Workshop Open Education in the Digital Age

Organized as part of Open Education Week 2019, the workshop will highlight the impact of openness in the Digital Age from policies to individuals, teachers and students.


22/03/2019 - 10:30


22/03/2019 - 14:00


K1 Amphitheater, 1st floor, Documentation and Technology Transfer Center (UPT Library), Bv. Vasile Parvan Nr. 2B, Timisoara   View map

Workshop Open Education in the Digital Age

6th edition

Organized as part of Open Education Week 2019


The Politehnica University of Timișoara through the ID / IFR and E-Learning Center invite you to participate to the Workshop Open Education in the Digital Age - the impact of openness: institutions, resources, tools, teachers, topics, now at the 6th edition, Friday 22 March 2019, between 10:30- 14:00.

Organized as part of Open Education Week 2019, the workshop will highlight the impact of openness in the Digital Age from policies to individuals, teachers and students.

After several years of implementation we will look into how open educational resources (OER), massive open online courses (MOOCs), Open Culture and Open Science can be integrated into all levels of education and company training. Practical examples of use and integration of mobile learning, of augmented and virtual reality in education, of open research and science, how blockchain influences education and of open and digital in culture and heritage are all presented.

The workshop addresses academics, students, teachers of undergraduate education, specialists in training companies, IT or HR departments. Participation is open and free, presentations will be held in Romanian and English and participants will be issued with a certificate of participation.

There will be 9 international level presentations with case studies from Romania and the European Union as well as other significant details regarding Open Education.

As every year, the workshop is organized by the E-learning Center (CEL) of Politehnica University of Timisoara, the EDEN Association and IEEE Romania and some EU Erasmus +, Digi Culture, Open VM and ABC to VLE projects.

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


Prof. Dr. Steve Wheeler- Key note speaker

This year's key note speaker, Steve Wheeler, is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and Science education teams.

He continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures. He has given keynotes to audiences in more than 35 countries and is author of over 150 scholarly articles, with more than 7000 academic citations. An active and prolific edublogger, his blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development. In the last few years it has attracted in excess of 8 million unique visitors.

Dr. Diana Andone is the director of the ID / IFR and e-learning Center at Politehnica University of Timișoara, responsible for planning and implementing the distance learning and head of works in the field of multimedia and interactive web technologies.

During the last 20 years she has taught at various European universities, has been involved in more than 30 projects with European funding and has published widely, internationally. She is currently a member of the executive committee of the European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN), president of multiple international conferences, member of the Timișoara European Cultural Capital 2021 and an active supporter of local start-up movements. She currently runs UniCampus.ro - the first Romanian MOOCs platform and actively promotes open educational resources.

Carmen Holotescu he is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the “Ioan Slavici” University of Timișoara, with a doctorate on new technologies and open education. He has participated in many European projects and has rich experience in designing and implementing 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), mentioned in over 1000 citations. He is a certified online instructor at the University of Maryland University College, USA, facilitating online courses at this university for 12 years.

Prof. Ilona Buchem is a Professor for Media and Communication at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Faculty I Economics and Social Sciences. She holds a PhD degree in Business Education from Humboldt University Berlin, Certificate in Business Administration from St. Gallen University, Switzerland and Master degree in Applied Linguistics and Communication from Warsaw University (Poland).

Ilona Buchem has led a number of research and development projects, including the recent Open Virtual Mobility project (Erasmus +, Strategic Partnership 2017-2020), the Open Badge Network (Erasmus +, Strategic Partnership 2014-2017), BeuthBonus and CreditPoints Migrant Academics as part of the German Federal Program “IQ - Integration through Qualification”, 2013-2020), Digital Future (Digital Strategies for Higher Education, Stifterverband - German Association of Foundations for Science, 2015-2017), Wikipedia-Diversity -, in collaboration with Wikimedia Germany, which promotes the integration of the gender perspective in the German Wikipedia. Open badges are digital accreditations based on an open standard that allows the recognition and sharing of different types of skills and achievements on the web. Informal education providers use open badges globally to capture lifelong learning, which may be unrecognized by traditional forms of accreditation. This discussion will introduce open badges as an open and digital infrastructure; an open digital accreditation ecosystem for the digital age.

Gabriela GROSSECK is a university lecturer in the Department of Psychology of the Western University of Timișoara, Romania. With a wealth of experience in ICT in education (teaching, learning and research) she is concerned with completing training studies and requires a teacher, in face-to-face environments, but also online. For over a decade he has been editor-in-chief of the social information magazine in Romania. Authorizing a number of articles in the field of e-learning is a sufficient presence to be able to talk about certain international events, a workshop organizer or a member in the various editorial committees (magazines 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 area of "digital literacy". The phenomenon of fake news is not a new one. Fake news is a concept that has become a challenge not only for online content providers, but especially for the educational environment. In Romania, so far there are no studies on the effect of fake news in education. Therefore, UVT has announced its intention since 2016 to address this issue, proposing several approaches. What are fake news, how we recognize them, but especially how we fight them - is the subject of this presentation.

Dr. Eng. Muguraș Daniel Mocofan received his PhD in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications from the Politechnica University of Timișoara, Romania, in 2003.

His research interests include multimedia databases, image processing, dynamic textures, smart cities, mobile applications, e-learning, multimedia and web technologies.






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