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December 21, 2021

PLEIADE Project News – December 2021

An item from our European colleagues.

PLEIADE Project news – December 2021 

PLEIADE aims at strengthening the role of teachers
as designers of inclusive collaborative learning activities and
tackling the ever increasing cultural and socio-economic diversity in today’s school populations.

Update on teachers’ training activities  

The teacher’s training (Blended Training Activities or BTAs) started on 20 May 2021 and are now beyond their mid-point.

At this stage of the BTAs, the teachers are forming groups to design collaborative inclusive activities that they will enact with their students.

The groups will conceptualise the activities using the 4Ts model and the I4Ts game. The progress of the designs will be supported by the tutors until finalisation in April 2022. Their implementation will be monitored till the end of the enactment phase of the project, in June 2023.

Three Short term Joint Staff Training Events (SJSTE) are offered
as intensive collaborative learning experiences for the PLEIADE teachers, as part of the Blended Training Activities. The first SJSTE took place in June 2021, the second in October, the third is yet to come.
Second SJSTE – 18-27 October 2021 
ONLINE

At the SJSTE, participants can easily share what they had achieved during previous asynchronous periods of the BTAs.

The aims of the Second SJSTE were:

  • to facilitate teachers’ knowledge building and co-design, based on sharing ideas, experiences and practice
  • to foster collaboration at national and international level
  • to support the teachers in the conceptualisation of inclusive collaborative activities for their students by using the I4Ts game, digital or paper version

Teachers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Italy have gathered online to attend the main sessions and worked in group at their own school, with the help of a tutor. During these activities, they played with the I4T game at each school involved in the project, to design inclusive collaborative learning activities for their students.

Teachers at work (Avgoulea-Linardatou School, Greece) designing the learning activities with the I4T game.
Second SJSTE – Lesson learned and Perspectives

The teachers were presented the principles of practice sharing and self-regulated learning and were challenged to reflect on the potential barriers to these practices in their professional development.

The 4C dashboard (Create, Contribute, Consume, Connect) is implemented in the PLEIADE gamified platform with the aim of enhancing self-reflection on practice sharing. Teachers can follow and reflect on their own activity by checking the dashboard.

The E-twinning platform was also introduced as a possible environment for transnational activities involving the pupils.

The SJSTE was meant to be held in face-to-face mode. However, due to the pandemic, it was held online. Thus, the teachers missed the social component and the added value of the mobility, that allows them to visit schools in other countries.

Second SJSTE – Take home messages
Inclusion is …
fundamentally about issues of human rights, equity, social justice and it is at the heart of polices and practices for building a non-discriminatory society.

Diversity is …
a strength rather than an issue, being inherent to the human being, hence adaptive teaching will benefit all

Designing inclusive teaching activities …
entails seeing learning as an active and adaptive process, involving all children and supporting each of them in the realisation of their potential by recognising and responding to their diverse needs

Collaborative learning is …
at the heart of inclusive education, because collaborative learning techniques allow to involve all students, see their diversity as an asset and leverage their different contributions to the joint enterprise, in order to achieve positive interdependence and build a sense of community

Marcello Passarelli and Andrea Ceregini, tutors from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, reflect on the value of gamification, which they constantly bring into their lectures:

“Making a learning environment more playful is highly important, especially when participants interact at a distance. When the other participants are not physically present, you lack nonverbal communication. Having some time and space to break the tension and interact in a lighthearted way really helps people ease up and get to know each other. Playing connects people, mentally and emotionally, even when they are far away and have different cultural backgrounds”.

The participants thank the tutors from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski.
What comes next?

A series of public ‘satellite’ events between December 2021 and March 2022
Teachers will deepen their knowledge in inclusive education according to their specific interests and the needs of their schools through a multilingual series of public events, called ‘satellite’ events (calendar here).

The Third and last SJSTE is planned to occur in Trani, Italy, in 2022. The date has not been defined yet, because the partners intend to wait until the pandemic allows the teachers to meet face-to-face.

The activities that are being designed in the BTAs will be enacted in the teachers’ classrooms to foster social inclusion of disadvantaged children from February 2022 to March 2023. A selection of these activities will be published Open Access.

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December 17, 2021

EDEN 2022 Annual Conference

An item from our European colleagues.  Note that this conference doesn’t often have K-12 focused item, but after the last two years I would be surprised if there are a few this year (and it is one that is always on my radar for possible attendance).

EDEN 2022 Annual Conference – Tallinn University

Save the date: 20-22 June 2022

“Shaping the digital transformation of the education ecosystem in Europe”

EDEN Digital Learning Europe is delighted to announce that the Annual Conference will be hosted by Tallinn University, Estonia, on 20-22 June 2022 in hybrid mode. We hope to see the majority of the participants face-to-face in Tallinn, but virtual participation will also be an option.

The digital ecosystem of education has experienced both challenges as well as innovation boosts within the last two years in Europe. This situation is a potential for EDEN as the hub of professionals dealing with digital transformation of educational organisations.

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 yearʼs 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.

Main Topics of the Conference
  • Digital ecosystem for education: visions, issues, innovative practice, case studies
  • The evolution of online and distance learning (ODL, ODeL, blended, hybrid, hyflex)
  • The transformation of face-to-face teaching, through online, to blended learning
  • Digital transformation in educational organisations: redefining “the new normal”
  • Best practices for transitioning from emergency remote teaching to next-gen online learning
  • Digital competence of educators and learners, digital literacy, digital citizenship
  • Diversity and social inclusion in higher education
  • Ongoing developments in the continued adoption of Artificial Intelligence
  • Methodological advances (microlearning, social-emotional learning, gamification, experiential learning)
  • Health and wellness in online education
  • Digital competences of educators, including digital learning, teaching and assessment
  • Digital STEM and STEAM education
  • Topics related to the EU Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027).
  • 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 2022
The EDEN 2022 PhD Symposium Tallin will be organized in the frame of the conference. The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019), Timisoara (2020),  Lisbon (2020) and Madrid (2021) 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.

Contact

EDEN 2022 Conference Contact Information: tallinn2022@eden-europe.eu

Save the date:  20-22 June 2022
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November 26, 2021

EDEN Newsflash – November 2021

An item from our European colleagues.

November 2021 

2021 ICDE Prize of Excellence Award

The EDEN Executive Committee is delighted and proud to announce that the Jury for the ICDE Prizes of Excellence 2021 has decided to award EDEN for The Institutional Prize. The prize was officially announced by ICDE during the Closing Session of the ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week October 2021.
EDEN thanks to all its members and partners for their support and co-operation in this great achievement!
Co-organised by Ellinogermaniki Agogi, the Institute of Educational Policy, the European Distance and E-Learning Network and the EDEN Digital Learning Europe in the framework of the Reflecting for Change project, the aim of the Open Classroom Conference 2021 “Real change takes place in deep crisis” was to explore the idea of “Open School” as an engaging environment that effectively introduces novel methodologies, tools and content by re-designing learning to accommodate and include difference and by bringing together families, community groups, local businesses, experts, universities, into an innovation ecosystem.
Read more about the event here.

Upcoming NAP webinar
1 December

Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project  being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions. It aims to enhance digital assessment of students’ transversal skills in STEM. Drawing on key ideas and theories of STEM educational policy, formative assessment, use of digital learning tools, and integrated STEM education the project developed an overarching conceptual framework that underpinned a training and development programme for teachers. More information here…
Register

The 11th edition of the Lifelong Learning Week
is open for registrations!

Building on LLLP’s Annual Theme “The changing nature of evaluation in education and its impact on learners’ wellbeing“, the LLLWeek will take place in a hybrid form on the week of 29 November, in Brussels. While the European Parliament is yet to open its doors for events and seminars, LLLP members will bring their concerns directly to European institutions through 12 different online workshops!
More details here…

An inspiring week of reflections for the
EDEN community

EDEN thanks all the participants, moderators, panelists, organisers and partner associations who supported us in hosting once again an insightful European Online and Distance Learning Week. We welcomed a total of 700 online attendees at 8 webinars, with 36 moderators and speakers. This year we renewed our partnership with USDLAODLAA and FLANZ. We had a special contribution from ICDE and Blackboard.

Read more…

Sandra Kucina Softic presenting on
OEB Global Conference 2021

Sandra Kucina Softic, President of EDEN, is one of the speakers at OEB International Conference on 2 December, 12:00-13:00 with the title Learning Professionals’ Communities of Practice.
OEB Global is the annual global cross-sector conference and exhibition on technology-supported learning and training. The 27th edition of the event, which is widely recognised as an unrivalled forum for the people and organisations shaping the future of how we teach and learn through technology, is now available online here.
EDEN members will benefit from 100 EUR discount to the conference participation fee. Make sure to contact EDEN Secretariat for information on how to register for the special rate of 795 EUR (excl VAT). Read more information and register here.
Link to OEB actual newsletter.

Membership Changes in the
EDEN Europe Management Board

The EDEN Europe 2021 Annual General Meeting has been held on 12 October 2021.
We are delighted to announce that at the Annual General Meeting the following Board Members were elected:

Denise Whitelock, The Open University, United Kingdom
Helga Dorner, Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary
Mark Brown, Dublin City University, Ireland

Alfredo Soeiro, EUCEN, Portugal
The new Management Board elected Josep M. Duart (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain) as President of the Association at it’s first meeting.

Visit the webpage of EDEN Europe to review the recent changes.

Community Updates

Evolving as a Digital Scholar

an open access book by

Wim Van Petegem,
and co-authors from Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
JP Bosman, Miné De Klerk, and Sonja Strydom

We are delighted to share that EDEN Senior Fellow, EURODL Editor-in-Chief, Wim Van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium) and co-authors published an open access book on the topic “What does it take to become a digitally agile scholar?”
Read  more…
Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future
EXCELLENCE AND EQUITY FOR ALL
by Andreas Schleicher
The International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) 2021 brings ministers and union leaders together to explore how governments, teacher organisations and schools can work together.
This report, Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future: Excellence and Equity for all, provides data and analysis from the OECD as background for ministers and union leaders to address these questions. Read the full report here…
3 predictions for the future of responsible technology
Over the past two years, the World Economic Forum – working in close collaboration with a diverse group of experts – has been working on advancing the field of ethics in technology. This project, titled Responsible Use of Technology, began when more than 40 leaders from government, civil society, and business, some with competing agendas, met in The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. This group agreed on the important goal of providing tools and techniques that leaders can use to operationalize ethics during the lifecycle of technology.. Read more about the project here…
MOOCs Are Back
As the pandemic began to impact people in every corner of the world in 2020, many looked at their time in lockdown as an opportunity to engage in learning. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), particularly from the six major MOOC providers — edX, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, Swayam and FutureLearn — experienced major growth in registrations, especially for programs leading to credentials.

Read more here…

European Commission Corner
Monthly update from Commissioner Marya Gabriel
On 14 October, following the announcement made by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address, we, the Commission, adopted the decision to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people to build a better future, and Europe needs to give young people opportunities for the future, a future that is greener, more digital and more inclusive. Read the full update here
World Teachers Day:
Commission launches tool to support primary and secondary teachers in using digital technologies
To mark World Teachers Day, the Commission is launching a new online tool for teachers to reflect on how they use digital technologies in their teaching activities. Based on a series of questions, the tool, ‘SELFIEforTEACHERS‘ can help them assess their digital competences and identify where they need further training and support. Learn more here…
The Power of Entrepreneurial Education
The EIT works with hundreds of educators and administrators in higher education institutes across Europe, training the next generation of entrepreneurs and upskilling lifelong learners.  Read more here…
The Future of Learning – EIT Education Conference 2021
Technology is affecting every part of our society – from the way we communicate and collaborate, to the work we do, the skills we need, and the way we learn those skills.
Listen and access the presentations held at EIT Education Conference on 05 November.
Readings
 EUA – Innovation ecosystems for a sustainable Europe
In this position paper, EUA considers how the contribution of universities can be enhanced in light of the need for European innovation ecosystems. Read more…
25 Years of Ed Tech
by Martin Weller
In this lively and approachable volume based on his popular blog series, Martin Weller demonstrates a rich history of innovation and effective implementation of ed tech across higher education. Read more…
EDEN 30th Anniversary

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The archive of previous Newsflash issues can be found at the EDEN NAP Members’ Area, further you have free electronic access to the latest EDEN conference proceedings.


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November 25, 2021

EDEN NAP – Upcoming Webinar – 1 December 2021

An item from our European colleagues about an up-coming webinar.

Dear Colleague,

We kindly inform you that the next EDEN NAP webinar ‘Assessment of STEM transversal skills from conceptual framework to real- world problems’ will take place on Wednesday, 1 December 2021, at 17:00 CET.
The session will consist in presentations followed by a discussion.

Register for the webinar
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You will get the joining instructions in a separate email before the webinar.
Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

Moderators

Orna Farrell
Assistant Professor specialising in online and blended education in Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
Prajakta Girme
Researcher in Dublin City University (DCU), Irelan

Panelists

Eamon CostelloAssociate Professor of Digital Learning at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland

Eva HartellHead of research in Haninge municipality, Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Alberto SacidoSpanish teacher in Rosalía de Castro High School in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Description

Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project  being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions. It aims to enhance digital assessment of students’ transversal skills in STEM. Drawing on key ideas and theories of STEM educational policy, formative assessment, use of digital learning tools, and integrated STEM education the project developed an overarching conceptual framework that underpinned a training and development programme for teachers. Teachers in 107 schools in seven European countries worked with teacher mentors to help teachers reflect on and develop their teaching practices to teach students key STEM skills via learning projects aiming to have real work impact and address the UN’s sustainable development goals.

This presentation will feature tales spun from theoretical frameworks to classroom practices. Dr. Eamon Costello will first give an overview of the project and discuss the topic of real world skills, a concept of contestation in the STEM educational discourse. Following the overview, Dr Eva Hartell  will present on the project implementation in Sweden where the research team worked in partnership with schools and parents on projects that allowed students to explore and affect their real world. Lastly, teacher Alberto Sacido will share an inspirational story of the ATS STEM pilot implementation undertaken in Rosalía de Castro High School, Spain, with his enterprising students in a project about Covid-19.

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November 18, 2021

EDEN Recommends – ‘Evolving as a Digital Scholar’

An item from our European colleagues.

November 2021 

Evolving as a Digital Scholar

an open access book by

Wim Van Petegem,
and co-authors from Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
JP Bosman, Miné De Klerk, and Sonja Strydom

 “Teachers and researchers need to develop or grow in their competences to adapt to the quick changes and demands of our digital society.”
We are delighted to share that EDEN Senior Fellow, EURODL Editor-in-Chief, Wim Van Petegem (KU Leuven, Belgium) and co-authors published an open access book on the topic “What does it take to become a digitally agile scholar?”.
How to become digitally proficient as a teacher and researcher

What does it take to become a digitally agile scholar? This manual explains how academics can comfortably navigate the digital world of today and tomorrow. It foregrounds three key domains of digital agility: getting involved in research, education and (community) service, mobilising (digital) skills on various levels, and acting in multiple roles, both individually and interlinked with others.

After an introduction that outlines the foundations of the three-dimensional framework, the chapters focus on different roles and skills associated with evolving as a digital scholar. There is the author, who writes highly specialised texts for expert peers; the storyteller, who crafts accessible narratives to a broader audience in the form of blogs or podcasts; the creator, who uses graphics, audio, and video to motivate audiences to delve deeper into the material; the integrator, who develops and curates multimedia artefacts, disseminating them through channels such as websites, webinars, and open source repositories; and finally the networker, who actively triggers interaction via social media applications and online learning communities. Additionally, the final chapters offer a blueprint for the future digital scholar as a professional learner and as a “change agent” who is open to and actively pursues innovation.

Informed by the authors’ broad and diverse personal experience, Evolving as a Digital Scholar offers insight, inspiration, and practical advice. It equips a broad readership with the skills and the mindset to harness new digital developments and navigate the ever-evolving digital age. It will inspire academic teachers and researchers with different backgrounds and levels of knowledge that wish to enhance their digital academic profile.

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