Opening and Developing a European Community of Practice OEW 2022

Monday, 7 March 2022 13:00-14:30 CET

Open Education Week webinar



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Timothy ReadEDEN Digital Learning Europe, UNED, Spain

Timothy Read is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Languages and Systems at UNED. He did his first degree in Real Time Computer Science at the University of The West of England and his Doctorate in Cognitive Science at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). After leaving England, he has worked at the University of Granada before moving to UNED in Madrid. He is the co-founder of the ATLAS research group and has directed several national and international funded projects on applying Information and Communication Technologies to Languages for Specific Purposes. He is currently working in the areas of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning and Language Massive Open Online Courses, and their applications for social inclusion and employability, and the role of analytics in these areas. He has also been a member of diverse scientific committees and has collaborated as an evaluator of national and international research project proposals. As well as his academic career, he has worked in different international companies including Rolls Royce (the work he undertook there was subsequently patented), Hewlett Packard, and the telecommunications company I.T.T. In 2015, he was awarded the title of EDEN Fellow from the Executive Committee of the European Distance and E-Learning Network in recognition of the work he has undertaken in this area.


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Katharina EngelGerman Academic Exchange Service

Katharina Engel is a Senior Desk Officer for digital internationalisation and European higher education policy at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In DAAD’s Section Digitalisation, she coordinates the work of the consortium of 11 European organisations to support the development of the European Commission’s Digital Education Hub. Until recently, her main responsibility was coordinating the Policy Cluster in the Erasmus+ Key Action 3 project “OpenU” (Online Pedagogical Resources for European Universities).Before joining the DAAD in 2019, she was a lecturer in English Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bonn, has published research articles in the field of contemporary performance poetry, worked as dramaturge for several theatre productions in Germany and abroad, and was assistant to the manager of the biggest poetry festival in the UK.

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Rasmus Benke-ÅbergStifterverband, Germany

Rasmus works for Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, a project co-created by the German NGO Stifterverband aiming to improve digital education in Germany. He will lead Stifterverband’s work on the creation and nurturing of the Community of Practice of the Digital Education Hub in the coming years. He has a keep interest in education policy, in particular with a European perspective: he was Director of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) 2016-2021, Secretary General of OBESSU 2013-2016 and Vice President of the Lifelong Learning Platform 2012-2014. Apart from the expereince mentioned above, he has a personal interest in digital education and has studied several MOOCs in different subjects.

Rasmus has a Master in European and International Affairs and a Bachelor in Political Science, both from Linkoping University in Sweden

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Sandra Kučina SoftićAssistant Director, University Computing Centre (SRCE), Croatia, EDEN President

Sandra Kučina Softić is EDEN UK president and EDEN DLE BM and Assistant Director at the University of Zagreb University Computer Centre (SRCE). Her work is focused on monitoring and fostering the e-learning implementation in higher education institutions in Croatia and providing support and advice to institutions, teachers and students in implementation of new technologies in learning and teaching process.  She was Croatian representative in ET2020 Working group on Digital Skills and Technologies (2016-2018) and in the ET2020 Working group on Digital Education: learning, teaching and Assessment (2018-2020).  She is EDEN DTU representative in the EEA Strategic Framework Working Group on Higher Education (2021-2025). She obtained a master’s degree in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, UK in 2014  and doctoral degree at the University in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2020. From 2016 to 2019 she was EDEN vice-president for Open Professional Collaboration, and in 2019 elected EDEN President.

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Airina VolungevičienėEDEN Digital Learning Europe, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Prof. dr. Airina Volungevičienė has been working among leading researchers, methodology specialists and education policy makers in the area of technology enhanced learning (TEL) development in Europe and Lithuania since 1997. Having established the national network for distance and e-learning in the country, then Lithuanian Distance and e-Learning association (2010), she continued as a leader in research and project work to promote the development of TEL in Lithuania and Europe. She is involved in EDEN Governance since 2009, as the Board member, Vice President for Research (2016 – 2019) and the President (2016 – 2019), President in EDEN Digital Learning Europe (2019-2021), Director/ Management Board member since 2019. Collaboration with UNESCO IITE in application of technologies in education, OER development, as well as UNESCO IBE for Collaborative Master study program of „Curriculum development“ allows mainstreaming of expert knowledge and the development of open professional collaboration of teachers and academia on global level. She is involved in EC Working group DELTA: Digital Education, Learning, Teaching and Assessment representing EDEN.

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Denise WhitelockDirector for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University

Professor Denise Whitelock is the Director for the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University.  She is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning and has over twenty-five years’ experience in Artificial Intelligence for designing, researching and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education.   She recently led the UK’s contribution to the Adaptive Trust e-Assessment System for Learning (TeSLA) The overall objective of the TeSLA project was to define and develop an e-assessment system, which ensures learners authentication and authorship in online and blended learning environments while avoiding the time and physical space limitations imposed by a face-to-face examination.  She is currently the Editor of Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance & e-Learning. Her work has received international recognition through holding visiting Chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona and the British University in Dubai.  For complete publication list see:

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Ignacio AtalLearning Planet Institute, University of Paris, France

Dr. Ignacio Atal has an interdisciplinary background, including engineering, mathematics and epidemiology, before moving to educational sciences in 2019. Since 2019 he is developing at the Learning Planet Institute, University of Paris, the “Teachers as Researchers” program, an open and collaborative citizen science project to help educators to address the challenges they face through research. Since 2020 he is a member of the Ethics committee for educational data created by the French Ministry of Education. Since 2021 he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

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Bastian Greshake TzovarasLearning Planet Institute, University of Paris, France

Bastian Greshake Tzovaras is an interdisciplinary researcher who used to be a biologist in a former life. He currently leads the Peer-Produced Research Lab within Inserm U1284 at the Université Paris Cité and investigates how open knowledge co-creation practices can enable more people to do research. He is also the Director of Research for the Open Humans Foundation, a non-profit that provides digital infrastructure for individual and collective use of personal medical data.

 Bastian is an avid supporter of open science practices: He co-founded openSNP, one of the world’s largest open data repositories for genomic data; did extensive research into how Sci-Hub shapes open knowledge sharing; and teachers open science practices both in university courses within Université Paris Cité as well as in mentoring programs such as OutreachyGoogle Summer of Code and Open Life Sciences.