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May 30, 2015

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 June Barcelona – Just Two Weeks Ahead!

From yesterday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Latest Conference News – Register Now!

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

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Collaboration Is Key: The power of togetherness – Interview with Darcy Hardy and Marci Powell

In the latest part of the series of EDEN pre-Conference interviews, the US power-duo Marci Powell and Darcy Hardy talks to Lisa-Marie Blaschke.

Marci Powell, Chair Emerita and Past President of USDLA and Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President, Blackboard, USA discuss their path from academia to distance and e-learning industry from the female perfective in working in the field. They also touch on the potential of collaboration across continents and personalisation as the next big thing in education. Listen here:

Phone Interview with Marci Powell and Darcy Hardy
by Lisa-Marie Blaschke

The EDEN 2015 Annual Conference is soon to open its gates: Only two weeks to register. Join now!

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More Appetisers

Workshop B3

Wednesday
14:30 – 16:00

Workshop: Learning Analytics – What Data Could Tell If We Were Willing to Share Information

Workshop B4

Wednesday
14:30 – 16:00

EMPOWERing Universities: The Transition of European Higher Education to New Modes of Teaching and Learning

Papers B2 & C2

Wednesday
14:30 – 16:00
16:30 – 18:00

MOOCs: Enriching and Consolidating the Experience

Synergy Strand

B5, C5, D6, E6, F6 and G6

Strand of Synergy sessions to share project practices, enhance partnerships, find ideas

Have fun with UOC!

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya has prepared activities that will enhance the joy of the conference:

PuzzleHelp us, our puzzles are scattered!
There are pieces everywhere! Join us on a fun networking activity: find your puzzle partners, gather the words of a key eLearning question and send the answer in Twitter.

TimelineLet’s imagine the future of e-learning!
In the frame of the 25th EDEN, 20th UOC and 25th eLearn anniversaries, we have prepared a milestone timeline. Could you help us predict the future of of elearning and learning technologies?

puzzle

Message BoardI’m looking for… (A to Z)
Are you looking for a specific partner or project? We can help you with your networking activities through a message board in which you can contact the delegates by surname or by project.

Networking Room
Do you need a quiet and comfortable space to meet with colleagues to share ideas or discuss projects? The Networking Room is at your disposal (on a first-come first-accomodate basis).

Follow and use our #EDEN15 hashtag and prepare to join the Community face to face in the inspiring city of Barcelona!

Barcelona

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

EDEN

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

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May 25, 2015

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 June Barcelona – Just Three Weeks Ahead!

From Friday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Latest Conference News – Register Now!

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

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The EDEN 2015 Annual Conference is soon to open its gates: More than 300 delegates registered already, from over 40 countries. Join now!

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The Conference will be opened by Mr. Lluís Jofre, Director General of Universities and Research, Government of Catalonia.

At the Conference Welcome Reception, Mr. Gerard Ardanuy, Deputy Mayor of Education and Universities of the Barcelona City Council will give an opening address.

New Keynote Speaker Joined

Alan Tait, Director, International Development and Teacher Education, The Open University, United Kingdom
From Distance Learning to Open Education: A Changing Landscape

Have a look at this page to see more about what do the keynotes talk about.

See here the detailed programme of the Conference.

Programme Appetisers

Reflections and Discussion Between Delegates and the Keynotes Speakers
Moderator: Don Olcott, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Workshop: Expanded Learning Scenarios of Best Practice in the U.S.

Workshop: Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education for the Future We Want: From Statements to Action: Policy Challenges – The European Voice

Workshop: Lost in Transition? D-TRANSFORM as a Compass for the use of ICT to Transform the Higher Education System

Linked Events for Opening the Landscape of the Conference

Recognising Excellence

Networking at Social Events Organised in Fabolous Settings

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Hints for Barcelona

The Conference Dinner – hosted by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – on 11 June, with musical performance (Mediterranean jazz), will be organised in Royal Palace of Pedralbes, the former residence of the royal family of Spain. Today two museums are housed here, furthermore its gardens are highly acclaimed for their beauty.

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A few steps from busy Avinguda Diagonal lies this small enchanting green space. Sculptures, fountains, citrus trees, bamboo groves, fragrant eucalyptus, towering cypresses and bougainvillea-covered nooks lie scattered along the paths criss-crossing these peaceful gardens. Read more…

The EDEN Best Research Paper Award will be presented at the event.

Follow and use our #EDEN15 hashtag and prepare to join the Community face to face in the inspiring city of Barcelona!

Barcelona

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

EDEN

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

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May 14, 2015

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 June Barcelona – Just Four Weeks Ahead!

From yesterday’s inbox…

EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Latest Conference News – Register Now!

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

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KEYNOTES | DETAILED PROGRAMME | LINKED EVENTS | SESSION ARRANGEMENTS |

SOCIAL EVENTS | PARTNER & VENUE | HOTEL BOOKING

The EDEN 2015 Annual Conference is soon to open its gates: More than 300 delegates registered already, from over 40 countries. Join now!

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The Conference will be opened by Mr. Lluís Jofre, Director General of Universities and Research, Government of Catalonia.

At the Conference Welcome Reception, Mr. Jaume Ciurana, Deputy Mayor of Culture, Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation of the City Council will give an opening address.

Recognising Excellence

Networking Events

EDEN Fellow and
Senior Fellow Awards

The purpose of the EDEN Fellow scheme is to provide validation and support to professionals in Europe in the field of open, distance and e-learning, and to enhance their mobility within Europe through a respected scheme of recognition. Read more…

Best Practice Award

This newly introduced award highlights and promotes best practices and encourages educational stakeholders to participate, share and collaborate.

Welcome Reception

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9 June: with castells (human tower) performance,

Centre Cultural el Born

Best Research Paper Award

Since 2008, EDEN has bestowed the Best Research Paper Award at its Annual Conferences and the bi-annual Research Workshops.

A robust selection process guarantees the high-standing of these awards for contributions to the field of open, distance and e-learning. The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, with the support of a distinguished Jury. Read more…

Conference Dinner

Dinner venue

11 June: dinner with entertainment
(Mediterranean jazz),

Royal Palace of Pedralbes

To book your place for the Dinner, please fill in the relevant section of the Online Registration Form.

Young Scholars’ Support

EDEN’s support scheme to young scholars is offered at the 2015 Annual Conference, following up the Young Researchers’ Scheme introduced in 2014 in Oxford thanks to the Ulrich Bernath Foundation and the Oldenburg University.

Poster Prize

Delegates can vote for their favourite posters during the conference.

Book & Wine Event

book and wine

10 June: A tradition of the EDEN Conferences is that in the end of the first day the lovers of literature and good wines share their latest interesting reading experience by short presentations.

Please contact Ama Auvinen if you are interested to join as speaker.

Hints for Barcelona

The Welcome Reception – hosted by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – will take place on 9 June in the Centre Cultural el Born.

El Born

The Centre Cultural el Born is a unique and exceptional place opened in 2013 that brings together three centuries of the Catalan history. At the reception you can start preparing yourself for the event. Meet the EDEN fellows, Board and NAP members, Secretariat staff who can help you to find out best how to exploit the event. The pleasant surroundings will ensure inspiration for intellectual exploration dialogue learning-partnerships and collaboration. The EDEN Fellow Award will be presented during the reception. At the end of the reception, a very Catalan performance, the so-called castells (human tower) is organised outside the building.

Follow and use our #EDEN15 hashtag and prepare to join the Community face to face in the inspiring city of Barcelona!

Barcelona

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

EDEN

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

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May 11, 2015

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 Barcelona – Latest News

From Friday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Latest Conference News – Register Now!

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

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KEYNOTES | DETAILED PROGRAMME | RELATED EVENTS | SESSION ARRANGEMENTS |

SOCIAL EVENTS | PARTNER & VENUE | HOTEL BOOKING

The EDEN 2015 Annual Conference is soon to open its gates: More than 300 delegates registered already, from over 40 countries. Join now!

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Detailed Programme is now available

The conference programme is set up from over 200 accepted contributions, including interactive speed-dating research paper sessions, demonstration and poster sessions, workshops, and lively Synergy sessions for new project ideas and in-progress initiatives. See the detailed conference programme here.

To see linked events, visit this page.

Keynote Speakers

Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission
Between EDEN and Earth: Technology and the Modernisation of EU Higher Education

Jim Groom, Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington, USA
The Uneducation of a Technologist: From EDUPUNK to ds106

Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, The Open University, UK
Marci Powell, Chair Emerita and Past President, USDLA, USA
Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard, USA
Joint keynote: From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Personal Perspectives

Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK
The Battle for Openness

Albert Sangra, UNESCO Chair, Faculty Member, eLearn Center at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Maarten de Laat, Full Professor of Professional Development in Social Networks, Welten Institute, Faculty of Psychology & Education, The Open University of the Netherlands

Audrey Watters, Journalist Specializing in Education Technology News and Analysis, Hack Education, USA
Learning Networks, Not Teaching Machines

Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos, Vice-President, Brazilian Association for Distance Education – ABED, Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP), Brazil
The New Role of Open and Distance Education: An insight from the emerging educational and corporate scenarios in the newly industrialised world

Tune in the conference theme by checking out our interviews with the conference keynote speakers:

Understanding the Context – Antonella Poce’s interview with Maarten de Laat

The Battle for Openness – Steve Wheeler’s interview with Martin Weller

Think Together, Enable Dialogue and Get Feedback: From EDUPUNK to DS106 – Steve Wheeler’s interview with Jim Groom

Openness in the Context of Sustainability – Airina Volungeviciene’s interview with Belinda Tynan (video)

Conference co-organiser, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC, celebrates its 20th anniversary

Being a leading online university and a pioneer, UOC is the first university that is 100% built on the Internet from the beginning.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, UOC is presenting a series of activities at the Conference in Barcelona, including networking events, workshops, presentations, etc. Some related highlights from the programme:

UOC20

The first summit of electronic journals on ICT enhanced learning!

At the ‘Educational Technology and Scientific Journals today: challenges and opportunities in a new scientific communication scenario’, editors of leading online publishers from all continents will gather just before the start of the EDEN 2015 Annual Conference.

Attendance at the round table discussion is open to all interested EDEN 2015 Conference participants, although registration is necessary due to space limitations.

Iewet

9 June, 15:00 – 18:30

Venue: UOC – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,
Av. del Tibidabo 39,
08035 Barcelona

UOC: Expanding Learning in an Online/digital World

Conference Participants are invited to attend this UOC-focused session that will familiarize the audience with some of the elements supporting the pedagogical model that have made the university a world-wide reference in online education.

The session will be presided by UOC Vice-Rector for Research and Strategic Planning, Marta Aymerich. Read more…

11 June, Thursday

11.00-12.30

UOC Alumni: lifelong learning stakeholders

This session will engage the audience in issues such as how online learning might meet Alumni expectations in lifelong learning provision, whether such provision succeeds in addressing the evolving needs of the labour market and finally, whether the skills acquired through this delivery mode represent an added value for perspective employers. Read more…

11 June, Thursday

14.00-15.30

Follow and use our #EDEN15 hashtag and prepare to join the Community face to face in the inspiring city of Barcelona!

Barcelona

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

EDEN

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

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May 2, 2015

[EDEN-News] EDEN 2015 Barcelona – Latest News

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2015 Annual Conference: #EDEN15
Latest Conference News – Register Now!

Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

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KEYNOTES | PROGRAMME STRUCTURE | SOCIAL EVENTS | PARTNER & VENUE | HOTEL BOOKING

The EDEN 2015 Annual Conference is soon to open its gates: More than 300 delegates registered already, from over 40 countries. The final programme is being formulated with over 200 accepted contributions, including interactive speed-dating research paper sessions, demonstration and poster sessions, workshops, and lively Synergy sessions for new project ideas and in-progress initiatives.

Openness in the Context of Sustainability: Video Interview with Belinda Tynan

In the recent interview, as part of the series of EDEN pre-Conference interviews, Airina Volungeviciene Vice-President of EDEN interviewed Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of The Open University, UK ahead of her keynote speech at the #EDEN15 Conference in Barcelona.

“Online learning is hardly new to anyone anymore, however openness is potentially new for many organisations in Europe.”

“The roles of academic workforce are changing […] In some universities, teachers are being asked to be multimedia experts, or learning designer experts and that has not been traditionally part of what their role has been.”

Tynan interview

Video Interview with Belinda Tynan
by Airina Volungeviciene

Pre-Conference Events

2015 ePortfolio & Identity Conference (ePIC), 8-10 June, Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, with a joint day with the EDEN Conference to share experience and networking. Discounted fee applies to delegates registering to both conferences!

ePic

Pre-Conference Session: Introduction to EDEN – To Old Friends and Newcomers, 9 June: Short presentations followed by informal discussion about the activities, services, developments of EDEN with NAP Steering Committee and Secretariat members.

NAP

Join the meeting of editors from all around the World! Learn about the different approaches and practices, ask your questions at the

International Editors Workshop In Educational Technology Journals, 9 June (afternoon), pre-Conference workshop co-hosted with UOC. Attendance is open to all interested EDEN 2015 Conference participants, althoughregistration is necessary due to space limitations.

Iewet

HOME – How Europe seizes the opportunities offered by MOOCs, 9 June,
pre-Conference workshop by EADTU. Attendance is open to all interested EDEN 2015 Conference participants.

HOME

Registration

The EDEN Secretariat administers the registrations of conference participants.

The Registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the printed Book of Abstracts including the Synergy Book of Projects, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments. For details see the Conference website.

register

All attendees (presenters or audience) are expected to register by completing the form and arranging their respective payments.

Social Events

The Conference offers a great opportunity to socialise and network in an informal setting as well with a series of social events:

Welcome Reception and EDEN Fellow Award, 9 June: with castells (human tower) performance, Centre Cultural el Born

Book & Wine Event, 10 June: A tradition of the EDEN Conferences is that in the end of the first day the lovers of literature and good wines share their latest interesting reading experience by short presentations. Please contact Ama Auvinen if you are interested to join as speaker.

Conference Dinner and EDEN Best Research Paper Award, 11 June: dinner with entertainment (Mediterranean jazz), Royal Palace of Pedralbes. To book your place for the Dinner, please fill in the relevant section of the Online Registration Form.

human tower

Conference Venue

The venue of the Conference is the Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, located in the emblematic center of the city, the Plaza España.

Plaza Espana

Plaza España is a lovely plaza just out of the centre of town, where many of the main roads in Barcelona, such as Gran Via and Parallel intersect. It is also home to Barcelona’s old bull-fighting ring which is now nothing but a shell, albeit quite a beautiful one.

The main draw to Plaza España is the Palau Nacional which is the Museum of Catalan art, stands regally up on the side of Montjuïc. It’s stunning and there is never a better time to see it than when it is lit up at night with the Magic Fountain in front. More about the sights to see here.

Follow and use our #EDEN15 hashtag and prepare to join the Community face to face in the inspiring city of Barcelona!

Barcelona

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

EDEN

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

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