Conference on educational technology focuses on the impact of the crisis on teaching and learning

On 17 and 18 August, the Institute of Education of the University of Tartu together with Riga Technical University and Utrecht University organises an online conference entitled “How to Re-imagine Teaching and Learning in Uncertain Times?”. It is open to everybody interested in new developments in educational technology and teaching in a world affected by COVID-19: parents, teachers, lecturers, researchers, politicians, technology entrepreneurs, etc.  

The event gives a chance to discuss the experience of two partially web-based master’s programmes, one at the University of Tartu and one at Riga Technical University. Stemming from these examples, the discussions focus on designing web-based study, its challenges and opportunities as well as finding a balance between online and classroom study. Speakers include alumni of such programmes, who have been in two roles at the same time: developers and implementers of educational technology at their workplace and the users of new technology as students. During the coronavirus outbreak, such a two-sided view gave rise to experiences worth sharing at the conference.  

The keynote speaker is a recognised expert in education technology, Professor of Utrecht University Bert Slof. Representatives of Tallinn International School, Tartu International School and Rocca al Mare School share the viewpoints of general education schools. In addition, researchers and lecturers from Riga Technical University share the experiences of our neighbours.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of turmoil in the world. Students and teachers had to adapt to rapid and major changes. Our conference that stems from the experience of two partly web-based master’s programmes in educational technology provides a chance to share ideas and perspectives as to what has been done and how to imagine education in a post-COVID-19 world,” said the main organiser of the conference, Senior Research Fellow in Educational Technology of the University of Tartu and director of the master’s programme Emanuele Bardone.  

The conference takes place online on Zoom and is free of charge. Registered participants will receive guidelines for joining the conference and the presentations will be recorded. The working language of the conference is English.  

Additional information: Development and Implementation of two blended international master’s programmes on educational technology.  

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