Pre-Conference Workshop A3

DistancE-Learning in Europe - Exchanging Experiences and Knowledge

Date Wednesday, Nov 30  Time   –      Price: free of charge   Status: fully booked

Workshop leaders

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Jens Greefe

Forum Distance Learning (FDL) / European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), Germany
Session A3

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Michael Härtel

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), Germany
Session A3

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Tilman Zschiesche

Forum DistancE-Learning (FDL), Germany
Session A3

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John Trasler

European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), UK
Session A3

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Marjolein Zweekhorst

VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Claudia Bremer

Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Germany
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Kirsten Huter

Institut für Lernsysteme (ILS), Germany
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With the preconference within the framework of the Online Educa Berlin the organizers intend to create an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing for individuals and institutions who offer programs for lifelong learning and vocational education using distance learning methods.

The intention is to establish an international forum enabling the participants to develop and find a position regarding the variety of technological developments for digital teaching and learning programs in the field of distance learning.

A special focus is put on the services which distance learning providers can offer to volunteers who want to improve their knowledge to engage professional in providing optimal support for refugees in Germany.


  • Presentation # 1: “Blended Learning as Solution for Dealing Effectively with Diversity in Higher Education“ by Marjolein Zweekhorst, VU Amsterdam
  • Presentation # 2: “Blended Learning – Practice Orientation and Heterogenous Learning Groups” by Claudia Bremer, Frankfurt University
  • Presentation # 3: “Helping The Helpers – Professionalizing Volunteer Work for Refugees” – A Blended Learning Concept presented by Kirsten Huter, ILS Hamburg

Target audience

This Pre-Conference is for Distance Education experts who want to expand their network and share their knowledge with others and for anyone who is interested in distance learning methods as well. The Pre-Conference is especially for those who work in the adult education business.

With the presentation of the non-Profit course program “Help the helpers” it is intended to pull the idea of educating volunteer helpers of refugees with a blended learning concept in the focus and to inspire others to work in this field.


  • The goal is to provide information and to initialize discussions about the presented topics. The last two years showed that the format of the pre-conference with the combination of presentations with following discussion is ideal to reach the goal.
  • To receive information about blended learning concepts to solve pedagogical problems such as heterogeneous target groups.
  • Better Networking with other distance learning experts in an international Framework.
  • Get ideas to aid volunteer helpers of refugees.