Learners, educators and employees of different sectors and industries have made a considerable leap in their digital skills through increased remote learning and working during the last three years. Logging in to a meeting software, checking audio settings, writing emails, using online project management tools or sharing files via a cloud have become routine activities. In order to stay afloat during this emergency, the focus has been on hands-on and practical skills related to technology use. However, one of the biggest challenges may be the social, emotional, and interpersonal effects of using technology.
Do we use technology in a meaningful way? How does technology use impact our identity, wellbeing and social interaction? How can we harness digital technology to enhance collaboration, communication, and connections? How can we use technology to create a sustainable impact?
The Erasmus+ co-funded project DigitalSoftSkills@Ulysseus (D2S@Ulysseus), a collaborative initiative involving six Ulysseus partner universities, addresses precisely these questions. The D2S@Ulysseus project aims to modernise education, adapt pedagogies and upgrade the digital competencies of both learners and educators by harnessing digital technologies. The project seeks to equip all learners with digital transversal skills to live, work, learn and thrive in a digital world.
At the Multiplier Event on February 14, 2023 at MCI | The Entrepreneurial School in Innsbruck, you will have the opportunity to get to know the D2S project outputs, including the D2S Framework, a series of freely accessible MOOCs and online courses, and associated guidelines on Digital Soft Skills and Open Badges.
Get inspired by experts of digital education and take the opportunity to collaborate on current topics relating to digital competence in a variety of workshops.
Digital Skills are a topic that is high on your agenda?
The event provides up-to-date input on digital education and digital skills as well as a number of opportunities for participants to get actively involved and to expand and deepen their knowledge and network.
You cherish connecting with an international community?
As the event is part of an Erasmus+ project which was developed by six European partner universities within the European University Network “Ulysseus”, it will enable you to connect and exchange experiences with people from different countries.
You are interested in learning opportunities and resources on digital soft skills?
During the event you will get to know all project outputs like high-quality online courses, guidelines and the badge program. You will also learn how you can access and use them.
The Digital Soft Skills Forum will begin with arrival and registration at 13:00.
Unfold the schedule to discover the detailed program of the activities.
The host of the event, MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®, will open the event.
Senior EU Public Affairs Manager
Social & Environmental Sustainability Lead
Giorgia Epicoco is Senior EU Public Affairs Manager at Huawei, leading the company’s strategy and advocacy work on social and environmental sustainability in the European Union, focusing on technology for a nature positive agenda and digital skills for a digital Europe.
Creating a positive future: Skills for the digital and green twin-transition
The digital and green transitions go hand in hand and both rely on the development of relevant skills and competences. This panel discussion will include the perspective of different stakeholder groups and explore what these skills are and how we can accelerate their development in an inclusive manner.
Julia Pichler, Project Lead EdTech Austria
Natalia Timus, Head of Academic Development and Researcher, University of Cote d’Azur
Claudia Mössenlechner, Head MCI Learning Solutions, Deputy Head Academic Council, MCI | The Entrepreneurial School
Further panellists to be confirmed.
Refreshments will be served.
The D2S@Ulysseus team will present the Digital Soft Skills and the results of the European project.
WS1: Virtual reality in the language classroom
Facilitator: Djibril Dieng, Pauline Achard & Marion Polack, Université Cote d’Azur
Target group: People interested in technologies and education
Using a virtual reality platform, we will explore the advantages as well as the challenges of integrating VR in the language classroom. We will present people VR in general and its components and allow participants to explore this. This will be followed by discussions about its potentials and limits in education. Conclusions derived from the workshop will allow us to improve our vision about VR and education and its potential integration in the Ulysseus University.
WS2: Using Personal Response Systems for active learning
Facilitator: Fabrizio Bracco, Michele Masini & Tommaso Francesco Piccinno, Universitá di Genova
Target group: Teachers and everyone interested in active learning
The workshop is aimed at introducing the participants to the use of Personal Response Systems (PRS) as tools to promote active and interactive learning. The workshop will present the tool Wooclap, since it is versatile and easy to use, both for teachers and for students. The goal of the workshop is to share a pedagogically and psychologically sound approach to design activities based on PRSs. Several questions will be analyzed: How to choose the activities according to the learning objectives? How to build effective questions? How to conduct a debriefing after the responses are given?
Please bring your own laptops for active participation!
WS3: Digital Inclusion – Bridging the digital divide
Facilitator: Magdalena Posch, Susann Kruschel & Arno Rottensteiner, MCI | The Entrepreneurial School
Target group: Everyone is welcome
Digital inclusion and the topic of bridging the digital divide has gained importance over the last decade with technology taking an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. The need for equal access to digital resources and opportunities to develop competences using ICT is attracting major attention in our society. This workshop will aim to provide a sound understanding on the topic of digital inclusion and its entailed challenges and opportunities. We will discuss various ways technology can be used to foster inclusion in communities and the design of sustainable use cases for digital projects. In this interactive workshop you will be equipped with a hands-on toolkit to contribute in a valuable way to the future of digital inclusion. Join and help us to build a more inclusive digital society!
Network and mingle with fellow attendees to conclude the event.
The D2S Forum will be organized as a green and sustainable event. To this end, the Organizing Team kindly asks participants to help them track the CO2 footprint of the conference by sharing information on travel and accommodation when filling in the registration form.
The Organizing Team encourages you to choose sustainable travel options and consider the many train connections between major European hubs and Innsbruck, including several night trains. We encourage you to compensate any CO2 costs and can recommend the climate mitigation project Atmosfair.
We also ask participants to help us keep the environmental impact of the event as low as possible by avoiding and recycling waste, travelling sustainably (public transport, on foot) while in Innsbruck, and choosing sustainable accommodation.
We are in the process of seeking certification for this event as a Green Event Tyrol.
MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®
Universitaetsstrasse 15, 3rd floor | 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
The Entrepreneurial School® MCI is located in the heart of Europe in the Austrian Alps and in the immediate vicinity of European cosmopolitan cities such as Munich, Zurich and Milan.
We encourage you to choose sustainable travel options and consider the many train connections between major European hubs and Innsbruck, including several night trains. Should you have to fly, please consider CO2 compensation. Getting around in Innsbruck is easily doable on foot.
By coach: the coach service of Flixbus provides you with a convenient and low-cost way to travel to Innsbruck within Europe.
By car: Innsbruck is connected to major European motorways arriving from the North (Western Europe and Germany via Munich), from the South (Italy via Verona), from the West (Switzerland via Zurich) and from the East (Hungary via Vienna). This means that Innsbruck can be reached by car within a couple of hours driving from Central, Western and Eastern Europe.
By plane: The airport of Innsbruck is located 10 minutes from the city center and has excellent coach and taxi connections. Short check-in times as well as a smooth and fast processing upon arrival are guaranteed. The airport handles regional flights around the Alps as well as international flights to European destinations. Further info can be found here. Other airports with international flights, reachable within 2 to 4 hours from Innsbruck: Munich Airport (Germany), Vienna International Airport (Austria), Verona Airport (Italy).
Innsbruck is a walkable city, so we encourage you to get around the city on foot. In case there is a need to drive, you can always rely on the city’s excellent public transport network. Please use the tool below for quick access to all public transport links https://smartride.vvt.at/