From May 30 – 31, 2022 a two-day international conference was held at the University of Graz, involving project partners from VISION – Virtual Interface for Smart Interactions Online.
This two-day international conference involved a total of three universities and one Austrian technology company as full partners. Other invited guests included the project’s associated partners as well as the surrounding academic community. The event focused on the progress of the VISION project and the overall digitalization of education at the local, national, and international level.
May 30, 2022: Workshops at the University of Graz – Institute of Educational Sciences
Workshops were held on May 30 to explore further collaborative opportunities with the project partners in the areas of research and teaching with an emphasis on digital innovations in the field of pedagogy and digital teaching and learning. In addition to the project partners, university colleagues associated with the project also participated in these meetings.
May 31, 2022: Presentation Event at the Meerscheinschlössl (15:00 – 19:00)
The presentation event was held at Meerscheinschlössl. A keynote address was given by Lasse Rouhiainen, a best-selling author and international expert on artificial intelligence, disruptive technologies and digital marketing. Mr. Rouhiainen is experienced in giving keynote presentations, seminars and workshops around the world and has spoken at events such as the Mobile World Capital and TEDx. The expertise he holds was a great contribution to the event.
In addition to the keynote speaker, project partners from Austria, Germany and the Netherlands gave presentations on their role in the VISION project and how it will affect the state of educational technology in their countries and at their universities. Also invited to speak about the future of digitalization in Austria is Dr. Martin Ebner from TU Graz, whose research focuses on educational informatics. Dr. Michael Kopp, the head of the Center for Digital Teaching and Learning at Uni Graz, also spoke about the status of digitalization at the university and the increased need for the digitalization of higher education, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Lastly, students contributed their input through a discussion forum, providing their perspective on the digital tools presented by the VISION project.
After the presentations, food and drinks were served alongside music and conversation.