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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

Otto
                        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

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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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September 5, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Late Contributions Welcome

From Friday’s inbox…

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Submission Still Open – Late Contributions Welcome
#EDENRW9

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016

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

Late Contributions Welcome

deadlineThere has been an impressive response to the Call, showing a high level compliance with the Workshop scope and themes. The diversity of submissions ensures a Research Workshop rich in content and networking opportunities.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until the end of next week.

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

What you can expect at the Research Workshop

Something-old, something-new panels

In the form of an Oxford-style debate, panels of early and established researchers will be formed to debate emerging research themes in ODL.

3-minute Elevator Pitch Competition

elevator pitchEarly researchers will present initial phase research ideas and topics to delegates in the form of a 3-minute elevator pitch and poster that will be used to convince EDEN delegates of the need and/or importance of research on their specific topic.

Up to three winners will receive a free registration to the next EDEN Annual Conference to present their research results. A committee of EDEN Vice-President of Research, Wim Van Petegem, the Chief Editor of EURODL, Ulrich Bernath, and the EDEN Secretary General, Andras Szucs, will decide on winners. Winners of the Research-in-Process Elevator Pitch will be announced at the closing session. Read more on the competition here.

Paper presentations, Poster sessions, Workshops, Training sessions, Demonstrations, Synergy sessions and MORE

The traditional EDEN conference experience, with a lively atmosphere, diverse sessions and colourful programme elements await all delegates at the 9th EDEN Research Workshop. Find out more about the two full-day programme, new panels and sessions on the conference website.

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 will include access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days, not including satellite events organised around the conference dates. 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.

Logo Design Contest

contestSince the announcement of the EDEN Logo Design Contest in July, a number of creative participants already stepped up to the challenge and submitted new concepts and ideas for the Association’s graphic representation. The submission deadline is the 10th of September, so there is still time to join the competition. The designer of the winning artwork could be granted free participation at the 2017 EDEN Annual Conference or receive a 500€ prize money. Read more about the contest here.

gardens

Conference Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: late contributions welcome

Registration: open

Notification of authors: early 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

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

August 29, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Elevator Pitch Information, Submission Deadline Approaching

From Friday’s inbox…

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Submission Deadline: 31 August
#EDENRW9

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016

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

Submission Deadline approaching

Submissions that relate to the Workshop Scope and one or more of the Workshop Themes are invited by the deadline: August 31, 2016. You are encouraged to submit your proposal earlier than August 31 to support a speedy evaluation of your proposal sooner and enhance your possibility to register early in time.

Full text submissions must be in English, with careful language, spelling and grammar check. You are invited to send a 10-15 line summary, included in the file of your proposal, separately titled as ‘Abstract’. Authors are also expected to indicate how their research topic is related to the proposed framework of research areas (see workshop themes).

Contributions received will be continuously evaluated and authors informed accordingly.

Calling Early Researchers! Win A Free Registration to EDEN’s 2017 Annual Conference in Jönköping, Sweden

elevator pitchBeginning with the EDEN RW9 in Oldenburg, we will be holding an “elevator pitch” competition for early researchers working in the field of open, distance, and online learning. For this competition, we are asking that early researchers prepare a 3-minute elevator pitch and poster that will be used to convince EDEN delegates of the need and/or importance of research on their specific topic. (Research topics should relate to the workshop theme and to open, distance, and/or online learning.) This 3-minute elevator pitch will be presented at a special session during EDEN RW9, where early researchers will “pitch” their research ideas and topics to workshop delegates. These 3-minute elevator pitches will be judged by a special EDEN committee made up of the EDEN vice-president of research, Wim van Petegem, Ulrich Bernath, and the EDEN Secretary General.

Three winners will be selected and awarded a free registration to the next EDEN Annual Conference in Jönköping, Sweden (June 13-16, 2017). Winners will then be required to conduct research on their topic over the months leading up to the conference. At the EDEN Annual Conference in Sweden, they will present the latest results of their research in the form of a research paper. Winners of the elevator pitch competition will be announced at the awards dinner on Wednesday, October 5.

In preparation for the elevator pitch competition, we will hold a special session prior to the competition, where early researchers can engage and consult with EDEN fellows about their research ideas and their elevator pitch. This one-hour workshop will be held on the afternoon of October 4th, before the official start of the EDEN RW9.

To participate in the research-in-process elevator pitch competition:

1, Prepare a poster submission that describes the research idea/topic you will explore in your research. Here it will be important to demonstrate the importance/relevance of your planned research in the field of open, distance, and online learning. Submission guidelines for posters can be found on the EDEN RW9 page.

2, Submit your research idea/topic as a poster. Please write “ELEVATOR PITCH” at the end of your poster title.

3, Join the EDEN Fellow and student researcher exchange and advising session at the EDEN RW9 (afternoon of October 4).

4, Present your elevator pitch for your research idea/topic at the EDEN RW9.

If you have questions about the competition, please get in touch with the Conference Secretariat.

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.

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.

register

The registration fee will include access to all conferencefacilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days, not including pre- and post-conference programmes. 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.

Knowing how important continuous professional development is nowadays, EDEN wishes to cater to your needs. The foreseen selection of training sessions will include short courses about creating animations to support your teaching and the design and issuing of open badges.

Logo Design Contest

contestSince the announcement of the EDEN Logo Design Contest in July, a number of creative participants already stepped up to the challenge and submitted new concepts and ideas for the Association’s graphic representation. The submission deadline is the 10th of September, so there is still time to join the competition. The designer of the winning artwork could be granted free participation at the 2017 EDEN Annual Conference or receive a 500€ prize money. Read more about the contest here.

gardens

Conference Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: 31 August 2016

Registration: open

Notification of authors: early 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

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

August 18, 2016

[EDEN-News] EDEN Research Workshop 2016, Oldenburg – Registration Open

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Call for Contributions – Deadline 31 August

REGISTRATION OPEN

Oldenburg 4-6 October 2016

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

Registration is now open

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

The registration fee will include access to all conference facilities, the electronic Conference Proceedings, the Welcome Cocktail, lunches and refreshments during the conference days, not including pre- and post-conference programmes. The fee does not include accommodation and the conference dinner.

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

register

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

Knowing how important continuous professional development is nowadays, EDEN wishes to cater to your needs. The foreseen selection of training sessions will include short courses about creating animations to support your teaching and the design and issuing of open badges.

Keynote speakers

EDEN proudly introduces the keynote speakers of the event:

Olaf Inge Paul George

Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Professor of Educational Technology

University of
Oldenburg,
Germany

Inge de Waard

PhD researcher

The Open University,
United Kingdom

Paul Prinsloo

Open Distance Learning Research Professor

University of South
Africa,
South Africa

George Veletsianos

Canada Research
Chair in Innovative
Learning and
Technology and
Associate Professor

Royal Roads
University,
Canada

Adnan Som Isa

Adnan Qayyum

Assistant Professor of
Education

Pennsylvania
State University,
USA

Som Naidu

Technology, Education and Design Consultant

Monash University,
Melbourne,
Australia

Isa Jahnke

Associate Professor and Director of
Research for the IELab

University of Missouri,
USA/Germany

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.

Call for Contributions

Submissions that relate to the Workshop Scope and one or more of the Workshop Themes are invited by the deadline: August 31, 2016. You are encouraged to submit your proposal earlier than August 31 to support a speedy evaluation of your proposal sooner and enhance your possibility to register early in time.

Contributions received will be continuously evaluated and authors informed accordingly.

Hotels and Accommodation

The Oldenburg Tourismus und Marketing GmbH has pre-booked rooms for EDEN Conference Delegates. The bookings are available until 3 September 2016. The booking form and procedure for booking can be consultedhere.

The pre-booked rooms at Hotel Altera are sold out, if you are interested in staying there, please contact the hotel directly.

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After the indicated deadline, the availability of rooms can not be guaranteed by the agency.

Hotel rooms in Oldenburg are available in a limited number. You are encouraged to arrange your booking at your earliest convenience.

Logo Design Contest

contestSince the announcement of the EDEN Logo Design Contest in July, a number of creative participants already stepped up to the challenge and submitted new concepts and ideas for the Association’s graphic representation. The submission deadline is the 10th of September, so there is still time to join the competition. The designer of the winning artwork could be granted free participation at the 2017 EDEN Annual Conference or receive a 500€ prize money. Read more about the contest here.

Conference Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: 31 August 2016

Registration open: early September 2016

Notification of authors: early September 2016

Conference dates: 4-6 October 2016

Visit the EDITH-RUSS-HAUS for Media Art

The EDITH-RUSS-HAUS for Media Art was first made possible by an endowment by Edith Ruß (22.1.1919-18.7.1993). According to her will, the City of Oldenburg built a house “for the arts”. She wanted to form a site to create “art for the transition into the twentieth century.” This initiative was the genesis for the concept of a site for Media Art with both exhibition space and guest apartments.

With its focus on Media Art the Edith Ruß Site is an exception in Northern Germany. It is understood as a place for the presentation and communication in which the progressing digitalisation is as well discussed as the virtualisation of the world which New Media encourage. In a changing exhibition programme the Edith Ruß Site shows innovative and experimental tendencies of contemporary art.

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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
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