Ul. Branitelja Dubrovnika 41

20000, Dubrovnik

DAY 1: Monday, September 19th

9:00 – 10:00 Registration

HYBRID 10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and opening session

Chair: Sandra Kučina Softić

  • EDEN DLE President Josep M. Duart
  • Welcome on behalf of the host institution – University of Dubrovnik, Assoc. Prof. Sanja Žaja Vrbica
  • Welcome on behalf of the host – Faculty of Organisation and Informatics University of Zagreb, Assoc. Prof. Igor Balaban, vice-dean for science, international cooperation and projects

HYBRID 10:30 – 11:30 Keynote: Designing Interaction with Humanoid Robots as Teaching and Learning Assistants, Prof. Ilona Buchem

Chair: Josep M. Duart

This emerging topic on robots in education by an award winning speaker will provide an overview of how humanoid robots are applied as teaching and learning assistants including examples from our own research at the Communication Lab. Specifically, the focus will be on the design process and design options for human-robot interaction in different application scenarios. We will end with an interactive part in the form of crowd-creation, in which the audience will participate in the joint creation of a playful human-robot interaction

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 – 14:00 Research Paper Sessions:

Digital transformation of educational institutions 
Moderator: Antonella Poce

Trends and issues in education 
Moderator: Alfredo Soeiro

Developing a High Performance Digital Education Ecosystem
for HE
Airina Volungevičienė, Marj Brown, Michael Gaebel, Alison Morrisroe, Rasa Greenspon

Harnessing the Synergies of the EDEN Community: The EDEN Mentoring Programme
Deborah Arnold, Lisa-Marie Blaschke, Don Olcott Jr.

Analysing Digital Tools for Technical Universities
Diana Andone, Andrei Ternauciuc, Patrick Wall, Manuel Salvador  Araujo, Rosa Maria  Arnaldo

Exploring Student Perceptions of Employability Skills Development Using Radar Charts in First Year Science
Christopher Hutton, Fiona Jane Aiken

An Integrative Model of Instructors’ ICT use in Higher Education in Developing Countries
Bekalu Ferede, Jan Elen, Wim Van Petegem, Adula Bekele Hunde, Katie Goeman
Improving Student Success for Global Majority and Low Socio-Economic Status Students Through Additional Synchronous Support and Information Embedded on a Distance Learning Access Module 
Hannah Lavery, Steve Padley

Digital Maturity and Educational Leadership as a Support to Transformative, Inclusive, Visionary, Affective and Accountable Process of Education
Dragana Kupres

Designing an Assessment Model of Entrepreneurship Competence for the Promotion of Sustainability in Compulsory and Post-Compulsory Education
Estel Paloma Cisa, Guardia Lourdes, Buil Fabregà Màrian

Digitools Project – Users Perspective on the Current State of
Digital Education
Mihaela Banek Zorica

Eu3d – Boosting Digital Skills and Competences of Third Sector Organisations and Social Enterprises
Alfredo Soeiro, Ademar Aguiar, Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Tot Foster

14:00 – 14:30 Coffee break / Poster session

  • Supporting Work Experience in the New Normal: Virtual Internships post Covid-19 (Diane Butler, Kristen Reid, Andrew Potter, Catherine Comfort)
  • The Case for a Blended, Technologically Enhanced Learning Ecosystem in Europe (Ellen Gunning)
  • Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Meaningful Relationships Between Schools and Museums. Data from a Formative Museum Evaluation (Eliana Maria Torre)
  • Using Digital Educational Materials for Active Learning in Schools (Ivana Ružić, Igor Balaban)
  • Transparent Assessment for Online Learning by Digitally Competent Professors (Airina Volungevičienė , Sandra Kučina, Josep M. Duart , Raimund Hudak , António Moreira , Marta Mamet-Michalkiewicz, Carlos Madrid Gari)
  • Problems Related to E-Learning Courses Aimed at Acquiring the 4.2 Level Competencies for the Police Officer Occupation (Damir Šneperger)

14:30 – 15:50 Emerging best practices in research methods 

Chair: Sandra Kučina Softić

In this session our distinguished researchers will highlight some of the emerging research methods and approaches they use in their research practice. Participants will be split into groups to collaboratively work and showcase some of the topics related to their own interests such as working with large datasets, matching methods to research questions, validation of surveys, the role of case studies, etc. In the end participants will be able to ask questions and engage in discussion with panellists. This cutting-edge section is intended for PhD students as well as other researchers who would like to further explore their research methods and share their knowledge with others.

HYBRID 16:00 – 17:30 Parallel sessions: Online session / Fellows Council (upon invitation)

Zoom Link for the Online Session: Available Soon

Session presentations Moderator: Helga Dorner

  • Travelling Culture: Define, Implement, Enrich and Disseminate the Digital Cultural Heritage. The “Digitxl Project” Case Study. (Tiziana Pasciuto, Riccardo Albertoni, Roberta Maggi, Maria Teresa Artese, Isabella Gagliardi, Maurizio Gentilini)
  • Personalized Virtual Reality Experience Within Museum Education Context: The Inclusive Memory Web App (Antonella Poce, Carlo De Medio, Mara Valente, Maria Rosaria Re)
  • Digital Storytelling for Digital Skills Development. A Pilot Experience with In-training Educators (Maria Rosaria Re)
  • Quality Distance Education in the Conditions of War (Natalia Grushko, Roman Hrushko)
  • Skills for Prosperity Kenya: Adapting OER for More Sustainable Online Course Development (poster) (Beck Pitt, Fereshte Goshtasbpour, Simon Cross, Rebecca Ferguson, Denise Whitelock)
  • Using Learning Analytics During a Virtual Class (Fred Dixon)

19:00 – 22:00 Dinner. Best Research Paper Award in cooperation with The UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change

EDEN Best Research Paper Award competition is based on evaluation results on submission papers presented to the Research Workshop that follow five standard evaluation criteria:

  • The paper deals with a research question.
  • Rigorous examination/research methods are applied.
  • Findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined.
  • Conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including applicability, transferability, and further research.
  • Literature is reviewed against state of the art.

The composition of the honourable jury for the EDEN Best Research Paper Award was composed in cooperation with The UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change: 

  • Ebba Ossiannilsson, (Chair of the Jury), Professor, Dr. Swedish Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Education, International Council for Open and Distance Education, Board and ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair
  • Igor Balaban, Assoc. Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Croatia, Vice-dean for science, international cooperation and projects, Head of Laboratory for advanced technologies in education
  • Lina Morgado, Assoc. Professor from Department of Education and Distance Learning,  Universidade Aberta, Head  of Laboratory of Distance Education and eLearning (LE@D) and Director of Master in eLearning Pedagogy (mPeL) at the same university

DAY 2: Tuesday, September 20th

HYBRID 9:15 – 10:15 Keynote: How can you use learning analytics in your own research and practice: an introductory perspective, Prof. Bart Rienties

Chair: Wim Van Petegem

Join this keynote and meet the 4th most cited author and contributor in Learning Analytics in the period 2011-2018, and one of the most published authors on educational technology in the same period who will explore how you as researcher, practitioner, and/or policy maker could start to use learning analytics to better understand your educational practice. Using examples from small-scale experiments and large-scale adoptions of predictive learning analytics I will explore together with EDEN RW participants which approaches and methods in learning analytics might be useful to consider. No prior knowledge or experience of learning analytics is expected, and join me on a journey of how you could potentially use data from your learners and teachers to further improve and finetune your blended and online provision

HYBRID 10:30 – 12:00 Research Paper Sessions:

Emerging technologies in education and Learning strategies for smart learning environments.
Moderator: Deborah Arnold
Trends and issues in education
Moderator: Vlad Mihaescu
Implementing Peer Assessment in a University Context Through the Use of a Virtual Platform: A Pilot Experience
Mara Valente
Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship Curricula and Learning Framework
Vlad Mihaescu, Diana Andone, Nicolae Bibu, Mihail Lisetchi, Sabine Vareta-Pekarz, Anastasios Ntabizas, Adrian Solomon
The Adoption Factors of Educational Humanoid Robots:
The Case of Croatian Secondary School Teachers
Snježana Babić, Monika Lenić, Darko Etinger

ABC Method for Online Course Design- from F2F to Online Workshop in Croatian Perspective
Sandra Kučina Softić, Tona Radobolja

She’s a Woman Who Understands: The Winnovators
Sonja D. Radenkovic, Vladan Devedzic, Mirjana Devedzic
Development of Vocational Learning Scenarios with Application of Digitalised Resources in the Initial Vet Lessons
Genute Gedviliene
Hybrid System for Personalised Teaching: Moodle P
Carlo De Medio

The Psychological and Relational Dimensions of Teaching as Fundamental 21st-Century Educational Skills: A Perspective Article (online presentation)
Pierpaolo Limone, Benedetta Ragni, Giusi Antonia Toto

Flipped Classroom for Activating Students in Online Classes
(online presentation)
Giedre Tamoliune, Estela Dauksiene

Monitoring, Supporting and Engaging Students Based on the Evidence Generated by Digital Technologies (online presentation)
Giedre Tamoliune, Airina Volungeviciene, Elena Trepule

Immersive Learning and the Use of a Conversational AI Application: An Investigation of New Platforms for Skills Development and On-The-Job Training (online presentation)
Jonas Backelin

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 15:00 NAP Networking Sessions

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

HYBRID 15:30 – 16:00 Closing session

Chair: Igor Balaban

During the closing session, moderators of each section will present highlights of their session with some key takeaways. The announcement of the next EDEN Annual Conference – venue and dates.

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