General Info

Important Update!


EAPRIL2020

With the COVID-19 crisis still ongoing and uncertainties around travel restrictions and gatherings, the wellbeing and safety of our community is our main concern. Therefore, we have decided that we will not be able to meet in Kufstein for the annual EAPRIL conference, scheduled to take place 25-27 November 2020.  

As an alternative to the face-to-face conference and in order to maintain the connection with our community we are organising an Online Workshop on Teaching in Higher Education on Wednesday November 25, 2020 (times tbc) in collaboration with the FH Kufstein Tirol University of Applied Sciences. For more information click here.


EAPRIL2021

Whilst the conference this year is not taking place, Kufstein is not forgotten! We are still very excited to bring the EAPRIL Conference to the beautiful fortress city of Kufstein in 2021. We would like to thank the Local Organising Committee for their support in making this though decision and for their willingness to postpone the event to 2021. We are already very much looking forward seeing the EAPRIL community in Kufstein in 2021 for the EAPRIL2021 face-to-face conference! More information will follow later. 


 

Conference theme


LEARNING IN THE AGE OF INDUSTRY 4.0


 

The EAPRIL Conference taking place from November 24th to 27th, 2020, in Kufstein (Tyrol), Austria, addresses the changing goals of our lifelong learners. Practitioner researchers are encouraged to have an in-depth dialogue regarding the opportunities provided through learning in the age of industry 4.0 and digitalisation in education. 

Digitalisation and digital technologies emerging in education and learning are the phenomena in theory and practice in this era. Several promising examples have already emerged and on the one side are intensively discussed in research and on the other side are already integrated in practice. For instance, Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and systems have been successfully introduced in education, especially in training scenarios of adult education. Another example is Artificial Intelligence (AI), which has been applied in education and learning. Promising methods are currently under investigation in order to improve personalized learning approaches or invent intelligent tutoring systems. These mentioned examples have driven several research directions such as Technology Enhanced Learning, (TEL) which “refers to technology enhanced classrooms and learning with technology, rather than just through technology”[1]. However, in view of all these technology-driven learning approaches, the human factor should not be taken out of consideration. Approaches such as reciprocal teaching and similar efforts become significantly important. 

Moreover, digitalisation not only affects and penetrates all types of education (primary, secondary, higher education, lifelong learning, etc.), it also provides opportunities for collaborative learning across school types and didactic concepts. Therefore, we would also like to highlight the important considerations of how and why modern technologies and methodologies in the age of industry 4.0 can cross/connect modern didactic concepts as well as types of education at the EAPRIL 2020 conference. 

Digitalisation and its disruptive technologies (drones, self-driving cars, robots, etc.) are going to change our society. New job profiles are going to emerge based on smart products and IoT related services, which demands changes in how and what we educate. We invite the EAPRIL 2020 conference participants to exchange, rethink and reconsider their expertise and approaches to meeting challenges in education in the upcoming decades. 

Tyrol and the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol warmly welcomes you to the beautiful city of Kufstein in the heart of the Alps!  

[1] https://www.mentimeter.com/blog/interactive-classrooms/what-is-technology-enhanced-learning-and-why-is-it-important

Conference Venue


FH KUFSTEIN TIROL, UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES


The FH Kufstein Tirol currently has approx. 2,200 students from more than 50 nations who create an international, multicultural atmosphere. The fact that they have more than 210 partner universities worldwide means that 200 international incoming students are hosted by the FH Kufstein Tirol annually and that an even larger number of their students go abroad to study for a semester or year. What’s more, with approximately 150 faculty members and employees as well as over 500 contracted lecturers, the FH Kufstein plays a significant role in the regional economy. The range of bachelor and master degree programs – offered in both full- and part-time formats – have been conceived to meet the professional demands of the respective industries. The FH Kufstein Tirol has also developed a postgraduate program in cooperation with several internationally renowned partner universities.

For more info click here.

Local Organising Committee (LOC)


Conference chair

Prof. (FH) Dr. Mario Döller

LOC members

Prof. (FH) Dr. Thomas Madritsch

Mag. Heinrich Lechner

Mag. Thomas Petzold