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January 23, 2021

EDEN 2021 Annual Conference June – Call Open

Another call for proposals that may be of interest to some readers.

EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference – UNED Madrid

“Gripped or freed by the pandemic? Lessons for the future of education”

CALL IS OPEN!

EDEN is delighted to announce that in the 30th Anniversary year of the Association the Annual Conference will be hosted by the National Distance Education University UNED in Madrid, Spain, on 22-25 June 2021 and will be held online.

With regard to restrictions due to COVID-19, we have also taken into account the good experiences with the EDEN 2020 Virtual Annual Conference, the EDEN 11th Research Workshop, including two PhD Symposia and our spring ‘Education in time of a pandemic’ webinar series which we resumed in autumn under the title ‘Education in time of a new normal’. Meanwhile, EDEN is prepared to realise the event partly in-person in safe and healthy circumstances.

The gradual transition from traditional classroom-based education to online teaching and learning has been accelerated by the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has forced educators to reappraise their roles, professional practices and beliefs.

EDEN has a long history of supporting educators in online and distance education, providing a forum for discussion, learning, and refinement of best practices in this area. This pandemic has been no exception.

This year’s conference is intended as a continuation of the efforts of EDEN to support educators by providing a space to explore the issues and insights that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only does this conference provide attendees with the perfect opportunity to explore this range of topics but it also provides us with a space to reflect upon the role that online and distance education will have after the pandemic. As noted in our webinar series #covid19 #onlinetogether Education in a time of a pandemic, fully online education on a global scale is unprecedented in the history of education. Today we are talking about the “new normal” and “future normal”.

What will this future look like? How can EDEN members help to shape it and bring their insights to bear?

Read more on the Conference Call
Main Topics of the Conference
  • Learner-centeredness in education
  • The evolution of online and distance learning (ODL, ODeL, blended, hybrid, hyflex)
  • The transformation of face-to-face teaching, through online, to blended learning
  • Guidance for navigating “the new normal”. How educational institutions will survive and evolve
  • Best practices for transitioning from emergency remote teaching to online learning
  • Digital preparedness, digital literacy, and digital citizenship
  • Diversity and social inclusion in higher education
  • Ongoing developments in the continued adoption of Artificial Intelligence
  • Methodological advances (genius hour, bite-sized learning, social-emotional learning, gamification, experiential learning)
  • Potentiating health and wellness in online education
  • Non-traditional assessment solutions
  • STEM
  • Topics related to the EU Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027). Resetting education and training for the digital age:
    • Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem
    • Enhancing digital skills and competences for the digital transformation
  • Application of micro-credentials and alternative digital credentials in higher education
  • Reflections on the resilience of the education community during the pandemic – well being of teachers and students in online environment
  • Evolution of online: Has online education finally been accepted as equal to face-to-face education?

Contributions are invited which are addressing by own research, project achievements, case studies, theoretic and conceptual work the conference theme and tracks and the creative use of educational technology.

Submissions – taking into account the conference theme and related to at least one of the conference topics – are welcome in the following formats: full paper, poster, workshop, demonstration, synergy session, training session.

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

PhD Symposium 2021
The EDEN 2021 PhD Symposium Madrid will be organized in the frame of the conference. The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019), Timisoara (2020), and Lisbon (2020) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students conducting research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, and provides a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.

More information about the EDEN PhD Symposium is available here.

Contact

EDEN 2021 Conference Contact Information: madrid2021@eden-online.org
The 30th EDEN Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union
EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: madrid2021@eden-online.org
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January 12, 2021

NAP Webinar Joining Instructions – 13 January

Another notice about this webinar tomorrow may be of interest to some readers.

Joining Instructions

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for signing up for EDEN’s first NAP Webinar in 2021. Join Prof. Terry Anderson, Dr. Inés Gil-Jaurena, Francesa Amenduni, Dr. Adriana Kiczkowski, Irène Charbonneau & Dr. Nadia Sansone on Wednesday, 13 January 17.00 CET on the topic of “Social presence and interaction in e-learning” (you can still register here).

You are kindly informed that the webinar will be followed by a 30 minutes long #EDENchat (use this hashtag to join in from 18.00 CET) on Twitter.

The webinars will take place in the e-meeting platform Zoom. All three webinars can be accessed via the same Zoom link. 
If you are not familiar with Zoom, please make sure you test your settings via this weblink.

Join with Zoom
You can also follow the webinar through our YouTube channel.
Watch live on YouTube
We provide you some instructions how to join the webinar.

  • Click on the Join button.
  • The link opens in your standard browser and a dialogue box is shown. Make sure that “Zoom Meetings” is chosen and choose “Open link” at the bottom of the dialogue box.
  • If you have the Zoom client installed the client is now opened and you will enter the meeting room.
  • If you haven’t got the Zoom client you will be prompted to download the client. Click “Yes” and download the client. The client is needed to be able to participate in all the interactive activities in the webinar.

Also you can use Zoom’s dedicated test tool to experiment with your settings in a test meeting.

See you on
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
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EDEN NAP Webinar 13 January 2021

Note this event tomorrow.

The next EDEN NAP webinar ‘Social presence and interaction in e-learning’ will take place on Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 17:00 CET. Type of session: presentations with discussion. You will get the joining instructions in an e-mail after the registration.
Register for the webinar
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Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

Moderators

Dr. Inés Gil-Jaurena
EDEN Fellow and NAP Steering Committee member
Associate Professor, UNED, Spain

Francesa Amenduni
EDEN NAP SC Member
PhD candidate, Roma TRE University

Presenters

Prof. Terry Anderson
EDEN Senior Fellow
Professor Emeritus and former Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada
Dr. Adriana Kiczkowski
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Philology, UNED, Spain
Irène Charbonneau
“EDEN Best Research Paper Award” winner in 2020 Graduate student from an MSc. in International and Comparative Education, Stockholm University, Sweden
Dr. Nadia Sansone
Researcher in Experimental Pedagogy and Technology Enhanced Learning; Head of teachers and tutors’ Training, Unitelma Sapienza University, Rome

Description

This interactive session will explore the role of social interaction in online teaching and learning in higher education. The session will begin with Prof. Terry Anderson introducing the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework and the relevance of interaction. Then, Dr Adriana Kiczkowski will share a study about students’ online interactions in formal and informal settings. Irène Charbonneau will present her study about “Social Presence and Educational Technologies in an Online Distance Course in Finnish Higher Education: A Social Constructivist Perspective”. Dr Nadia Sansone will conclude the presentations with her work “Etivity: structuring students’ online participation towards effective learning”.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021,
17:00 CET
EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
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Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: secretariat@eden-online.org
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November 26, 2020

Critical thinking in education – EDEN NAP webinar 2 December

The second of two items from our European colleagues.

The next EDEN NAP webinar ‘Critical thinking in education’ will take place on Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 17:00 CET. Type of session: presentations with discussion. You will get the joining instructions in an e-mail after the registration.
Register for the webinar
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Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

Moderators

Francesa Amenduni
EDEN NAP SC Member
PhD candidate, Roma TRE University

Orna Farrell
EDEN NAP SC Member
Assistant Professor, National Institute for Digital Learning
Coordinator, Digital Learning Design Unit, Dublin City University

Presenters

Antonella Poce
EDEN Fellow
Associate Professor, PhD, Head of the Centre for Museum Studies, Department of Education, Università Roma
Maria Rosaria Re
EDEN Fellow
Research Fellow, Centre for Museum Studies, University Roma TRE
Orla Feeney
Associate professor in accounting, Dublin City University Business School
Chartered accountant

Description

This interactive session will explore critical thinking in higher education. The session will begin with Prof. Antonella Poce, and Dr. Maria Rosaria Re exploring the role of museums and digital storytelling in the development of student’ critical thinking skills in the University of Roma Tre. Then, Dr Orla Feeney will describe her DCUBS Critical Thinking in Business module, which enables students to apply critical thinking skills to real life situations.

The webinar will be followed by an #EDENChat at 18:00 CET. Please join us on Twitter using the hashtag #EDENChat!
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Wednesday, 2 December 2020,
17:00 CET
EDEN is supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.​
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Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
E-mail: secretariat@eden-online.org
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EDEN Newsflash 2020 November

The first of two items from our European colleagues.

November 2020 

A week of strength and vision of the EDEN community and e-learning More than 2400 participants at the EODLW
2-9 October 2020

With the European Online and Distance Learning Week (EODLW) having come to an end, EDEN wish to thank all the participants, moderators, panelists, organisers and partner institutions for supporting us in hosting an incredibly insightful and significant online event series, for the fifth year already. From November 2-6th (+9th) we had a full week + 1 day of exceptional sessions at which we had an opportunity to show the full strength of our community and professional collaboration. We held 13 sessions altogether, with 62 moderators and speakers, having attracted over 2400 participants all around the globe. This year we were in partnership again with USDLA and ODLAA jointly with FLANZ who were launching the Australasian Online and Distance Learning Week. We had special contribution from ICDE and EADTU and we embraced an Open Classroom Conference and the European Vocational Skills Week as well. We are also happy to have contributions from the European Student Union and Commonwealth of Learning.
Revisit the webinars

ICDE Presidents’ Forum – EDEN Satellite Event

The International Council for Open and Distant Education (ICDE) held its President Forum on 25 November 2020. Prior to the 25 November regional consultations a series of activities took place in the form of Satellite Engagement Events. The outcomes from these events hosted by ICDE partner associations were used as a guide for reflection by registered delegates of the forum. EDEN was proud to contribute to the ICDE forum with an online Satellite Engagement Event on 23 November, 2020, 17:00-18:00 CET with distinguished speakers of the EDEN community to share their hands on experience and expertise.

EDEN co-organised the Open Classroom Conference 2020 (online)

“Open and Distance Education: New Challenges and Perspectives”, co-organised by the Ellininogermaniki Agogi and EDEN took place on 6-8 November 2020. The conference was completely available through virtual facilities (zoom, youtube and a dedicated virtual conference hall of Ellinogermaniki Agogi in Second Life). The opening speech was given by Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN President, while the welcome addresses by Sofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi and Jean Francois Réveillard, DBC.

Living up to the COVID-challenge – over 900 participants at the EDEN #onlinetogether autumn webinar series

After the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, we were faced with a physical lockdown as well as education having to move fully online. When the pandemic first hit, EDEN promptly responded with the #onlinetogether Education in time of a pandemic initiative, gathering the EDEN and global education community together in order to share, to discuss, and to engage with each other, forming a strong alliance in support of educators worldwide in their pivot to online learning. EDEN has moved forward with a follow-on autumn initiative of webinars Education in time of new normal. In addition, EDEN has joined UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition #LerningNeverStops to help in facilitating inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this challenging period. The #onlinetogether webinar series have already provided six webinars on this current and intriguing topic, including a special edition webinar on the newly adopted Digital Education Action Plan of the European Commission to address the challenges arising from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the longer-term digital transformation.
Revisit all webinars here

EDEN Webinar on the EC Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027

The European Commission adopted the Digital Education Action Plan to address the challenges arising from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the longer-term digital transformation. EDEN dedicated one of its #onlinetogether webinar series to this milestone topic with Sandra Kučina Softić, Georgi Dimitrov, Veronica Mobilio and Yves Punie. “No 6 – Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027; Setting education and training for the digital age” can be rewatched HERE.

Community Update

ICDE seeks OER Expert for Francophone Africa project

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading, global membership organisation that works towards bringing accessible, quality education to all through open, flexible and distance learning. Read more… 

Call for Papers on Virtual Mobility (EDUTEC journal)

The Universitat de les Illes Balears (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain) invites the EDEN community to submit a contribution to the Special Issue of the EDUTEC Journal (Open Access) dedicated to the topic of Virtual Mobiliy: Virtual Mobility: opening up educational mobilities. Read more…  

European Commission’s Corner

WG DELTA – SELFIE for teachers workshop (30 November)

We are happy to share with you the agenda for the upcoming SELFIE for teachers workshop (10:30-12:30 CET) on 30 November, including the links to connect on the day. The AGM registration will open shortly, so please keep an eye on your emails and indicate your interest to attend the session. Please also note that in order to test the questions during the workshop, you need to have a EU Login account. Best regards from Brussels,
The Secretariat for the ET2020 Working Group on Digital Education: Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Practical Guidelines on Open Education for Academics: modernising higher education via open educational practices

These guidelines are for the academic staff of higher education institutions, with the goal of helping them move towards the use of open educational practices (OEP) in order to widen participation in education. The guidelines are meant to provide an understanding of each of the ten dimensions of open education based on the OpenEdu Framework (JRC, 2016), and to show how academics can start using OEP to prompt inclusion and innovation as important values, starting from their day-to-day activities such as teaching, knowledge creation and research. Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union.  Read more…

Publications and Events

Digital divide ‘catastrophic’ for many students – World Bank

“The digital divide off campus has been “catastrophic” for large groups of students around the world, but the return to campuses has also been “hit and miss” in different contexts, even in rich countries, according to Roberta Malee Bassett, the global tertiary lead and senior education specialist for the World Bank.” By Brendan O’Malley in University World News. Read the publication here.

OEB Publishes Full Programme for its 2020 Virtual Event

Berlin (GER), November 2020 – The full programme for this year’s OEB Global Virtual Experience is now available online. OEB 2020 is taking place virtually over five days, from 30 Nov, creating new ways to learn, be inspired, engage, share, collaborate, meet and network online. The full programme of keynotes, workshops, panel sessions, and more is now available via the OEB website. It offers an incredible opportunity to learn, engage, and exchange with the global network of experts and practitioners in the field of digital learning. Read more…

News about the D-Transform project and the launch
of the Virtual Summit on impact

The Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme is happy to inform you that the context of the 2020 ErasmusDay, the D-Transform project was recognised for its relevance, the quality of its implementation, its impact and the dissemination of its outputs. They also oranised their first edition of the “Virtual Summit on impact” (online event for four days from 16 November, 2020).

ALT 2020 Online Winter Conference Dec 15-16

The full programme for the ALT 2020 Online Winter Conference Dec 15-16, has now been published. Following a record number of submissions the ALT Online Winter Conference features a packed programme of sessions, covering a range of themes and also featuring esteemed panel discussions each day. Delegates can select sessions and build their own programme, to create a day that suits their preferences.
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