Open Education Workshop

Open Education Workshop

Open Education Workshop

ID / IFR and e-Learning Center - CEL



Open Education - concepts, tools, resources, practices


Friday, March 11, 2016 from 11:00 to 15:00

K1 Amphitheater, 1st floor, Documentation and Technology Transfer Center (UPT Library), Bul. Vasile Parvan No. 2B, Timisoara



What are the educational resources open to OER and the massive open online MOOCs? How can they be accessed, used and integrated in university education?

Practical examples of the use and integration of OER and MOOC in university and pre-university education. The use of mobile learning, open data in university and pre-university education. Case studies from Europe, Great Britain and Romania.

With 13 international speakers, the workshop is addressed to university professors, students, professors in pre-university education, specialists from training companies, IT, or human resources departments.

 The 3rd edition of the International Workshop is organized by the e-Learning Center, Politehnica University of Timisoara, West University of Timisoara, "Ioan Slavici" University of Timisoara, Smart City Association and IEEE Romania Education Chapter, within the Open Education Week 2016

Participation is free, the presentations will be held in Romanian and English and a certificate of participation will be issued.



11:00 - Welcome, Prof.dr.eng. Radu Vasiu

11:05 – 11:25

Dr. Diana Andone (CEL, Polytechnic University of Timisoara)

Open Education and Open Student

11:25 – 11:45

Prof. Paul Bacsich (Open Education Working Group, UK) (live)

Using OER and MOOCs for education and training: the vital role of senior managers

11:45 – 12:05 Carmen Holotescu (Ioan Slavici University, Timisoara)

OER and MOOC initiatives in Romania. Scenarios for integrating MOOCs in schools and universities

12:05 – 12:25

Assoc Gabriela Grosseck & Lect.dr. Laura Malita (West University, Timisoara)

The UVT students' perspective about MOOC: what do they think?

12:25 – 12:40

Prof. Dr. Grainne Conole (Chair in Education, Bath Spa University, UK) (live)

Changing learning, teaching and research through open practices

12:40 – 13:00

Coffee Break

13:00 – 13:15

Dr. Vlad Mihaescu (CEL, Polytechnic University of Timisoara)

Building up MOOCs in UPT - UniCampus

13:15 – 13:30 Andrei Ternauciuc (Polytechnic University of Timisoara)

User management in a closed Moodle-based educational platform

13:30 – 13:45

Assoc Eng. Mugur Mocofan (Timisoara Polytechnic University)

Using mobile technologies for questionnaires and feedback during courses

13:45 – 14:00 Silviu Vert (Polytechnic University of Timisoara)

Open Data in Education

14:00 – 14:15

Radu Ticiu (StartUp Hub, BanatIT)

CoderDojo in West Romania 

14:15 – 14:30

Dan Bugariu (Smart City Association)

The influence of the teacher identity on the evolution of our cities

14:30 – 15:00

Nicolaie Constantinescu

Live from the Open Education Conference, Bucharest

Panel: how to integrate OER and MOOCs in everyday teaching activities


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Gráinne Conole joined the University of Bath Spa on 1st February 2015 as professor of Education. She was previously at the University of Leicester, where she was professor of learning innovation and director of the Institute of Learning Innovation. Her research interests include: the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning, research on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), new approaches to designing for learning, e-pedagogies, social media and the impact of technologies on organizational change. She has successfully secured funding from the EU, HEFCE, ESRC, JISC and commercial sponsors). She was awarded a HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2012. And is also a fellow of EDEN and ASCILITE. She has published and presented over 1000 conference proceedings, workshops and articles, including the use and evaluation of learning technologies. She has recently published a Springer book entitled ‘Designing for learning in an open world’ and is currently working on a Routledge book on practical Learning Design. She regularly blogs on and her Twitter ID is @gconole.

Paul Bacsich became a full-time consultant in April 2004, for Sero Consulting Ltd and partly for his own company Matic Media Ltd. He is also Coordinator of the Open Education Working Group on a pro bono basis and an active mentor. His current interests are in leadership in e-learning, via the D-TRANSFORM project, a collaboration of French, UK, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian universities and research entities. In his earlier career he was at the Open University for 24 years, finally as co-founder and Assistant Director of the Knowledge Media Institute. In 1996 he left to take up a professorship at the School of Computing and Management Sciences of Sheffield Hallam University. He set up and ran for three years the Virtual Campus Program, and the Telematics in Education Research Group (TERG) from which he bid for and won many contracts in the general area of e-learning from JISC (costing and change management), Becta , DfES and Sun Microsystems. In 2005 he became a consultant to the HE Academy. He has personally benchmarked over 20 universities and his team has benchmarked over 40. Benchmarking is now one of the core activities of Matic Media Ltd, with activities in England, Wales, Sweden and Canada.  @pbacsich

Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center responsible for planning and implementing eLearning. She runs the team that developed and ensures daily integration of the university award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT. She is also a lecturer at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia and web technologies. The publication list includes 9 books and 82 papers presented at international conferences, she is reviewer for 12 International Conferences, 4 journals, 7 best paper awards at different conferences and since 2010 Co-chair at the IADIS WWW/Internet International Conference. In the last years she was involved in 21 EU funded projects. In 2012 she received the EDEN Fellow Title (European Distance and E-Learning Network) and she is a member of the EDEN Executive Committee.  Twitter @ diando70

Carmen Holotescu is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the "Ioan Slavici" University in Timișoara, with a doctorate on new technologies and open education. He has participated in many European projects and has rich experience in the design and implementation of learning and collaboration platforms based on open pedagogies. He has written over 100 articles and books related to eLearning/Blended Learning, Social Media, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), cited in over 1000 citations. He is a certified online instructor of the University of Maryland University College, USA, facilitating online courses at this university for 12 years. @cami13

Gabriela GROSSECK he is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology of the West University of Timișoara. His research interests focus on the area of online pedagogy, training assisted by new information and communication technologies, social informatics. She is concerned and passionate about the introduction and use of Web 2.0 and social media technologies in education, in any study cycle and by any educational actor.  @ggrosseck

Vlad Mihaescu is a graduate of the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (2009) with a specialization obtained after a master's degree in Multimedia Technologies (2011) and recently completed his doctoral thesis, on The development and implementation of a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform. Having experience in multimedia technologies, social media, e-tourism, e-learning, usability and programming, Vlad Mihaescu has a number of approximately 10 scientific papers published or in the process of being published at various international conferences and journals.   @mihaescuvlad

Silviu Vert is assistant professor at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, finished his PhD studies exploring the potential of linked and open data in smart city environments. He is also a developer for the university’s e-learning platform, the Virtual Campus. Silviu acts as Ambassador for Romania of the Open Knowledge Foundation and is interested in topics such as Open Government Data, Open Education and Open Access. He is actively involved at local and national levels in open government activities and advocacy events.   @silviuvert

Radu Ticiu, Promoting entrepreneurship in Timisoara and leading Startup Hub, Seedcamp mentor, TiMoDev founder, CoderDojo champion & promoter. @RaduTiciu

Software architect, trainer and entrepreneur, Dan Bugariu is involved in projects that support the development of cities and people. Dan is co-founder of Smart City Association. The organization was founded in 2014 with the intention of creating a framework for developing cities based on the collective intelligence of citizens. The association is driven by a community of professionals who believe in transparency, technology, innovation, education and entrepreneurship. @MySmartCityRO