Empowering Education: Insights from PLACEDU’s Multiplier Event at the University of Iceland

Partner: UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND

Introduction

The University of Iceland hosted the enlightening PLACEDU’s multiplier event, a beacon for educators navigating the evolving landscape of online and hybrid-flexible teaching. This pivotal gathering, held on December 14, 2023, was a melting pot of ideas, experiences, and solutions aimed at enhancing the educational journey in the digital age. 

Keynote Highlights:

Sigurbjörg Jóhannesdóttir, the Icelandic delegate for the PLACEDU project, delivered a compelling lecture on the emotional and mental experiences of teachers and students during the autumn of 2022. Her insights shed light on the challenges and triumphs of transitioning to online learning environments. The lecture delved into the complex emotions experienced by both educators and learners, emphasizing the importance of understanding and addressing these feelings to enhance the online learning experience.

Hyflex Teaching Challenges

A key focus was the intricate dynamics of hyflex teaching, where educators grapple with engaging both in-person and online students simultaneously. The discussions illuminated the pressing need for advanced technological setups and a dual-instructor model to ensure an inclusive and effective learning environment.

Technological Solutions

The event spotlighted the necessity for the University of Iceland to bolster its tech infrastructure to support hyflex teaching better. Participants called for classrooms equipped with high-quality microphones, displays, and cameras to bridge the gap between remote and physical classrooms.

Collaborative Teaching Approaches

The consensus underscored the value of having two instructors for hyflex classes—one dedicated to online learners and the other to students present physically. This approach aims to foster a more interactive and personalized learning experience for all students.

Conclusion

PLACEDU’s multiplier event at the University of Iceland underscored the critical role of empathy and technology in shaping the future of education. It was a reminder of the resilience and adaptability of the academic community in the face of unprecedented challenges. It was a testament to the academic community’s resilience and commitment to refining the digital learning experience. It underscored the imperative for empathetic teaching practices and robust technological support to navigate the challenges of modern education successfully.

For more insights, visit PLACEDU’s official website

 

Relevant Links:

Placedu. (2023). Examples of different types of digital tools that can be used. https://placedu-project.com/lessons/examples-of-different-types-of-digital-tools-that-can-be-used/

Article in Icelandic about this event, at the webpage of The Division of Academic Affair: https://setberg.hi.is/is/jolakennslukaffi-nidurstodur-rannsoknar-um-fjarnam