Since 2008, EDEN is continuously granting the Best Research Paper Award at EDEN’s Annual Conferences as well as at EDEN’s bi-annual Research Workshops. A high quality standard selection process shall guarantee the branding of a distinguished and reputable award for scholarly conference papers in the field of open, distance and e-learning.

The selection process takes place in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning and is supported by a Jury, approved by the EDEN Executive Committee.

Members of the Jury for the 2021 EDEN Best Research Paper Award to be granted at the EDEN Annual Conference in Madrid are Lisa Marie Blaschke, (Chair of the Jury), Program Lead, Learnlife HomeHub, Chair EDEN Fellow’s Council; Timothy Read, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Languages and Systems, UNED, Spain, Vice-President EDEN; Tuğba Öztürk, Assoc. Prof., Faculty of Educational Sciences, Ankara University, Turkey, Member of the Editorial Board EURODL; Ulrich Bernath & Thomas Hülsmann, Trustees and Directors of the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, Germany.

67 conference papers submitted by the extended deadline for submissions on May 17th,2021, were evaluated against the following criteria: (i) contributes convincingly to the theme(s) of the conference; (ii) deals with a research question of relevance for conference participants; (iii) rigorous examination/research methods are applied; (iv) findings, results and outcomes are convincingly presented and critically examined; (v) conclusions are thoroughly discussed (including aspects like applicability, transferability, and/or further research); (vi) literature is reviewed against the state of art. In addition, authors needed to confirm that at least 30% of their paper has been originated for and at least one author has registered for participation at the 2021 Annual EDEN Conference in Madrid.

Jury members voted for the following


# 21 “Differences in Academic Resiliency When the Pandemic Forced Courses Online: Was Prior Online Coursetaking Protective?” by Claire Wladis, City University of New York, United States, Alyse Hachey, University of Texas at El Paso, United States, Katherine Conway, City University of New York, United States                              

# 22 “Learning Analytics in a Time of Pandemics: Mapping the Field” by Paul Prinsloo, Unisa, South Africa, Mohammad Khalil, University of Bergen, Norway, Sharon Slade,  Earth Trust, United Kingdom     

# 53 “Reconstructing Subjective Study Experiences During Shutdown in Pandemic Times” by Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Laura Eigbrecht, Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe, Germany

# 77 “’I Feel Like a Guinea Pig’: Emotional Responses to the Online Pivot” by Elaine Beirne, Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Mark Brown, Dublin City University, Ireland

# 87 “Digital Competence Improvement by Lithuanian School Teachers During Covid-19” by Estela Daukšienė, Airina Volungeviciene, Elena Trepule, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania    

# 113 “Emergency Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis in Education: A Shift From Chaos to Complexity” by Barbi Svetec, Blaženka Divjak, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Previous winners of the EDEN Best Research Paper Award

2008 EDEN Annual Conference in Lisbon: “Examining the effectiveness of distance education: Results from multi-level modelling” by T. Seifert, B. Sheppard, A.M. Vaughn, Memorial University, Newfoundland/Canada (Chair of the Jury: Michael Grahame Moore, Pennsylvania State University/USA).

2008 5th EDEN Research Workshop in Paris: “Opening access to higher education to all? What motivates academic staff in traditional universities to adopt e-learning?” by K. MacKeogh & S. Fox, OSCAIL, Dublin City University/Ireland AND “L’enseignement a distance en milieu carceral: Droit a l’éducation ou privilege?“ by Fanny Salane(Chair of the Jury: Torstein Rekkedal, Norwegian School of Information Technology and NKI Distance Education/Norway).

2009 EDEN Annual Conference in Gdansk: “Evaluating continuous assessment quality in competence-based education online: The case of the e-folio” by Alda Pereira, Isolina Oliveira, Luís Tinoca, Lúcia Amante, Maria de Jesus Relvas, Maria do Carmo Teixeira Pinto, Darlinda Moreira,  Universidade Aberta/Portugal (Chair of the Jury: Otto Peters, FernUniversität/Germany).

2010 EDEN Annual Conference in Valencia: “Mathematical Intimacy within Blended and Face-to-Face Learning Environments” by Oana Radu &Tim Seifert, Memorial University, Canada (Chair of the Jury: Michael Kerres, University of Duisburg/Essen/Germany).

2010 6th EDEN Research Workshop in Budapest: “Establishing a Foundational Framework for Development of Reflective Thinking: Learning Journals in the MDE“ by Lisa Maria Blaschke & Jane Brindley, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg/Germany (Chair of the Jury: Gilly Salmon, University of Leicester/U.K).

2011 EDEN Annual Conference in Dublin: “Student perceptions and preferences for tertiary online courses: Does prior high school distance learning make a difference?” by Dale Kirby, Dennis B. Sharpe, Canada & Michael K. Barbour, United States, and  ”Local support for online learners with possible learning disabilities” by Torstein Rekkedal, Norway (Chair of the Jury: Alan Tait, The Open University UK).

2012 EDEN Annual Conference in Porto: “Reconsidering ‘Gen Y’ & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it” by Emanuele Rapetti & Lorenzo Cantoni, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland (Chair of the Jury: Ingeborg Bø, Norway).

2012 7th EDEN Research Workshop in Leuven: “Students’ Attitude towards ICT Learning Uses: A Comparison between Digital Learners in Blended and Virtual Universities” by Iolanda Garcia et al., Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain (Chair of the Jury: Martine Vidal, France).

2013 EDEN Annual Conference in Oslo: “Eliciting Students’ Voices through Screencast-Assisted ‘Feedback on Feedback’” by Maria Fernández-Toro & Concha Furnborough, The Open University, United Kingdom (Chair of the Jury: Albert Sangrà Morer, Open University of Catalunya).

2014 EDEN Annual Conference in Zagreb: “Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals” by Corrado Petrucco, University of Padova, Italy (Chair of the Jury: Terry Anderson, Athabasca University, Canada).

2014 8th EDEN Research Workshop in Oxford: “Feedback on Academic Essay Writing through Pre-Emptive Hints – Moving Towards ‘Advice for Action’” by Denise Whitelock, Alison Twiner, John T. E. Richardson, The Open University, Debora Field, Stephen Pulman, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and “Student Perspectives on the Use of Their Data: Between Intrusion, Surveillance and Care” by Sharon Slade, The Open University, United Kingdom, Paul Prinsloo, University of South Africa, South Africa (Chair of the Jury:  Tony Bates, President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, Canada).

2015 EDEN Annual Conference in Barcelona: ”Technology as a Vehicle for Inclusion of Learners with Attention Deficits in Mainstream Schools” by Hanne Voldborg Andersen & Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Aalborg University, Denmark (Chair of the Jury: Christine Appel, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).

2016 EDEN Annual Conference in Budapest: “How Social Networking Experience relates to Social Presence and attitude of Using SNS in education”by Jieun Lim, & Jennifer Richardson, Purdue University, United States of America (Chair of the Jury: Andrea Karpati, ELTE University, Hungary).

2016 9th EDEN Research Workshop in Oldenburg: “Use of moocs in traditional classroom: blended learning approach” by Antonia Bralić & Blaženka Divjak, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, Croatia (Chair of the Jury: Dianne Conrad, Athabasca University, Canada).

2017 EDEN Annual Conference in Jönköping: “Effects of Multimedia Feedback on Pre-Service Teacher’s Perceptions, Self-Assessment, and Academic Achievement” by Gokcen Aydin, Mithat Cicek, Mustafa Gulec, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (Chair of the Jury: Antonella Pocce, Università Roma Tre Italy).

2018 EDEN Annual Conference in Genoa: “Stuck in the Middle? Making Sense of the Impact of Micro, Meso and Macro Institutional, Structural and Organisational Factors on Implementing Learning Analytics” by Paul Prinsloo, University of South Africa, South Africa, Sharon Slade, The Open University, United Kingdom, Mohammad Khalil, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (Chair of the Jury: Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany).

2018 10th EDEN Research Workshop in Barcelona: “Moody MOOCs: An Exploration of Emotion in an  LMOOC” by Elaine Beirne, Conchúr Mac Lochlainn, and Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl from Dublin City University in Ireland (Chair of the Jury: Sanna Järvelä, University of Oulu, Finland).

2019 EDEN Annual Conference in Bruges: “Automatic Transcription software: Good enough for accessibility? A case study from Built Environment Education” by Tharindu R. Liyanagunawardena, University College of Estate Management, UK (Chair of the Jury: Alan Tait, The Open University, UK).

2020 EDEN Annual Conference in Timisoara: “Secondary School Teacher Support and Training for Online Teaching During the Covid-19 Pandemic” by Cecilia Fissore, Marina Marchisio and Sergio Rabellino, University of Turin, Italy (Chair of the Jury: Denise Whitelock, The Open University, UK).

2020  11th EDEN Research Workshop in Lisbon: “Social Presence and Educational Technologies in an Online Distance Education Course in Finnish Higher Education: A Social Constructivist Perspective” by Irène Charbonneau, Stockholm University, Sweden (Chair of the Jury: Diane Conrad, Athabasca University, Canada)