Format: Panel discussion
The disruption in education due to the Covid pandemic highlighted the importance of practices in digital education and, in the end, influencing the education policies of many universities. For many university professionals, new theories and pedagogies related to digitalising education have become more actual than ever before. However, for many, there is still relevance in transferring theories into practice and offering their students the best digital educational experience.
This panel proposes a discussion on good practices of integrating digital education in higher education institutions. The speakers are going to showcase various tools, applications, methodologies, research and project results with the purpose to support those attending with the best ideas to take home in their institutions.
EDEN NAP SC Chair
Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
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.
Director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Dr. ing. Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, responsible for planning and implementing digital technologies, online learning technologies, and the university award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT. She is also associate professor at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia, interactive and web technologies. Since 1998, she teaches course modules in universities from UK, France, USA, Finland, Italy, Greece. She holds a PhD in Designing eLearning Spaces for Digital Students with Brighton University, UK, has extensive research experience with intense publication (over 17 books, 100 research papers, 11 Best paper Awards) and more than 30 research and educational projects, mainly funded by the European Commission. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s life. Dr. Andone actively promotes the use of OERs, MOOCs and the open education principles, developing UniCampus.eu for training for digital skills, acting in international associations (EDEN, IEEE, AACE, IADIS, IAFES,) actively supports the local start-up movement (StartUp Weekend, HackTM, hackathons, CoderDojo) and Girls in Tech, Women in Tech and STEM education. She also acts in the Board of Romanian NGOs (Pentru Voi Foundation), in Timisoara 2021 European Capital of Culture Task Force and in other voluntary organisations. Dr. Andone is EDEN Senior Fellow, IEEE Education Society 2021 Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award, EDEN Vice-President for Communication and Communities (2018-2021), and member in IEEE Education Society Board of Governors (2021-present), and in IEEE Romania Section the Educational activities Chair (2019-present).
Technical University of Madrid, IEEE Education Society President, Spain
Edmundo Tovar received the computer engineering degree and Ph.D. degree in informatics from the Madrid Technical University (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM), Madrid, Spain, in 1986 and 1994, respectively. He is currently with the UPM as a Professor of information technology in enterprise. He has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the OpenCourseWare Consortium (2009–2013), Executive Director of the OCW Office of the UPM (2008–2012), and Executive Director of the Open Education Office at UPM (2013-2016).
He is currently President of IEEE Education Society (2021-2022). He leads the UPM Research Group REFERENT in technologies applied to Open Education.
University of Porto, Portugal
Degrees in Civil Engineering (UPorto) and (UFlorida, Ph.D.), Pro-Rector of U. Porto, past president of IACEE, of AUPEC, of SEFI, secretary general of AECEF, vice-president of ISHCCO, member of EDEN Board, coordinator and partner of several EU projects in e-learning and author of several papers in e-learning, assessment of competences, construction safety, construction management, quality of teaching and learning and use of digital tools.