Conference Programme February 2016
[Ireland] Germany played host to education and diversity experts and advocates this February, for the LeaCoMM international conference. As one of the key elements of the project, the staff organised an international event for teachers, practitioners, students, trainee-teachers, and other professionals working in the area of diversity. The aim of this conference was for a shared vision and expertise in the areas of education and diversity with an insight into using the LeaCoMM platform as a ‘learning community’ and support for practitioners and those studying in the field. It specifically looked at such topics as multilingualism, multi-religious education, multi-ethnic and multicultural education.
The programme for this two day event included keynote speakers, workshops, ‘fishbowl’ discussions, and presentations from the project. It also offered participants to hear from Michèle Grombeer from the European Commission who shared another valuable online tool; online linguistic support. For more info, click here: http://erasmusplusols.eu/ .
Professor Ulf Daniel Ehlers, a keynote speaker and self-confessed Education Scientist, presented on ‘Learning Communities and Connectivist Learning’. He spoke about how important it is to ask questions such as ‘how do you like to learn?’ and ‘how do we learn differently for different types of skills? Professor Ehlers also promoted online communities as a central aspect of modern education as they offer chances of collaboration, communication, reflection, and the development of e-portfolios.
There was a variety of workshops held at the conference including; language education, intercultural/international teaching contents, anti-racism, diversity management, digital-learning, and gamification. The Gamification in Teacher Education workshop was moderated by Dr Jan M. Boelmann and Sofia Argyropoulou and supported participants to engage in learning how they can use both online and physical games as interactive methods in their teaching.
Guests at the conference also worked together in developing posters and discussed key issues and themes in diversity education such as the core skills and knowledge that teachers need working in this area and what practices, policies, and resources schools need to support a diverse group of learners.
Throughout the conference the LeaCoMM team promoted the platform and shared their vision for how it can be used as an integral part of teachers planning and resource support. In addition, they urged teachers to see it as a method for collaboration and support amongst themselves through the groups within the online learning community.
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