Education 4.0: The Digitalization of Education

Experts to discuss the opportunities and limits of this technology at CITEC, Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence

For school children, life is virtually unimaginable without a smartphone: the Internet is now a part of their daily lives in the same way the television was for kids 25 years ago. On 28 November, researchers will discuss the use of digital media in teaching and further education at the conference “Education 4.0: The Opportunities and Challenges of Digitalization.” As part of this conference, the researchers will provide a glimpse into current research projects on these topics, such as using robots in preschools, or training with a virtual coach. Following the conference, the experts will hold a public podium discussion at 5 PM on the question of whether intelligent systems can be used to support the kinds of educational and training programs and services available today.

Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano is organizing the conference “Education 4.0: The Opportunities and Challenges of Digitalization.” Photo: CITEC/ Bielefeld University “Digital media have long been part of the everyday lives of children and young people. For this reason, it is important that the potential of intelligent technology is integrated into education in a useful way,” says computer science Professor Dr. Philipp Cimiano, who is organizing the conference at CITEC. “From an early age, school children must learn how to use technology in a competent way. But they can also be supported and motivated in their education with digitalization.” At CITEC, the Cluster of Excellence at Bielefeld University, interdisciplinary groups are researching interaction technologies that can assist people in their daily lives.

As part of the project L2TOR, CITEC researchers are currently developing a robot that is designed to help preschool kids learn a second language. In her talk, Dr. Kirsten Bergmann will report on how this can also work in a non-verbal way. Dr. Katharina Rohlfing from Paderborn University will talk about a robot used as a play companion in preschools.
But Education 4.0 is not limited to just the school day. In the CITEC research project ICSpace, for instance, researchers are working on a training space where a virtual coach can lead users in exercises, giving instructions and corrective feedback in real time. Dr. Mario Botsch, a computer science professor at CITEC, will discuss the research on ICSpace and movement learning in virtual reality.

The conference will also explore the limits of the uses of these technologies. Ralph Müller-Eiselt from the Bertelsmann Foundation will address this topic in his keynote talk entitled “Humboldt vs. Owrwell – Where is the digital revolution taking us?” And educational researcher Professor Dr. Holger Horz (University of Frankfurt) will point out what should not be taught with digital media. A podium discussion at the end of the conference, held in the CITEC foyer, will again reflect on the issues and the opportunities raised by digitalization. Professors Dr. Thomas Schack (psychology), Dr. Stefan Kopp (computer science), Dr. Oliver Böhm-Kasper (education science), and Dr. Holger Horz (psychology) will take part in this podium discussion.

More information is available online at:
Prorgam Link:

Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano, Bielefeld University
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology
Phone: 0521 106-12249

PDF icon Agenda_Workshop_28_11_2016.pdf177.56 KB