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Workshop conference
Startklar?!

Will chatbots soon replace teachers? Is it possible to experience exams through a virtual reality headset? And do you still need language courses at all in an era of translation software? Academics, teachers and learners, as well as publishing representatives and programmers came together at the STARTKLAR?! workshop conference from 21st – 23rd March in Berlin, to discuss the future of digital language learning and develop actual approaches.

Startklar?! Ready for new beginnings in tomorrow’s language teaching and learningGraphic: Goethe-Institut
Startklar!? Visions or Winners Video: Goethe-Institut

Man and machine

Participants from a variety of academic backgrounds discussed a wide range of themes of the first day: Digital Literacy, Artificial Intelligence, Learning Analytics, Global Workspaces, Immersive Learning, Translation Technology, Open Sources and Digital Task and Exercise Formats.

The conclusion: teachers are still indispensable, but the distribution of roles between man and machine needs to be redefined because technology and human beings will interact far more closely in the future, and will complement each other.

  • President of the Goethe-Institut Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann at the opening speech Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    President of the Goethe-Institut Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann at the opening speech
  • Panel discussion with Cathleen Berger (Mozilla Foundation), Johannes Ebert (Secretary-General of the Goethe-Institut), Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt (Leuphana University Lüneburg) Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Panel discussion with Cathleen Berger (Mozilla Foundation), Johannes Ebert (Secretary-General of the Goethe-Institut), Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
  • The audience became involved in the discussions. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    The audience became involved in the discussions.
  • Dr. Heike Uhlig, head of the language department at the Goethe-Institut head office in Munich, welcomed participants to the conference. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Dr. Heike Uhlig, head of the language department at the Goethe-Institut head office in Munich, welcomed participants to the conference.
  • Cathleen Berger (Mozilla Foundation) spoke about open source, privacy and security. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Cathleen Berger (Mozilla Foundation) spoke about open source, privacy and security.
  • Moodle experts Doug Belshaw and Torsten Larbig (a teacher at the Schiller Gymnasium in Frankfurt and a lecturer at the TU Darmstadt) discussed education in a digital context in the classroom in the “Digital Literacy” forum. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Moodle experts Doug Belshaw and Torsten Larbig (a teacher at the Schiller Gymnasium in Frankfurt and a lecturer at the TU Darmstadt) discussed education in a digital context in the classroom in the “Digital Literacy” forum.
  • British professor, blogger and ed tech businessman Donald Clark and Dr. Tarek R. Besold of the University of London in the “Artificial Intelligence” forum. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    British professor, blogger and ed tech businessman Donald Clark and Dr. Tarek R. Besold of the University of London in the “Artificial Intelligence” forum.
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart (Humboldt University Berlin), Marvin Meinold (presenter), Harald Melcher (managing partner at m2more GmbH in Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt (Leuphana University Lüneburg) in the “Learning Analytics” focus group Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart (Humboldt University Berlin), Marvin Meinold (presenter), Harald Melcher (managing partner at m2more GmbH in Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt (Leuphana University Lüneburg) in the “Learning Analytics” focus group
  • Ideas collected after the “Learning Analytics” forum Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Ideas collected after the “Learning Analytics” forum
  • Ideas collected after the “Learning Analytics” forum Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Ideas collected after the “Learning Analytics” forum
  • Book tables provided by Cornelsen, Hueber and Klett Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Book tables provided by Cornelsen, Hueber and Klett
  • Focus group for the “Immersive Learning” forum with Prof. Mel Slater, (Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Barcelona), Sarah Rogerson (Cambridge English Language Assessment) and Sina Greinert (presenter) Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Focus group for the “Immersive Learning” forum with Prof. Mel Slater, (Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Barcelona), Sarah Rogerson (Cambridge English Language Assessment) and Sina Greinert (presenter)
  • Focus group for the forum “Digital tasks and exercise formats: interaction and interactivity” (Cornelsen) Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Focus group for the forum “Digital tasks and exercise formats: interaction and interactivity” (Cornelsen)
  • Discussion session with German learners from the Goethe-Institut centres in India, Russia, Turkey and the USA, as well as Sina Greinert (presenter) Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Discussion session with German learners from the Goethe-Institut centres in India, Russia, Turkey and the USA, as well as Sina Greinert (presenter)
  • Representatives from the Cornelsen, Hueber and Klett publishing houses, as well as the education trade fair didacta, put forward their visions relating to educational media in the year 2030 in a discussion group. Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Representatives from the Cornelsen, Hueber and Klett publishing houses, as well as the education trade fair didacta, put forward their visions relating to educational media in the year 2030 in a discussion group.
  • Philosophical late-night discussion with Christopher Koska (zem::dg) Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Philosophical late-night discussion with Christopher Koska (zem::dg)
  • A discussion with Prof Dr. Christian Fandrych and Prof Dr. Jannis Androutsopoulos Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    A discussion with Prof Dr. Christian Fandrych and Prof Dr. Jannis Androutsopoulos

 

After some intensive discussions, participants embarked on some practical work over the next few days. You see the idea of the workshop conference – according to Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut, in his opening speech – is to create a space in which it is possible to develop new project ideas that pave the way for the future.

  • Preparatory meeting for the Hackathon Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Preparatory meeting for the Hackathon
  • Preparatory meeting for the Hackathon Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Preparatory meeting for the Hackathon
  • Hackathon Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Hackathon
  • Hackathon Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Hackathon
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Project presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Project presentation
  • Marketplace for project ideas Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Marketplace for project ideas
  • Marketplace for project ideas Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Marketplace for project ideas
  • Hackathon team award presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Hackathon team award presentation
  • Hackathon team award presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Hackathon team award presentation
  • Hackathon team award presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Hackathon team award presentation
  • Hackathon team award presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Hackathon team award presentation
  • Open Space winner award presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Open Space winner award presentation
  • Open Space winner award presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Open Space winner award presentation
  • Open Space winner award presentation Photo: Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig
    Open Space winner award presentation


An innovative flying start for the future

During the late-night Hackathon, interdisciplinary teams worked together to develop innovative project ideas for teaching and learning foreign languages in the future. First prize was awarded to the idea for a tandem app for language learning, six more projects will receive funding from the Goethe-Institut.

 

 

STARTKLAR?! clearly showed that education and learning processes are changing in the era of digitisation – and as a result the roles played by humans and machines in language learning are changing too. It’s important to follow this shift both critically and productively. STARTKLAR?! has addressed themes relevant to the future of language learning and provided some significant influences.

 


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Contact

Dagmar Eickel
Division language courses and professional development for teachers
Goethe-Institut
startklar@goethe.de

Hannah Cuvalo
Communication Startklar?!
Goethe-Institut Capital Office
+49 30 25906 481
Hannah.Cuvalo@goethe.de

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