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International Diversity Forum on Teacher Education 12, 19 and 26 November 2021

The International Diversity Forum on Teacher Education will be concerned with different aspects of teaching and learning in contexts characterized by diversity and difference. It will particularly focus on language in education, the inclusive classroom and specific aspects of learning to teach in schools. Workshops will also discuss the effects of the pandemic-induced turn towards online media on teacher education.

The Diversity Forum is addressing BA and MA students of teacher education from the Universities of Groningen (Netherlands) and Oldenburg (Germany) and from Nelson Mandela University (South Africa).

12 November Inclusion/ Inclusive Education


This workshop day will be hosted by the University of Oldenburg (Germany).

11 to 11.15 am

Welcome address and introduction


Prof. Dr. Annett Thiele, Vice President for Early Career Researchers and Equal Opportunities, University of Oldenburg

11.15 to 12.30 pm

Interactive Session to warm up & connect


  • Marelize van Heerden, Nelson Mandela University 
  • Shanti Suki Osman, University of Oldenburg

12.30 to 1 pm

Lunch Break

(option to have lunch together in break out rooms)

1 to 2.15 pm

Thematic Workshop #1: Assessment as a key to promoting learning in the inclusive classroom

speaker(s): Sylke Bakker, University of Oldenburg

When it comes to promoting successful learning in the inclusive classroom,  diagnostic skills and the effective use of assessment strategies are key. Starting with their own learning histories, participants are going to explore opportunities and limits of integrating  innovative assessment tools into their (future) teaching practice.

2.15 to 2.30 pm

Coffee Break

2.30 to 3.45 pm

Thematic Workshop #2: Well-being in higher education and schools (in times of covid-19)


  • Marjolein Deunk, University of Groningen 
  • Sanet Deysel, Nelson Mandela University
  • Tanja Jungmann, University of Oldenburg

In this workshop we are going to explore how the educational systems (on primary, secondary and tertiary level) in our different countries managed covid. We will explore how this affected the learning experiences of our students, for example during internships in schools and university courses, and how this all influenced students’ emotional wellbeing.

3.45 to 4 pm

Overall Discussion & Closing Remarks


  • Mathabo Khau, Nelson Mandela University
  • Ulla Licandro, University of Oldenburg

Please note that times are according to Central European Time. South Africa is one hour ahead of Europe.

19 November Language in Education/ Multilingualism


This workshop day will be hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (South Africa). Please note that times are according to South African time zone, i.e. 10 am start in South Africa means 9 am start in the Netherlands and Germany.

10 to 10.10 am

Welcome & purpose of the seminar

speaker(s): Nokhanyo Mdzanga, Nelson Mandela University

10.10 to 11.45 am

Multilingual language policy: A case of Germany, Netherlands & South Africa


  • Nokhanyo Mdzanga, Nelson Mandela University
  • Juliana Goschler, University of Oldenburg
  • Aurélie Joubert, University of Groningen 

11.55 to 1.25 pm

Funds of knowledge:

Subverting neo-liberal thinking in the 21st century: From consumers to explorers


  • Tanja Jungmann, University of Oldenburg
  • Logamurthie Athiemoolam, Nelson Mandela University
  • Eva J. Daussà, University of Amsterdam

1.30 to 1.55 pm

Lunch break

2 to 3.30 pm

Languages and/in (digital) education: Regimes, policies, pedagogical interventions


  • Muki Moeng, Nelson Mandela University
  • Martin Butler, University of Oldenburg
  • Heloise Sathorar, Nelson Mandela University

3.40 to 4.10 pm

Round table discussion


Muki Moeng. Nelson Mandela University


  • Margie Childs, Nelson Mandela University
  • Joana Duarte, University of Groningen
  • Aurélie Joubert, University of Groningen
  • Tanja Jungmann, University of Oldenburg
  • Logan Athiemoolam, Nelson Mandela University
  • Martin Butler, University of Oldenburg

4.15 to 4.30 pm

Summary of the day’s key discussion points & Closing

speaker(s): Nokhanyo Mdzanga, Nelson Mandela University

26 November Teacher Education/ Training


This workshop day will be hosted by the University of Groningen (Netherlands).

12 noon

Welcome and introduction

12.15 to 1.45 pm

Parallel workshops round I

A. How digitally competent should I be as a teacher? Using the VeLDi model as a tool for reflection and improvement

Teachers and pre-service teachers face rapidly changing demands regarding digital skills and competences. The covid pandemic showed the extent of these challenges and expectations – and also the gaps. The ubiquity of digital devices and the ever changing face of applications require in-service and pre-service teachers to develop their digital competence. But what be sufficient? How to judge what I missed, yet?

This workshop first presents several competence frameworks and how to use the VeLDi-Model exemplarily to get an idea of the extent at the one hand and at the other for one’s own individual improvement of digital competences.

With an interactive exercise we will first use this model in practise and then discuss in smaller groups how this model might help them reflect upon their digital competencies and finally sum up the results.


  • Ira Diethelm, University of Oldenburg
  • Ismail Badroen, Nelson Mandela University
  • Tim Huijgen, University of Groningen

B. Coping with stress during teacher education: an online escape room on resilience

While preparing for 'the real job' pre-service teachers often are confronted with stressful situations, inside as well as outside the classroom. Covid19 even made it more important to be able to cope with those, often unexpected, challenging circumstances. We all agree: we should be resilient! 

But what exactly is resilience? Why is it important for pre-service teachers? What can be done to enhance resilience? You will find the answers as you puzzle your way out of the online escape room! After the escape room we will have a closer look at pre-service teacher’s resilience in different (national) contexts.


  • Irene Poort, Marjon Fokkens-Bruinsma and Dik W. Maandag, University of Groningen
  • Corinna Hößle, University of Oldenburg
  • Heloise Sathorar, Nelson Mandela University

1.45 to 2 pm

Short break

2 to 3.30 pm

Parallel workshops round II

C. Play & Game: Engagement in online learning

Learning from home every day without your peers is isolating. In fact, online learning can be demanding and stressful. During the pandemic we sought to bring the excitement and laughter back into our online classrooms. Could play and gamification be a way to do so? In this workshop, we will explore how these designs affect engagement in online learning. 


  • Nadia Gerritsen, University of Groningen 
  • Marion Händel, University of Oldenburg
  • Marelize van Heerden, Nelson Mandela University 
  • Ulrike-Marie Krause, University of Oldenburg 
  • Kim VanKoughnett, University of Groningen 

D. Learning from transnational lessons; towards a lesson study

What happens if students analyze lessons from teachers in other countries? Last year we prepared two sessions in which teacher education students from three different countries looked at lessons with regard to aspects like social climate, engagement and the interaction between students and teachers. Were they prejudiced? Did their view of education in other countries changed and did they learn from observing other lessons? We take you in an interactive workshop through the same process as the students went through and let you draw your own conclusion on some interviews we performed with some of the participants.


  • Heloise Sathorar, Nelson Mandela University
  • Till-Sebastian Idel, University of Oldenburg
  • Katharina Kaschel, University of Oldenburg
  • Alex van den Berg, University of Groningen

3.30 to 3.45 pm

Short break

3.45 to 4.30 pm

Looking back and looking beyond

Please note that times are according to Central European Time. South Africa is one hour ahead of Europe.

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