International Communities Workshop for the Development of Open Education

International Communities Workshop for the Development of Open Education

The ninth edition of the OEW International Workshop was organized by the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, through the ID / IFR and e-Learning Center with the support of EDEN Europe and IEEE Romania, during the Open Education Week 2022 and is also included in the new webinar series - We build together.

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Friday, March 11, 2022, 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. | ONLINE

Friday, March 11, occurred online a interactive session, addressed to both teachers and students, but also to actors in the field of culture and creative fields, IT trainers, or human resources departments, during the ninth edition of the workshop Communities for the development of open education - part of the global event Open Education Week 2022.

27 international speakers demonstrated in an interactive session - through practical examples, how digital and open education can stimulate innovation and the impact that transformational communities can have on education, science and technology.

Several initiatives of European universities and the digital education platform were presented, as well as their educational and innovation plans. The impact of European universities on innovation and education is undoubtedly important and also acts as a vector for regional innovation ecosystems.

The event took place online and was broadcast live, simultaneously on the Zoom, Facebook and YouTube platforms. Participation was free, presentations were held in both Romanian and English and participants received OEW - UPT Open Badges (Open digital certificates). During this year's edition, the Romanian participants had the option to listen to the presentations in English dubbed in Romanian with the help of a live interpreter, from the team of the ID / IFR and e-Learning Center UPT.

2022 brought a very diverse edition of speakers, with a very good gender balance, with young researchers full of enthusiasm, but also teachers with years of experience behind them, with opinions of students but also the perspective of decision makers, with guests from education and innovation in technology, all of which creates a transformative community of open digital education.

This year's edition focused in particular on creating a community based on the same values, on supporting them in the development of open education, but also on the role of European Universities, especially in the context of projects supported by the partnership E3UDRES2 and EINS. digital skills, micro-accreditation and micro-credit, MOOC-based courses, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, entrepreneurship and university innovation, and included case studies on the impact of open education on education, as well as on initiatives and projects that can shape the education of the future. 

The presentations were given by speakers from countries such as Romania, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Lithuania, Norway, USA, Turkey, Ireland and Belgium.

Over 500 participants have been online for more than six hours, in an interactive session, with many questions and curiosities addressed to the presenters and hundreds of messages and thoughts sent to the organizers.

"The activities you do are extraordinary! Thanks and congratulations for everything you do! ”

"The information I receive helps me. I have badges from you. Lifelong learning! ”

"Thank you for this quality time! Excellent exposure. Congratulations!"

"Congratulations! An interesting and beneficial experience! Thanks for the opportunity! ”

"Very interesting and educational, very important information for all types of education and other specific fields! Thank you very much! Congratulations to all! ”

"Congratulations on the way you organized this marathon!" "Everything is superlative!"

"Very interesting and useful at all levels of education."

These were just a few of the hundreds of messages sent by the workshop participants.

The event was opened by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Florin Dragan, Rector of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, Romania and Radu Vasiu, President of the Senate of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, Romania. Among the guests who honored the event with the presence at the opening were also  Prof. Edmundo Tovar , IEEE Education Chair, Prof. Christian-Gyozo Haba, IEEE Education Romania Chapter Chair, Prof. Elena Helerea, IEEE Women in Engineering Romania Chair and Prof. Josep Duart, EDEN Digital Learning Europe President, cThey shared the experience gained over the years in the field of education and technology and spoke about the impact that European universities have on innovation and education.

Dr. Eng. Diana Andone, EDEN Senior Fellow, CeL Director, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania had a presentation on Open education and micro-credentials, collaboration between universities, schools, non-governmental organizations and professional associations, involvement of EDEN and IEEE, but also about virtual mobility and micro-credentials developed in projects such as Open Virtual Mobility, TalkTech and Digital Certificates awarded in them and how they can be used in education.

Anusca Ferrari, Head of Policy at DG Education and Culture in the European Commission with the presentation The highlight of digital education: policies and practices in today's Europe spoke about the overview of the latest and upcoming changes in digital education and training in Europe, reflecting on how policies and practices show emerging trends in the field. Support measures for digital education were also presented, as described in the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027.

Martin Dougiamas, founder and CEO of the open-source platform Moodle - Open Education in Moodle and the Moodle Net & OpenDigCompEdu project -  presented on how open education technology can best support teaching and learning in open and humane ways as well as on, the learning center for the global Moodle community; place where anyone can develop professionally, can earn open digital certificates and more, can progress in the career of educator, administrator or developer.

Dr. Orna Farell, DDirector of Open Education, DCU Connected - Online Education, University of Dublin City, Ireland, answered the question eIs online valuation the future? - talking about how the pandemic caused by Covid-19 revealed the flaws brought by the traditional approaches of evaluation in education. This session explored the potential of new forms of online assessment and the support factors and barriers to transforming systemic assessment into higher education.

Dr. Lisa Marie Blaschke, Senior EDEN Fellow, Home Hub - Learnlife, Barcelona, SpainOpening Pedagogy: The Example of Lifelong Learning - presented on how to broaden our horizons of teaching and learning practice and reflect on how the example brought to the attention of Home Hub participants - Learnlife from Barcelona, opened its pedagogy, offering students - the opportunity to together create the learning experience, curriculum and assessment.

The factors of change in the TalkTech project were brought to the attention of the participants by Dr. Mark Frydenberg, Director of CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox, Bentley University, USA, with Dr. Diana Andone, which presented a different perspective of the learning system, a system hybrid in which they worked with students, with exceptional results. 

Ș.l. Dr. Eng. Silviu Vert, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania together with Assoc. Prof. Filippo Sanfilippo, Dept. of Engineering Sciences, University of Agder & Prof. II, OsloMet, Norway brought the public through a multimodal e-learning framework auditory-visual-tactile, talking about how augmented reality technologies, VR, as well as wearable or tactile equipment technologies can be integrated into the engineering sciences and education.

The European project Erasmus + MODE-IT was presented by Dr. Diana Andone, Ș Mihaela Crișan-Vida, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania, Cengiz Hakan AYDIN - PhD, Full Professor at Anadolu University of Turkey, Member of the OpenupEd Steering Committee and Member of the ICDE's Advocacy Committee for OER, Carlos Vaz de Carvalho, Director of the Virtual Campus and professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Dr. Ralf Brüning, Fachhochschule des Mittelstands, Bielefeld, Germany and Assoc. Prof. Rita Butkienė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. In this session, the project partners presented how each of them prepared the digital content for the MOOC courses, in order to adapt them to the existing modules of higher education, to be piloted with students from partner universities and also with external students.

Șl. Dr. Eng. Andrei Ternauciuc, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania brought to the attention of the participants the latest news and the evolution of the UPT Virtual Campus platform - the digital educational tool that made possible the digitization in the university, as well as the new experiences developed within the UniCampus platform. Andrei presented the novelty of the fact that in the UPT Virtual Campus was configured a system for integrating the management service of open digital certificates (Open Badge), obtained following online events, especially webinars Together Online and Building Together. At UniCampus, the integration of DigiCulture courses was presented, which benefits from a dedicated section within the platform, with a different visual identity.

The presentation was followed by a new discussion in which Șl. Dr. Eng. Andrei Ternauciuc, Together with Dr. Eng. Diana Andone they talked about developing a mentoring program for augmented combined teaching through the international project ACADIGIA.

Prof.emerit.dr. Nicolae Bibu, West University of Timisoara, Romania, together with Dr. Eng. Vlad Mihăescu, Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania and Dr. Mihai Lisețchi, West University of Timișoara, Romania spoke about open courses for the cultural and creative community, within the project TraCCE, presenting excerpts from the entrepreneurial skills training program adapted to the specifics of the industry and the local context. Radu Vasiu, Together with Dr. Eng. Diana Andone presented the revolutionary initiatives of the European Universities and the E³UDRES² project - E3UDRES2 Strategic planning of future universities for UPT, the presentation being followed by a discussion about E3UDRES2 - i- Living Labs and student involvement, supported by Șl. dr. eng. Vlad Mihăescu, with the Andrea Medrea, first year master student, specialization in Multimedia Technologies, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania.

Prof.dr.eng. Carmen Holotescu, Ioan Slavici University of Timisoara, Romania, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gabriela Grosseck, West University of Timisoara, Romania & Dr. Diana Andone reviewed the European micro-credential strategy to improve lifelong learning and employability, as well as a number of related initiatives, presenting how the European project “EBSI4RO: Connecting Romania through Blockchain ”, In which UPT is a partner with UEFISCDI, addresses the strategy, by issuing micro-credentials on the Blockchain and offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) structured as micro-credentials. Carmen Holotescu, Drd. Eng. Victor Holotescu, Polytechnic University of Timișoara, Romania & ȘDr. Andrei Ternauciuc they continued with a presentation on the ERRIS and Blockchain Infrastructure (EIB) project implemented for the Engage platform in the European Research Infrastructures System (EERIS), thus responding to Open Research strategies. They presented the EIB facilities including: technology transfer contracts, access to open research data, storage of intellectual property certificates or participation in various programs, as well as storage of open educational resources for scientific and entrepreneurial training.

Prof. Dr. Anca Drăghici, President of ErgoWork Romania, Professor at the Faculty of Management in Production and Transport, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania, together with Radu Vasiu brought the project in front of the screens - EINS - Entrepreneurship and innovation ideas, mapping and evaluation, while bringing is aware of the European Union's initiative in this project - which is based in particular on innovation and technology.

For extra interactivity with the over 500 participants, the presenters sent a question related to the topic presented to the participants - who were able to answer live during the presentations, and at the end of each presentation, their answers will be discussed and interpreted by each speaker.

After a marathon of more than six hours of presentations, Dr. Diana Andone together with prof. Radu Vasiu they ended the event by offering the final conclusions to an equally enthusiastic audience, which in turn sent hundreds of messages of congratulations and thanks to the organizers.

All workshops are integrated, with activities and tests in the free online course platform UniCampus  and can be followed by anyone, at the end being awarded a certificate of graduation.

Politehnica University of Timisoara, through the ID / IFR and e-Learning Centre bringsvaluable contributions of Open Education Week and the ideals of this event since 2013, by hosting the annual workshops organized in order to promote collaborations and the creation of educational networks, this Workshop being included in the official calendar at Open Education Global.

The year 2022 has brought additional contributions and support open education initiative, by introducing DigiCulture courses in the OEW Library - licensed MOOC courses for digital skills and social inclusion for the creative industries Creative Commons and accessible in several languages.

Open Education Week

is an event promoted by the worldwide Open Education Consortium, with the aim of presenting the opportunities that open education offers, the results of its integration into all forms of education, whether it is to develop skills or knowledge in the workplace, to support university and pre-university education or simply to learn something new, related to a personal interest of each individual. More information about Open Education Week can be found here:

EDEN OEW - partner event

EDEN stands up Open Education Week for the 6th year, organizing between 7-11 March 2022 - EDEN OEW, daily, through a series of 6 webinars, with the aim of highlighting what are the relevant educational opportunities in The Open Education Movement

Watch the recording of each presentation below: