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.