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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,

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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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September 18, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Sneak Peek of the Programme

From yesterday’s inbox…

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Sneak Peek of the Programme
#EDENRW9

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016

REGISTRATION | KEYNOTES | SCOPE | THEMES | ACCOMMODATION | PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Conference Opening – Distance Education Legend Otto Peters will welcome the conference in a video message

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                        PetersIt is our pleasure to inform you that the Conference Opening will feature a welcoming video message from Distance Education Legend Otto Peters, providing a perfectly appropriate kick-off to the programme that, indeed, is exposing the deepest roots of ODL research and innovation.

Few individuals have had the degree of global impact in adult and continuing education as has Otto Peters, Ph.D. Entering the field in the 1960s, when continuing education was beginning to be affected by telecommunications technology, Peters provided both administrative and scholarly leadership during a time when distance education transformed from a “correspondence study” model to a media-based national strategy for workforce education in both developed and developing countries. As a pioneering administrative leader, scholar, and professional leader, he shaped the direction of university-based distance education in Europe and the world during a career that spans four decades. His contribution to the field has been recognized by organizations around the world.

Keynote Speech Titles Revealed

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

sneek peakHow to Improve Soft Skills to Ensure Better Employability

In a world where linear careers in the same company are a thing of the past, employability means much more than producing ‘job-ready’ graduates for a particular industry. It’s about equipping them to integrate collaborative working environments and to cope with the challenges of a world undergoing profound change. And very few people would argue that when it comes to soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship, there is a significant gap between what universities equip their graduates with and what they will need in the workplace. Initiatives such as the ERASMUS+ funded eLene4work and Open Badge Network projects are serving a crucial purpose in addressing this issue.

So how can we measure soft skills and how can students and young workers improve and demonstrate their skills in their CVs or e-Portfolios? These are the main questions of this workshop, which will begin with an insightful presentation of Deborah Arnold describing the pathway eLene4work created to help students develop soft skills, followed by interactive group work and a Q&A section.

Conference Programme Structure

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, poster and synergy sessions. 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.

3 October: Day of German Unity

For those delegates, who plan to arrive early for the Research Workshop, please note, that 3 October is a national holiday in Germany and many businesses may be closed on this day. Bakeries, petrol stations and stores at railway stations, airports and shops near highways will generally be open. Public transport services may run as usual, or at a reduced frequency. There may be some disruption to traffic around large celebrations.

Registration open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Research Workshop. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.

registerThe registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days, not including satellite events of the conference. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee.

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

Conference Dinner

The three course, traditional German cuisine Conference Dinner wil 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.

klinkerburg

Art Nouveau in perfection: the restaurant’s building was designed in 1915, by the famous architect Wolfgang Mettegang. The name “Klinkerburg” was a loving nickname given by the town’s inhabitants after the completion of the train station. In 2001, the restaurant was renovated and refurbished to create perfect harmony between innovation and tradition.

The Conference dinner will be held on 5 October, Wednesday evening.

Sponsorship opportunities

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and get in touch with the Conference Secretariat.

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Conference Schedule and Deadlines

Registration: open

Conference dates: 4-6 October 2016

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

_______________________________________________
EDEN-News mailing list
EDEN-News@eden-online.org

September 11, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Last Chance For Submission

From Friday’s inbox…

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Last chance for submission
#EDENRW9

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016

REGISTRATION | KEYNOTES | SCOPE | THEMES | STRUCTURE OF SESSIONS | CALL
SUBMISSION CATEGORIES | SUBMISSION GUIDELINES | SUBMISSION | ACCOMMODATION

deadlineLate contributions welcome until the end of the week

Having received over 50 contributions, EDEN is looking forward to a rich and colourful Research Workshop. Submission will close in the next few days, but you can use the weekend to finalise and submit your contribution.

Submissions are invited in the following formats: paper, workshop, poster, demonstration, synergy, and training.

Conference Dinner

The three course, traditional German cuisine Conference Dinner wil 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.

klinkerburg

Art Nouveau in perfection: the restaurant’s building was designed in 1915, by the famous architect Wolfgang Mettegang. The name “Klinkerburg” was a loving nickname given by the town’s inhabitants after the completion of the train station. In 2001, the restaurant was renovated and refurbished to create perfect harmony between innovation and tradition.

The Conference dinner will be held on 5 October, Wednesday evening.

Registration open

The EDEN Secretariat is taking care of the registration for the Research Workshop. Please visit the Online Registration Form to join the event.

registerThe registration fee includes access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days, not including satellite events of the conference. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee.

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

Sponsorship opportunities

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and get in touch with the Conference Secretariat.

contestLogo Design Contest – final call

As part of EDEN’s 25th anniversary celebration activities EDEN launched anEDEN Logo Design Contest with the aim to allow our professional community to take an active part in the development of our Association’s new look. This is the final call for submissions as the contest is officially closing this Saturday, 10 September. Read more about the contest here.

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Conference Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: late contributions welcome until the end of the week

Registration: open

Notification of authors: 15 September 2016

Conference dates: 4-6 October 2016

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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EDEN-News mailing list
EDEN-News@eden-online.org

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