International Workshop Open education in pandemic times

International Workshop Open education in pandemic times

The International Workshop is organized by Politehnica University of Timișoara, through the ID / IFR and e-Learning Centre with the support of the EDEN and IEEE associations, during the Open Education Week 2021.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm | ONLINE

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 16 international speakers presented the latest news related to open education in Romania and the EU during the 8th edition of the workshop Open Education in pandemic times, organized within the global event Open Education Week 2021.

Almost a year after education across the world has faced one of the greatest challenges in history – the impossibility of holding courses traditionally in classrooms, online education and online courses have become the only option for teaching over many months or even semesters.

Many teachers in schools and universities have struggled with the adjustment to working and teaching online, using applications, platforms, and digital tools "overnight" for an indefinite period of educational “social distancing”.

In these conditions of uncertainty and in such a confusing period for many actors in the field of education, free access to knowledge, open education, open educational resources, and especially collaboration between individuals and institutions have become the "engine" of digital integration, and digital transformation, even into the most rigid and traditional education systems in the world.

How has the concept of open education actually contributed to improving the conditions for education during the pandemic?

What projects and approaches have been set in motion by universities, associations at local, national, and European level?

How can we improve collaboration in universities, institutions, and the community to make the education process more efficient even in the most vulnerable demographic areas?

2021 brought an extremely diverse edition of speakers, with a very good gender balance, with young researchers full of enthusiasm but also professors with years of experience behind, with opinions of students but also the perspective of decision makers, with guests from other universities from Timișoara but also from the country, with many international guests presenting both the didactic and the organizational perspective, with various engineering fields, all accompanied by the obvious passion for open education.

Over 1,100 participants were online in an interactive session, broadcast live, simultaneously on Zoom, 6 Facebook pages and CeL's YouTube channel. Among the participants were both teachers and students, actors in the field of culture and creative fields, trainers in IT or in human resources departments. They sent dozens of questions to the presenters and addressed hundreds of messages and thoughts of thanks and congratulations to the presenters and organizers.

Participation was free, the presentations were held in Romanian and English, online, and participants received OEW - UPT Open Badges.

The Workshop will be available online, after the event, on the online educational platform UniCampus.

Open Education Week

is an event promoted by the world association Open Education Consortium, with the purpose of presenting the opportunities offered by open education, the results of its integration in all forms of education, whether it is the development of skills or knowledge in the workplace, in support of higher or secondary education or simply to learn something new, related to the individual interest of each individual.

EDEN OEW - partner event

EDEN supports Open Education Week for the 5th year, organizing between March 1-5, 2021, EDEN OEW , daily, through a series of 6 webinars, with the aim of highlighting how open education can help people achieve their goals in education, whether it is the development of skills and knowledge for work, support of formal studies, learning of something new for self-interest or looking for additional teaching resources.


13:00 - Opening

13:05 - 13:20 Dr. Diana Andone, CeL Director, Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara Open education and the impact on the digital education ecosystem, collaboration between universities, schools, non-governmental organizations and professional associations, involvement of EDEN and IEEE  - the presentation will be held in Romanian

13:20 - 13:50 Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University - Future Skills - Future Higher Education - the presentation will be held in English

13:50 - 14:10 Dr. Sandra Kučina Softić, EDEN President  - EDEN and its contribution to Open Education - the presentation will be held in English

14:10 - 14:30 Michael Gaebel, Director of Higher Education Policy Unit & Alison Morrisroe, Policy and Project Officer , Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (USA) –  Reflections on strategic approaches for digitally enhanced learning and teaching - the presentation will be held in English

14:30 - 14:40  Prof.Dr.Eng. Radu Vasiu, President of the Senate of the Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara  - European Universities and the E³UDRES² project - the presentation will be held in Romanian 

14:40 - 15:00 Prof.Dr.Eng. Adrian A. Adascăliței, Universitatea Tehnică „Gheorghe Asachi” din Iași Mixed / hybrid teaching / learning methods, implementation of online laboratories, use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and concepts related to MOOC courses in education programs for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) - the presentation will be held in Romanian

15:00 - 15:20 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gabriela Grosseck, Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara - Promoting creativity through the use of RED - the presentation will be held in Romanian

15:20 - 15:35 Dr. Eng. Silviu Vert, Universitatea Politehnica TimișoaraSimulations & Virtual Labs – Towards Open Education - the presentation will be held in Romanian

15:35 - 15:55 Cengiz Hakan AYDIN, PhD, Full Professor at Anadolu University of Turkey, steering committee member of OpenupEd and member of ICDE's Advocacy Committee for OER & Dr. Eng. Vlad Mihăescu, Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara –  MOOC type instructional technologies for university educationMODE-IT  – the presentation will be held in English

15:55 - 16:15 Dr. Diana Andone, CeL Director, Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara  Virtual Mobility and Micro-credits (Open Virtual Mobility, TalkTech, Open Badges) - the presentation will be held in Romanian

16:15 - 16:30 Prof.Dr.Eng. Carmen Holotescu, Universitatea Ioan Slavici Timişoara – Initiatives in Romania related to Blockchain in education - the presentation will be held in Romanian

16:30 - 16:45 Dr. Eng. Andrei Ternauciuc, Universitatea Politehnica TimișoaraDigital educational tools - UPT Virtual Campus - the presentation will be held in Romanian

16:45 - 16:55  Alexandru Luca, the President of the Students' League from the Faculty of Automation and Computers, Politehnica University of Timișoara  – How can we take education outside the university benches? -  the presentation will be held in Romanian

16:55 - 17:05  Andrea Medrea, President League of Students from the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies, Politehnica University of Timisoara - The effect of the social media on volunteer activities - the presentation will be held in Romanian

17:05 - 17:20 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Roland Szabo, IEEE & RAS Member, EPS Advisor IEEE Student Chapter at the Polytechnic University of Timișoara-  RAS = Society of Robotics and Automation (IEEE), EPS = Society of Electronic Packaging (IEEE) - EPS IEEE Student Chapter at UPT - the presentation will be held in English

17:20 – Conclusions

18:00 – OEW EDEN NAP webinar: Online educational courses on cultural issues - helping the creative industries sector reinvent itself during a crisis webinar, partner of the event, held in English (details and registration in the attached link)

Watch OEW session recordings by accessing the following playlist:

To be able to watch all the videos in the playlist, click on the hamburger button 1/15 from the top right of the video   


Dr. Diana Andone runs the team who developed the university’s award-winning Virtual Campus CVUPT and is also a professor at the Politehnica University of Timișoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia and web technologies. She is passionate about ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s lives. Dr. Andone's research includes web and mobile technologies, human-computer interaction, AR/VR/XR in education and culture, open education, online and mobile learning, OERs, and MOOCs. Her publication list comprises 12 books and over 100 papers presented at international conferences, 9 best paper awards, reviewer of several journals and conferences, and also chairs IEEE and ACM conferences. Her experience includes over 30 European-funded projects, out of which she coordinated 6, notably ViCADiS (Virtual Campus for Digital Students), DigiCulture (Digital Skills for Creative Industries). She is also involved extensively in several professional organizations and associations (EDEN, IEEE, IADIS, AACE, W3C, IAFES), actively supports the local start-up movement (Startup Weekend, HackTM, hackathons, CoderDojo) and Girls in Tech, as well as acting in the Board of local Romanian NGOs (Pentru Voi Foundation) in the Timisoara 2021 European Capital of Culture Task Force and a member of Rotary Club Timișoara (past president) and Rotary International. In 2020, she was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Education Society for a three-year term.

Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is a learning innovation expert and has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2017 he held the position of Vice-president at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He held positions as Associate Professor of University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning of University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). He is currently a member of the EC of EDEN and Vicepresident of EURASHE.

Dr. Sandra Kučina Softić is EDEN president and Assistant Director for Education and User Support at the University of Zagreb University Computer Centre (SRCE). Her work is focused on monitoring and fostering the e-learning implementation in higher education institutions in Croatia and providing support and advice to institutions, teachers and students in implementation of new technologies in the learning and teaching process. She was appointed Croatian representative in ET2020 Working group on Digital Skills and Technologies (2016-2018) and in ET2020 Working group on Digital Education: learning, teaching and Assessment (2018-2020). She obtained a doctoral degree from University of Zagreb and a master’s degree in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, UK in 2014. From 2016 to 2019 she was EDEN vice-president for Open Professional Collaboration.

Michael Gaebel joined the EUA (European University Association) in 2006, where he was first in charge of Global Dialogue and internationalization, to become in 2009 Head and then later on the Director of the Higher Education Policy Unit. This unit focuses on issues related to higher education learning and teaching, including the Bologna Process, lifelong learning, e-learning and MOOCs, internationalization, and global dialogue. He worked for more than a decade in higher education cooperation and development in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Asia. From 2002 to 2006, he was the European Co-Director of the ASEAN-EU University Network Programme (AUNP) in Bangkok.

Upon graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in French and Spanish, Alison Morrisroe worked as an English language teacher at the University of Lille, the Catholic University of Lille and Dublin City University. Alison also holds an MA in International Relations from Dublin City University and undertook her end-of-studies internship at the European Trade Union Committee for Education in Brussels, where she focused on human rights, working conditions and education policy.

Prior to joining EUA, Alison completed a five-month traineeship at the European Parliament during which she worked on drafting HR policies with a view to establishing an inclusive, equal and diverse workplace.

A Project and Policy Officer at EUA since March 2020, Alison’s portfolio consists of topics such as the integration of refugees into higher education and the digitalisation of higher education institutions.

Cengiz Hakan AYDIN, PhD , is a full professor in Anadolu University of Turkey where he has been offering courses in the field of open and distance learning since early 1990s such as Designing Open and Distance Learning, Instructional Design, and Research on ODL. He had also served as instructional designer in the Open Education System of the University until September 2017 and as the dean of one of the major ODL faculty of the University between 2013-2016. His current research interest focuses on design and development of ODL environments, integration of new technologies into ODL, Open Education Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Professor AYDIN served as the President and the Board Member of the International Division of AECT, as one of the board member of the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM). Professor AYDIN has been a member of editorial boards of the journals, the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), and Educational Media International (EMI). He is currently serving as a member of the steering committee of OpenupEd, and a member of the ICDE’s Advocacy Committee for OER. Radu Vasiu he is president of the Senate of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara and the Director of the Multimedia Research Center. He is also a professor at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. His recent research focuses on e-learning, multimedia, web technologies, open data and smart cities. He has published 12 books and presented over 100 papers at various international conferences. He has participated in 28 international research and cooperation projects and is part of 7 international professional associations.

Prof. dr. Adrian A. Adascăliței is a member of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, at the Technical University “Gh. Asachi ”Iași since 1982 (assistant 1982, head of works 1990, associate professor 2003, professor 2016), where he taught courses in: electrical circuit theory, electromagnetic field theory, electromagnetic compatibility, electrical engineering, computer analysis of electrical circuits.

Adăscăliței also teaches courses in the Departments of Teacher Training ("Al. I. Cuza" University Iasi and "Gh. Asachi" Technical University Iasi), in the subjects of didactics of engineering disciplines, computer-aided instruction, information and communication technologies (ICT) in engineering education. Dr. Adascalitei is the author (and co-author) of 7 textbooks (two in English) on electrical engineering subjects, e-learning, and information systems.
Dr. Adăscăliței has also published technical papers in research areas of e-learning, computer-aided electrical engineering education, and electromagnetic compatibility.

From 2002 until 2014 he was involved in several EU projects with particularly UK, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Greece, Romania, and Moldova on e-learning, and electromagnetic compatibility.
He is co-chairman for National Conference Virtual Learning, CNIV, and International Conference on Virtual Learning, ICVL, organized by the University of Bucharest, and Ministry of Education, Romania.

Adrian's recent research publications focus on: e-learning, blended learning, MOOC, OER, electrical engineering, electromagnetic compatibility.

Dr. Gabriela Grosseck is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology of the West University of Timișoara, Romania. With a large experience in the use of ICT in education (teaching, learning, and research), she is particularly concerned with the training of students and teachers, both in face-to-face and online environments. For over a decade she has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Informatics in Romania. Author of numerous articles in the field of e-learning she has a sustained presence as a speaker at different international events, organizer of workshops, or member of different editorial committees (journals and/or conferences). Her research interests cover the main aspects of open education (OERs / OEPs and MOOCs), Web 2.0 tools and social media applications in higher education, and, more recently, the education for durable development.

Dr. eng. Vlad Mihăescu has a Ph.D. in educational and technological models of MOOCs and has more than 10 years’ experience as a trainer and teacher in areas like multimedia technologies, social media, e-tourism, e-learning, usability, programming, soft skills, and leadership. Author of over 25 scientific papers and book chapters published in international conferences and journals, Vlad is involved in several European research projects in the field of eLearning. He is also a lecturer for UPT. In 2020 he was elected as the new Chair of the EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP) Steering Committee. Vlad as the Chair of the EDEN NAP Steering Committee at the same time is ex officio a member of the EDEN Executive Committee. Vlad is involved in the activities of the Student Entrepreneurial Society from UPT.

Dr. Carmen Holotescu is a Professor Ph.D., Dean at the Faculty of Engineering, Director Center for Open Education and Blockchain, "Ioan Slavici" University of Timișoara, România with a Ph.D. on new technologies and open education. She has participated in many European projects and has rich experience in designing and implementing learning and collaborative platforms based on open pedagogies. She has written over 100 articles and chapters/books related to eLearning/Blended Learning, Social Media, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), and Blockchain, mentioned in more than 1,500 citations. She is an online certified instructor at the University of Maryland University College, USA, facilitating for 12 years online courses at this university.

Dr. eng. Silviu Vert s lecturer teacher at the Department of Communications at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Politehnica University of Timișoara.

He has experience in supporting application activities with students, in areas including software programming, mobile applications, multimedia technologies, as well as other modern information technologies.

He obtained his doctorate in 2015, among his professional interests being the design of the user experience, augmented and virtual reality technologies and technical entrepreneurship.

Dr. eng. Andrei Ternauciuc is a lecturer teacher at the Department of Communications at the Politehnica University of Timișoara, but also one of the technical administrators of the UPT Virtual Campus - the official platform for e-learning of the university. He has over 10 years’ experience in working with learning management systems and has contributed to the design and implementation of various e-learning platforms, including ViCaDiS - Virtual Campus for Digital Students, CVUPT, UniCampus, and others.

Alexandru Luca he is the president of the Students' League from the Faculty of Automatics and Computers from Timișoara. He has a rich experience of volunteering, especially in the area of non-formal education projects. Starting with 2020, he is a youth worker accredited by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and during his studies he was involved as a trainer in various projects initiated by the Values School organization.

Andrea Medrea is a third-year student at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies, specializing in Telecommunications Technologies and Systems, within UPT. She is also President of the League of Students of the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (LSFETc), through which she discovered her passion for student representation. She believes that working in an organization is an important factor in personal development. As she represents students at both the college and university level, she likes to advocate for quality higher education.