The theme of EDEN2018 was on Exploring the micro, meso, and macro level. Navigation between dimensions in the digital learning landscape.
The conference was hosted by Faculty of Political Science of the University of Genoa, Italy.
This year I had several presentations and it was a busy week. The conference gathered some 300 participants from over 35 countries, with some 15 delegates from Sweden, which this year was the fourth largest country when it came to number of delegates. There were a lot of possibilities to network and to catch up with new and old friends and colleageus.
EDEN EC and EDEN AGM. At the AGM I was elected for my second period in EDEN EC for another 3 years.
Expert workshop on Pursuing a demand-led strategy for promoting online training among European SMEs. and the initiative Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workshop iEurope. Besides being an expert I am in the Steering Committe. During the workshop it was even pointed out that Sweden was in the forefront in promoting online training among European SMEs, so I had also to comment on that.
Poster presentation with Peter Mazohl on the EU VTT-BOX project (Virtual Teachers Toolbox)
Synergy presentation on National Associations for Distance Education
Meeting in EDEN SIG TEL QE
Workshop on Innovative Learning Spaces
Paper presenation on hte EU project TIBL (Technology Innovation in Blended Learning)
Informal meeting with the Swedish Delegats
All presentations from EDEN2018 are availble here
Scope of teh conference
The demand for people with new, enhanced skills is growing. The volume of information produced and shared in all fields is overwhelming. Building the data economy became part of the EU Digital Single Market. Powerful and sophisticated ICT is part of everyday life, and the world of learning is not an exception. Pressure is on all players of the online education community to keep up with new learning solutions, and better supply the skills currently demanded by growing economies.
Open Education continues its success, providing radical advances in knowledge acquisition, sharing, distribution, and improving business models. Digital credentials and open badges are the new currencies which are beginning to transform the economic models in education.
Social and economic tensions continue to raise the issues of scalability, the micro-credentialling of education, training and skill development processes. Practitioners and stakeholders are eagerly seeking right approaches to providing learning opportunities, and many scholars are researching holistic answers.
Micro, meso and macro aspects provide an interesting range of lenses for considering the problem. These aspects may be applied in a general sense, distinguishing between the learning of individuals (e.g through mobile learning), learning at the institutional or group levels through a meso lens, and the learning of organizations or societies directed through policies through the macro lens.
Navigating these dimensions are the reshaping of digital pedagogy and online instructional design; the social elements including digital societal mechanisms and the position of the individual in our new era. We have need of systematic awareness and research in the critical are of sustainable socio-cultural aspects as they relate to learning.
EU initiatives emphasize solutions to emerging needs, and seek to improve competitiveness and professional development; enhance cross-sectional skills; and fuel the engines of social innovation – creativity, entrepreneurship, critical thinking and problem solving.
There is a natural curiosity to investigate and propose solutions for emerging needs, and a need for solutions. But it is very complicated; proposed, solid formulas are often either overly complicated or become useless.