Tina Grummel, Project Coordinator

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

In different formats and with multiple methodologies, the International Diversity Forum on Teacher Education will be concerned with the complex effects of the pandemic induced turn towards online media in teacher education. The Forum will be a site of articulating, discussing and reflecting on both the potentials of this “digital turn” and the challenges that it has confronted us with.

We will elucidate e.g. how digitalization as a response to Covid-19 has been affecting the use of language in teaching, which languages are represented (or neglected) in virtual environments; who benefits from online teaching methods, and who is left behind and for what particular reasons; among other things, we will shed light on the challenges of gathering practical experience in times in which social interaction is restricted to the virtual realm, and will ask which lessons can be learned for the design of an online pedagogy after the pandemic.

The Forum will include teachers and students from the Universities of Groningen (the Netherlands), Oldenburg (Germany) and Nelson Mandela University (South Africa).


How to register

  • The workshop will be taking place online. Deadline for registrations is a week before the respective workshop day, i.e.
    • 5 November 2021 for the Inclusion Day. Please email Tina Grummel (UOL): to register.
    • 12 November 2021 for the Language Day. Please email Prof. Nokhanyo Mdzanga (NMU): to register.
    • 19 November 2021 for the Teacher Education Day. Please email Suus Siekman (RUG): to register.
  • Please specify
    • Your name and birthdate
    • Which institution you’re from
    • Degree course and year.
  • Please note that we will be trying to admit all students who register for the workshops, however, we may need to select students if numbers make it necessary.

12 November Inclusion/ Inclusive Education


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

11 to 11.15 pm

Welcome and Introduction

11.15 to 12.30 pm

Interactive Session to warm up & connect (Marelize van Heerden, Nelson Mandela University & Shanti Suki Osman, University of Oldenburg)

2 to 2.15 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 (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)

3.45 to 4 pm

Overall Discussion & A Way Forward

Please note that times are according to Central European Time.

19 November Language in Education/ Multilingualism

  • This workshop day will be hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (South Africa).
  • Times: approximately 11 am to 4.30 pm (tbd). Please note that times are according to Central European Time.

26 November Teacher Education/ Training


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

12.30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

12.45 to 2 pm

Parallel Workshops Round I

A. Preparing teachers for digital learning and teaching: challenges and opportunities.

The common ground between teacher educators and student teachers is that they both have to teach in digital environments. Does this common ground also transfer to the challenges and opportunities that they face? What are the relevant factors and necessary adaptations for heterogeneous/special ed learning groups? What can we learn from practical examples in subjects like history? Do we need to redefine features of safe and stimulating learning climates from a pedagogical stance?

B. Learning to teach in times of pandemics: (digital) alternatives for internships and fieldwork.

What delimits the learning process when authentic contexts are not available? Which “proxies to practice” are available? What are experiences of student teachers in this domain?

2 to 2.15 pm

Coffee Break

2.15 to 3.30 pm

Parallel Workshops Round II

C. Motivation, engagement and collaboration in virtual learning environments: COVID19 as a booster for teacher education.

What do we know from research that our student should know and be able to do? How can we use technology to bridge inequality gaps? Do gamification and applications like ‘text adventures’ have the intrinsic power to promote (transnational) collaboration and learning?

D. Learning from transnational lesson study: educational experiences in the domain of didactics/pedagogy and cultural sensitivity.

What did we learn from international collaboration on the domain of lesson study? What learning experiences do students report? And teacher educators? What do we learn from ‘looking in classrooms across the border’? What’s the added value of international collaboration?

3.30 to 4 pm

Looking Back Wrapping Up the Three Days of the Diversity Forum

4 to 4.30 pm

Looking Forward and Farewell

4.30 to 5 pm

Informal Meeting/After Party

Please note that times are according to Central European Time.

(Changed: 2021-10-19)