EDEN Fellows Council

The EDEN Fellows Council is a department of EDEN Digital Learning Europe, formed by all those who have received an EDEN Fellow or Senior Fellow award. The EDEN Fellows Council was established at the 2018 EDEN UK Annual Conference in Genoa, with the first elected representatives taking office in 2019.

The role of the EDEN Fellows Council is a) to provide strategic input to the EDEN DLE Management Board, drawing on the extensive experience and expertise in online, open and distance education of the body of EDEN Fellows and Senior Fellows, and b) to act as ambassadors for EDEN and for the field of online, open and distance education with Europe and internationally. The Fellows Council is an advisory body and not part of the formal governance structure of EDEN.

EDEN Fellows Council Board

The EDEN Fellows Council is coordinated by the Fellows Council Board. 

Former roles on the EDEN Fellows Council Board:
2019-2021: Lisa-Marie-Blaschke (Chair), Don Olcott Jr (Vice-Chair)
2021-2022: Don Olcott Jr (Chair), Deborah Arnold (Vice-Chair)

The following members serve on the current Board (2022-2024):

Deborah Arnold

Chair of the Board

Albert Sangrà

Vice-Chair of the Board

Diana Andone

Board member

Inés Gil Jaurena

Board member

Don Olcott, Jr.

Board member

Christian Schumann

Board member

António M. Teixeira

Board member

Wim E.A. Van Petegem

Board member

EDEN Fellows’ Blog

You can read the Quarterly blog of the EDEN Fellows and Senior Fellows here.

Recognition of professional excellence

The EDEN Fellowship Programme was created in 1997 with the first Awards presented at the 2007 EDEN Annual Conference in Naples. The purpose of the EDEN Fellows Programme is to provide professional recognition, validation, and support to EDEN members in the field of online, open and distance education in Europe. The established formal award schemes are the EDEN Fellow and Senior Fellow recognitions.

EDEN Fellows and Senior Fellows

FellowsSenior Fellows
Carl Holmberg, International Council for Open and Distance Education, SwedenGila Kurtz,The Center for Academic Studies or Yehuda, Israel
Erling Ljosa, Founding President of EDEN, former Director of NKS, NorwayWim Van Petegem, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Claudio Dondi, MENON Network, BelgiumUlrich Bernath, Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in ODL, Germany
Erwin Wagner, University of Hildesheim, GermanyAlan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland
Peter Floor, former Secretary General of the Leiden University, NetherlandsAlbert Sangra, Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Sir John Daniel, President of the Commonwealth of Learning, former Vice-Chancellor of the OU, UKSofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
Walter Kugemann, Institute for Learning Innovation (FIM – NewLearning), GermanySteve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
Torstein Rekkedal, NKI Distance Education, NorwayAlfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal
Montse Guitert, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, SpainUlf-Daniel Ehlers, Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany
Alan Tait, The Open University, United KingdomMontse Guitert, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Martine Vidal, Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance, FranceAirina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Morten F. Paulsen, Campus NooA, NorwayAntonio M. Teixeira, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Tony Bates, Tony Bates Associates Ltd., CanadaDon Olcott Jr., HJ Global Associates/U of South Africa, Romania
Terry Anderson, Athabasca University, CanadaDeborah Arnold, University of Burgundy, France
Roberto Carneiro, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, PortugalLisa-Marie Blaschke, Independent Consultant, Germany
Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, CanadaFabio Nascimbeni, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Spain
Jack Koumi, Educational Media Production Training, United KingdomDiana Andone, Politechnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Andras Benedek, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, HungarySandra Kucina Softic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ebba Ossiannilsson, Swedish Association for Distance Education, Sweden
Helga Dorner, Central European University, Hungary
Timothy Read, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain
Antonella Poce, Universita degli Studi di Rome Tre, Italy
Mark Brown, National Institute for Digital Learning, Ireland
Alastair Creelman, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Josep Maria Duart, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

EDEN Fellow and Senior Fellow Awards by year

2022

FellowsSenior Fellows
Denise Whitelock, The Open University, UK Sandra Kucina, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Sirje Virkus, University of Tallinn, Estonia Ebba Ossiannillson, Quality in Open Online Learning, Sweeden
Beatriz Sedano, UNED, Spain Alastair Creelman, Linnaeus University, Sweeden
Vlad Mihaescu, Polytechnic University Timisoara, Romania Helga Dorner, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Marcelo Maina, UOC, Spain Mark Brown, Dublin City University, Ireland
Estela Daukšienė, VMU, Lithuania

2021

FellowsSenior Fellows
Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Dublin City University, IrelandUlf-Daniel Ehlers, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Karlsruhe, Germany
Giselle M. S. Ferreira, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDiana Andone, Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania
Elena Caldirola, University of Pavia, ItalyTimothy Read, UNED, Spain
Teresa Romeu, Universitat Oberta Catalunya, Spain
Daniel Domínguez, UNED, Spain

2020

FellowsSenior Fellows
Radu Vasiu, Politehnica University Timisoara, RomaniaAirina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University
Kaunas, Lithuania
Ulf Sandström, Swedish Association for Distance Education, SwedenAntonella Poce, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
Maria Rosaria Re, Università Degli Studi Roma Tre, ItalyJosep M. Duart, Universitat Oberta Catalunya, Spain
James Brunton, Dublin City University, Ireland
Covadonga Rodrigo, UNED, Spain

2019

Fellows Senior Fellows
Ines Gil-Jaurena, National Distance Education University, UNED, SpainAndras Benedek, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Maxim Jean-Louis, Contact North, CanadaMontse Guitert Catasus, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Ildiko Mazar, Knowledge Innovation Centre, Malta
Paul Prinsloo, University of South Africa, South Africa
Margarita Tereseviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

2018

Svetlana Knyazeva, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, Russian FederationLisa Marie Blaschke, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
Francesco Agrusti, Universita degli Studi di Rome Tre, ItalyAlfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal
Josep Maria Duart, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, SpainFabio Nascimbeni, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja – UNIR, Spain
Mark Nichols, the Open University UK, United KingdomDon Olcott Jr., Global ODL Consultant, Romania

2017

Mark Brown, National Institute for Digital Learning, IrelandSteve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
Alastair Creelman, Linnaeus University, SwedenWim Van Petegem, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Eva Szalma, Centre for Learning Innovation and Adult Learning, HungaryGila Kurtz, The Center for Academic Studies or Yehuda, Israel
Anca Cristina Colibaba, EuroEd Foundation, RomaniaJack Koumi, Educational Media Production Training, United Kingdom

2016

Antonella Poce, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, ItalyAntonio Teixeira, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Aalborg University, DenmarkRory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada
Torhild Slaatto, Flexible Education Norway, NorwayAlan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland
Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, GermanyDeborah Arnold, University of Burgundy, France
Belinda Tynan, The Open University, United Kingdom
Paul Bacsich, Sero Consulting Ltd., United Kingdom

2015

Helga Dorner, Central European University, HungaryAlbert Sangra, Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Timothy Read, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, SpainTerry Anderson, Athabasca University, Canada
Ene Koitla, Information Technology Foundation for Education, EstoniaRoberto Carneiro, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Portugal
Irina Smirnova, Moscow State University of Economics, Russian Federation
Yaacov Katz, Bar- Ilan University, Israel
Margarida Carmo, Universidade Aberta, Portugal

2014

Sandra Kucina Softic, University of Zagreb, CroatiaTony Bates, Tony Bates Associates Ltd., Canada
Ebba Ossiannilsson, Swedish Association for Distance Education, Sweden
András Benedek, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Marci Powell, Drexel University Online, USA

2013

Ilse Op de Beeck, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BelgiumSofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
Bill McNeill, The College of Estate Management, United KingdomMorten F. Paulsen, Campus NooA, Norway
Ari-Matti Auvinen, HCI Productions Ltd., Finland
Thomas Kretschmer, University of Duisburg- Essen, Germany
Grainne Conole, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Sonia Hetzner, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

2012

Lisa-Marie Blaschke, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany
Fabio Nascimbeni, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Spain
Diana Andone, Politechnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Laszlo Komaromi, Dennis Gabor College, Hungary
Andrea Karpati, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary
Michael Auer, Carithia Tech Institute, Austria

2011

Jim Devine, DEVINE Policy/Projects/Innovation, Ireland
Ilaria Mascitti, Universitya Telematica Guglielmo Marconi, Italy
Natalia Tikhomirova, Moscow State University of Economics, Russian Federation
Rafi Nachmias, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Andy diPaolo, Stanford Center for Professional Developmet, USA
Tapio Koskinen, Aalto University, Finland

2010

Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, LithuaniaMichael G. Moore, Studiesenteret.no, Norway
Antonio M. Teixeira, Universidade Aberta, PortugalAlan Tait, The Open University, United Kingdom
Don Olcott Jr., United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)Martine Vidal, Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance, France
Eva Sandor-Kriszt, Budapest Business School, Hungary
Deborah Arnold, University of Burgundy, France
Berit Johnsen, Norwegian Ministry of education and research, Norway

2009

Dénes Zarka, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, HungaryUlrich Bernath, Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in ODL, Germany
Thomas Fischer, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
Anna Grabowska, PRO – MED Co. Ltd, Poland
Mehmet Kesim, Anadolu University, Turkey

2008

Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, United KingdomWalter Kugemann, Institute for Learning Innovation (FIM – NewLearning), Germany
Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, PortugalTorstein Rekkedal, NKI Distance Education, Norway
Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany
Sally Reynolds, Audiovisual Technologies Informatics and Telecommunication, Belgium
Montse Guitert, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Adriana Gnudi, Universita degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy
Costas Tsolakidis, University of the Aegean, Greece

2007

Henrik Hansson, Stockholm University, SwedenCarl Holmberg, International Council for Open and Distance Education, Sweden
Gila Kurtz,The Center for Academic Studies or Yehuda, IsraelErling Ljosa, Founding President of EDEN, former Director of NKS, Norway
Christian-Andreas Schumann, University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, GermanyClaudio Dondi, MENON Network, Belgium
Wim Van Petegem, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BelgiumErwin Wagner, University of Hildesheim, Germany
Ulrich Bernath, Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in ODL, GermanyPeter Floor, former Secretary General of the Leiden University, Member of the Distance Learning Task Force of the Coimbra Group of Universities, long standing member and in 2003 -2007 Chair of the European ODL Liaison Committee, The Netherlands
Roni Aviram, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, IsraelSir John Daniel, President of the Commonwealth of Learning, former Vice-Chancellor of the OU, UK
Sarolta Zárda, Dennis Gabor College, HungaryIngeborg Bo, Executive Director of the Norwegian Association for Distance Education, retiring President of EDEN, Norway
Stavros Savas,Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
Danguole Rutkauskiene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Jolanta Chec, Natioanal Institute of Telecommunication, Poland
Nikitas Kastis,MENON GR Research, Greece
Alan Bruce, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland
Albert Sangra, Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Anne Gaskell, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Sofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
Jeanne Schreurs, Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium