conference"Transition to open and on-line education in European universities". 24-25 October 2013, Paris.
Announcement - CALL FOR PAPERS
EADTU’s Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013 has opened an opportunity to publish research papers in the well-established research journal “Open Learning”: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning
The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013 is organised by EADTU and hosted by FIED and the Ministry for Education and Research in Paris (F) on the 24th and 25th of October 2013

The Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference 2013 is kindly hosted by FIED and the Ministry for Education and Research in Paris (F) on the 24th and 25th of October. Following the latest developments in policymaking and university strategies, this year’s conference scope is about "Transition to open and on-line education in European universities".
Like former years, all selected papers will be published in the on-line conference proceedings publication by EADTU with reference of ISBN. However, the papers submitted under the research strand are eligible for publication in the well-established research Journal “Open Learning”: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning. Papers submitted under the research strand therefore follow a separate procedure of submission and selection. In cooperation with this journal, the EADTU starts in 2013 with a research strand incorporated in the programme.
Scope and themes

This year’s scope of EADTU’s Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference is about "Transition to open and on-line education in European universities". This concerns topics directly related to:
1. National and institutional aspects of opening up education: the open education market, participation in lifelong learning, international marketing, demands international students, the ability of governments and universities for opening up education, financial mechanisms for open and online education, business models, policy incentives
2. Institutional models for online or blended course and curriculum development and delivery: strategies and business models, organisational models, collaborative courses, online and blended mobility, innovation and change processes in the transition to technology based teaching and learning, enriched learning environments, tutoring and learning communities, reorganisation of curricula involving blended teaching and learning
3. Innovations in technology enhanced learning for the future: mobile learning apps, tablet computing, next generation e-books, open publishing, open educational resources, MOOCs, learning analytics, game-based learning, augmented reality, commercial short courses for professional development, assessment for learning with diagnostic feedback, badges to accredit learning, seamless learning,… (see also Innovating Pedagogy 2012, the Open University; Horizon Report – 2012 Higher Education Edition, the New Media Consortium)
4. Quality assurance in online and distance learning: internal and external quality assurance processes, accreditation processes, benchmarks and standards for online and distance education, online or blended education and quality assurance and accreditation agencies
5. Other and related topics to be covered are:
• Modernising universities
• Educational technology
• Networked Curricula
• QA in e-learning
• Open Educational Resources and MOOCs
• E-learning forecast studies
• Good practices of transitions to open and flexible learning
• Models of open and flexible learning
• Current procedures in OER and MOOCs
• Schemes for virtual and blended mobility
• Innovative pedagogies
• On-line assessments
• E-learning forecast studies
The conference board of the EADTU will select papers submitted for all the conference themes listed according to the schedule. The Open learning Editorial Board will be responsible for the selection of papers submitted under the research strand. The editorial Board consists of well- established experts in the field of open and flexible learning.
Paper submissions
a. Submitting abstracts of conference papers:

Contributions should be in line with the scope and topics mentioned above and submitted to mieke.vanderleegte@eadtu.eu by the 1st of May 2013 with accompanying title, theme reference,  keywords. Full format specifications can be downloaded here. The Programme Committee subjects the programme and the abstracts to a process of review. Acceptance of your contribution is announced by mail and web-publication of the finalised programme. For more information, please visit http://www.eadtu.eu/
b. Submitting research papers:
All papers for EADTU’s research strand need to be submitted directly on-line using Scholar One via Taylor & Francis online for the review-process by the 1st of May 2013.
The research strand is restricted to only the two first interlinked themes of the conference:
• National and institutional aspects of opening up education;
• Institutional models for online or blended course and curriculum development and delivery.
Details on the specific formal specifications of the papers are given at Taylor & Francis Online. We expect papers with a length of maximum 6000 words.
The Open Learning editor, Gill Kirkup of The Open University will work with guest-editors Fred de Vries of the Open Universiteit (The Netherlands) and Teresa Sancho-Vinuesa of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) on this special issue in collaboration with the EADTU. The peer-reviews will be organized with the Editorial Board of this special issue, relying on well- established experts in the field of open and flexible learning.
Scientific Committee

Fred de Vries, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands (guest editor)
Teresa Sancho-Vinuesa, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain (guest editor)
Erik Duval, Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Yoram Eshet, The Open University of Israel, Israel
Theo Bastiaens, Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany
Fred Mulder, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands
Marcus Specht, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands
Josep m. Duart, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Guglielmo Trentin, Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche, Italy
Sandra Safourcade, Centre de Recherche sur l’Education les Apprentissages et la Didactique, France
Geneviève Lameul, Centre de Recherche sur l’Education les Apprentissages et la Didactique, France
Sandra Schön, SalzburgResearch, Austria
Sirje Virkus, Tallinna Ülikool, Estonia
Ugur Demiray, Anadolu Üniversitesi, Turkey.
There are still academics joining the Scientific Committee. Please check for the latest information:
http://www.eadtu.eu/activities/conference-2013.
Contributions are to be reviewed in a double-blind peer-review process. Papers are to be published online in Open Learning during the conference on 24 and 25 October 2013 as they are being presented by at least one of its authors. Selected papers will be published in the February 2014 print edition of Open learning.  If you have any questions on this special issue you can e-mail Fred de Vries.
Important Dates

Online paper submission opens (a. and b.)
15 February 2013
Deadline for submission of abstracts (a.) and research papers (b.)
1 May 2013
Notification of acceptance (a. and b.)
15 June 2013
Deadline for submission of full conference papers of accepted abstracts (a.)
15 August 2013
Deadline for revised versions of conditionally accepted research paper (b.)
15 July 2013
On-line publication for conference participants and subscribers of the journal (a. and b.)
24th October 2013.