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EDEN 2016 Annual Conference

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 to Friday, 17 June, 2016
Budapest, Hungary

The European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) holds its 25th annual conference in Budapest, Hungary, from 14 to 17 June 2016. This time, the overarching theme of the conference is Re-imaging Learning Environments”.

The social and socio-economic context of learning environments is more important than ever. Society itself can be understood as a learning environment, with questions of learners’ connection with the community and the empowerment of the practitioners.

In the new learning environments, the core players and stakeholders – learners, educators, government bodies, educational and learning institutions – increasingly acknowledge the chance for constructive and positive changes. Those are among the issues tackled at this year’s conference.

Conference scope

Following up on the results of the EDEN Research Workshop (RW8) in Oxford in 2014 and the Barcelona 2015 Annual Conference, a clear focus has been awarded to the expansion of emerging learning scenarios, identifying an ongoing shift towards greater attention to the importance of context in the learning process. The EDENRW8 report from Tony Bates highlighted that openness needs to go beyond the content-centered focus. What is driving the need for new approaches is the massification of higher education and the need to find new ways to create openness, which requires a greater focus on the contexts of learning. This implies an integrated approach to online education and the various ways of openness in education which are now developing.

More present core questions include the tension between human and machine approaches to learning – raising the important question of what in education is best done by humans and what by machines? New knowledge is also needed regarding how to combine scalability with personalisation, as well as about learning context and contextualisation.

The social and socio-economic context is more important than ever. Society itself can be understood as a learning environment, with questions of learners’ connection with the community and the empowerment of the practitioners.

In the new learning environments, the core players and stakeholders – learners, educators, government bodies, educational and learning institutions – increasingly acknowledge the chance for constructive and positive changes.

How do we as a community of educators respond to these directions?  What could it mean for learning and the changing socio-economic demands of society? What can we, the community of experienced educators, say about this?

Programme

The Conference programme includes plenaries, parallel sessions with paper presentations, workshops, moderated poster, demo sessions and synergy strand.

The event starts on Tuesday afternoon on 14 June, with registration, followed by the Welcome Reception and ends with a Farewell Coffee on 17 June. The programme structure can be seen here.

special Oxford-Style Debate session will be held about the standing of MOOCs and business models of openness.