Digiskills European Workshop: Inspiring teaching practices and competence development for ubiquitous learning

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Event date: 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Friday, June 13, 2014

What happened at the Workshop?

Project promoters submitted their practices/projects previously online. These practices/projects were presented in flash presentations (5 min each) at the Fairground sessions and then discussed in a more intimate and interactive setting during the thematic working group sessions. The aim of the working groups was to elaborate on the potentials and practical details of the identified Fairground synergies and develop future collaborations.

Registered participants received access to the online shared work area of the "Inspiring teaching practices and competence development for ubiquitous learning" working group. All conference participants received an A4 flyer in their conference package (available on the Digiskills portal). The conference committee awarded as Best Research Paper winner an interesting and  Teaching Pracitce relevant  research paper onhow to build our community:
Corrado Petrucco, University of Padua, Italy: Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Practice Tool in a Community of Professionals

On the second day of the Digiskills themed workshop, we had a 90 minutes intensive workshop session with highly interesting discussions on discussing future ways of collaboration with existing practices. Participants were mostly interested in further education and adult learning practices, but applications and tools for all levels of education were also discussed. The 90 minutes flew by and participants didn't want to stop talking, so we invited them for the next day morning session to continue talks and offered them to record a short video explanation of their practices.

Conclusions and results of dialogues and intensive workshop discussions

Almost all participants suggested that the best way of sharing practices related to learning is: video. In order to respond to this need immediately, organisers of the session booked a professional photographer for the next day to record some of the practices. Video explanation of 3 most interesting practices are now in the cutting room and will be published soon.

Projects and practices presented during the Fairground sessions are available in the the Book of Abstracts: 

EDEN website (download) | issuu.com (online)

About the Workshop

Start Date: 12/06/2014
End Date: 13/06/2014
Duration: 3 days 3x 90 minutes sessions as part of the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference

 The workshop took place as part of the Synergy sessions combined with the "Working group: Inspiring teachers' practices". Interested participants had the chance to:

  • learn: browse examples of innovative teaching,
  • share: show off their own teaching practices,
  • connect and get inspired by each other.

The registration entitled participants to access full conference service. 


The Digiskills European workshop was embedded in the full conference programme (click here to see it). It took place as part of the Synergy Strand with 1 session of flash presentations and 2 sessions of working groups each 90 min long. The Digiskills working group was entitled Synergy WG: Inspiring teaching practices and competence development for ubiquitous learning. Further Digiskills relevant other sessions from the programme with related themes including full paper presentations connected with teachers' further development with ICTs have been added to the programme:

11 June 2014 Wednesday

12 June 2014, Thursday

13 June 2014, Friday

11:30 - 13:00

 11:00 - 12:30

9:00 - 10:30

Session A3:  Synergy Fairground 1

Synergy Working Groups D4

 Session G5: Synergy Working Groups

The sessions kick off with the Fairgrounds. During the fairgrounds all the practice/project promoters can briefly (5 min) introduce their practices and then talk and interact with each other at will. The Fairgrounds serve to discover basic points of synergies among the projects and practices. To maximise the potential for effective collaboration the “Synergy Fairground” sessions aim to provide a platform for short presentations to allow the conference audience to familiarise themselves with the participating initiatives

Presented projects in this session:

Building on the foundations of the short presentations delivered in the "Synergy Fairground" sessions (on Wednesday the 11th of June), 4 thematic Working Groups will allow the promoters of the introduced projects as well as non-presenting members of the audience to discuss overlaps and synergies between the represented initiatives and develop new ideas for future collaboration (whether that is the organization of a joint event, reciprocal piloting/peer review, community sustainability or a new partnership for a future project).

This session includes:

Synergy Working Group 1-TT (Digiskills): Inspiring teaching practices and competence development for ubiquitous learning
The Synergy Working Group 1-TT (Digiskills): "Inspiring teaching practices and competence development for ubiquitous learning" will continue its collaborative work in an organised and moderated fashion while the other 3 Working Groups (2-Care, 3-VET and 4-Bsn) and/or other smaller partnerships that have been formed during the previous days will be provided with the space and facilities to carry on their consultations informally.

Paper session with related topic of interest:

16:30 - 18:00 Session C1:
Teachers Competence Development and Professional Education by ICTs

Paper session with related topic of interest:

14:00 - 15:30 Session E2
Learning in Virtual Communities and Networks

Session with related topic of interest

12:45 - 14:15
Closing Plenary Session

Digital Competencies - Collaborating, Working and Learning across Campuses
Susanne Tellerup, University College Zealand, Denmark
Online or Blended – Comparing Online and Blended Courses
Miki Kritz, Einat Rozner, Miri Shonfeld, Jacob Gujski, Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and Art, Israel
Hybrid Learning Environment in Higher Education: Conceptual Model Dimensions of Teacher’s Competence for e-Learning Implementation
Snjezana Babic, Polytechnic of Rijeka, Croatia
Development of a Strategy for Social Media Usage in Higher Education
Yasemin Gulbahar, Ankara University, Turkey, Christian Rapp, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Social Media as a Tool for Teachers and Student Counselors
Tom Vandries, Davy Nijs, Catholic University College Limburg, Gerard Gielen, Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg, Belgium

Interesting Keynote speeches:

Terry Anderson, Director, Canadian Institute Distance Education Research (CIDER), Athabasca University, Canada

Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Professor of Educational Technology, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

Evening programmes

11 June 2014 Wednesday
19:30 - 22:30 Book and Wine Party: Literature review with good Croatian wines.

12 June 2014 Thursday
19:30 - 23:30 Conference Gala Dinner: Best Research Paper Award was announced.

13 June 2014, Friday
15:30 - 18:30 Sightseeing: The guided walk tour will start from the city centre, at the Ban Jelacic Square.

Picture Gallery