June 24-28, 2019


EdMedia Workshops

Monday; June 25, 2018

9:30 AM-1:00 PM

Workshop 1: Making With Kids in Europe – To Foster Digital Literacy, to Make a Better World, and to Build a New Entrepreneurship Education

Learning goals: Hands-on experiences with simple maker tools and projects with children for beginners and insights into diverse European approaches and experiences with maker education.

Description: Some of Europe’s leading experts on making with children will share their experiences and different approaches within this joint workshop The workshop will include presentations about teacher education within makerspaces at the University of Technologies Graz (AT), about inspiring social innovation and educational projects at the Waag Society (NL) and about the European initiative DOIT, which sees making as a good base for an early entrepreneurship education. Participants will work with a set of tools and smaller maker projects. For example, they can program educational games in Scratch, build a dough piano (which will do music!) with a MaKeyMaKey set, or sew some “smart gloves”. Interactive discussions will be the base to develop own future implementations.

Participants: This workshop is planned for beginners within the field of making with children. Please bring your mobile devices (phone, tablet, computer) into the workshop, if possible. Max 26 people.

Workshop facilitators:

Karen van der Moolen, Waag Society, The Netherlands










Workshop 2: Supporting Groups in Research-Based Learning Processes with Digital Tools

Learning goals: Identify and reflect on the educational possibilities of digital tools to enhance research-based learning group process. To design a brief research-based learning proposal for a didactic application with one or more digital tools. And to share ideas for the use of digital media for research-based learning processes.

Description: This workshop aims to offer a broad view of the educational possibilities of digital tools for research-based learning group processes; in order to increase effective collaboration among groups, beyond physical constraints.

Participants: Teachers and educators interested in research-based learning processes, but also PhD students and educational researchers interested in eDidactics. Basic Internet user skills are expected. The participants should bring their own laptops to work in the workshop. Max 26 participants.

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Tuesday; June 26, 2018

10:30 AM-2:00 PM

Workshop 3: Developing Transformative Leadership for New Learning Futures

Learning Goals: Participants will be able to: (i) identify, reflect on and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to leadership; (ii) discuss the implications of key lessons from contemporary literature on leadership in Higher Education and compare and contrast different models for supporting learning transformations; and (iii) critically interpret, evaluate and better understand some of strategic challenges and opportunities facing institutions in the digital-era and such rapidly changing times.

Description: This workshop is predicated on the assumption that building strategic and transformative leadership capability is essential to harnessing the opportunities and effectively managing the challenges facing institutions in an age of rapid and uncertain change. More than ever we need to invest in leadership development, especially given unprecedented change forces reshaping the complexity of the higher education eco-system. However, the challenge is that ‘most leaders of learning and teaching report being unsure about how to lead successfully when faced with rapid and significant change’ (Scott, Coates & Anderson, 2008, p. xvii). The key question is what type of leadership for teaching and learning is required in the digital era? In exploring this question the workshop reflects on different approaches to the management of teaching and learning innovations and places a strong emphasis on enabling transformative models of leadership for better learning futures. The basic premise is that learning transformations depend on both the large and small actions of many people working individually and collectively for educational change. Framed within this distributed conception of leadership, workshop participants will be challenged to critically evaluate and strategically analyze about some of the wicked problems and potential future scenarios facing higher education in the 21st Century.

Participants: The workshop is designed for both new and emerging leaders as well as experienced institutional leaders with responsibility for supporting new teaching and learning innovations in higher education.

Workshop facilitators:

Mark Brown, Dublin City University, Ireland

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Württemberg Cooperative State University, Germany










Thursday, June 28, 2018

2:-15-5:15 PM

Workshop 4: I See What You’re Saying: Applying Visual Communication Skills to Online Instruction

Learning Goals: Participants will be able to:

  1.  Explain why visual communication skills are critical to effective online instruction; 2. Explain how learning theory informs the design of visuals for instruction; 3. Describe how effective visuals effect learning; 4. Name the 5 kinds of instructional images;
    5. Distinguish between the different kinds of instructional images; 6. Apply visual design principles to image creation; 7. Create an instructional image with a free image editing application

Description: Using interactive facilitation techniques and free image editing software, this workshop will enable participants to develop basic visual communication skills and use these skills to create effective instructional images. We will introduce participants to several learning theories that explain visual learning and support the use of images in instruction. We will explain how four types of instructional images (representational, organizational, interpretative, and transformational) may be used to engage the learner, combat cognitive overload, and maximize learning, and show why the fifth kind of image (decorative) is a poor choice for instruction. We will introduce participants to basic design principles to help them master the use of contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, layout, and color in their instructional materials. Finally, we will use a free image editing application (Autodesk Sketchbook) to: 1) demonstrate basic design principles, and 2) provide participants with structured activities that will enable them to develop visual literacy competencies.

Suggested tools: tablet or laptop with stylus (graphics tablet), Autodesk Sketchbook

Participants:The workshop is ideal for participants with an interest in visual literacy and limited prior experience with an image editing application.

Workshop facilitators: 

Diane Wilcox, James Madison University, USA

Tom Wilcox, wilcoxmedia.com, USA