EDEN 2020 Annual Conference - Day I - Keynote: Martin Dougiamas, Daniela Rus, Diana Andone

EDEN 2020 Annual Conference - Day I - Keynote: Martin Dougiamas, Daniela Rus, Diana Andone

Day I of EDEN 2020 - The first completely virtual conference dedicated to digital education and artificial intelligence - had in the program presentations for dozens of selected academic papers, 5 workshops, 3 keynote speakers of world size, but also social events. The event was organized by the Polytechnic University of Timisoara through the ID / IFR and e-Learning Center together with the International Association EDEN.

LIVE plenary sessions

Dr. Diana Andone, spoke about the digitization course of the last two decades of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara and the creation of a digital educational ecosystem, following the three steps: Digitization ➡ Digitization ➡ Digital transformation. The director of the e-Learning Center - UPT considers that only with the help of a solid foundation, but also by changing the academic culture, we can move to a stronger digitalization. The presentation was virtually applauded by the participants, and the interest was also expressed through a series of questions in the Q&A area of the platform.

Martin Dougiamas

His presentation Martin Dougiamas, Keynote at EDEN 2020, inspired the educator community to collaborate and form communities, investing in infrastructure and training for digital education.

The founder of Moodle urged the participants to join the process of global innovation, to create new tools, to learn from the mistakes of the past and to make the right decisions regarding education, its main message being: Our future lies in the quality of education!

Watch below Register opening ceremony EDEN 2020, and keynote presentations to speakers Dr. Diana Andone and Martin Dougiamas

Daniela Rus Daniela Rus exposed the multiple uses of Artificial Intelligence and the revolution that technology brings in global industries, in a presentation that raised many questions from participants in the Q&A section.

Watch below Register presentation Daniela Rus:

UPT 100

Conference EDEN 2020 is dedicated to the anniversary of 100 years of university education in Timișoara, Politehnica 100, the first 100 years of existence of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, also celebrating the coherent and innovative development of online education in the university.


Social events

The participants explored the beauty of the city of Timisoara in a virtual tour broadcast LIVE, which, we hope - made up for the inability to travel. A series of videos full of life illustrating Timișoara and the cultural heritage were presented as realistically as possible, with the help of AR / VR elements. The Polytechnic University of Timișoara together with the National Museum of Banat walked the participants virtually through the most beautiful parts of the city, within the project Spotlight Heritage Timișoara, carried out in partnership. The walk took place in the presence of a local guide, to answer some questions.

After the virtual walk on the streets of Timisoara, the participants were able to discover a series of interesting presentations about development of STE (A) M, education and digital culture in Timisoara. Radu Ticiu, the coordinator CoderDojo, HackTM, BioceoderDojo and others "walked" the participants through large communities built for children, adolescents and young adults and will talk about the wonderful involvement of future generations in the development of the local community.

Oana Romocea, one of the organizers Romanian Science Festival showed the participants how this interactive festival helps young people to interact with STE (A) M and how the little ones are stimulated to learn more about this field, becoming a real support over time for science education.

A very current topic was how the Timisoara community was involved in education before and during Covid-19 through a series of projects - Ştiinţescu, EducaTM, Timotion: The presenters were Simona Fiț, Valentin Mureșan, Radu Ticiu and others.