Pre-Conference Workshop A3
DistancE-Learning in Europe - Exchanging Experiences and Knowledge
Date Wednesday, Nov 30 Time – Price: free of charge Status: fully booked
Forum Distance Learning (FDL) / European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), Germany
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.
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.
Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), Germany
Head of Section 3.2 “Digital Media, Distance Learning, Training Personnel”
Advisory services to the Federal Government and to the corporate sector in the thematical field of ICT-based VET learning and working environments, designing, launching, monitoring & evaluation of national funding programms, joint shaping of implementation strategies for high quality results into the world of work. Ongoing improvement of web based services for trainers in VET (www.foraus.de) to support their daily practice of training in companies. Development of national standards for teacher & trainer qualification (Trainers`s Aptitude – AEVO, www.foraus.de), designing of (web based) training moduls and tools for further training of teachers & trainers (e.g. IT-Literacy). Advisory services within BIBB´s international co-operation activities. Appraising, quality management and certifying of (web based) distance learning courses for continuous training.
Forum DistancE-Learning (FDL), Germany
Vice President Forum DistancE-Learning
Engaged in e-learning projects and e-learning training since 1994. Vice President of Forum DistancE-Learning, the German Association for DistancE-Learning and Learning Media. Chairman of the section for pedagogical and didactical issues in distance learning.
Initiator and organizer of the annual German FDL-FachForum, designed to identify future demands for vocational media-enhanced learning.
European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), UK
John Trasler is the founder of Elearn which provides provides consultancy in distance and blended learning together with training programme for individulas and organisations in management, leadership and coaching.
With over 25 years in the education and training business John has managed multi-national companies for Pearson and News Corporation in both Europe and Asia. John holds a masters degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and an Executive Member of European Association of Distance Learning (EADL).
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Marjolein Zweekhorst is associate professor at the Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam. She graduated in Medical Biology in 1996 and then joined the department Biology and Society as a researcher. She wrote her PhD thesis on institutionalisation of an interactive approach to technological innovation. Her current research is focused on methodology development for interactive policy and interactive technology development in public health, biotechnology and biomedical sciences and on innovations in education. Marjolein is also Program director of the master Management Policy-Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences, chair of the educational board of the bachelor health sciences and chair of the examboard of the bachelor and master biomedical sciences. Furthermore she is member of the curriculum committee of the bachelor program Health and life sciences of at the VU University and member of the International Academic Board of the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute.
Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Claudia Bremer is the head of studiumdigitale, the elearning center of the University of Frankfurt. She coordinates the project lehr@mt, a project for the state wide qualification of teachers in the area of media competencies and a certificate for new media for teacher students. Claudia Bremer conducts research and gives consultation in the are of elearning scenarios and implementation, usage of web 2.0 technologies and the implementation of elearning strategies at educational institutions. Her organisation offers one of the largest elearning qualification programs for teachers, trainers and educational institutions.
Institut für Lernsysteme (ILS), Germany
Kirsten Huter has taught German as a second language at all levels and has been a lecturer in German Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition Research at the University of Sydney and the University of Hamburg.
For the last ten years, she has worked in the field of distance learning, focusing on curriculum design and learning styles. The latest course development project that she has been involved in at the Institute for Personal Development and Health at ILS, Hamburg is the Refugee and Integration Worker. This is a course which supports volunteers and professionals in the field of migration.
K. Huter received her Masters in Second Language Research, Linguistics and Japanese Studies from the University of Hamburg, Germany and her PhD in Linguistics from the Australian National University, Canberra.
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
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.