EDULAB spring conference 2020

Co-creating Educational Innovations for a Technology-Rich Environment

6-7 May 2020, Tallinn University

for everybody interested in educational innovation in technology-rich environment and it’s creation and implementation

New methods you can use in daily practices

We’ll discuss the effect of different technology-enhanced teaching practices on student and learning process. We’ll learn to look at the data gathered every day during the learning process with a new perspective. We’ll find ways to enhance our daily practices through novel approaches.    

Two days in environment full of educational innovation

Sharing experiences of how hundreds of teachers and thousands of learners co-created teaching practices. Future trends in educational innovation will be discussed together with researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Workshops from the best experts and practitioners

During the EDULAB spring conference you can experiment new approaches together with experts and practitioners from the field. Workshops will be conducted by teachers, researchers, teacher education initiators and policy makers, who besides hands-on activities guide to analyse what happens during the workshops.    

Tallinn University (TLU) and Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) in collaboration with Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (MofER) and University of Tartu (UT) are inviting teachers from kindergarten, general education and vocational education and lecturers from higher education to a conference: EDULAB spring conference 2020: Co-creating Educational Innovations for a Technology-Rich Environment held in TLU on 6-7 May 2020. Conference is preceded by a policy forum focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) role and impact in education on 5 May, led by MofER. 


Technology together with gathering and employment of data has become part of daily lives, thereby having impact also in education. Indeed, it’s not always clear what are the pedagogical aims of bringing technology into the classroom and for what reason and whom data through learning processes are gathered. In the same way, European Commission working group (ET2020) emphasizes the importance of knowing why we use technology, gathering data about students and what kind of changes we suppose from doing so. 


EDULAB spring conference looks at new learning and teaching practices and educational institution development in a technology-rich environment through evidence-based prism. Diverse speakers, workshops and discussions will help us together find responses to questions - what possibilities technology offers for learning and teaching, what are today’s needs, possibilities and bottlenecks monitoring different processes and getting feedback. Conference welcomes teachers, lecturers, undergraduates, researchers and other stakeholders, who have been asking the same questions in pursuit of improving and giving meaning to daily processes.

Portrait of diligent schoolkids and their teacher talking at lesson

During the past four years, TLU so far the most voluminous international educational innovation project CEITER, led by Prof. Tobias Ley, has been together with teachers and schools co-creating new ways to implement educational innovations and research in a technology-rich environment. During the conference, you’ll see and hear how new ways were elaborated and experiences participants had in co-creation processes. On the 6th May, EDUSPACE Research Lab for Teaching and Learning, will also be opened. Lab has been created during the project in collaboration with various stakeholders and all participants have an opportunity to check the lab out through practical STEAM workshops. 

Conference opening speech is by Keith Devlin (Stanford University), followed by some more international experts from the field. Furthermore, HITSA is conducting workshops for teachers and lecturers on digital competences, gaming, personal studytracks etc. Likewise, UT learning analytics team, TLU Centre for Educational Technology and TLU Centre for Innovation in Education school culture team will also organise workshops to introduce novel approaches in implementing innovations in classroom as well as supporting school development processes. Conference is concluded by a plenary session looking into the future among researchers, practitioners and policy makers. 


Conference is seen as a good starting-point for expanding novel learning and teaching methods in co-creation with diverse stakeholders. It can be viewed as a yearly meeting place, where teachers, lecturers, researchers and other stakeholders share their experiences in creating and implementing innovations.

Registration with a more detailed agenda will be opened on 2nd March. If you would like to get notification when the registration is opened via email, write your email address here. See you during the EDULAB spring conference in Tallinn in May 2020!

6 May 2020

09.30 - 10.00 Registration and welcome coffee
10.00 - 12.00 Welcome (TLU, HITSA) and Opening Speech (K. Devlon)
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 14.30 Teacher supporting students' learning - K. Aus et al Teacher as classroom orchestrator (ENG) - L.P. Prieto (TLU) et al EDUSPACE workshop: Let’s Build Up Together the TOWER OF CREATIVITY & IMAGINATION! STEAM-ing Up Learning: Motivation by Innovation in Action Dr. Kristóf Fenyvesi (ENG) Tartu University, TBA Digital competences and personalised learning path - K. Požogina (HITSA), P. Küngas (HITSA), L.H. Sillat (TLU)
14.30 - 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 - 16.30 Teacher supporting students' learning - T. Väljataga (TLU) Tartu University, TBA Teacher as classroom orchestrator - practical workshop - R. Kasepalu (TLU) EDUSPACE workshop: STEAM K12. Solving societal challenges with STEAM kits (ENG). Digital interactive learning resources for students and in-service teachers for upscaling their digital competences. Moderator: Janika Leoste, assistants Anastassia Skiperskaja, Ragnar Pääslane, conductors: Elyna Nevski, Kairi Mustjatse, Kadri Mettis, Külli Kori. Up to 30 participants. In English. Gamification and gamified learning - Marit Dremaljuga-Telk (HITSA) & M. Sillaots (TLU)
16.30 - 17.30 EDUSPACE - Research Lab for Teaching and Learning - Opening
19.00 - 23.00 Dinner, surprises

7 May 2020

09.00 - 10.00 Key speech: TBC
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 - 12.00 Co-creation of educational services in collaboration with schools and ed. technology companies - A. Hiio (HITSA), I. Kõue (StartUp Estonia) Teacher as designer (ENG) - M.J. Rodríguez-Triana (TLU) Educational technologists - hidden neural netwrok of learning society: 10 years of educational technolology MA studies at TLU - K. Pata (TLU) & K. Tammets (TLU) Networking activity based on technology monitoring report - L. Vetik (HITSA) & I. Maadvere (GAG) Õpperobotite lõimimine lasteaia päevategevustesse. Lasteaia innovatsioonilaboris osalevate õpetajate lõputööde esitlused - õpetajad & J. Leoste & M.Tuul (TLU)
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Digitally-enhanced citizen sciences as practice to connect schools and society - K. Pata (TLU) & K. Kori (TLU) Teacher as researcher - M. Saar (TLU) Tartu University, TBA Elective Informatics Courses for secondary education and Digital Development Project - K. Salum (HITSA) Evidence-based School improvement (CIE)
14.30 - 15.30 Panel Discussion: What does the future bring us? Education in the Age of AI, Robots and Smart Data (ENG)
15.30 - 16.00 Conclusions