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October 15, 2017

[EDEN-News] Open Classroom Conference Kaunas – Invitation to the Conference

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Invitation to the Conference
9-10 November, 2017

Registration is free!

REGISTRATION | VENUE | PROGRAMME | KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Invitation

Airina Volungeviciene, the President of European Distance and E-Learning Network, EDEN is pleased to invite you to the conference entitled ,,Open Professional Collaboration for Open Classroom” which will take place on the 9th and 10th of November, 2017, at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The conference aims to discuss the challenges of open professional collaboration in higher, adult, school, vocational education and company training and seeks to develop synergy among national, regional, European and global initiatives, professional associations, education and business partnership.

Participating at the conference offers unique opportunity for networking, professional development and trying a new conference format with many other great professionals from all over the world.

Conference programme available

The conference programme can be viewed on the conference website.

Conference registration will start on 9 November 2017 at 10:00, followed by multiple pre-conference workshops:

  • Open Your Mind for Different Learning(in Lithuanian)
  • Open Studies for Open Society(in English)
  • Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe(in Lithuanian)
  • Recognising Learning Achievements with Open Digital Badges. Lessons from a pilot project in UNESCO ASPnet schools in Lithuania(in Lithuanian)

The plenary session will start at 14:00 (GMT+3) and will be broadcast live on the conference website. The keynote speakers include:

Friday, 10 November 2017 has a busy schedule, packed with interesting, colourful Open Professional Collaboration Sessions in both English and Lithuanian. For the full programme of the second day, please visit the conference website.

Registration for the conference

Attendance at the conference is free, although registration is necessary. Delegates may choose if they want to participate on one or both days of the conference. However, the number of tickets is limited, so please register early. Each registered delegate will receive a conference delegate ticket which is mandatory for conference attendance. Certificates of attendance will be issued following delegates attendance in conference sessions.

Please register here.

Conference Venue: Kaunas. Lithuania

Kaunas, a sprawling city 100km west of Vilnius at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris Rivers, has a compact Old Town, an abundance of artistic and educational museums, and a fascinating history. Kaunas Castle is a medieval fortress housing historical exhibitions. To the east, the old town is home to the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica, with its ornate interior, and the Gothic spires of the Hanseatic House of Perkūnas. Laisvės Alėja, a pedestrianized street lined with trees and cafes, crosses the city from west to east.

To help plan your stay, here are some useful sites:

Visit Kaunas

Lonely Planet

Trip Advisor

athens

Contact

Conference website: http://openclassroom.vdu.lt/en_US/

For further information about the event, or practical arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers at info@isi.vdu.it

Erasmus

The Open Classroom Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: kaunas@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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October 14, 2017

[EDEN-News] European Distance Learning Week 2017

From the inbox on Thursday…

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European Distance Learning Week
Organised by EDEN

6-10 November 2017

As in previous years, EDEN will be hosting European Distance Learning Week (EDLW) in cooperation with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), which will be holding its National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) in parallel with the EDEN event. During EDLW, you will have access to daily online webinars and panel sessions of expert scholars and practitioners who will present a variety of cutting edge open and online learning topics, from innovations in design to open educational research.

Each webinar will take place at 13:00-14:30 CET at the same webinar room:

https://eden-online.adobeconnect.com/EuropeanDLW

System requirements and Connection testing for Adobe Connect

Join us for the following events – participation is open!


The Challenges and Opportunities of Innovation

Monday, November 6, 2017, 13:00-14:30 CET
Format: Panel debate
Moderator: Airina Volungevičienė, EDEN President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


Perspectives on Open Education

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 13:00-14:30 CET
Format: Presentations and panel discussion
Moderator: Fabio Nascimbeni, EDEN Executive Committee member
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


Designing Learning Spaces in Open and Distance Learning

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 13:00-14:30 CET
Format: Presentations and discussion
Moderator: Lisa Marie Blaschke, EDEN Vice-President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


Re-considering Access, Quality and Flexibility of Education

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 13:00-14:30 CET
Format: Presentation and discussions
Moderator: Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN Vice President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


International Experiences with OER

Friday, November 10, 2017, 13:00-14:30 CET
Format: Presentation
Moderator: Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN Vice President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


Additional event:

EDEN Open Classroom Conference: Introducing Agenda for Open Professional Collaboration – Plenary broadcast

Friday, November 10, 2017, 9:45 – 11:45 CET
Format: Plenary Session live stream – Live streaming of the plenary session of the EDEN Open Classroom Conference held in Kaunas, Lithuania. Link to the broadcast will be announced soon. Participants will be able to ask questions using the conference website.
Moderators: Kristijonas Jakubsonas, Elena Trepulė
Keynote speakers:

  • Digitally competent teachers in the area of Open EducationYves Punie, European Commission – DG JRC – Directorate Innovation and Growth
  • The Joyous Voyage: situating open learning in a fractured worldAlan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan
  • National ICT Implementation Initiatives for Educational OpennessVaino Brazdeikis, Ministry of Education and Science of The Republic of Lithuania
  • Implementing recognition of open non-formal learning – Organizational perspective. Airina Volungevičienė, European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), Vytautas Magnus University

For any related questions contact the EDEN Secretariat
at secretariat@eden-online.org.

    

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The European Distance Learning Week is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.

EDEN

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
http://www.eden-online.org

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October 8, 2017

[EDEN-News] Open Classroom Conference Athens – Conference Highlights

From Friday’s inbox…

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Conference Programme Available
20-22 October, 2017

Registration is free!

REGISTRATION | VENUE | PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT | STAYING IN ATHENS

Invitation

The aim of the conference is to introduce and discuss the notion of the “Open School”. A school that effectively introduces innovations in education is an engaging environment not only for the students and teachers. It re-designs learning to accommodate and include difference and brings together families, community groups, local businesses, experts, universities, and others into an innovation ecosystem.

Conference highlights

Conference registration will start on 20 October 2017 at 17:00, followed by the Conference Opening Session: “From Open Classrooms to Open Schools” at 18:30. EDEN’s Secretary General, Dr. Andras Szucs will give the opening speech.

The keynote speakers include:

  • Angelos Lazoudis, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
  • Rosa Doran, Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia, Portugal
  • Dr Elias Messinas, Ecoweek, Israel
  • and a representative of IEP, Institute of Educational Policy, Greece

Angelos LazoudisRosan DoranElias Messinas

The social event “Schools serving their communities: Observation Night at the School Observatory” will take place on Friday from 21:30.

Saturday, 21 October 2017 has a busy schedule, packed with interesting, colourful sessions and workshops, focusing on New Pedagogies for Open Schools, STEM approaches in Open Schools, Open School: an inclusive environment, New Technologies for Open Schools, to name just a few major topics.

For more information on the schedule, see the detailed conference programme here.

Pre-conference event

t-mailOn Friday 20 October 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00, the pre-conference event “How to promote the development of self-regulated learning for primary school children?” will take place.

The tMAIL – Teacher Mobile Application for Innovative Learning project team has developed a mobile application that supports primary school teachers in the promotion of their students SRL skills. This free of charge event is an opportunity for the participating teachers to test the app, try their hands on Self Regulated Learning (SRL), familiarise themselves with the theoretical background and learn techniques how to integrate the teaching of SRL in their classroom activities.

Registration for the conference

Attendance at the conference is free, however, a registration is necessary. Please register here.

Data collected for the purposes of the Open Schools for Open Societies 2017 will never be released without your consent and will only be used for the organization of administrative issues concerning your attendance at the conference.

Important dates and deadlines

Submission of full Papers & Posters (for publication in the proceedings): 10 October 2017
Conference Dates: 20-22 October 2017

Conference Venue: Athens, Greece

Once again, the Open Classroom Conference returns to Athens, one of the world’s leading destinations. Of course, everyone knows the ancient history of the city and the myths surrounding it. Today, as a city dating back to antiquity, Athens is an interesting case study of architecture and is home to a variety of styles, from Greco-Roman to Neoclassical to modern.

The beginning of October brings warm, sunny days, with only a small chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 19-20°C – perfect for exploring the city, especially as the number of tourists decreases after the summer months.

To help plan your stay, here are some useful sites:

Sights of Athens

Lonely Planet

Trip Advisor

athens

Contact

Conference website: http://openschool2017.ea.gr/

Inquiries in relation to the conference should be sent to: zygouritsas@ea.gr and athens@eden-online.org

Erasmus

The Open Classroom Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: athens@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

September 16, 2017

[EDEN-News] Open Classroom Conference Athens: Open Schools for Open Societies

Another item from Thursday’s inbox…

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Join us in Athens!
20-22 October, 2017

Registration is free!

CALL | THEMES REGISTRATION | VENUE | PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT | STAYING IN ATHENS

Invitation:

The aim of the conference is to introduce and discuss the notion of the “Open School”. A school that effectively introduces innovations in education is an engaging environment not only for the students and teachers. It re-designs learning to accommodate and include difference and brings together families, community groups, local businesses, experts, universities, and others into an innovation ecosystem.

Call for papers

Proposals are invited for Papers and Poster presentations on the selected themes. Abstracts and inquiries about the conference content should be sent by e-mail no later than 15 September 2017. For information on submission, please consult the conference website.

Paper presentations may include research results or reviews of existing results, including empirical or theoretical studies, policy reviews, comprehensive case studies, and presentation of project results, if they are in their conclusive phase.

Posters are welcome about work-in-progress, achievements of initial research, projects in their early stages of development, case studies, etc. Poster presentations will be themed and moderated in related sessions and published in the Proceedings.

Presentations of large scale implementations in science education are also welcome.

Important dates and deadlines

Submission for abstracts: 15 September 2017
Notification of Authors: 22 September 2017
Submission of full Papers & Posters (for publication in the proceedings): 10 October 2017
Conference Dates: 20-22 October 2017

Pre-conference event

t-mailOn Friday 20th October 2017, the pre-conference event “How to promote the development of self-regulated learning for primary school children?” will take place.

The tMAIL – Teacher Mobile Application for Innovative Learning project team has developed a mobile application that supports primary school teachers in the promotion of their students SRL skills. This free of charge event is an opportunity for the participating teachers to test the app, try their hands on Self Regulated Learning (SRL), familiarise themselves with the theoretical background and learn techniques how to integrate the teaching of SRL in their classroom activities.

Conference Venue: Athens, Greece

Once again, the Open Classroom Conference returns to Athens, one of the world’s leading destinations. Of course, everyone knows the ancient history of the city and the myths surrounding it. Today, as a city dating back to antiquity, Athens is an interesting case study of architecture and is home to a variety of styles, from Greco-Roman to Neoclassical to modern.

The beginning of October brings warm, sunny days, with only a small chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 19-20°C – perfect for exploring the city, especially as the number of tourists decreases after the summer months.

To help plan your stay, here are some useful sites:

Sights of Athens

Lonely Planet

Trip Advisor

athens

Contact

Conference website: http://openschool2017.ea.gr/

Inquiries in relation to the conference should be sent to: zygouritsas@ea.gr and athens@eden-online.org

Erasmus

The Open Classroom Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: athens@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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June 1, 2017

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Update In The Programme, Sneak Peek At Workshops

From yesterday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Update in the programme,
sneak peek at workshops

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017

REGISTRATION | KEYNOTES | DETAILED PROGRAMME | SOCIAL EVENTS
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
| DEADLINES

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jkpgThe conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping and SADE, the Swedish Association for Open and Distance Learning and supported by the Jönköping City Council.

Registration is open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Annual Conference. The registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.register

For more information on fees and discounts, visit the Conference Registration page.

Detailed conference programme available

programme booklet coverThe Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, trainings, moderated poster and demo sessions and the synergy strand, ensuring digital interactivity and cooperation on the social web.

The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 13 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 16 June.

The detailed conference programme can be viewed here.

The conference structure can be reached here. Eventual programme changes may apply.

UPDATE IN THE PROGRAMME

In the end of the first Conference day, just after the EDEN Annual General Meeting on 14 June, it is planned – based on the nice experience of the Oxford Research Workshop in 2014 – to organise a “Walk and Talk” event in the bright Nordic evening. We shall take a trajectory around the lake Munksjön.

EDEN members and conference delegates are invited to join the conference featured speakers, EDEN Executive Committee and Network of Academics and Professionals post bearers – and discuss about any matters of interest around EDEN, Learning Innovation in the world, Openness, the future of Digital Education and alike.

The sunset that evening will be at 10:06pm.

Would the weather not be friendly, the discussion will take place in the Orangerie room of the University.

The Walk and Talk programme replaces the Book and Wine evening for which less interest was expressed this year.

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Sneak peek at conference workshops

How to Facilitate Diversity in Flexible Learning?

Technology enhanced learning is today’s learning for new groups of students. It changes our learning styles, institutional strategies, teaching and learning skills.

National associations of flexible learning and technology enhanced learning (TEL) professionals are usually the ones who unite professionals applying technologies in learning facilitate learners, teachers and institutions to promote learning using new technologies.

Learning should support diversity. The conference theme is “Diversity Matters” we mean this is a very important aspect when developing result oriented learning. It is very important to develop and facilitate application of technologies in learning that support diversity. ICT supported lifelong learning brings individual learning and knowledge, as well as very rationale application of learning results in professional practices.

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Enhancing Diversity with Open Badges

This workshop introduces Open Badges as a novel approach and a technical tool to recognise, validate and communicate a diversity of skills and achievements of an individual learner in a digital, verifiable and information-rich format.

Certificates, school grades and workload-based credits tell us nothing about learner’s competencies, skills, experiences, motivations or attitudes. Open Badges are a new concept addressing the weak points of traditional credentialing systems. Open Badges are learner-centered and can be used for micro-credentialing of 21st century skills, including digital skills, creativity, critical thinking, entrepreneurship or team skills, all of which rarely get captured by traditional certificates.

From OER to OEP

Despite the rapid development of Open Education movement, there are still many challenges identified by education organizations, teachers and trainers, e-learning centre staff members and also learners themselves that prevent the uptake and mainstreaming of open education using and developing of Open Educational Resources (OERs). One of the major challenge is to integrate OERs in curriculum designing transferring OER to Open Educational Practices (OEP) because of lack of skills and competences of participants to find and use, to find and adapt or to develop OERs due to restricted information on which ICT tools are most suitable for one or another purpose.

Join the #EDENChat on 15 June, live from the conference!

On 15 June, starting at 16:15, during the “How to Conduct an Academic Chat via Twitter – The #edenchat Case” workshop, Antonella Poce will be moderating a discussion on the same topic. Join in on twitter using the #EDENChat hashtag.

#EDENChat is a scheduled online discussion event on Twitter where anyone can join in and contribute to the discussions on current issues in distance, open and e-learning. In the most recent #EDENChat we discussed MOOCs and soft skills development in higher education. Read all the archived discussions here.

#eden17 live stream of plenary sessions

We are happy to announce, that the #eden17 Conference Plenary Sessions will be live streamed on EDEN’s youtube channel. Tune in to see your favourite keynote speakers every day according to the official programme schedule and share your thoughts and reflections using the official conference hashtag: #eden17.

Selected keynote speakers will be interviewed on video by Steve Wheeler on behalf of the EDEN NAP Steering Committee. All the recorded videos will be uploaded to Youtube.

Diversity will be with us – Almost 40 countries in the pool of presenters!

You will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with speakers from the Universities of Roma, Delft, Regensburg, Zagreb, Stockholm, Budapest, Saxonia, London, Oldenburg, Denmark, Porto, Rioja, Baden-Württenberg, the Baltics from Europe – as well as with proferssionals from other continents: University of Maryland, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Hongkong, Turkey, India, Beijing University, Southern Queensland, Sydney, Mexico, Nepal, the Middle-East, not to mention the leading Open Universities of the world: OU UK, UNED Spain (Madrid), UOC Catalunya, South-Africa, Turkey (Anadolu), and Athabasca (CA).

Recognising excellence

recognitionYour papers, posters and training submissions are not only subjected to the conference evaluators’ thorough assessment, but could also win one of EDEN’s prestigious awards. We are keen to promote and inspire professionals by recognising excellence and will continue the tradition of distinguishing Best Papers and Best Practice Initiatives. Everybody who has an accepted submission for presentation will receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.

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Schedule and Deadlines

The call is closed

Registration open

Conference Dates: 13-16 June 2017

For any conference related questions contact the Conference Secretariat
at jonkoping@eden-online.org.

Erasmus

The EDEN 2017 Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.

EDEN

EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: jonkoping@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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