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The First Day of the EDiTE Virtual Seminar

On 09.02.2017, the first day of the EDiTE Virtual Seminar took place online. The UIBK team organised and moderated the Virtual Seminar and researchers from all partner universities participated in a creative, inspiring and packed with activities day. Virtual Seminars are part of the EDiTE’s research programme and they are organised annually. The concept theme of the 2017 Virtual Seminar was „European Comparative Studies in Teacher Education”.

During the morning sessions, Professor Pavel Zgaga from the University of Ljubljana gave an online keynote, entitled “European Teacher Education in the Grip of “Academic Tribes and Territories””. The keynote triggered vivid discussions in local university groups and several questions were raised with regard to the contemporary role of teacher education in higher education institutions. A reflective activity in the form of Freewrite according to Peter Elbow followed.

The afternoon activities started with an online cultural quiz, followed by the analysis of the EDiTE Theme Survey results by the EDiTE researchers and an analysis of the Research at a Glance documents by Professor Michael Schratz. It was commonly agreed that the documents so far produced by the researchers will be reviewed and further elaborated by the supervisors and researchers in view of updating EDiTE’s research programme. Afterwards, a group work activity was initiated where researchers had to use online means of communication to discuss their prepared abstract for a common academic publication in transnational groups, allowing a comparative research perspective to emerge. The Virtual Seminar closed with a short presentation of each group’s intended work and the EDiTE community members renewed their virtual appointment for the 2nd of March. In the meantime, transnational working groups will further develop their common idea for a common academic paper.