Workshop E-learning

E-learning: strategies and practices – 
Program for one day workshop in Vilnius, at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, on Wednesday August 16, 2017.

PURPOSE. The role of technology in higher education is growing. During the last decade learning management systems have been widely introduced in order to simplify administrative tasks. The forms of teaching were not affected, however. In the years ahead this is likely to change. This one day workshop deals with the introduction process and the practical use of digital media in university teaching. It is aimed at librarians, educators and education managers that want to develop their capacity to produce web-based courses. The workshop addresses three main questions:

IMPACT. What is the likely impact of e-learning in higher education over the next few years? For a concrete and realistic overview we recommend the newest Horizon reports: Economist Special Report on Lifelong Education (14.1.17) is excellent on the wider social and labour market context.

INSTITUTIONS. How can universities and libraries that want to offer e-learning courses develop a capability to do so? For good background discussions we recommend the blog E-literate: a trend analysis of the
e-learning platform market, see
New Release of European LMS Market Report:, from E-literate December 1, 2016.

INDIVIDUALS. How can teachers, instructors and librarians develop their
e-learning production skills?
 And how can education managers support them?

BACKGROUND. The workshop is based on our experiences with the LATINA project. This project is located at the LATINA Learning Lab, a dedicated development unit within the Learning Centre and Library of Oslo and Akershus University of Applied Sciences (HiOA). The Lab has offered training in e-learning since 2008. We have worked with partners in many countries – including Lithuania (Mykolas Romeris University). We have produced online courses (“MOOCs”) since 2013 and are currently working with our university to put many of their courses online.

INSTRUCTION. The workshop will be led by Tord Høivik, in English, with the assistance of Kari Gerhardsen Vikestad  (HiOA), Vigintas Stancelis (Vilnius University) and Mantas Janavicius (Lithuania National Library). It will be documented on the open web, with links to resources that can be studied before and after the workshop.

Please note:
The session before lunch will take place in a Conference Hall at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. The hands-on session after lunch, which takes place in a smaller computer room, must be limited to twenty participants

09:00 – 12:00 CONFERENCE HALL, 5th floor

09:00-09:30 Check-in. Coffee/tea.
09:30-09:40 Welcome by Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas, Director General National Library of Lithuania
09:40-10:10 Tord Høivik*: The global impact of e-learning 2017-2020 (lecture)
10:10-10:40 Group discussions

10:40-10:50 COFFEE BREAK

10:50-11:20 Kari Gerhardsen Vikestad**: E-learning strategies for universities and libraries (lecture)
11:20-12:00 Plenary discussion

12:00-13:00 LUNCH BREAK

** Optional for participants who do not attend PART II

13:00 – 17:00   ART LAB, 5th floor
The workshop is limited to 20 persons.

Afternoon (hands-on session directed by Tord Høivik)

13:00-13:30 Introduction to one major e-learning platform (lecture)
13:30-14:15 Try the platform as a student: log-in, sign-up for one or more (free) courses, test the content

14:15-14:30 COFFEE BREAK

14:30-15:00 Introduction to the production software (Studio) (lecture)
15:00-15:45 Try it as a teacher: log-in, write some text, include a picture, add a question
15:45-16:00 Brief discussion
16:00-16:45 Introduction to Microsoft Office Mix: how to make slide based teaching videos in your office or at home…
16:45-17:00 Next step/rounding-off: Where do we go from here?


Readings and background information:
Kari Gerhardsen Vikestad (2017): Impelled by curiosity: (10 pp.)
Tord Høivik:  Hands-on workshop. Notes for participants.  Published at

*Tord Høivik was Associate professor in library studies at HiOA from 1992 till 2012 and is now senior consultant at the Learning Lab. Tord has used IT in his own teaching since 1993 and was a cofounder of the Learning Lab.

**Kari Gerhardsen Vikestad is Director of studies at the HiOA Institute of radiography and is in charge of a major e-learning project.

Tord: Home page:
Kari: Home page:

BR, 10 August, 2017.