An international workshop Teaching in contemporary learning environments: developing the digital skills of educators was held at the University Computing Centre (SRCE) on 3rd and 4th of February 2020. The workshop was held within The Strategic Framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020) with the European Commission and is related to the Working Group on Digital Education: Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA). The workshop was held as one of the events under the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and was hosted by the Zagreb University Computing Centre (SRCE) and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.
At the beginning of the workshop the participants were welcomed by Mrs Branka Ramljak, PhD, State Secretary at the Ministry of Science and Education, and Director of University Computing Centre Zoran Bekić, PhD. The event was hosted by Mrs Sandra Kučina Softić, PhD, Assistant Director for Education and User Support who is also Croatian representative in the DELTA Working Group.
More than 30 representatives of education ministries and organizations from 20 EU Member States attended workshop. The topics of the workshop were teachers' training and education that are essential for acquiring digital skills needed for open and creative teaching. The focus was also on motivating teachers to improve the quality of their teaching by applying technologies and achieving the best learning outcomes.
This workshop is also related to the theme of the Education Conference (European Teachers and Trainers for the future) which is organized during Croatian Presidency. The conclusions of the event will serve as a good base for further discussions at the conference that will be held on 24th and 25th of March 2020.
During the workshop representatives from ministries of education and experts presented their experiences and know how on the subject. Mrs Terry Maguire, PhD, director of the National Forum for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Ireland was invited speaker. Participants visited the Faculty of Teacher Education University of Zagreb and the IX. Gymnasium in Zagreb and thus had the opportunity to hear Croatian experiences on the subject.
Peer Learning Activity workshops are periodically organized within the European Commission working groups and are hosted by EU Member States. The aim of these workshops is to share information, knowledge and examples of good practice. They contribute to the adoption of guidelines and recommendations from working groups on priority areas, which are then forwarded to the European Commission and are base for the documents and action plans that are adopted.
Pictures, presentations and lecture recordings from the workshop are available on the PLA#4 detailed programme page.