On 20 September 2021, 13:00 – 16:00 CEST, DEL4ALL organised a virtual workshop at EC-TEL, the Sixteenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning. During the workshop, approximately 35 education experts elaborated co-creatively on recommendations for a research agenda for the future of the entire digital learning community.

DEL4ALL project coordinator Dr Giovanni Rimassa from Martel Innovate kicked-off the event with a presentation of past, current, and future activities of the digital enhanced learning project. Hereafter, Kinga Katona, Project Officer, DG CONNECT Unit G.2 Interactive Technologies, Digital for Culture and Education, European Commission, gave an outline of European Commission activities related to digital enhanced learning. She introduced, amongst others, the Digital Decade Compass and future education work programmes of the European Commission.

After this, DEL4ALL invited workshop attendees to actively engage in an experts’ discussion with a selected panel of high-profile education specialists:

  • Prof John Domingue | Open University
  • Dr Alex Grech | Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning
  • Prof Wolfgang Prinz | Fraunhofer FIT
  • Tommaso Dalla Vecchia | ImpactEd Tech, European Schoolnet
  • Kinga Katona | Project Officer, DG CONNECT Unit G.2 Interactive Technologies, Digital for Culture and Education, European Commission

The workshop then continued with its second part, which focused on best practices for digital learning. After an inspiring lightning talk on emerging technologies in education provided by Dr Joshua Ellul, Director, Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies, the workshop gave space to a talk provided by DEL4ALL partner Dr Allan Third, Open University, on best practices in the post-COVID area, which was followed by two interesting best practices pitches. The first pitch focused on the Common Learning Middleware and was provided by Alexander Streicher, Project Manager in Adaptive Interactive Learning Environments at Fraunhofer IOSB. The second pitch was held by Celia Sokolowsky, Head of State Association of Adult Education Centers of North-Rhine Westphalia, and it discussed best practices from the German Volkshochschulen network.

Finally, during the last part of the event, attendees took part in an interactive community consultation session and provided feedback on research and policy recommendations developed by DEL4ALL.

A big thank you to all event attendees for making the event a success. In case you have missed the event, you can watch the recording here: