Membership Changes in the EDEN Europe Management Board

The EDEN Europe 2021 Annual General Meeting has been held on 12 October 2021.

We are delighted to announce that at the Annual General Meeting the following Board Members were elected:

Denise Whitelock

Board Member
The Open University, United Kingdom

Professor Denise Whitelock is the interim Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University.  She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning and has over twenty-five years’ experience in Artificial Intelligence for designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education.   She recently led the UK’s contribution to the Adaptive Trust e-Assessment System for Learning (TeSLA) http://tesla-project.eu/project. The overall objective of the TeSLA project was to define and develop an e-assessment system, which ensures learners authentication and authorship in online and blended learning environments while avoiding the time and physical space limitations imposed by a face-to-face examination. She is currently the Editor of Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance & e-Learning. Her work has received international recognition through holding visiting Chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai.


Helga Dorner

Board Member
Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary

Helga Dorner associate professor’ specialization is higher education pedagogy, pedagogical innovation, digitalisation and knowledge management. In recent years, as head of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Central European University (CEU), she has been responsible for, among other things, the higher education pedagogical training program for doctoral students and the higher education pedagogical development of university lecturers and early-stage researchers. Since 2015, she has been a doctoral supervisor in the Andragogy sub-program of ELTE PPK Doctoral School of Education, as well as a guest lecturer at the Institute of Research on Adult Education and Knowledge Management. In the course of her research work, she has regularly collaborated with the lecturers of ELTE PPK in recent years, and the results of the joint work are attested by publications. Helga Dorner graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with a doctorate from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Szeged – Doctoral School of Education, and then took part in postgraduate studies at Queen Mary University in London. Coordinator of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) SIG 4 “Higher Education” since 2017, Member of the Board of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) since 2016, Higher Education Pedagogies and the Journal of Adult Learning , Editor of Knowledge and Innovation journals.


Mark Brown

Board Member
Dublin City University, Ireland

Mark Brown is Ireland’s first Chair of Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University. He is an EDEN Fellow and plays an active role in several leading professional bodies, including the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA). In November 2019, only a few months before the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Mark was Chair of the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in Dublin.


Alfredo Soeiro

Board Member
EUCEN – European Universities Continuing Education Network

Alfredo Soeiro holds a degree in civil engineering from University of Porto, a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He was pro-rector of the University of Porto for Continuing Education between 1998 and 2003. Dr. Soeiro was a founding member of EUCEN (European University CE Network); RECLA (Latin American CE Network), and AUPEC (Portuguese University CE Association) His positions held were the vice presidency of EUCEN, vice-presidency of SEFI, president of IACEE, president of AUPEC and president of SEFI. His main interests are engineering education, continuing education and online learning, focusing on networking, international cooperation and student evaluation. He has also been an evaluator for the professional engineering association, was invited in several projects as external evaluator and has participatedand coordinated some European projects on quality assurance of education.


András Szűcs announced his resignation from the Management Board on 7 October 2021.


The new Management Board elected Josep M. Duart as President of the Association at it’s first meeting.

Josep M. Duart

President of the Association
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Josep Duart holds a doctorate in Pedagogy from Ramon Llull University (URL), Barcelona, and a Master in Business Administration from ESADE Business School, Barcelona.  Since 1996 is full professor in Psychology and Educational Sciences Department at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He has been involved in several positions: vice president for Postgraduate Studies and Lifelong Learning, and former director of the International Graduate Institute at the Open University of Catalonia, UOC (2007-2013), and Director of the UNESCO Chair in e-Learning (2002-2009). Currently, he teaches on education and technology field, educational models and quality and is member of the Open Evidence Research Group.

As a researcher specialising in Educational Technology, e-learning models and educational organisation, he leads and collaborates on research projects in areas such as educational policy, higher education leadership and ICT use. He has published several books and a range of co-authored articles in international specialist journals (ORCID). He has also given lectures on ICTs in higher education at international conferences and European, American and Australian universities. He is the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE), member of the EDEN (European Distance Education and E-learning Network) Executive Committee, and member of “ The Universitity of the Future Network”.


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