Symposium on the Future of Learning: Day 1

16. Oktober 2017

The first day of the international Symposium on the Future of Learning took place at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna (PH Wien) on October 16, 2017, from 12:30 to 6:00 pm. The symposium was organized by the Centre for Educational Technology and Innovation (ZLI) at PH Wien in cooperation with their partner of the Future Learning Lab (FLL) Vienna, the Association for the Promotion of Digital Educational Services (Verein zur Förderung digitaler Bildungsangebote).

The future of learning raises crucial questions

Digitization and medialization require new competences and raise crucial issues for schools and universities: How will learning develop in the future? What are the requirements for the classroom and the school architecture? How can the changing roles of students and teachers be defined? What are didactic possibilities and limitations of the use of digital media in teaching and learning processes? Three international keynote speakers from Japan, Austria and Gothenburg focused on questions like these and thus shed light on the future of learning from different perspectives.

International keynote speakers

  • Dr. Takashi Iba, Keio University, Japan
    is an associate professor in the Faculty of Policy Management and the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University, Japan. He received a Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University in 2003 and continued as a visiting scholar at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence during the 2009 academic year. He is a board member of The Hillside Group, which promotes the use of patterns and pattern languages and also sponsors several conferences and publications on pattern languages. Collaborating with his students, Dr. Iba has created many pattern languages concerning human actions. He has authored Learning Patterns (2014), Presentation Patterns (2014), Collaboration Patterns (2014), Words for a Journey (2015), as well as many academic books in Japanese such as the bestselling Introduction to Complex Systems (1998) and Pattern Language (2013).


  • Dr. Christine W. Trültzsch-Wijnen, Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg Stefan Zweig, Austria
    studied media and communication as well as music at the University of Salzburg and holds a PhD in communication from the same university. Her PhD theses was on international comparisons of media education in Europe and the USA. As a researcher and lecturer she worked at the University of Salzburg, the Free University of Bolzano, the Arts University Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Danube University in Krems, the University of Munster and the University of Akureyri (Iceland). From 2010 to 2014 she was a post doc assistant at the University of Vienna and a member of the research group “Wiener Medienpädagogik”. Since summer semester 2014 she is full professor for media education at the Salzburg University of Education Stefan Zweig and head of the Centre of Competencies for Media Education and E-Learning.


  • Dr. Jonas Linderoth, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
    is a professor in education, currently at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is most known for his work about game perception from an ecological perspective, where he argues that games have very specific conditions for learning. He teaches courses such as Educational Game Design, Games and Simulations as Learning Environments and Game based learning in educational environments.

In addition to the positions of the lecturers, the various perspectives also included those of the participants from school, scientific and economic contexts, which were discussed in an Open Fishbowl after the keynote speeches.

Around 90 people from schools, universities and companies participated in the first day of the symposium . The day ended with a visit to the Financial Life Park (FLiP) of Erste Bank and a common dinner at Campus Bräu in Vienna.

Here you find the summary of Day 2.


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