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November 30, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Call for Contributions Open

From yesterday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Call for Contributions Open – Deadline 30 January

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017

CALL | SCOPE | THEMES | SUBMISSION CATEGORIES | SUBMISSION | DEADLINES | VENUE

The conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping

Towards the end of the calendar year, with the peaceful winter holidays approaching, we hope you will find time and inspiration to consider how you could add value to the content offerings of the EDEN 2017 Annual Conference

Conference Vision

scopeThe ever-changing media- and technology landscapes create opportunities for learning at all stages in life in formal and informal settings.

Educators often take digital and media skills for granted and may overlook the diversity of learners’ profiles and educational settings.

How do teachers and learners deal with diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments? How can such diversity be accounted for and used to transform and adapt online learning settings? How well do stakeholders and policy makers understand digital inequalities? What are the new challenges for teachers and educators in the new media landscapes to create meaningful contexts for learning?

How do we bring together the strengths of the past with the challenges of the present and opportunities for the future? Finding and applying the right mix of information, knowledge and creativity is of primary importance for the educational experience.

Socio-economic-cultural aspects are more and more in focus of development for building the digital economy, including the fields of knowledge and learning. the 2017 EDEN conference keywords embrace also diversity and social inclusion through inter-cultural dialogue, the problems and educational aspects of the migrants’ integration in pan-European dimension.

EDEN 2017 will be the forum offering unique chance to find novel answers, work together for these goals, and to gain deep insight into the core questions of diversity in education.

Call for contributions

The responsibility of the scholarly community includes the proper handling of diversity in education with respect to learners’ profiles, backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication as well as diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments.

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Jönköping to tell about your research,
projects and experience connected to diversity challenges

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

Recognising excellence

recognitionEDEN is promoting and inspiring professionals by recognising excellence.Our established formal award schemes, such as the EDEN Fellow, Senior Fellow and Best Research Paper Awards were recently extended by the introduction of the Best Practice Initiative Award.

We also encourage the continuous attainment of professional development goals by awarding open badges to our conference participants and authors – the most involved supporters of our professional activities, therefore, can benefit from a wide range of recognition means of their demonstrated skills & competencies.

Weekend programme after the Conference: DreamHack

DreamHack, the world’s largest LAN party and festival around computer gaming with scene performances and several types of competition (e-sport, cosplay and more) will be held at the exhibition center in Jönköping all weekend after the EDEN Annual Conference, starting on the Friday. Watch the introduction to the event on YouTube. This is an excellent opportunity for EDEN conference participants to make their stay in Jönköping not just professionally useful but also enjoyable.

Conference Venue: Jönköping

The conference is organised by EDEN in co-operation with the Jönköping University.

Jönköping is an excellent example of an impressively developing University, city and region which attracts economic, cultural and social progress and modernisation. The Scandinavian countries and particularly Sweden have always been in the forefront of learning innovation, open and digital education. We look forward with excitement to a memorable conference in 2017!

Join the Community in the exciting city of Jönköping to share your research, projects and practice at #EDEN17!

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

The conference will take part within the research environment CCD at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University with the support of Destination Jönköping.

schedule

Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: 30 January 2017

Registration Opens: mid-February 2017

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2017

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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November 22, 2016

[EDEN-News] European Distance Learning Week 2016 – Resources Available

Note the follow-up on this item…

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European Distance Learning Week
Organised by EDEN

Resources Available

EDEN successfully organised the first European Distance Learning Week on 7-11 November.

5 webinars with 354 registered participants were held. The participants came from 41 different countries including 15 countries from outside Europe from Canada to Brazil, from South Africa to Nepal, encompassing all 4 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, America) and demonstrating a strong geographical coverage and a substantial outreach.

123 participants eventually turned up. 27 facilitators contributed to the successful implementation of this initiative, among them representatives of the European Commission and the Lifelong Learning Platform. EDEN thanks the valuable contribution of the facilitators and hope that this initiative successfully contributed to the European dialog about the present state and the future of open and distance learning. All participants and facilitators received EDEN open badges for their contribution.

The presenters’ slides can be viewed on EDEN’s SlideShare page

Based on the success of the first year, we hope that we can maintain the interest in the subject and European Distance Learning Weeks will be organised also in the coming year.

European Distance Learning Week: European achievements and innovations

Moderator: Airina Volungevičienė, EDEN President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Recording of the discussion is available here


Quality in open, online and technology enhanced learning

Moderator: Wim Van Petegem, EDEN Vice President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Recordings of the discussion are available here and here


Evolving Open Education: life beyond MOOCs

Moderator: Fabio Nascimbeni, EDEN Executive Committee member
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Recording of the discussion is available here


Validation and recognition of non-formal open learning

Moderator: Sandra Kucina, EDEN Vice President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Recording of the discussion is available here


Digital skills in teaching and learning – are we on the right track?

Moderator: Lisa Marie Blaschke, EDEN Vice President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Recording of the discussion is available here
Deirdre Hodson’s presentation


Other contributions from European education organisations to European Distance Learning Week organised by EDEN

Education Policy and Digitalization

Title: Across the German borders: Digital Higher Education in the EU
Moderator: Philip Meyer, research associate at e-teaching.org
Presenters: Prof. Dr. Ulf Ehlers (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg), Christine Redecker (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, IPTS, Sevilla), Sandra Kucina Softic, ( EDEN Vice-President)
Recording of the discussion is available here


National webinar by SADE The Swedish Association for Distance Education

Title: The Open University at Åbo (Turku) Akademi University and Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Moderator: Ebba Ossiannilsson, EDEN EC, EDEN Fellow and EDEN NAP, Swedish Association for Distance Education, Sweden
Presenters: Majlen Saarinen, Educational Director at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Åbo (TURKU) Akademi University and Novia University of Applied Sciences, FINLAND
Recording of the discussion is available here


EDEN also contributed to USDLA National Distance Learning Week with additional webinars:

Animation creation as a learning tool

Moderator: Kriszta Mihályi, Director of Operations, EDEN
Recording and slides of the webinar


Transforming Universities for the Digital Age: policies, business models, resources

Moderator: Dr. András Szűcs, Secretary General, EDEN
Recording and slides of the webinar


How to design open badges?

Moderator: Ildikó Mázár, Deputy Secretary General, EDEN
Recording and slides of the webinar


Creating meaningful learning for children with a medical condition: Key educational factors and related ICT solutions

Moderator: John Dennis, Universitá di Perugia
Recording of the webinar

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

Erasmus

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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November 4, 2016

[EDEN-News] European Distance Learning Week 2016

Some European events that may be of interest to some…

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European Distance Learning Week
Organised by EDEN

7-11 November 2016

After a successful collaboration between EDEN and USDLA in the organization of the National Distance Learning Week in the US, EDEN organises this year the first European Distance Learning Week (EDLW) expanding the successful collaboration with the US and other EDEN international partnerships.

Since EDLW will be organized for the first time this year, EDEN invites other European, regional, and national associations to contribute and participate in the following webinars scheduled for the week:

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

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

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Join us for the following events – participation is open!


European Distance Learning Week: European achievements and innovations

Monday, November 7, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Format: Panel debate and introduction to the week
Moderator: Airina Volungevičienė, EDEN President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


Quality in open, online and technology enhanced learning

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Format: Presentations and discussion
Moderator: Wim Van Petegem, EDEN Vice President
Short description of the event coming soon
Click here to register


Evolving Open Education: life beyond MOOCs

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Format: Presentations and discussion
Moderator: Fabio Nascimbeni, EDEN Executive Committee member
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


Validation and recognition of non-formal open learning

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Format: Presentation and discussions
Moderator: Sandra Kucina, EDEN Vice President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


Digital skills in teaching and learning – are we on the right track?

Friday, November 11, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Format: Reflection on New Digital Skills Agenda from Different Countries
Moderator: Lisa Marie Blaschke, EDEN Vice President
Please click here for a more detailed description of the event
Click here to register


If you are a representative of a national association, you may wish to organise your national distance learning week, that we would happily promote as part of the activities under the EDEN umbrella.

Other contributions from European education organisations to European Distance Learning Week organised by EDEN:

Education Policy and Digitalization

Monday, November 7, 2016, 14:00-15:00 CET
Format: Presentation and discussions
Moderator: Oliver Janoschka
Virtual venue address and short description of the even (coming soon)

EDEN also contributes to USDLA National Distance Learning Week with additional webinars.

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

Erasmus

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: jonkoping@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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October 16, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – First Announcement

From Friday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Call for Contributions

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017

CONFERENCE SCOPE | SUBMISSION | DEADLINES

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The conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping

Conference Scope

scopeThe skills and knowledge required to take an active part in a society characterised by digital technology are embedded, learned, and practiced in people’s daily lives.

The ever-changing media- and technology landscapes create opportunities for learning at all stages in life in formal and informal settings. Society itself can be understood as a learning environment. New policies and practices entailed by the high presence of digital tools have to take into account the “inclusion” or “exclusion” of different groups in society.

Technology and open education open doors to groups of learners from a range of backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication.

How do educators deal with diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments? How can such diversity be accounted for and used to transform and adapt online learning settings? How do educators, stakeholders and policy makers meet digital inequalities? What are the new challenges for teachers and educators in the new media landscapes to create meaningful contexts for learning?

The behaviour, interests and roles of learners are also repositioned. Technological innovation implies faster learning, and instruction has to be “useful” in order to motivate and engage students. In order to strengthen and stabilise learning, The collaboration between the human mind and the machine have to be regularly reconsidered. Digital technology supports sustainable environments where learners gain new perspectives on their learning, share and learn collectively, and master their own drive for learning.

It is of great importance to study how the educational framing, from policy level down to the actual learning situation, allows for various types of e-learning, open and and distance education. One challenge is the often fragmented view of what has been achieved theoretically and practically in this field, and the ever-increasing offer of technology. How do we bring together the strengths of the past with the opportunities for the future? Co-ordination of information, knowledge and creativity is of high importance for the educational experience.

EDEN 2017 is the forum that offers a chance to work together for these goals, and to gain further insight into the core questions.

Conference Venue: Jönköping

Jönköping is an excellent example of an impressively developing University, city and region which attracts economic, cultural and social progress and modernisation. The Scandinavian countries and particularly Sweden have always been in the forefront of learning innovation, open and digital education. We look forward with excitement to a memorable conference in 2017!

Join the Community in the exciting city of Jönköping to share your research, projects and practice at #EDEN17!

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

The conference will take part within the research environment CCD at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University,

schedule

Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: 30 January 2017

Registration Open: mid-February 2017

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2017

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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September 29, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Detailed Programme Available

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Detailed Programme Available
#EDENRW9

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016

REGISTRATION | KEYNOTES | SCOPE | THEMES | ACCOMMODATION | PROGRAMME

Detailed Programme and Joining Instructions Available

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, poster and synergy sessions. Great interest is shown by the several submissions outside of Europe: from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Turkey and Australia. The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 4 October, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with the Closing Plenary Session on 6 October.

The detailed programme can be downloaded here.

You can find and read the Joining Instructions for the conference with practical information about getting to the conference, registration, conference events, Oldenburg, etc.

The Editors’ Panel at the 9th EDEN Research Workshop, 6 October, 2016

editorsDianne Conrad, Co-editor of the International Review of Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), Athabasca University, Canada;

Som Naidu, Executive Editor of Distance Education, Monash University, Australia;

Peter Shea, Editor of Online Learning (formerly Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY);

Ulrich Bernath, Chief Editor of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL), Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, Oldenburg/Germany,

invite the audience to participate actively in the conversation about:

  • the distinctive features and specific characteristics of each of the represented journals;
  • the acceptance procedures for getting submissions published and what to do with rejection;
  • how “early” researchers will meet the levels of accomplishment;
  • why publish in peer-reviewed learned journals?

Focus Group Session

On Thursday morning, October 6 from 11:30-13:00, we will be offering a special focus group session for workshop delegates to meet with and engage in further dialogue with our keynote speakers. During the focus group session, you will have an opportunity to join in on round table discussions with the individual speakers and further explore the ideas presented during the keynote plenaries. Results of the focus group sessions will be posted later on EDEN’s NAP web site.

Keynote Speech Titles Revealed

Paul Prinsloo: The Increasing (Im)Possibilities of Justice and Care in Open, Distance Learning

Inge de Waard: Self-determined Learning: Lifelong Learning in an Open Range or Fenced Land?

Olaf Zawacki-Richter & Som Naidu: Exploring 35 Years of Research into Distance Education

Isa Jahnke: Studying Learning Expeditions in Cross Action Spaces with Digital Didactical Designs

George Veletsianos: A Scholarly Life Online

Workshop Session Sneak Peek 2

What Drives Student Participation in Online Tutorials?

sneek peakOnline methods have seen a transition to medium and large scale events run by teams of tutors. This move to online tuition has fundamentally changed the characteristics of The Open University tuition in several respects.

As staff responsible for the professional development of Associate Lecturers tutoring in Life Sciences we developed a method to help us evaluate our tutors’ online tutorials and recognise good practice with regard to student participation.

Community of Inquiry Framework: New Directions and Research Opportunities

This session will focus on new directions and research opportunities in regards to collaborative thinking, educational design, and K to 12 educational contexts. Thinking collaboratively is a theoretical and practical guide to thinking and learning in deep and meaningful ways within purposeful communities of inquiry. It is the means to inquire, test, and apply new understandings, and to make sense of the information that bombards us continuously.

Dr. Garrison will discuss new directions related to thinking collaboratively in online and distance education. Dr. Cleveland-Innes will suggest research opportunities in regard to teaching presence and educational design in distance education. Dr. Vaughan will demonstrate how the CoI framework can be applied to teacher development in order to improve student engagement and success.

Registration Open

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Last call for the undecided to secure their participation at the conference: registration is open until 3 October. Please visit theOnline Registration Form to join the event.

Open Badges – Recognising your achievements at the Research Workshop

In order to show our appreciation of non-formal professional development we will issue open badges at the Research Workshop to recognise the accomplishments of speakers and participants. Open badges distributed at EDEN events stand for the quality of the development of your skills.

EDEN first issued open badges at the Open Classroom Conferences held in Athens.

Encouraged by the appreciation of former conference delegates we continue issuing open badges at the 9th EDEN Research Workshop as well.

The Welcome Reception & Conference Dinner

The Welcome Reception will take place on 4 October, Tuesday at 19:30 at the conference venue in the Foyer on the Ground floor of building A14.

The Conference Dinner will be held on 5 October, Wednesday at 20:00. For delegates who have booked: please, bring your ticket & badge with you. The three course, traditional German cuisine Conference Dinner will be held at the Klinkerburg Restaurant, a truly unique place. The restaurant occupies the original first class waiting room in the main train station of Oldenburg. The Best Research Paper Award will be handed out during the Conference Dinner.

The address of Restaurant Klinkerburg:

Bahnhofsplatz 12, 26122 Oldenburg

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The Conference Venue

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Ammerländer Heerstraße 114, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany

Building A14

Visit the Oldenburg State Theatre

The dome of the Oldenburg State Theatre has been part of the city’s skyline since 1893. The building is of Neo-Baroque design, and although it has undergone some changes, its essence has been retained.

Three theatres are housed under its roof. In addition to the impressive Grosses Haus with 827 seats, in October 1998 the curtain first rose in the Kleines Haus which seats 350. In the season of 2001/2002, a small studio theatre, the Spielraum with seating for 70, also came into being.

The programme of the Oldenburg State Theatre is coloured by a high-quality, classic repertoire of operas, operettas, musicals, plays, dance performances and concerts as well as its commitment to the artistic avant-garde. Premieres and debut performances are regular features on the State Theatre’s programme.

Erasmus

The 9th EDEN Research Workshop 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: oldenburg@eden-online.org
http://www.eden-online.org

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