Designing online courses: a practical approach

7 October 2020, 17:00 CEST

EDEN NAP webinar


Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.


Living in these times is challenging for everyone involved in education, students and teachers alike. Many teachers woke up one day with the obligation to transfer all their teaching to the online environment. However, many of them lacked the knowledge on how to do this in an optimal way, due to reasons varying from lack of ICT skills to lack of training offered by educational institutions. The question that arises here is how to efficiently transfer teaching practice online, using the available tools, avoiding to use learning management systems as online repositories.

This webinar proposes to fill parts of the gaps existing in teachers’ knowledge related to instructional and learning design in regards to online education, by presenting hands-on approaches already used by teachers who are experienced with online learning and especially in transferring teaching methods online.

There are two main topics which will be presented during this webinar:

  • Best practices of instructional and learning used in different online courses.
  • Integration of MOOCs in online learning courses.


Igor Balaban
EDEN NAP SC member
Associate Professor at FOI, Vice-dean for science, international cooperation and projects, and Head of Laboratory for advanced technologies in e-learning, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Igor Balaban is Associate Professor at FOI, Vice-dean for science, international cooperation and projects, and Head of Laboratory for advanced technologies in e-learning. He was actively involved in a dozen of European and national projects, and coordinated several of them. He authored and co-authored 50+ scientific and professional papers and cooperates with European Commissions’ Joint Research Centre as an external expert for DigCompOrg & DigCompEdu frameworks and SELFIE tool. He organized and conducted dozens of workshops, talked at more than 20 conferences, and was invited speaker at some of them. He is also a reviewer for several highly respected journals such as Computers & Education, International Journal of ePortfolio and International Journal of Information Systems. His main field of interest is technology supported learning with special focus on adaptivity and personalization in learning environments and digital transformation of educational organizations. He also has a traceable scientific record in assessing the successful implementation of information systems.

Vlad Mihăescu
Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Politehnica University of Timisoara

Vlad Mihaescu has a PhD in educational and technological models of MOOCs and has more than 10 years’ experience as a trainer and teacher in areas like multimedia technologies, social media, e-tourism, e-learning, usability, entrepreneurship, programming, soft skills and leadership. Author of over 25 scientific papers and book chapters published in international conferences and journals, Vlad is involved in several European research projects in the field of eLearning. He is also a lecturer for UPT.


Mart Laanpere
senior researcher, Centre for Educational Technology, Tallinn University, Estonia

Mart Laanpere
is a senior researcher at Centre for Educational Technology, in Tallinn University, Estonia. He holds PhD degree in educational science (from Tallinn University) and MSc in Educational & Training Systems Design (University of Twente, the Netherlands). He was a founder and long-term director of the Centre for Educational Technology. His main focus in research is conceptual design and analysis of affordances of technology-enhanced learning systems and tools, assessment of digital competence of teachers and digital maturity of schools, instructional design, didactics of computing education. He is a member of the steering group of National Strategy for Lifelong Learning 2014-2020. Mart has contributed to development, piloting and implementation of European digital competence models DigComp, DigCompOrg and DigCompEdu.

Cengiz Hakan AYDIN
PhD, Full professor at Anadolu University of Turkey, steering committee member of OpenupEd and member of ICDE’s Advocacy Committee for OER.

Cengiz Hakan AYDIN, PhD, is a full professor in Anadolu University of Turkey where he has been offering courses in the field of open and distance learning since early 1990s such as Designing Open and Distance Learning, Instructional Design, and Research on ODL. He had also served as instructional designer in the Open Education System of the University until September 2017 and as the dean of one of the major ODL faculty of the University between 2013-2016. His current research interest focuses on design and development of ODL environments, integration of new technologies into ODL, Open Education Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Professor AYDIN served as the President and the Board Member of the International Division of AECT, as one of the board member of the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM). Professor AYDIN has been a member of editorial boards of the journals, the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), and Educational Media International (EMI). He is currently serving as a member of the steering committee of OpenupEd, and a member of the ICDE’s Advocacy Committee for OER.

Marjan Krašna
full professor for Didactics of ICT and at the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Maribor.

Marjan Krašna is a full professor for Didactics of ICT at the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Maribor. He is working in the area of application of computer in education and didactics strategies of teaching with ICT. He is the head of Center for Information Communication and Interactive Technologies at the Faculty of Arts. During the period (2014-2018) he was appointed to the workgroup for development of e-learning at the University of Maribor. He was also a head of Quality control committee at the Faculty of Arts. He is a member of Steering committee of Croatian Society for Information, Communication and Electronic Technology – MIPRO –Computer in education (CE) section and Program committee of Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems (CECIIS). He is a long time IEEE member where he was the head of IEEE Education section in Slovenia.