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EDEN Annual Conference – Principal Sponsor Blackboard

EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference – UNED-Madrid
Submission Deadline is set at 17 May
Registration Opens on 15 May
Conference Principal Sponsor: Blackboard

“Lessons from a pandemic for the future of education”

Submit a Contribution

Dear Members, Partners and Friends,

With the EDEN Virtual Annual Conference only six weeks away, we inform you that due to the upcoming festive period and long weekend in several countries (Ascension Day) the submission deadline has been extended to Monday, 17 May. The registration for the event, hosted by the National Distance Education University UNEDwill be opened on 15 May, 2021.
So far, with eleven acclaimed keynotes, special Conference Sessions including a European Digital Education Hub (EDEH) Workshop and a keynote presentation on the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, a PhD Symposium led by international experts as well as bestowing the Young Scholars’ Grants, we await your contributions as well as participation. The evaluation of the submitted contributions is continuous, the Call remains open until 17 May.
Accepted Full paper contributions with registered authors will be published online in the electronic Conference Proceedings (ISSN: 2707-2819), under a Creative Commons license. The Conference Proceedings Full papers will be submitted to indexing by scientific databases as CEEOL, SCOPUS, PROQUEST, EBSCO. Workshop, poster, demonstration and synergy contributions will be published online in the Short Paper Book, and will be promoted on all EDEN communications channels to reach an even wider audience. The presenters will be able to reach around 300 experts in the field during the Conference and more than 12.000 experts via promotion through EDEN channels. 

EDEN Annual Conference Principal Sponsor

EDEN is pleased to announce Blackboard as the Principal Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Conference. Asknet Solutions is a strategic partner for Blackboard in the German-speaking DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

European Digital Education Hub (EDEH) Workshop

EDEN dedicates a special Workshop to the European Digital Education Hub (EDEH), a key action  in the framework of the Conference. EDEH is contributing a paper on “Digitalisation of the student journey: a holistic approach to seamless exchange in Europe.” The European Digital Education Hub responds to the need for reinforced cooperation and dialogue between different stakeholders in the area of digital education. Cooperation via the EDEH which is a part of the Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027, strives to achieve systemic impact and identify sustainable solutions, supporting education and training in the long term.

Special Conference Sessions

  • The European Digital Education Hub (EU Commission, DG Education and Culture)
  • Digitalisation of the student journey: a holistic approach to seamless exchange in Europe (DAAD))
  • R4C – Reflecting4Change: Way to make your school e-mature and open: the benefits of using  the R4C Self Reflection Tool and implement changes built around the results – project coordinated by Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Sofoklis Sotiriou and Ferenc Tátrai)
  • Leveraging University Micro-Credentials: Critical Issues, Practices and Policies for Enhancing Institutional and Employer Capacity (Don Olcott, Mark Brown, Deborah Arnold, Rory McGreal, Mpine Makoe and Timothy Martin Read)
  • EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (Vlad Mihaescu) and EDEN Fellows’ Council (Lisa Marie Blaschke)
  • The EDEN European Journal – EURODL: with new Chief Editor, new online platform and services in 2021 (Wim van Petegem and Josep Duart)
  • EDEN 30th anniversary: lessons from the past and perspectives for the future – Think tank experience (Ulf Daniel Ehlers)
  • After the Brexit – EDEN Digital Learning Europe Association (Andras Szucs)

Full List of Keynotes

PhD Symposium

The EDEN 2021 PhD Symposium Madrid will be organized on 21 June 2021, in the frame of the conference. The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019), Timisoara (2020), Lisbon (2020) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts. Check more information about EDEN PhD Symposium here.

Young Scholars Grants

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning will support 4 young scholarsor teams of young scholars with a grant of 300 Euros for submitting a significant contribution (Full paper) to the EDEN Annual Conference.
The grants will be handed out by bank transfer after the EDEN Annual Conference in Madrid. Eligible candidates are invited to contact the organisers at: before submitting their Full Paper.

EDEN 30th Anniversary Updates

In 2021 EDEN is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. We look forward to sharing the pleasure of this special year with our members, partners and friends. Please read the blog post of EDEN President Sandra Kučina Softić reflecting on this special occasion. Read here.


The official EDEN30 website has been set up and announced already. Nevertheless, the webpage is continuously enriched and upgraded, extended with substantial, meaningful content (history, projects, events, awards, photo galleries, member testimonials etc.), including your warmly welcomed input to show the real power of our community and its 30 years of history. 


Share your story!

Do you have an inspiring story of EDEN to tell? We invite all of you to send, upload, share your memories, experiences, memorable moments, including your reflections, comments and ideas to EDEN throughout the anniversary year on the EDEN30 website. You can upload your story and/or photo HERE.