ERASMUS staff week and papers on project results in Norway
In February and March 2023, STUDYasU underwent a binational exchange. STUDYasU and DINGLE project teams presented scientific papers at two conferences in Norway. DINGLE is a previous DAAD project of StudyasU project members and collaborators.
From 14 to 17 February 2023, STUDYasU members visited their cooperation partner Studienledare Dr. Gerard Doetjes at the University of Oslo (UiO). The staff week was funded by the ERASMUS+ programme at Europa Universität Flensburg (EUF), including scientific research and collaboration as well as cultural events and school workshops.
With Dr. Doetjes, a concept was developed for the understanding and teaching/learning needs of students in Germany and Norway, who can be considered "experienced practitioners". Based on a university-wide digital needs survey at the EUF and the UiO, we are further developing the construct and a definition of Experienced Students. This includes students with a broad experiental beckround that might affect their teaching/learning needs, e.g. students who are older than 27 years, have a part-time job, do care work and/or are assed with impairments or have diverse learning needs).
On February 17, 2023, Anna Rüscher presented the construct, the theoretical background and the study results from the questionnaire survey on Experienced Students at the Lifelong Learning Conference in Lillehammer [https://www.lillehammerlll.no/]. STUDYasU contributed to an international workshop in which results from India, Cyprus and Germany on inclusion for digitally supported lifelong learning were presented and discussed.
Culturally we experienced a city tour of Oslo and a dinner with typical local food. In Lillehammer, we were offered a visit to the open-air museum Maihaugen, where original Norwegian wooden houses from the 18th century are on display.
A highlight of the trip was the visit to Nydalen Gymnasium. Nydalen is an inclusive gymnasium, where deaf and hearing students learn together. In addition to a tour with Tone-Britt Handberg, head of the sign language department, the team took part in a lesson in which Norwegian sign language is taught as a third foreign language to interested students from Oslo. The students came from all over the city to take part in a late afternoon Norwegian Sign Language course. We would like to thank Tone-Britt Handberg, head of the sign language department, and Anne-Line Lønnbu Kirste for the invitation, the discussions and the view on inclusion for all.
StudyasU members and their collaborators from Oslo and Heidelberg presented data from a bilateral questionnaire study on techer preparedness for digital-inclusive foreign language learning at the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) 2023 conference. The data was gained through the previous DINGLE project and contributed to the conference topic "Digitalization and Technologies in Education Opportunities and Challenges".
The members of NERA section 12 ("Inclusive Education" and further colleagues intensely discussed the presented outcome for future teacher education and implications for StudyAsU publications.