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Keynote Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt

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Podium discussion with Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt

Keynote Cathleen Berger © Goethe-Institut e.V.

Keynote Cathleen Berger

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.

Digital Literacy

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Forum Digital Literacy

Podium Discussion Digital Literacy

Forum 1
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Hall
Language: English/German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Lecture: Dr. Doug Belshaw, Dynamic Skillset, Open Educational Thinkerer, Great Britain
Focus group: Torsten Larbig, Frank­fur­ter Gym­na­si­um Schillerschule, Technische Universität Darmstadt

“The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.”
– William Gibson

Reading and writing as cultural techniques have always been essential for playing a communicative role in social life. However the rapid progress of digitisation and technical developments are increasingly changing the way in which we communicate too.
But it’s by no means just about operating technical devices any more. Sociocultural skills relating to the way in which digital resources and virtual platforms – such as blogs, social media platforms etc. – function, behave and work have become indispensable.
If you take the “side effects” and feedback effects of new forms of communication into account, the new digital developments also offer opportunities and potential for the development and use of language learning resources. 

Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence

Forum 2
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Rotunda
Language: English/German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Lecture: Prof. Donald Clark, Plan B Learning
Focus group: Dr. Tarek R. Besold, Data Science City, University of London

“The key is to have conversations again!”
– Amir Shevat, Director of Developer Relations at Slack

Indira hasn’t been learning German for very long. Indira’s “teacher” is in a position to reclassify his student’s language level continuously, on the basis of the vocabulary she uses, the sentence structure – but also because of the mistakes she makes. The information acquired from ongoing data analysis about Indira’s learning process enables her “teacher” to tailor the learning content optimally to Indira’s needs, her current language level and her individual progress at any time. At the same time, the “teacher” stimulates Indira’s learning process constantly with a set of exercises individually customised for her. When the “teacher” communicates with Indira, his vocabulary is automatically limited to words she currently knows.
Indira’s “teacher” is a learning assistant powered by artificial intelligence.
Utopia or a plausible scenario? Networking and constant discussion between experts specialising in the fields of “language” and “artificial intelligence” form a basis upon which the potential of speech recognition and evaluation can be applied in foreign language teaching. Yesterday’s utopia is tomorrow’s reality.

Learning Analytics

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Forum Learning Analytics

Forum 3
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Hall
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Lecture: Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart, Department of Computer Science, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Focus group: Harald Melcher, Managing Partner m2more GmbH Berlin
Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt, Professor of English Didactics, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

“Store all data you can get, there will be a time when you can use it”
– Toby Bradshaw, Microsoft

Information-gathering left the ivory tower of academic research behind a long time ago, and has now taken up residence in the head offices of major media groups. Collecting and evaluating data is now an element of modern society that we take for granted.
This also applies to education. In this environment data is increasingly being harvested from students.
This data can yield valuable information if analysed and evaluated using a targeted approach, for instance about the learning behaviour and progress of classes or individual students. It is only possible to adapt learning content to the specific needs and abilities of individuals successfully if robust data like this is used as a basis. 
However there is justified concern about the undoubted opportunities and benefits of personalised teaching and learning. The scope of potential dangers arising through the misuse of sensitive personal data collections of this nature can only be guessed at for now. Questions about data privacy and ethics, as well as responsible handling of “BIG DATA”, represent a challenge.

Global working places

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Forum Global Working Places

Podium Discussion Global Working Places

Forum 4
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Rotunda
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Lecture: Prof. Dr. habil. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Institut für Pädagogik, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Focus group: Prof. Dr. habil. Svetlana Titova, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, Lomonossow University Moscow

“Work has turned out to be the central interface of the digital change.”
– Andrea Nahles

Increasing digitisation also poses new challenges for the global economy. Demographic development and growing demands resulting from migration and immigration influx are an additional factor. This has far-reaching consequences for the tightly meshed relations between the areas of language, education and employment.
As the way we work changes, our approach to learning and its content must change too. Here, the focus needs to be on the necessary reorientation of learning, moving towards a learning style that is communication-oriented and collective, and uses digital media.
What value does knowledge of a foreign language still have in a media-dominated environment? What opportunities and challenges does digitisation have up its sleeve for the workplace in years to come?

Immersive Learning

Forum 5
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Hall
Language: English/German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Lecture: Prof. Mel Slater, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Barcelona
Focus group: Sarah Rogerson, Cambridge English Language Assessment

“If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. But if you let me experience, I will learn.”
– attributed to Lao-Tse

Becoming engaged with a different world using all your senses. Immersion is a core element of foreign language tuition and the more senses it addresses, the more intensive and lasting the experience becomes for learners.

The technology potential of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality nowadays opens up completely new ways of learning in any location and in communicative situations. For instance, this technology makes direct “experience” of everyday situations possible in a virtual capacity. This doesn’t just apply to cultural studies: realistic use of language can be practised, evaluated and corrected in immersive scenarios.

Roleplay – a well-established approach to foreign language teaching – is also taking on a completely new character as a result of the new technological opportunities. However, developments have only just started on this front.

Translating Technology

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Translating Technology

Forum 6 
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Rotunda
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Presentation: Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith, DFKI: German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Saarland University, Saarbrücken

“Let machines do what they can best.”
– Christoph Auer-Welsbach, IBM Watson

Being able to communicate with each other despite speaking different languages has undoubtedly been a theme since the Tower of Babel was built – and it’s become current again because of the ongoing processes of globalisation, migration and digitisation.
The latest developments in the research field of translation technology already offer a clue of the perfection that will come from automated translation tools in the future. The range of digital translation utilities on offer is becoming increasingly diverse, user-friendly and better-quality.
What do these developments mean for language learning? What obstacles must be overcome, and what are the limitations of digital translation tools? The discussion as to the contexts in which foreign language learning will remain essential even in the future has become more important still in the light of such developments. The key question here is whether being multilingual will continue to be a worthy aspiration, or whether it will lose impact as an educational ideal.

Open Education

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Forum Open Source

Forum 7
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Hall
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Lecture: Christine Kolbe, discussion creator at klugekonzepte and educational methods coordinator at mediale pfade

Open Education as #moderneducation:
Paradigm shift for accessible education and learning processes

A new pattern of order and behaviour concerning knowledge and information handling has started to prevail over the past two decades in the wake of digitisation: what began with the disclosure of source code has now also spread to other areas in the form of open-source practice. This culture of sharing, of reusability, is expressed in education in concrete terms in the Open Educational Resources – OER for short. In this context a paradigm shift is being manifested, an approach that rethinks copyright and rights of use in the digitised world. It’s about exchanging concepts, materials and methods for any learning and teaching environments – in order to make learning itself more open and flexible, and to exploit the full potential of the digital world. In projects that market themselves as “open”, the idea is to make the user into a co-designer. They should continue to develop the goods or works that come into their ownership, making their own contributions available to others or adopting and developing ideas. In view of the challenges posed by the 21st century, the opportunities arising from greater openness and diversity of access – especially where educational resources are concerned – should be used intelligently. That’s #moderneducation.

Digital Exercises

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Digital Exercises

Forum 8
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Rotunda
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018
Lecture: Prof. Dr. Hermann Funk, Department of German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Studies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Focus group: Andrea Pfeil, Goethe-Institut New York
Prof. Bernd Rüschoff, University of Duisburg-Essen
Caterina Magro, Babbel Berlin
Dr. Phil Anika Bethan, EF international language school Berlin

Of the factors that determine the paths, forms and outcomes of foreign language learning, the quality of interaction in the learning process is of critical importance. Digital exercise formats in teaching materials and in apps mostly have a very limited interactive capacity, which rarely goes beyond the stimulus/response model. The panel discussion will address methodological positions, models and formats with the potential of digital interactivity as a starting point, which initiate and support interactive processes in foreign languages.

Conclusion round

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Conclusion round

Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Hall
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018

with Prof. Dr. Christian Fandrych, Faculty of Philology at the University of Leipzig
and Prof. Dr. Jannis Androutsopoulos, Linguistics of the German Language and Media Linguistics at the University of Hamburg

More Highlights

An ongoing programme of supporting events
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, ROTUNDA / Foyer

Thursday 22.3.2018

Marketplace for contacts and networking, presentations, windows of practice. 

Cambridge: 360 degree applications for exam preparation
GFL publishers: book table presentation of educational media for the future
Microsoft: Skype Translator, Chatbots, AI supported translation
Goethe-Institut: digital German exams

Workspace 1 - Reports from abroad
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, HALL
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018

Discussion group with German learners from the Goethe-Institut in India, Russia, Turkey and the USA

German learners from Goethe-Institut locations in India, Russia, Turkey and the USA have come together in workshops to think about how they would like to improve and simplify their learning of foreign languages in the future.

  • What wishes and requirements do you have of modern foreign language teaching?
  • Which media will be used for learning in the future?

Participants in this workshop will formulate their ideas and desires in front of the group and present the results of various creative workshops. We invite you to find out more about the perspective of German learners around the world, exchange experiences and discuss new concepts and approaches for language learning in the future with each other.

Workspace 2 - Round Table
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Lounge
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018

“How will we learn in 2030?”

What digital skills will learners and teachers need in 2030? What technologies will be used in language lessons? Representatives from publishing houses Cornelsen, Hueber and Klett, as well as the education trade fair didacta, present their visions of educational media in the year 2030 in the context of a discussion group.

Workspace 3
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Hall
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018 (open-ended)
4:30 pm: Meet up Hackathon and last registration

Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, voice-activated assistants and chatbots: current technology developments offer broad scope for new technical solutions to improve foreign language learning sustainably. 

At the Hackathon, interdisciplinary teams develop innovative project ideas. The Hackathon is aimed at key people in the design and development environment, as well as language teachers and learners, education specialists and everyone with an interest in learning in the context of the challenges and opportunities offered through digitisation.

The projects will be presented straight after the Open Space events on Friday afternoon. The best project ideas will be awarded funding.

Registration, team building and a briefing are timetabled for Wednesday before the conference opening. Registration and participation in the Hackathon includes involvement in the opening event and the reception on Wednesday evening.

The Hackathon will also include participants from a Pre-Hackathon, which was held in Istanbul before the start of this conference.

Workspace 4
Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Rotunda
Language: German

Thursday 22.3.2018

Discussion group: Christopher Koska, zem::dg Zentrum für Ethik der Medien und der digitalen Gesellschaft, Hochschule für Philiosophie München, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Philosophical late-night discussion on the Tower of Babel, innovation and the future of languages.      

Location: Berlin, Spreewerkstätten, Hall
Language: German

Friday 23.3.2018

Presented by: Florian Grolman, initio Organisationsberatung

On the first two days of the conference, experts from different subject fields highlight key trends and development perspectives of the next few years. How can we utilise the potential of digitisation, and in doing so make foreign language learning more attractive and easier for learners in the future? Interdisciplinary workshops are being held in the Open Spaces to develop ideas for actual projects, which are then presented to a jury of experts. The best project ideas will be awarded funding. Participation in the Open Space events is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested.