Attending EDEN 2015, the official and the secret mission.

Back to the European scene I am attending the 2015 conference of the European distance and E-learning Network which for long I considered my disciplinary home and professional family.

It is taking place in the beautiful city of Barcelona and is – as usual – excellently organized. Right away 1 hour into the conference Xavier Prats Monne has delivered an excellent keynote speech in which he sated: What has really changed is not technology. It is the way people learn and work using technology in order to create  knowledge in collaboration while working in increasingly complex organizations under situations of uncertainty.

Now listening to a talk from Audrey Watters which invented and writes the history of the future of education. It feels impressive to be here – back – again. And  I am looking so forward to be inspired with  all colleagues attending here, or connected through the net.

There is also a particular notion to this feeling of being back here 8 month after  our Network “The European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning” had to be closed down.  I am curious to learn how our colleagues are ging to keep up supporting the “quality quest” in Europe. This is part of my secret mission to find out in this ears conference, as well.

Let’s see…


About Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is Vicepresident for Quality and Academic Affairs at the Baden Wurttemberg-State University in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the same university. Before he has held positions as Associate Professor in the University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning in the University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). Ulf is an educational scientist and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honors in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003, and was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen. He has created many international, European and national projects and was involved in founding the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning, in which he served as Vicepresident and President for several terms. He has also served as President and Vicepresident of the of the largest german speaking e-learning Association, the Society for Media in Science (GMW e.V.) as well as serving on advisory boards to several professional associations in the field. Before his career in academia he has been a successful and award winning entrepreneur in the field of webbased IT Technologies and founder of several companies.
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