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October 17, 2014

[EDEN-News] 8th EDEN Research Workshop, Oxford 2014 – EDENRW8 Starts in Two Weeks!

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Research Workshop Starts in Two Weeks!

Together with our hosts and co-organisers, The Open University, we look forward to welcoming the participants of the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) in Oxford. Prestigious keynote speakers will present on both challenges and solutions in research focusing on ICT-supported learning. Alongside this, 50 papers, 20 posters, 6 workshops and several inspiring debates ensure that the conference will be an extraordinary event.

You are invited to consult the detailed programme and, if you haven’t done so already, submit your registration to join the 140 colleagues from 34 countries who secured their places already.

Delegates with completed registration have access to the conference publications in electronic format that allows a thorough preparation for the lively sessions. The online registration remains open until 22 October.

Recognising Excellence

Best Research Paper and Poster Awards

The tradition of awarding the EDEN’s Best Research Paper will be continued, in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Open and Distance Learning. Click here to see the list of finalists.

The Open University is sponsoring the Best Poster Award, decided by the votes of conference delegates.

The Awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on 27 October.

Students’ and Young Researchers’ Grant Awarded for EDEN Research Workshops

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning in collaboration with the Professor of Educational Technology at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, awarded for the first time support for young researchers at the EDEN Research Workshop Series.

EDEN Fellow Ceremony at the Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is hosting the Fellow Award ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre. We are honoured that the Lord Mayor of Oxford will join to greet participants and the new EDEN Fellows.

The EDEN Fellow Awards will be presented by Antonio Moreira Teixeira, President of EDEN and Graham Upton, Oxfordshire Deputy Lieutenant to:

Senior Fellow: Tony Bates,
President and CEO, Tony Bates Associates Ltd., Canada

Fellow: Andras Benedek,
Director of the Institute of Applied Pedagogy and Psychology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Before the Welcome Reception, honouring the Ancient Greeks’ peripatetic tradition of learning, a group of EDEN Fellows will walk around in the garden of the RW8 venue discussing the future of digital education. All delegates are welcome to join!

Workshop Highlights

Workshops will discuss diverse topics with one theme as focal point, here are some of the thought-provoking examples:

  • From Beans on Toast to Molecular Gastronomy (and a Bit of MasterChef): Linking Learning Design with Learning Analytics
  • From Lightning to Enlightenment: How to Apply Learning Analytics in Practice
  • Learning across Disciplines: A Step Too Far for Educational Research?
  • The Impact of Openness on Technology Enhanced Learning Integration in Education Organizations

Quick Links

The Full Programme | Invitation by the EDEN President | Online Form

Keynote Speakers | Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner | Hotel Booking | Partner & Venue

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October 11, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDENRW8 – Detailed Programme Online

An item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Detailed Programme Online

With less then three weeks to go until the 8th EDEN Research Workshop – EDENRW8, we are pleased to announce that the detailed workshop programme is now available on the website. The schedule of plenary and parallel sessions with over 80 submissions frames a diverse programme and provides the basis for inspiring debates.

Read: The Full Programme | Watch: Invitation by the EDEN President | Register: Online Form

The programme structure at a glance

Plenary and Interactive Sessions

Plenary sessions include keynote presentations by world-renowned speakers supported by the Rapporteur who will moderate the Workshop in general. Morning Plenary sessions are followed by Interactive Sessions where participants will be assigned to a random group (homegroups) to discuss a set of selected questions.

Research-Speed-Dating Papers & Workshops

Accepted papers will be discussed in research-speed-dating style. These sessions include 6-7 short presentations followed by discussions in small groups. Participants have access to the online paper repository in beforehand thus are encouraged to read the papers before the event using. Workshops will discuss diverse topics with one theme as focal point. Session chairs will support thematic and structural facilitation.

Open and Oxford Debates

The Open Debate session will serve to discuss themes suggested by participants in fishbowl conversations. It allows the group to participate with all voices heard, supported by experienced animator.
The Oxford Debate will focus on the uptake and impact of Open Educational Resources in an “Oxford styled debate” format on with the participation of ICDE UNESCO chairs.

Poster Session and Best Poster Award Voting

The Poster session will take place in a dedicated room and the adjacent buffet area for meeting and discussion. Presenters will be near their posters during the session, while participants move around and discuss with the presenters. Participants can vote for the Best Poster using start stickers. The Best Poster Award will be presented at the Gala Dinner by The Open University.

Join the 130+ colleagues already registered and make sure to book your place in time!

You can register now online via our Online Registration Form.

Visit to the OU

EDENRW8 is organised in collaboration with The Open University, UK. On 29th October a special visit to the premises of The Open University, UK in Milton Keynes is available for registered participants. The full day programme includes transfers, lunch/coffees and presentations on some of the OU’s main recent initiatives. Places can be booked for an additional charge of €25/£20 per person by 10th of October via the Registration Form.

Find out more: Keynote Speakers | Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner | Hotel Booking | Partner & Venue

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September 26, 2014

[EDEN-News] EDEN Newsflash – September 2014, Special Issue 2

From yesterday’s inbox…

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September, 2014

Message from the EDEN President

The Blogging President – New Posts from Antonio Teixeira

For the European education community, the end of the summer break represents always a time of starting over and of a cyclic new beginning. This is a time for imagining and planning the future, of looking beyond our horizon. Read his latest full post as well as his previous and the former presidents’, Executive Committee members’ blog posts at the President’s blog. Previous Post: EDEN Goes to Zagreb

Antonio Teixeira

Antonio M. Teixeira,
EDEN President

Projects, practices, showcases

ProM Final Seminar: Registration Open

The ProM project’s Final Seminar (9-10 October 2014 in Sèvres, France) is open to mobility managers at HE and VET institutions, teachers and trainers. Register now to learn about a unique self-assessment tool for mobility and get to know the self-training online platform developed to train individuals involved in mobility management. The seminar will be available in French and in English. Selected participation costs may be covered for a limited number of participants. Read the details by clicking here.


Building the Learning Analytics Community

The LACE project is proving to be a real community exchange. During the last few months, partners have run or participated in more than 10 learning analytics events targeted at both academics and practitioners. In addition, we have run webinars, written blog posts and articles and started working on a series of White Papers, as well as began to build connections with our Associate Partners across Europe. To hear about our latest developments and issues such as ethics & privacy, outputs of past events and our future plans, please check out the 2nd issue of the LACE newsletter.


Ask Your Learning Outcomes What You Should be Assessing

Within the framework of the Workshop on learning outcomes and evaluation methods in e-course, organized by the University Computing Centre SRCE, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia on 26 September 2014, one of the presentations will be focusing on the main challenge of the TALOE project: the importance of linking assessment with intended learning outcomes. You can join virtually via this webinar link.

For more information about TALOE please read our first Newsletter.


Piloting of a Brand New Online Business Portuguese Language Course

The EMPORT Consortium is now recruiting pilot testers for its recently launched Portuguese multimedia course. Read more in the EMPORT newsletter (pdf download, also available in PT).

The EMPORT project is focusing on the improvement of employability and enhancing the competitiveness of companies, by means of language and cultural competences acquisition in Portuguese language and culture.


Events, Practices, Community – Digiskills News for Educators

The latest topics on the Digiskills platform bring you good practices around ICT for learning, as well as recent and future events. The autumn issue of the newsletter offers a practical guide on digital identity, a guide to use Facebook for teaching languages, announcement of the European Day of Languages Photo Contest, and many more: 2nd Newsletter.


Learning at Home and in the Hospital – 1st Newsletter

Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of young people across Europe and the rest of the world with medical needs, and that the majority recover and go on to lead full and normal lives?

Hospital schools and home tuition programmes ensure that students not only keep up with their education, but that they can go on to achieve magnificent things.

Read more in the first LeHo Newsletter.


For Your Diary: EDEN Annual Conference, Barcelona, 9-12 June 2015

You receive this newsletter as member of the EDEN e-mail list. To read about the EDEN Membership Services, please visit this link. The archive of previous Newsflashes and Project Newsletters can be found at the Networks of Academics and Professionals - NAP Members’ Area.

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September 24, 2014

[EDEN-News] Eighth EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8), Oxford 2014 – Programme Developments

Another item from our European colleagues…

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Conference News

The 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) will be held in Oxford on 27-28 October 2014.

In collaboration with:

The open University

We are glad to announce that the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mohammed Abbasi will honour the Welcome Reception with his presence on 26 October in the Sheldonian Theatre, one of the architectural jewels of Oxford.

Programme Settings Remixed

Thanks to previous EDEN events’ participants’ encouraging feedback, this year’s Research Workshop programme will be offering something new. The event setting itself will promote interactivity and collaboration opportunities.

Paper Presentations Speed-Dating

Presentations of accepted papers will be organised in an innovative format that takes the shape of ‘research-speed-dating’.

Presenters will have 6 minutes to present their work, followed by an audience vote on who they would like to elaborate on the paper. The deep discussions of papers selected by the audience will take place in smaller focus groups for the remainder of the session. The detailed Programme is in the making, it is set to be published soon.

All Eyes On: The Workshop Rapporteur

Beyond the impressive group of keynote speakers our distinguished Rapporteur, Tony Bates, Canada, will moderate the event.

Oxford-Styled Debate

Within the theme strand with a focus on ‘open learning’, there will be a session held as an “Oxford styled debate” on the uptake and impact of OER, with the participation of ICDE UNESCO chairs Rory McGreal & Maria Soledad Ramirez Montoya. The Chair and moderator of this exciting session will be Mark Brown, Director of National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland.

Young Scholars Support

We are very pleased to announce the pioneering support of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning. This scheme is addressed to young researchers presenting and participating at the EDEN Research Workshop Series, marked with a budget of €600 for each accepted paper. Young researchers with accepted research papers receive this funding for participation, in line with EDEN’s support by reduced participation fees.

For the first time, this opportunity is awarded to the young authors of the paper “Are They Ready?” Exploring (Non-Traditional) Students’ Self-Directed Learning Readiness and their Acceptance of e-Learning Tools submitted and accepted for presentation at EDENRW8 in Oxford.

Online Registration

To register please visit the Registration menu and use the Online Registration Form to join the event. Authors of contributions accepted for presentation can benefit from a reduced fee. See the registration fees online.

Special discount for combined Workshop & EDEN Membership fees for 2014-2015 as well as a group rate is available.

Young Scholars Support Scheme: EDEN offers a special participation fee to young scholars, full time students and PhD students (under 35 years). Read the details here.

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[Eurodl] New Articles In EURODL – September 2014

No specific K-12 articles, but potentially some useful topics…

Fresh Articles – September 2014

Dear EURODL subscriber,

We kindly inform you that new articles have been accepted for publication, since June 2014. Please, visit them at the journal’s website.

In case you like these and previous articles, feel free to recommend them for reading to your colleagues on your social networking account by clicking at the “Share” button above the article’s title.

The registration for the EDEN Eighth Research Workshop – EDEN RW8, 27-28 October 2014, Oxford is now open.

The Workshop titled “Challenges for Research into Open and Distance Learning – Doing Things Better – Doing Better Things”, organised in co-operation with The Open University, UK will focus on the researchers and what they can learn from and with their peers in a real workshop format featuring small groups for deep dialogues, ‘research-speed-dating’ sessions, “Homegroup discussions” and “Fishbowl” conversation.

We are delighted to announce that over 70 proposals from 28 countries have been received for the event.

Please consult the Programme structure including the Oxford Debate, the Keynote speakers and the Social Events to learn the details.

Feel free to contact us in case you have any inquiries.

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