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KP International Week 2024 April 8-10

Digital lives – balancing potentials and challenges

How do we develop digital literacy and skills in education and practice in a global world infused with technology?

Our lives are increasingly digitized, which opens to new possibilities, but also challenges existing practices and ethical considerations. New technologies are connecting our worlds, paving the way for new communities and a continued global dialogue.

But technologies are also infusing and infiltrating our worlds at different paces, creating inequality both locally and globally and fostering uncertainties about how to prepare for and use technologies constructively and critically in our everyday lives, in our educational system and within our professions.

As higher education institutions we are confronted with an accelerated development of new technologies. We therefore wish to invite you to an international debate about possibilities and challenges related to our digital lives – to support the implementation of adequate measures to educate and prepare our students for a digitized global world.

At the yearly KP International Week, we celebrate international collaboration in relation to our various academic fields – and we also invite you to join us for an international debate on how to create knowledge for participating constructively and critically in a digitized society.



Joining KP classes is an essential part of the KP International Week. Visiting lecturers will be individually scheduled to do a guest lecture in collaboration with KP teachers.

Digital lives – balancing potentials and challenges

Atrium at the main entrance

08.00 – 10.00: Arrival and registration
10.00 – 11.00: Opening reception for those not teaching
11.00 – 11.45: Campus tour for those not teaching

12.00 – 13.30: Lunch break

Auditorium Zahle (W2.O4)

13.30 – 13.45: Introduction to “Digital lives – balancing potentials and challenges”
13.45 – 14.45: Keynote: The challenge of digital citizens in contemporary societies – or why each profession must develop their own technology comprehension by Lars Bo Andersen, senior associate professor at KP, head of the research program “Digitization in School” and co-lead of the National Knowledge Center for Digital Technology Comprehension.

Contemporary welfare societies are mediated by digital data and technologies that serve as backbone and primal infrastructure for both the practices of welfare professionals and the experience of citizens.

In this keynote Lars Bo Andersen will use contemporary research and empirical examples from different welfare areas to provide an overview of the challenges facing both citizens and welfare professionals in relation to digital welfare systems.

The overall argument of the keynote is that alle professions must develop new practices and theoretical insights in relation to their own role as intermediaries between citizens and the digital technologies mediating life in contemporary societies.

Lars Bo Andersen is senior associate professor at KP, head of the research program “Digitization in School” and co-lead of the National Knowledge Center for Digital Technology Comprehension.

14.45 – 15.00: Coffee break
15.00 – 16.00: Keynote: “To grasp practice” by Higher Education Teaching Award-winner Lise Dissing Møller from KP’s Future Classroom Lab.

Through examples from teacher training at Future Classroom Teacher and our students work on practice schools, the presentation relates to the special professional skills a teacher must possess when working towards organizing technology comprehension through practical design processes.

Processes that require the students to work dynamically between physically to grasp and cognitively understand, and which is based on both a belief in mastery and a strong look out for the elementary school student’s digital life.

16.00 – 16.15: Coffee break
16.15 – 17.00: Panel debate: How to integrate digital skills in education (W2.04) – by Professor, Dr. Uli Fischer (Germany), Dr. phil. Eveline Hipeli (Switzerland), Senior Associate Lecturer Marianne Ellegaard (KP) and Associate lecturer Steen Søndergaard (KP)
17.30 – 18.30: Guided walk for international guests (optional)

How do we develop digital literacy and skills in education and practice in a global world infused with technology?

09.00-12.00: KP Future Classroom Lab Workshop: Tech tools in teaching (Future Classroom Lab W2) (closed morning session for international guests – max. 25 participants)

Staff workshops: Open afternoon Sessions

When you are not teaching, you are free to choose any session from the three themes:

Theme 1: Digital tools and skills in education (Room K3.18)

14.00-15.00: Digital tools for teacher training wellbeing – insights from an Erasmus+ project on ’Teacher Trainee Wellbeing’ by Jens Kristian Køllgaard Voigt (KP), Aimee Quickfall (UK), Wood, Philip (UK) and Kaisa Pihlainen (Finland)

15.20-16.20: On the way to integrating digital skills into studies by Petra Mund (Germany) – including a Virtual Campus digital platform for online teaching by Bozana Meinhardt-Injac (Germany): Promoting digital skills in degree programmes is becoming increasingly important. The “Virtual Campus” platform was developed at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Berlin (KHSB) to support technology-based and digital teaching and to help students improve their digital skills.

The workshop will give an overview of the project and present the results of an evaluation study on the acceptance of the platform by students and its effectiveness in improving digital competences.

16.40-17.40: Making future teachers media savvy:  Consequences for teacher training and why media literacy skills alone are not enough by Eveline Hipeli (Switzerland): Using examples from Switzerland, specifically from the Zurich University of Teacher Education in the field of media education, this presentation will show how prospective teachers are currently being prepared for their task of teaching children and young people the necessary media skills (media education, IT, and user skills).

It illustrates the future-relevant knowledge that nursery, primary and secondary school teachers acquire in modules and how they learn to prepare themselves and their pupils for the world of today and tomorrow. The aim of the subsequent discussion round is an international comparison of the different training approaches.

Theme 2: Virtual exchange (Room K3.17)

14.00-15.00: Coding and Robotics for Education Students – facilitated through COIL by Gasant Gamiet (South Africa) and Steen Søndergaard (KP): This interactive workshop will introduce Foundation Phase Teaching Coding and Robotics fundamentals to Education colleagues from a South African context. We will discuss the discourse of Computational Thinking and unplugged/plugged learning and teaching approaches.

15.20-16.20: The UCOILD toolkit for COIL projects by Rikke Pedersen (KP) – including insights from a Danish-Ukraine project by Catherine Watson (KP): In this workshop insights from COIL projects will be shared, and a toolkit supporting the planning, realization and evaluation of COIL projects will be presented – and selected tools will be tested.

16.40-17.40: Concitizen: Context matters – Transnational virtual exchanges as a mean for teaching controversial issues and contested narratives by Gitte Funch, Britta Kornholt and Eva Lindhardt (KP)
The workshop will contain a brief introduction to teaching contested narratives and controversial issues based on results from the ERASMUS+ project ConCitizen.

We will discuss the impact of context on the perception of controversial issues and introduce experiences from including different pedagogical approaches.

In particular, we will present results and reflection on teaching contested narratives and controversial issues through transnational virtual exchanges and how transnational virtual exchanges can increase the student’s awareness of contextualisation and multi perspectivity.

Theme 3: AI, coding and robotics (Room K3.16)

14.00-15.00: Digital devices and robots in nursing and healthcare by Uli Fischer (Germany) – including The skills and simulation laboratory at KSH by Susanne Roodt (Germany): Technical devices and new technologies play major roles in nursing treatments in hospitals. In this workshop you will be presented by some findings of recent projects about robotics and AI applications in healthcare which will be discussed.

15.20-16.20: Using AI in undergraduate academic assignments by Triona Stokes (Ireland) – including Proactive strategies to train schoolteachers and university instructors on AI tools by Maria Bou Zeid (Lebanon): This input reflects on the pilot use of an Artificial Intelligence software application in an Irish undergraduate Teacher Education programme in 2023-24, emerging from professional dialogue about developing assessment practices in the technological age. The workshop also includes a focus on Proactive strategies to train schoolteachers and university instructors on AI tools by Maria Bou Zeid (Lebanon).

16.40-17.40: Borges, simulation and the coming of AI by Paul Jahshan (Lebanon) – including GenAI: opportunities and challenges for Higher Education by Carlos de Aldama (Spain)

18.00-21.00: Networking dinner and dance (Campus Carlsberg, K, Groundfloor)

Strengthening international collaboration and knowledge – through technology

09.00-12.00: ICT Supported Learning Design: Facilitating virtual collaboration and student exchange: A workshop facilitated by Morten Philips and Hanne Søgaard from KP’s unit for Digital Competence (K4.19) (closed morning session – max. 40 participants)
11.00-12.00: Visiting KP Future Classroom Lab for interested guests (meeting point: Atrium)
12.00-13.00: Closing reception (Atrium)


Registration is now closed. Deadline to register was December 15, 2023.

Please contact International@kp.dk for any questions.

(KP students and staff do not have to register. Events are open).


For further information, please contact international office at international@kp.dk or our international coordinator within your educational field:

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We prioritize guest lectures/workshops as part of your program at KP international week. If you teach you can most likely receive Erasmus+ staff mobility funding. Please check at your home institution.