EDEN co-organising the Open Classroom Conference 2020 in Athens – the conference goes online!

Open and Distance Education: New challenges and Perspectives”, co-organised by the Ellininogermaniki Agogi and European Distance and E-Learning Network – EDEN will take on 6-7 November 2020. Taking into account the special conditions under Covid19 the conference will be available through virtual facilities (e.g. zoom and youtube) while participants will be additionally able to join at the virtual conference hall of Ellinogermaniki Agogi in Second Life. The Open Classroom strand within EDEN was launched in 1995, with the focus on distance education and new technologies in school level education and training, mapping and exchange of information about initiatives, and the transfer of ideas from the more traditional areas of ODL to the school sector. The success of the first conference, entitled “The Open Classroom”, and the continuing interest of the international ODL professional community was the catalyst to develop this movement further within EDEN.

The Athens Open Classroom Conference this September aims at exploring the idea of “Open School” as an engaging environment that effectively introduces novel methodologies, tools and content by re-designing learning to accommodate and include difference and by bringing together families, community groups, local businesses, experts, universities, into an innovation ecosystem. The event is the latest of a series of Open Classroom Conferences co-organised by Ellininogermaniki Agogi and EDEN in the last years (2019: Creating Conditions for Deeper Learning in Science; 2017: Open Schools for Open Societies; 2015: Open Discovery Space: Transforming schools into innovative learning organisations; 2011: Never Waste a Crisis! Inclusive Excellence, Innovative Technologies and Transformed Schools as Autonomous Learning Organisations.)

Taking into account the special conditions under Covid19 the facilities can safely host 100 participants. At the same time, the conference will be available through virtual facilities (e.g. zoom and youtube) while participants will be additionally able to join at the virtual conference hall of Ellinogermaniki Agogi in Second Life.