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Innovations in Education: Challenges and Opportunities of Digitization

Research Workshop 

Tallinn University, Estonia
14th – 15th May 2018

Digitization has been affecting all parts of society. Similarly, learning and teaching in schools, universities and enterprises have also been undergoing dramatic changes. At the same time, the educational system should prepare people of all ages for these ongoing changes, and enable them to become the active contributors of shaping the digital transformation, rather than passive recipients.

The Center for Excellence on Educational Innovation at Tallinn University (Estonia), the Chair of Learning, Design and Technology at University of Mannheim (Germany) and Baden-Württemberg International (Germany) invite you to a joint research workshop that will help to address these challenges. Together we want to discuss opportunities and challenges that present themselves in different areas of the educational system. We want to contrast experiences that have been made especially in Estonia and Germany and seek for establishing cooperation for research and development that will shape the future agenda of digitization in education.


Monday 14 May

14:30–15:30 – Registration and common lunch

15:30–16:00 – Welcome to Tallinn University - Prof. Dr. Tobias Ley (Centre for Educational Innovation)

16:00–17:00 – Demo and Workshop: Using robots in math education, Janika Leoste, Tallinn University

Tuesday 15 May

08:45–09:00 – Welcome and break-down into the working groups

09:00–10:00 – Presentation of projects and proposals in 3 working groups (see full list of presentations below).

10:00–10:30 – Coffee break

10:30–12:00 – Continuation of presentations and discussion in working groups

12:00–13:30 – Lunch

13:30–14:30 – Presentation of the results discussed in in the working groups and plenary discussion

14:30–15:30 – Funding opportunities (Baden-Württemberg International, Estonian Research Council, DAAD, Baltic-German University Liaison Office)

15:30–16:30 – Opportunities for international cooperation: establishing project proposals

16:30–17:00 – Conclusions, Prof. Dr. Tobias Ley, Tallinn University and Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler, University of Mannheim

18:00 – Common dinner upon invitation of Baden-Württemberg International

List of presentations

Group I: Institutional innovation, organizational learning, leadership and change management in education

  • Eka Jeladze. Organizational learning and change management.
  • Tobias Veith. The Digitization of Teaching: MOOCs as a starter?
  • Manfred Daniel, Judith Hüther and Christina Ohngemach. smile – Students as Multipliers for Innovative and Digital Teaching.
  • Mart Laanpere and Romil Rõbtšenkov. Facilitating Digital Innovation in Estonian Schools Through Data-Driven Decision Making.
  • Maria Erss, Klemen Slabina and Eve Eisenschmidt. Supporting institutional innovation and change management in schools.
  • Kairit Tammets, Kaire Kollom and Adolfo Ruiz Calleja. Towards Learning Analytics Policy Framework at Tallinn University.
  • Thanasis Hadzilacos, Romain Herault, Miltos Miltiadous, Wolfgang Mueller, Chrystalla Neofytou, Nuno Otero, Sandra Rebholz and Nikoleta Yiannoutsou. Design of a decision-making system empowering teachers to appropriate educational resources to their school’s infrastructure.

Group II: New learning scenarios, learning design and learning analytics

  • Luis P. Prieto, María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana, Merike Saar, Tobias Ley, Mart Laanpere and Terje Väljataga. A Learning Analytics toolbox for enabling teachers and schools to do research.
  • Kadri Mettis. Enhancing open air learning experiences through mobile technologies.  
  • Clara Schumacher, Dirk Ifenthaler and Daniel Schön. Implementation of the learning analytics system LeAP – Integrating pedagogical and technical perspectives.
  • Shashi Kant Shankar. A Review of Multimodal Learning Analytics Architectures.
  • Mart Laanpere and Mario Mäeots. Online Assessment of Students’ Digital Competence: Results of the National Pilot Study.

Group III: Workplace learning and learning in smart industry (Industry 4.0)

  • Michael Roll and Dirk Ifenthaler. Which Competencies do Apprentices need for Industry 4.0?
  • Kadri-Liis Kusmin and Kairit Tammets. Data-Driven Competency Management Platform for Industry 4.0 and the Digital Era. 
  • Stella Polikarpus. Developing trainers’ competence to use virtual simulation based training for dynamic decision making.
  • Krista Loogma and Maret Aasa. WPL in the course of life career – what vocational teachers´ life stories tell us about what motivates them to learn during the working life career?
  • Marc Egloffstein, Florian Schwerer and Dirk Ifenthaler. Digitization in Tertiary Education: Massive Open Online Courses between academic and professional learning.
Academic Committee

Prof. Dirk Ifenthaler

Chair of Learning, Design and Technology, University of Mannheim, Germany

UNESCO Deputy Chair of Data Science in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Curtin University


Prof. Tobias Ley

Head of the Center of Excellence in Educational Innovation, Tallinn University, Estonia

ERA Chair Professor for Learning Analytics and Educational Innovation


Dr. Kairit Tammets

Head of the Center for Educational Technology, Tallinn University, Estonia

Senior Researcher, School of Digital Technologies


Organisation Team

Andreya Romano, Julia Simon

Department of Science, Research and the Arts

Baden-Württemberg International

Signe Reinumägi

Coordinator, Center of Excellence in Educational Innovation, Tallinn University, Estonia