Pre-Conference Workshop A5
DistancE-Learning in Europe - Exchange of Experience and Knowledge Sharing
Date Wednesday, Nov 27 Time – Price: free of charge Status: places available
John Trasler is the founder of Elearn( UK 2003) a blended learning provider and is currently President of the European Association of Distance Learning (EADL). EADL is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting the quality of distance education across Europe.
John has worked in the education and training field for over thirty years both as a practitioner and consultant and with Managing Director roles for both Pearson and News Corporation companies and shares a passion for learning and organisation development.
As an innovator and educator John is keen to ensure new developments in education technology offer genuine advancements in pedagogy that will enhance both personal and business education. EADL offers a forum for member companies and their employees in all European countries to share and develop their knowedge and understanding. We look forward to meeting you in Berlin.
Learning Innovations Consultant, UK
The Future of Distance Learning
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.
European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), Forum DistancE-Learning (FDL), Germany
Jens Greefe holds a diploma in Economics and is member of the board of the Forum Distance Learning, the german association for distance learning.
Since 2014 he is also Chairman of the Research & Developing Committee of EADL.
Jens Greefe is the Director of Studies at the ILS in Hamburg, Germanys biggest distance learning provider, educating app. 70.000 students in more than 300 distance courses. He is responsible for the development and the organization of the course programs and for the quality management of the ILS.
Fraunhofer FIT and RWTH Aachen, Germany
Blockchain Technology and Certificates in Education
Prof. Wolfgang Prinz, PhD studied informatics at the University of Bonn and received his PhD in computer science from the University of Nottingham.
He is vice chair of Fraunhofer FIT in Bonn, division manager of the Collaboration systems research department in FIT, and Professor for cooperation systems at RWTH Aachen.
His research department at FIT is addressing the challenges and potentials of digitization offered by new cooperation platforms in combination with mixed reality and flexible communication infrastructure as well as the investigation of application areas such as mobility and digital energy.
In the context of the Fraunhofer FIT Blockchain Lab Wolfgang Prinz investigates the technical foundations as well the development and analysis of Blockchain based applications. The presented Blockchain for Education Solution is one of the Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab developments.
European Commission, Belgium
Distance Learning in Europe
Paul is a Senior Expert in Knowledge Management at the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service. In recent years, the organisation has undertaken a major strategic shift towards a flatter, more collaborative working style focused on delivering scientific knowledge and learning - in the form it is needed and at the time it is needed - to European policy makers. A 20 year veteran of the European institutions, Paul is known as an internal innovator, and has several internal innovation prizes in his collection. Recently, Paul has turned his attention to bringing together the disparate classroom-based, specialised learning activities which take place across the EU institutions into a coherent, strategic and modern resource for the stakeholders of the institutions and which will be delivered through a new Commission portal known as the EU Academy (online mid next year). Paul's work in knowledge management is recognised globally and he has been a frequent conference speaker on this subject, and a champion of people- and community-centred approaches to organising and sharing knowledge and learning in large organisations. In former instantiations of his professional life he has worked on advanced multidisciplinary technology projects alongside philosophers, computer scientists, neuroscientists, physicists, biologists, medical practitioners and others, including a number of Nobel prize winning scientists. Before joining the Commission, Paul was an entrepreneur and helped to launch a number of start-up companies, some of which went on to greater things in what was then the nascent computing and internet sector.
Paul has a multidisciplinary academic background, with a degree in Modern Languages and Linguistics, and postgraduate Master's Degrees in Cognitive Science, and Economic and Business Administration. Educated in the UK and Spain, he is a speaker of four European languages, which he thought was enough until his daughter grew up to casually and almost effortlessly beat him (she is currently learning 6 languages).
With this workshop, we intend to create an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing for all participants who offer programmes for lifelong learning and vocational education using distance-learning methods.
The intention is to establish an international forum, enabling the participants to develop a position regarding the variety of technological developments for digital teaching and learning programmes in the field of distance learning.
- Welcome - Jens Greefe, EADL and Forum DistancE-Learning
- Introduction and moderation - John Trasler, EADL
- Distance Learning in Europe - Paul Hearn, European Commission
- Blockchain Technology and Certificates in Education - Prof. Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer Institut
- The Future of Distance Learning - Steve Wheeler
- Gaining information about the distance education markets in Europe
- Understanding the relevance of blockchain technology in education
- Receiving knowledge of the impact of technology on distance learning programs
- Expanding networks and supporting the sharing of knowledge in Distance Education
- Get together in an international framework
Who will benefit most?
Distance Education experts who want to expand their network and share their knowledge with others and anyone who is interested in distance learning methods as well. The workshop is especially for those who work in the adult education business.