Training Events (SJSTE) are offered as synchronous training experiences for the teachers, as part of the Blended Training Activities.
First SJSTE – 17-25 June 2021 
ONLINE

This First SJSTE aimed at introducing teachers to the core concepts of the project (inclusion, learning design and collaborative learning) and to foster the community building process. Webinars and collaborative activities were organised by Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Genova, Italy).

Teachers had the chance to reflect critically on the concept of inclusion and share their understanding of the concepts as well as their teaching experience. Moreover, teachers analysed their teaching practices and read back some examples of inclusive collaborative activities they had already implemented in the light of the 4TS model (Task, Teams, Time, Technology), adopted throughout the project to support the design process.

Read more on the 4TS model
First SJSTE – Lesson learned and Perspectives

After the First SJSTE the following results were achieved:

1.     A critical analysis in term of inclusion assets and issues of five collaborative techniques, to be adopted in the process of designing collaborative inclusive activities during the PLEIADE Blended Training Activities.

2.     The description of already implemented inclusive collaborative activities according to the 4Ts model, that is the reference framework of the project. This activity allowed the teachers to familiarise with the model and re-design the activities in accordance with the new competences acquired during the SJSTE.

First SJSTE – Testimonials from the teachers and tutors

– ”Language barriers were difficult to overcome, but the experts from Sofia University were very helpful” Tsvetelina Georgieva, teacher from Narodni Buditeli 144 School in Sofia, Bulgaria

– ”Attending the Short-term Joint Staff Training Event was a very demanding, intensive experience, but it was worth the effort” Elli Stylianou, teacher from Neapolis Gymnasium, Limassol, Cyprus

– ”Everybody found the idea, the concept and the fields of study very interesting” Kleio Anagnostou, teacher from Avgoulea-Linardatou School, Athens, Greece

– ”The first Short-term Joint Staff Training Event took place in a very hectic period for us because we had exams. However, most teachers enjoyed the event and its gamified approach very much” Marilina Lonigro, teacher from Rocca-Bovio-Palumbo School, Trani, Italy

– ”The space journey metaphor suits very well to gamify the Blended Training Activities and the participating teachers picked it up very quickly” Francesca Dagnino, tutor and BTA leader from Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Genova, Italy

The participants thank the tutors from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski.

What comes next?

The Second SJSTE is planned online on 18-27 October 2021.
The teachers are looking forward to meet in presence and that will be hopefully possible in the third SJSTE

The Blended Training Activities are expected to end in April 2022 and will be followed by Enactment in classroom context, reaching out to 600 students. The enactment phase is planned to run from February 2022 to March 2023.

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Re-start Autumn 2021 – EDEN Webinar series – 11 October 2021

The first of two items from our European colleagues.

Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

Life and education in pandemic is going on, after almost two years 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 third 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 new webinar of the series #onlinetogether Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 is organized on Monday, 11 October 2021, 17.00 CEST.
Register for the webinar
Add to Calendar
Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.
Moderator
Denise WhitelockDirector, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK
Speakers
Allison Littlejohn

Director, UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London, UK

Mathew Hillier 

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Marco Kalz

Professor of Technology-Enhanced Learning and Open Education, Heidelberg University of Education & Open University of the Netherlands

Tarja Ladonlahti

Lecturer (University teacher) University of Jyväskylä, Open University, Finland

Description

There have been massive disruptions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the world of Teaching and Learning with an unprecedented need for innovation and agility, especially in the field of assessment. Among the pressing concerns at the forefront of this pandemic has been how to examine students learning at speed and within budget when face to face examinations have not been possible. There have also been concerns about a diminished quality of learning with respect to this unexpected shift to e-learning together with a pressing need to grade students at the end of the academic year.

This webinar will examine some of the approaches to summative assessment which include how to substitute physical assessment with remote technology enhanced assessment. However, with every challenge comes an opportunity which in this case is to rethink changes to assessment processes, working towards a new research agenda.

During the session, we will also discuss:
•    What is the future of the exam?
•    What have we learnt about online proctoring?
•    Is Contract Cheating the Next Normal?

Read more
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Monday, 11 October 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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October 7, 2021

EDEN NAP – Upcoming Webinar – 13 October 2021

An item from our European colleagues.

Dear Colleague,

We kindly inform you that the next EDEN NAP webinar Asynchronous approaches to teaching and learning will take place on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, at 17:00 CEST.
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)

 

Vlad Mihaescu

EDEN NAP SC Chair
Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Politehnica University of Timisoara

 

Panelists

Sarah Lohnes Watulak

Director for Digital Pedagogy and Media in the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA
Jeni HenricksonInstructional Designer in the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA

Rima Al Tawil Educator in Toronto, Canada

Caitriona Ni SheAcademic Developer at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Description

Asynchronous approaches to teaching and learning have been part of the DNA of distance and online education for over forty years. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic pivot online, synchronous video conferencing quickly became the norm and asynchronous approaches were largely ignored. However, the literature indicates that active communication between students and instructors using asynchronous discussion forums promotes interaction and social presence in online courses (Farrell & Brunton, 2020; Buck, 2016; Gauvreau, Hurst, Cleveland-Innes, & Hawranik, 2016).

The session will begin with Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak and Dr. Jeni Henrickson sharing their experiences of creating The Asynchronous Cookbook, a collaborative and open textbook. Then, Rima Al Tawil will present her research on non-verbal communication in asynchronous discussion forums. Finally, Dr Caitriona Ni She, will share research and practice on asynchronous engagement drawn from the #Openteach project.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021,
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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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Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
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October 6, 2021

EDEN webinar series – Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 – 11 October

Note these up-coming webinars from our European colleagues.

Dear EDEN Members, Partners and Friends,

Life and education in pandemic is going on, after almost two years 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 third 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 new webinar of the series #onlinetogether Time for Action in Shaping HE 4.0 is organized on Monday, 11 October 2021, 17.00 CEST.
Register for the webinar
Add to Calendar
Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.
Moderator
Denise WhitelockDirector, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK
Speakers
Allison Littlejohn

Director, UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London, UK

Mathew Hillier 

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Marco Kalz

Professor of Technology-Enhanced Learning and Open Education, Heidelberg University of Education & Open University of the Netherlands

Tarja Ladonlahti

Lecturer (University teacher) University of Jyväskylä, Open University, Finland

Description

There have been massive disruptions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the world of Teaching and Learning with an unprecedented need for innovation and agility, especially in the field of assessment. Among the pressing concerns at the forefront of this pandemic has been how to examine students learning at speed and within budget when face to face examinations have not been possible. There have also been concerns about a diminished quality of learning with respect to this unexpected shift to e-learning together with a pressing need to grade students at the end of the academic year.

This webinar will examine some of the approaches to summative assessment which include how to substitute physical assessment with remote technology enhanced assessment. However, with every challenge comes an opportunity which in this case is to rethink changes to assessment processes, working towards a new research agenda.

During the session, we will also discuss:
•    What is the future of the exam?
•    What have we learnt about online proctoring?
•    Is Contract Cheating the Next Normal?

Read more
Add to Calendar
Register for the webinar
Save the date and see you
Monday, 11 October 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
EDEN Website
EDEN Website
EDEN Facebook
EDEN Facebook
EDEN Twitter
EDEN Twitter
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