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2016 Budapest

July 1, 2016 @ 00:00

#eden16 – 2016 EDEN Annual Conference has welcomed over 310 delegates from 37 countries to the beautiful city of Budapest, at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The themes of the conference were:

  • Visions, concepts about how the new learning environments could be
  • Research about experiences of MOOC participants
  • Evolution of the concepts of openness and scalability in education
  • Citizenship, social approach and historical approach to new learning environments
  • Opening up education:
    •  initiatives, policies,
    • projects, examples of good practices,
    • new business models and policies,
  • different ways to understand technological influences, new ways to interpret the collaborative and social-networked society we live in
  • learning and the changing socio-economic demands of society
  • the potential of the professional and academic digital community to contribute to breakthrough of modernisation
  • Learning environments – in their widest interpretation: digital, physical, networked, pedagogical, social, cultural, economic…
    learning environments and learning organisations
  • PLEs and blended learning environments.
  •  “e-competences and e-skills” – Competences for learning and working in an open, connected world
  • learning environments being broader than the educational context – society as a learning environment itself
  • how tradition-based theory and practice can influence the new developments, and what their role may be in the new learning environments

Awards and recognitions

The first Senior Fellow and Fellow Awards, launched on the initiative of Professor Alan Tait, former EDEN President, were presented at the 2007 Annual Conference in Naples. In 2016, this tradition was continued in Budapest, at the Welcome Reception of the 2016 Annual Conference – #EDEN16.

The 2016 Awards were announced to the Senior Fellows, Fellows and Young Scholars present at the event, while those who couldn’t join the Conference Reception were mentioned with applause.

The EDEN Senior Fellow Award was given in 2016, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:

Deborah Arnold
University of Burgundy, France

Rory McGreal
Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Canada

Antonio Teixeira
Universidade Aberta, Portugal

The EDEN Fellow Award was given in 2016, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:

Paul Bacsich
Sero Consulting Ltd., United Kingdom

Antonella Poce
University Roma III, Italy

Torhild Slattoo
Flexible Education Norway (FuN), Norway

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen
Aalborg University, Denmark

Belinda Tynan
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

The Young Scholar Award was given in 2016, based on the decision of the EDEN Executive Committee to:

Dávid Sík
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Ágnes Gaul-Ács
KAPTÁR Visual Arts Workshop and Archive

The Best Practice Initiative Award ceremony was held at the conference gala dinner and went to:

Nelson Ribeiro Jorge, Willem Frederik van Valkenburg and Sofia Dopper,
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
for the conference paper on The TU Delft Online Learning Experience: From Theory to Practice

The Best Research Paper Award, also held at the conference gala dinner, was given to:

Jieun Lim and Jennifer Richardson,
Purdue University, United States of America
for the conference paper on How Social Networking Experience relates to Social Presence and attitude of Using SNS in education

Read more about the our recognitions and awards here

In 2016, the European Distance and E-Learning Network celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its establishment. As a part of our celebrations, special 25th Anniversary Recognitions were awarded during the Conference Gala Dinner.

EDEN 25th Anniversary Globe

Awarded to our most outstanding colleagues who have consistently supported EDEN throughout the last 25 years and made decisive contributions to the foundation, consolidation and growth of the Association:

Sir John Daniel
Alan Tait
Ulrich Bernath

Award of Institutional excellence

EDEN acknowledges with special thanks the continuous valuable support to the development  of the Association over the years and the international collaboration in open, distance and e-learning of:

The Open University, UK. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Mark Nichols.
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Marta Aymerich.
Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Sofoklis Sotiriou.
Flexible Education Norway. The award was received on behalf of the institution by Torhild Slåtto.

Certificate of honour awarded by the Executive Committee to:

Ingeborg Bø
Tamás Lajos

Ari-Matti Auvinen
Erling Ljosa

for their leadership and consistent support to EDEN throughout the years, contributing in a significant way to the development of the Association and its international collaborations in open, distance and e-learning.

Certificate of excellence was awarded to

Anna Wagner

for her long term exceptional commitment, the smart and generous contributions to the success of the Association over the years.

Videos, photos, presentations and resources

The 2016 EDEN Annual Conference – #eden16 was rich in content and discussions, which also raised attention on several media channels. We collected some of the most popular resources here.

Re-watch the plenary sessions:

Browse our photo album of the conference

Kenote presentations available online

Daily #EDEN16 Social Digest:

Wednesday morning
Wednesday afternoon
Thursday morning

Thursday afternoon

Friday morning and afternoon

Read Sir John Daniel’s Conference Gala Dinner Speech


July 1, 2016
Event Category:


Re-Imagining Learning Environments