An Introduction to EDEN and to the Conference

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An Introduction to EDEN and to the Conference

  1. 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO EDEN AND TO THE CONFERENCE Professor Alan Tait, President of EDEN
  2. 2. HOW DO WE WORK ? <ul><li>EDEN : launched in 1991, a UK based Association </li></ul><ul><li>Strong background in active membership </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting place: an influential “hub” in lively networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledged in the European professional and policy scene </li></ul><ul><li>Functions in synergy: membership, conferences, policy, project work </li></ul><ul><li>Secretariat at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. </li></ul>
  3. 3. T HE PROGRESS IN 2008-2009 <ul><li>A most successful year: maturity of EDEN's profile </li></ul><ul><li>good achievements in organisation development and in the academic-professional-policy impact </li></ul><ul><li>Learning innovation concept in focus, in line with the “European Year of Creativity and Innovation” </li></ul><ul><li>EDEN’s European experience and know-how put in valuable perspective </li></ul>
  4. 4. MEMBERSHIP <ul><li>Wide, active , dynamically developing community </li></ul><ul><li>EDEN Membership in 2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>200 institutional members, 1200 members in the Network of Academics and Professionals, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Altogether 58 countries: 39 countries from Europe, Associate members from 19 countries (other continents) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>441 institutions represented in the membership </li></ul>
  5. 5. M EMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 2008-2009 <ul><li>30 institutions joined EDEN , 150 new members in the Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) </li></ul><ul><li>A selection of prestige o us new institutions : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>from North to South: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Helsinki, Finland, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Riga Technical University, Latvia, University of Greenwich, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Reading, United Kingdom, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Universal Learning Systems Ireland, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Zürich , University of Lugano, Switzerland, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Barcelona , Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Portuguese Bank Training Institute </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>f rom East to West </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Egypt, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Centre of Academic Learning – Israel. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. from the USA, </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EDEN conferences : major academic and professional events in Europe; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proceedings: regular resources with academic value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With a community feel, networking and co-operation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thematic Autumn conferences : Open Classroom and Research workshops (bi-annual) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning (EURODL) </li></ul><ul><li>Fellow Awards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EDEN Fellow and Senior Fellow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R espected scheme of recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledgement of professional merit by the Association: demonstrating excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The EDEN Book : </li></ul><ul><li>Distance and E-learning in Transition Learning Innovation, Technology and Social Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mapping innovation and analysis across Europe , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integrating distance learning traditions and e-learning </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. P ARTNERSHIPS WITH INTERNATIONAL FELLOW ORGANISATIONS <ul><li>EDEN: constructive partner in the European distance and e-learning networking initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Learnovation Stakeholders Round Table , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European Learning Industry Group – ELIG , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EFQUEL (European Foundation for Quality in E-learning) , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observatory of Borderless Higher Education, (OBHE), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elearningeuropa.info , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reciprocal membership, liaison with international networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EuroPace , European Students’ Union, European Society for Engineering Education ( SEFI ), International Association for Intercultural Education ( IAIE ), E uropean Association for Distance Learning (EADL), MENON Network , European Universities Continuing Education Network ( EUCEN )... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Distance Learning Association (USDLA) , Sloan-C Consortium (US) , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>European Economic and Social Committee Secretary General as Delegate </li></ul>
  8. 8. EU P ROJECT WORK <ul><li>Focus on innovative, strategic projects </li></ul><ul><li>EDEN’s competences: networking, knowledge base building, quality development , observatory, evaluation, valorisation , dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Our potential acknowledged and utilised in important EU programmes </li></ul><ul><li>In the past 8 years: EDEN collaborated with 168 institutions in projects </li></ul>
  9. 9. W HAT NEXT ? <ul><li>Strategic aim: developing in range of size and impact </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain the good branding of EDEN </li></ul><ul><li>Manage rightly the old and new assets and achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Sustain the positive tendency, keep the momentum of progress of EDEN </li></ul><ul><li>Develop further networking capacities, the service to and engagement of members </li></ul>
  10. 10. Welcome to Gdansk! Welcome to the EDEN Family! <ul><li>HAVE AN EXCELLENT CONFERENCE! </li></ul>

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