EDEN webinar #covid19: When education moves home: implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders

EDEN webinar #covid19: When education moves home: implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders

How to transfer from classical education to online education during pandemic # covid 19? Where do you begin? How do you manage the process? There are questions that EDEN aims to answer through a new series of weekly webinars, under the slogan #onlinetogether.

#covid19 #onlinetogether

In these times of lockdown due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, face-to-face educational functions and activities are being moved online, using remote working sites and tools. Many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online, especially those who have always taught in a traditional classroom and are now being asked to rapidly regroup and prepare for a longer period of educational “social distancing”. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?

To address these questions and many others, EDEN will be rolling out a series of practical webinars on how to take face-to-face education online. These webinars will start by focussing on the day-to-day challenges our teachers and educators face and move on to consider other, broader institutional aspects.

The second webinar in this series will be held on Monday, April 6, at 6:00 pm (5:00 pm CEST)

During the webinar, the questions of why, what, who, how, and when will be discussed when education moves home, and what the implications are for students, academics, administrators and education managers.

  • The differences between emergency distance learning and online learning will be discussed.
  • How can high-quality education be facilitated, promoted and offered despite many challenges?
  • How can academics and learners be protected, supported and recognized?
  • What kind of lessons will we learn from Covid19 and what challenges do we face?
  • One obvious problem is that the “educational business” will not be the same as it is today.

UNESCO estimates that more than 850 million children and young people – about 80% of the global student population – have had to stay away from schools and universities due to pandemic COVID 19.

With the escalation of Covid-19 , educators around the world are encouraged to move to online and distance learning as schools and universities are forced to physically close campuses (buildings). Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in order to contain the spread of the COVID -19 pandemic.

Nationwide closures are in effect in some 110 countries and local closures in many others. This means more than doubling the number of students prevented from attending educational institutions, and a further increase is expected during this Covid 19 pandemic.

From one day to the next, teachers around the world have found themselves managing virtual classrooms, communicating with their students over social media platforms and learning by doing as they provide education from a distance to over 1.5 billion students affected by school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

So when education moves home, what are the implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders


Diana AndoneEDEN Vice-president, PUT

Dr. Andone runs the team who developed the university’s award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT and is also a professor at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia and web technologies. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s lives.

Ebba Ossiannilsson -

EDEN EC, EDEN SIG TEL QE, EDEN NAP, EDEN Council of Fellows, ICDE EC, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair, Swedish Association for Distance Education, Digital Job and Skills Coalition Sweden, Swedish Institute for Standards, ISO

Professor Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson is an independent researcher, expert, consultant, quality assessor and influencer in the fields of open online flexible and distance learning. She is a member of the EDEN EC, EDEN NAP, EDEN Council of Fellows, and Chair of the EDEN SIG for Technology-Ebabled Learning and Quality Enhancement. Ossiannilsson is in the ICDE EC, and an ambassador for the worldwide advocacy of OERs, she is the Chair of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee.

She is a member of the ICDE Global Quality Network and of the Advisory Board for the Strategic Plan 2020-2022 ICDE. Ossiannilsson is a quality expert for ICDE, and the EADTU. Ossiannilsson is Vice-President of the Swedish Association for Distance Learning (SADE), and member of the Job and Skills Coalition Sweden, as well as working with the Standard Institute Sweden, and ISO.

These #onlinetogether #covid19 webinars are especially developed for these uncertain times, featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning. These weekly, one-hour webinar sessions will be held every Monday at 17:00 CEST, starting on March 30, 2020.

Each webinar will consist of a brief presentation addressing the webinar topic, that will be further complemented by a question-and-answer session, where you are greatly encouraged to participate, share your opinion and experiences, and ask your most pressing questions.

Participants registered for the webinar will receive open EDEN badges.