The International Conference “Open Learning Generations: Closing the gap from generation Y to the mature lifelong learners” organized by the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) was held on June 6-9, 2012 in Porto, Portugal. The Conference approached the key questions of learning methodology and technology focusing on the “Open learning generations”, the contexts of socially significant target groups: junior and senior e-learners. Learning cultures, technology use patterns, and new approaches in pedagogy and andragogy that respond to them were discussed. The changing technology dimension: development of networking tools, new platforms and standards, and interoperability questions, were addressed from the perspective of different groups of users.
Svetlana Knyazeva, Chief of IITE Section for Higher Education and Pedagogical Technologies, delivered a presentation on IITE OER project at the Session D3 “Significant European and International e-Learning Initiatives”
During the Conference a meeting with Andras Szucs, General Secretary of EDEN, was held to discuss the perspectives of collaboration between the European Distance Education Network (EDEN) and IITE, the ways of involving EDEN experts in IITE research of ICT in higher education and other initiatives.