Many partners in the DigiCulture project participated at the EDEN Annual Conference 2019 in Bruges, Belgium, during 16-19 June 2019.

The mission of EDEN is to maximise the potential to exchange academic and professional experience, to promote effective navigation in the field, and improve the quality and depth of information available to the sectors concerned.

The EDEN conferences:

  • have become major academic and professional ODL events in Europe, supporting professionalisation and international exchange of experience and expertise;
  • are gatherings where comprehensive and orientative contributions are presented by outstanding experts, politicians and academics;
  • are based on collecting best practice – every year papers presented in conference sessions are selected for publication in the ‘proceedings’, serving as important resources for the professional community;
  • have a genuine community feel to them, where existing working-relationships strengthen and deepen, and where new partnerships are formed.

On Monday, 17 June 2019, during one of the parallel morning sessions, Diana Andone had together with Mark Frydenberg from Bentley University, United States of America, presented their paper Exploring Students Cultural Experiences in an International Learning Project Using Digital Reality – Talktech.

In the afternoon, took place the workshop OpenVM: e-Assessment of Competences for Open Virtual Mobility coordinated by Deborah Arnold and Gerard Casanova from AUNEGe, France, Diana Andone and Vlad Mihaescu from Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania and Ilona Buchem from Beuth Hochschule fur Technik Berlin, Germany. This interactive, hands-on workshop provided the participants with insights into the e-assessment concept and the opportunity to evaluate their own Open Virtual Mobility competences using the e-assessment tool. Discussion around potential barriers enriched the debate, and participants were able to identify what their institutions can do to encourage the development of Open Virtual Mobility.

On Tuesday, 18 June 2019, one of the morning parallel sessions was the workshop Augmented and Virtual Reality – In Reality: Connections to Learning, the Workplace, and Community coordinated by Susan Aldridge, Drexel University Online, United States of America, Diana Andone and Vlad Mihaescu, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, Marci Powell, Marci Powell & Associates, United States of America and Steve Wheeler, Plymouth Institute of Education, United Kingdom. Leaders in the field of online learning shared concrete “best-in-class” examples as they discussed the significant impact AVR is having on the digital classroom and workplace experience. The presenters in this session discussed the role of AVR in education and the workplace as they critically analysed its benefits and its challenges. They presented recent examples of best practice and discussed their experiences, focusing on specific pedagogical uses of the emerging tools and techniques of Augmented and Virtual Reality.

In the afternoon, Diana and Vlad participated actively in the workshop ABC Blended Learning (re)Design: How to Engage your Academics Rapidly and at Scale related to the ABC to VLE Erasmus+ project where UPT through CeL are partners. The workshop was hosted by Natasa Perovic and Clive Young, UCL, United Kingdom. How can we best help our time-pressured academics design rich blended and online courses? UCL has developed ABC LD, an effective and engaging learning design method, that is being used with great success in European HE institutions. In this workshop academic teams work together to create a visual “storyboard” using cards to outline the type and sequence of learning activities. The ABC LD method is being used for learning design, academic development, strategic development, review of technical and support environment and analytics.

In the last session of the day the Universita Roma 3 partner coordinated the workshop Developing Digital Skills through MOOCs and OERs for Creative Industry employers – The DigiCulture Workshop. Together with the partners from Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara and Dublin City University, participants were invited to develop the outline of a MOOC on digital skills for creative indsustries employers, working in small interdisciplinary groups. The DigiCulture workshop supported networking among people who operate in the field of creative industries, digital skills and open education, enforcing the impact of their previous experiences. The participants had the opportunity to evaluate the curricula of the Digital Skills for Creative Industries MOOC course developed by the partners of the project. The team members that participated were Antonella Poce, Maria Rosaria Re and Francesca Amenduni from University of Roma Tre, Italy, Diana Andone and Vlad Mihaescu from Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara, Romania, Mark Brown and Mairead Nic Giolla Mhichil from Dublin City University, Ireland.

On Wednesday, 19 June 2019, the project coordinators from Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara, Diana Andone and Vlad Mihaescu, had a presentation entitled DigiCulture – Improving the Digital Competences and Social Inclusion of Adults in Creative Industries during the Synergy Session. The Synergy Session facilitates the sharing of practices, project outputs and research findings, offer the participants platform to develop new ideas and plans, to create new partnerships by engaging in interactive working group activities. The presentation was well received by the around 25 participants to the session and various interesting questions and discussions emerged.

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