Saturday, June 9, 2012

The EDEN Presidents' blog on EDEN Welcome Reception with Fellow Awards

 EDEN Welcome Reception with Fellow Awards: The EDEN Annual Conference started tonight with the welcome reception in the Noble Hall of Alfandega Congress Center. During th...

e4qualityinnovationandlearning: Ricoeure

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Best Research Paper Award Announced

EDEN's Best Research Paper Award was announced yesterday evening by the Chair of the Jury, Ingeborg Boe at the Conference Dinner. In collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, with the support of a distinguished Jury.

This year's winners were Emanuele Rapetti and Lorenzo Cantoni from Universita della Svizzera Italiana in  Switzerland with their paper is entitled Reconsidering "Gen Y" & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it.

Congratulations to Emanuele and Lorenzo!

You can follow Lorenzo on Twitter or read his blog.

 Their paper will be downloadable at the Best Research Paper section of the EDEN website. Until then, take a look at the presentation of the paper on Slideshare:

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dale Stephens' References from Keynote Speech

Dale Stephens gave an inspiring speech this morning on unschooling with a remarkable speed and list of references. Here is a list for those who were not fast enough to type the links. Read the interview with Dale we did for the conference. Here you find another interview, a fellow unschooler did with Dale.

7 Steps to Learn Effectively on UnCollege

How Children Learn by John Holt on Amazon

Accepted - the movie in IMDb

Skillshare: Learn anything from anyone, anywhere.

Formerly Coursekit, now Lore: free online course-management

Online courses/tutoring:

More from UnCollege:

Open Traditional University Courses

Stanford Artificial Intelligence Course: Free online course at Stanford.
MIT Open Course Ware: Free MIT education. Various multimedia and resources for each course.
Coursera: Offers 40 free courses from leading US Universities
Udacity: 6 free computer science classes from former Stanford professors. 
OCW Consortium : Open CourseWare universities

Open Unconventional University Courses

creativeLIVE: Free classes live. Pay for past recorded classes.

Alison: Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online. Offers 300+ free and interactive multimedia training courses. Free ed. website with 13 areas of study each containing many courses that include readings, assignments, and other media.

Udemy: Attend or create online courses. From free to $250 on any subject. Can include video, PowerPoint, PDFs, audio, and or classes.
Learnable: Attend or create online courses from $10-50 on Web Dev, Tech, Lifestyle, and Business.

Video and Audio Lectures

TED: Tech Entertainment Design. Presentations of the most innovative ideas from around the world.
 Textbook Revolution: Student-run (crowdsourced) site that provides links to free online textbooks and other educational materials from teacher and professors. Over 1000 open ebooks written by professors and other experts for students, business professionals, and travel guides.
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals. Free, full text, scientific journals. Research anything.
Project Gutenberg: 36,000+ open books (download as ebook) whose copyrights have expired.
Scribd: “The world’s largest social reading and publishing company. Share and discover entertaining, informative and original written content across the web and mobile devices.”

Online Learning Communities

iversity: The collaboration network for academia.
P2PU: Crowd sourced learning, P2P learning anything.
Sophia: Free learning packets are voted up or down by members and stamped for correctness. Over 1000 learning packets mostly in Math, English and Science.
Wikiversity: Search the 15,000+ Wikipedia resources by type, school, level, and completion status.
 The Public School: School with no curriculum, classes proposed by public, people can sign up, and when there is enough interest, they find a teacher.
Citizen Circles : Social Innovation fueled by peer learning. 3+ person groups that solve local problems.
Learning Unlimited: Learning Unlimited is leading a movement of college students teaching high school students everything and anything.

Study Groups

Course Hero: Access to the learning materials, tutors, and textbook help.
OpenStudy: 1000s of students. Find students who can help you. Post a question and others answer. Switch Facebook into study mode.
Codecademy: Learn coding with your friends. Take courses for beginners.

StackExchange: Growing network of 66 Q&A sites on many diverse topics.
Kibin: Crowdsourced editing community for essays, articles, resumes, poems, and any written content.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Online References from Today's Keynote speeches

Some of you are there face-to-face listening to the keynotes on site. Some of you might follow online (sorry again for the stream hickups), but all of you might want to check the references Gyula Hegy and Bob Fryer mentioned in their presentations this morning. Here are soem of them (thanks to all the Twitter contributors!)

The European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe:

Digital Agenda Scoreboard (European Commission, Information Society):

Study: Ages of Social Network Users:

Creating Capabilities -  The Human Development Approach book by Martha C. Nussbaum

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)  in the UK

Quality Aging project online:

Grandparents and Grandchildren project online:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Conference Session Online Stream

The EDEN 2012 Annual Conference Plenary sessions (Thursday and Friday) and selected parallel sessions will be broadcasted via online streaming. Streaming will be online according to the schedule below. The URL for the webcasts is now available.

Technical details

the streaming works through simple Media Players, such as WMP or VLC. Please, make sure you have one of these installed on your computer to watch the video streams. To see all plenary and parallel sessions to be webcasted and all workshops with webinar function, please read the details below.

Sessions with Online Webstream

9.00-11.00 (GMT) 7 June, Thursday

Plenary Session 1

With : Morten Flate Paulsen, Ligia Maria Ribeiro, Gyula Hegyi, Isabel Leite, Bob Fryer Keynote Speakers
11.30-13.00 (GMT) 7 June, Thursday Parallel Session:
Distance and e-Learning Policy and Strategy
14.30-16.00 (GMT), 7 June, Thursday Workshop:
Learning in e-Europe in 2022: Scenarios for a More Open, Efficient, Sustainable and User-friendly Education System
16.30-18.00 (GMT), 7 June, Thursday
Parallel Session:
Social Web and Collaborative Learning

9.00-11.00 (GMT) 8 June, Friday

Plenary Session 2

With: Dale J. Stephens and David White Keynote Speakers
11.30-13.00 (GMT), 8 June, Friday
Increasing Equity in Higher Education beyond Rhetoric: Campaign Launch and Research Results of the Project’s Second Year

14.30-16.00 (GMT), 8 June, Friday


Panel Discussion with Keynotes Speakers

With: Gyula Hegyi, Isabel Leite, Bob Fryer, Dale J. Stephens and David White Keynote Speakers joined by ICDE Secretary General Gard Titlestad and Universidade Aberta Rector Paulo Dias
16.30-18.00 (GMT), 8 June, Friday
How to Give Credit for Learning with Open Educational Resources: Six Scenarios, a Guideline and a European Taskforce

Conference Workshops with Webinar funktion

Workshops below will be available as webinars as well on the dedicated webinar rooms listed below (to enter to the webinar, click on the respective Workshop link).
Workshop teams provide a facilitator who enables online participants to contribute to the live discussions. Please, note, that the webinars will be recorded and later posted on the web.
11.30-13.00 (GMT), 7 June, Thursday
ICT in the Process of Developing Learning to Learn Competences in Lifelong Learning Transitions: From Theory into the Practice
16.30-18.00 (GMT), 7 June, Thursday
Adults Learning for Intergenerational Creative Experiences
14.30-16.00 (GMT), 8 June, Friday
Design Principles for Pedagogic Multimedia
16.30-18.00 (GMT), 8 June, Friday
How to give credit for learning with OERs
9.30-10.45 (GMT), 9 June, Saturday
The Demographic Challenge Needs Innovation in Health Services and Cultures: How e-Networking & e-Learning can Activate New Mindsets, Unlashing Intergenerational Resources for Society?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Best Research Paper Award Finalists

EDEN's Best Research Paper Award is granted yearly during the Annual Conference Dinner: The Award is presented in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation.

This years' finalists are:

  • Reconsidering "Gen Y" & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it
    Emanuele Rapetti, Lorenzo Cantoni, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
  • Do Men Learn in Order to Earn? Motives for Lifelong Learners to Choose Web-Based Courses and the Relationship with Age, Gender, Parenthood and Rate of Studies
    Ron Mahieu, Simon Wolming, Department of Education, Umea University, Sweden
  • Generational Distinctiveness in the Time Use of Working Distance Learners
    Bill McNeill, The College of Estate Management, United Kingdom
  • Personalisation in e-Learning – The Key for Success in Learning in Later Life
    Sonia Hetzner, Eline Leen, Innovation in Learning Institute - ILI, Germany
The Conference Programme is online here.

See also: Ulrich Bernath talks about high-quality research on open and distance learning.

Plenary Sessions to be Streamed Online

Similar to previous years, selected sessions of the  2012 EDEN Annual Conference will be streamed online and recorded.

The keynote speeches will be available online after the conference.

Stay tuned for the direct stream link.

See also: Last year's recorded keynote sessions on the EDEN website

Keynotes' Panel with Online Streaming

On Friday afternoon in Session E1, Keynote Speakers will be joined by ICDE Secretary
General Gard Titlestad and Universidade Aberta Rector Paulo Dias for a special
discussion on central themes of the conference. While the keynotes elaborate their ideas
in detail after their speech, conference delegates have the chance to interact directly with
them in a friendly setting.

Participants on site and others joining the online stream are invited to submit questions
to the panelists via Twitter Facebook or Linkedin. Session Moderator, Deborah Arnold
will ask selected questions during the panel.

See also: Keynotes' Interviews: read what keynote speakers Dale Stephens and David White think.