Albanian partners of the TEAVET project visited Krems for two days to learn from the Danube University about teacher training in Austria. Unfortunately, due to a strike by an airline, the coordinators from Spain were only able to come to Krems for one day. Nevertheless, we were able to offer the Albanians many insights into various continuing education topics.
Gerhard Schwed from the eLearning Center at the Danube University Krems has introduced to our visitors various learning scenarios and services offered by the center at the university. He also discussed the benefits and opportunities of Moodle as a learning support platform. A big thank you goes to Marlene Miglbauer from the Virtual University College of Teacher Education, who took the time to show our visitors digital training opportunities in Austria and to discuss with them how this format could work in Albania.
Try technology independently
At the end of the two days we visited the Future Learning Lab of the University College of Teacher Education Vienna. There, we were able to try out different technologies such as 3D printers, VR glasses, augmented reality, robots and drones and find out what didactical added value they can have in the classroom. This playful approach enabled us to independently learn these technologies.
Krems an der Donau is a town of 23,992 inhabitants in Austria. It is the fifth-largest city of Lower Austria and is approximately 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Vienna. Krems is a city with its own statute and therefore it is both a municipality and a district. Krems is located at the confluence of the Krems and Danube Rivers at the eastern end of Wachau valley, in the southern Waldviertel.
Danube University Krems (Universitaet fuer Weiterbildung) (DUK), the university for continuing education, partner of the TEAVET consortium, offers exclusive master’s programs and short programs in five areas of study specially oriented towards the needs of working professionals. Serving more than 8,500 students and with 17,000 graduates from 90 countries, it is one of the leading providers of further education courses in Europe. Danube University Krems was founded in 1994 and combines many years of experience in postgraduate university education with innovation and the highest quality standards in research and teaching.
Danube University Krems is one of the pioneering institutions in Europe in the field of university-based advanced education and a specialized institution in the sector of lifelong learning. In teaching and research, the University focuses on social as well as organizational and technical challenges of current times and is developing innovating market- and client-oriented courses on an ongoing basis. The University for Continuing Education is specifically focused on interdisciplinary cross-linking and future-oriented special sectors: it offers courses that combine medicine and management, education and new media, or law and social sciences. Highest quality standards, a scientific, practical approach, and the use of innovating teaching and learning methods are part of all courses offered at Danube University Krems.
Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River, in the region of Southwest Finland. Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland. It quickly became the most important city in Finland, a status it retained for hundreds of years. After Finland became part of the Russian Empire (1809) and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland was moved to Helsinki (1812), Turku continued to be the most populous city in Finland until the end of the 1840s, and it remains a regional capital and an important business and cultural centre.
We are the University of Turku, Finland, selected as leader of the second work package WP2. It is a pleasure for us to welcome you in our city, well known as one of biggest leader institution in Finland.
Elbasan or Elbasani is a city and a municipality in central Albania. The third largest city in Albania, it is located on the Shkumbin River in the District of Elbasan and the County of Elbasan. The present municipality was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the city Elbasan. The total population is 141,714 (2011 census), in a total area of 872.03 km2. The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 78,703. It was called Neokastron (“New Castle”) in Greek, Novigrad (“New City”) in Slavic and Terra Nuova(“New Land”) in Italian. The modern name derives from the Turkish il-basan (“the fortress”).
We are the first Albanian university selected as leader of first work package WP1. It is a pleasure for us to welcome you to our city, well known as one of the biggest leaders of education tradition in Albania.