EDEN Annual Conference 2009 : European Distance and e-Learning Netowrk Annual Conference 2009
Call For Papers
Innovation, learning and learning innovation in Europe
Europe's growth potential needs to be enhanced for sure. Europe needs a strategic approach to boost its capacity for creativity, whilst establishing an environment where knowledge is successfully converted into innovative products and services. For a flexible, competitive and open economy, independent innovation as the main driver of development has been fully acknowledged.
The development of Europe’s population – its human capital - is critical for the success of this strategy. The role of education and training as a determining factor in enhancing creativity, innovation performance and competitiveness is recognized in the concept of the “knowledge triangle”, comprising education, research and innovation. Without education as a core policy, innovation in Europe may remain unsupported.
Present education and training systems are however still inadequately equipped to face this challenge. The extent of innovative uses of technology is lower than had been hoped for: a new “innovation oriented” wave of policy making is urgently required. Substantial learning innovation is needed for which the knowledge base is now only fragmentary.
Developing creative, innovative skills demands the renewal of traditional teaching approaches, to be replaced by learner-focused models which support active involvement in the process of reflection and interpretation. An organisational culture supporting openness and creativity is a precondition for successful learning and innovation.
The birth of new knowledge and the process of its manifestation in this environment is being re-valorised. Pathways to novel solutions must be significantly shortened. In this process, Lifelong Learning and ICT are key boosters of change. Informal and non-formal learning helps shift the diffusion of innovation into every day life-practice. Supported by ICT, collaborative methods, exploratory learning, the social web, knowledge sharing and management occupy important positions.
At present modern practical strategies and communication channels are being created, and new businesses built, changing the conventional patterns. The innovation ecosystem seeks inventions, with strategic thinking and business value, enabled by technology.
Education vs. Innovation
What is the actual relation between innovation and education? Is innovation really a leading paradigm in our society? We often hear that education even kills innovation. And in reality, standardisation in big systems - nowadays a permanent process accompanying modernisation practice – may well contradict requirements for innovation. A critical relationship persists: original, creative ideas, more often than not, occur outside educational systems.
There are important related questions to answer:
* How to empower innovation within the huge diversity of different learning situations and settings?
* How is it possible to measure creativity and innovation in learning systems?
* How can we evaluate learning results if traditional learning objectives are not the only ones to be measured?
* How to measure collaborative learning efforts?
* How to use existing and emerging technologies to create new value for learning?
* What are the key drivers for competitiveness and innovation in learning?
The European Year
Communities of creativity and innovation are often not well connected, thus the European Year aims to bridge these worlds. Innovation is the successful realisation of new ideas; creativity is the sine qua non of innovation.
The objective of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation is to promote creativity for all as a driver for innovation and as a key factor for the development of personal, occupational, entrepreneurial and social competences through lifelong learning.
The First Five Years of EU25
Not so long ago – though it is already half a decade since 2004, the European Union realised its most significant enlargement process. The EDEN conference will also address this theme, in the context of human resource development and learning systems innovation. We particularly encourage colleagues to join us from the new EU member countries!
Call for Contributions
EDEN welcomes European academic experts and professional practitioners coming to Gdansk to contribute and share innovative experience on 10-13 June 2009.
In the parallel sessions, selected papers, related to the conference themes will be presented. Workshops, introducing comprehensive initiatives in interactive settings will be held by teams of experts. Papers (double peer-reviewed), accepted for presentation will be published on the Conference CD Proceedings and their summary in the Book of Abstracts. Poster and short demonstration sessions will also be organised, presenting concise innovative achievements.
E-learning and distance learning professionals, have been natural partners in innovation activities at professional, institutional and policy levels. Hardly any other community has been so strongly committed to the modernisation of learning and have supported it in such an effective manner.
We invite you to join EDEN in Gdansk, the "Hub of E-learning Innovation" in June 2009, to make the EDEN Conference once again the leading showcase of progressive ideas and inventions, which may develop into valuable innovations.
* Come and share: what did you invent for tomorrow?
* Ask speakers and colleagues about what you consider important that needs to be invented and implemented in technology enabled learning environments!
* Learn about trends in innovation and creativity for education!
* Exploit the unique networking, partnership building and collaboration opportunities!
Deadline for contributions (including workshop ideas and posters) is 16 January 2009.