No. 11 – Developing 21st Century Skills Through Teaching Online: Opportunities and Challenges #onlinetogetherVirtual Events

Monday, 8 June 2020, 17:00 CEST

EDEN webinar


Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

In these uncertain times due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?
To address these questions and many others, EDEN is organising a series of practical webinars entitled “EDEN webinar series: Education in time of a pandemic #onlinetogether #covid19”. These webinars are featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning.
The weekly, one-hour sessions are held every Monday at 17:00 CEST, from March through June, 2020.



Digital technologies are an integral part of our society today, and the development of information and communication technologies is one of the biggest revolutions in the field of human communication and information management. Information and communication technologies affect all aspects of society, as well as learning, teaching and research, offering the potential for innovation and for better and greater development of the skills needed for the labour market. In today’s education system, we have students who were born in the 21st century and with unlimited access to information, who use digital technologies on a daily basis, and who no longer want to passively listen and memorize information served. They expect to leave the education system with the knowledge and skills that they need to be employable in the labour market, to have the capability to be lifelong learners and to actively participate in and contribute to society. Faced with an overnight change in how education is delivered, students and teachers have had to adapt to a new situation, learning new technologies, ways of teaching and learning, time management, communication, and collaboration. In this session, we will introduce you to the topic of future skills and engage you in a discussion on the skills needed to be active learners and participants in today’s society.

In addition to providing examples of how teachers from a number of international educational contexts have developed online teaching methods to overcome the challenges of the current lockdown conditions, our panelists will also provide insights into the following questions:

  • What is meant by 21st century learning skills and how do these connect to the global issues facing the 21st Century?
  • To what extent are these 21st skills new or different from skills that have been required to live and work in early centuries (for example, in the 20th century)?
  • How can we overcome the challenges of helping students develop 21st Century skills within the context of remote and ‘socially-distant teaching’?


Sandra Kučina Softić
EDEN President
University Computing Centre SRCE, Croatia

Sandra Kučina Softić is the Assistant Director for Education and User Support at the Zagreb University Computing Centre (Croatia). She is also the Head of the E-learning Centre and the Head of the Office for E-learning at the University of Zagreb. Her work is focused on monitoring and fostering e-learning in Croatian higher education and providing support and advice to institutions, teachers and students in implementation of new technologies in learning and teaching. She was appointed Croatian representative in ET2020 Working group on Digital Skills and Technologies (2016-2018) and in ET2020 Working group on Digital Education: learning, teaching and Assessment (2018-2020). In 2018 she was appointed member of European Education and Training Expert Panel.

Her field of interest is strategic decision making related to e-learning and distance education, quality assurance, educational technologies and open education and open educational resources. She has been involved in a number of projects (national and international) related to these fields and she also actively presents at international conferences. She is also author of training courses for teachers and speaker on these topics.

She has a master’s degree in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and PhD in Information and Communication Technologies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb.

She has been a member of EDEN Executive Committee since 2013 and in 2014 she received the EDEN Fellow Title. In 2019 she became President of EDEN.


Palitha Edirisingha
Associate Professor of Education at the School of Education, University of Leicester, UK


Dr Palitha Edirisingha is an Associate Professor of Education at the School of Education, University of Leicester, UK. Palitha’s research, teaching and PhD supervision interests are on digital technologies and their application to teaching and learning, within the UK and internationally. He also carries out on research concerning international education in distance learning contexts. He leads two distance learning programmes at the School: MA International Education and Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning Technologies, and teaches on the MA International Education Campus-Based programme. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has published on topics related to podcasting, mobile learning, virtual worlds, digital literacy and open and distance education in developing countries. He is a regular contributor to EDEN Research Workshops. He conducts learning technology workshops for academic staff, and has been involved in developing Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the University of Leicester OER repository.  He is an editorial board member of the Journal Interactive Learning Environments and Journal of Studies and Research on Technological Education.

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
EDEN EC Member, EDEN Fellow
Prof. Educational Management & LLL, Vice-president EURASHE, Former Vice-President Co-Operative State University Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Ulf is a learning innovation expert, founder of, serial entrepreneur, and Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2017 he held the position of Vice President at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He held positions as Associate Professor of University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning of University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). Ulf has delivered keynotes and been speaking to audiences in more than 45 countries. He is author of more than 10 books and 150 scholarly articles with over 3000 academic citations. Ulf is a trained coach, facilitator and expert for mindful communication, and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Education Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honors in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003. He was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen. His writings on Quality in education are internationally awarded.


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