Open University UK, partner on the TEACH4EDU4 project, will hold a free engagement session where they will share and discuss their lived experiences of exploring what Industry 4.0 might mean for universities in Europe. Education 4.0 is related to the view that the current Industry 4.0 is becoming more and more automated, using modern smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular they explored how universities could prepare for Education 4.0, in the framework of the project TEACH4EDU4. At present a range of eight Joint Creative Classrooms (for example Machine Learning School; Robotics: Embedded Software Development) have been implemented across 16 computer science programs in Europe and will be introduced as part of the Teach4EDU project (

This free event is aimed at educators, academics, learning designers, policy makers, and managers who are interested in learning about how Education 4.0 might impact your practice.

The session has two different formats face to face at Jurys Inn Birmingham on the 31st of January 2023 and online on Thursday the 2nd of February 2023.

Event Programme for both dates:

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (f2f only)

13:00 - 14:00 - What is Edu4.0? What should universities do to be ready for Industry 4.0? (Prof Rebecca Ferguson/Prof Christothea Herodotou)

14:00 - 14:10 - Break

14:10 - 15:10 - Case studies in innovative pedagogical approaches are used in the teaching of Computer Science

15:10 - 15:30 - Final discussion and wrap up

This event is funded by Erasmus + project Teach4Edu4 (

About the speakers

Prof Bart Rienties is Professor of Learning Analytics and programme lead of the learning analytics and learning design research programme at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. He has published over 285 academic outputs, and is the 2nd most published author on Networks in Education in period 1969-2020 (Saqr et al. 2022), and the 4th most cited author and contributor in Learning Analytics in the period 2011-2018 (Adeniji, 2019)

Prof Rebecca Ferguson is Professor of Learning Futures in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University in the UK, and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her primary research interests are educational futures and how people learn together online. Rebecca was an executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) for four years and is currently one of the Editors in Chief of the Journal of Learning Analytics. Her work has been influential in shaping the field, supporting implementation across Europe, and promoting a focus on social learning analytics and on ethics.

Prof Christothea Herodotou is a Professor of Learning Technologies and Social Justice at the Open University UK. She has expertise in the design and evaluation of learning technologies that promote education opportunity and social justice, including learning analytics dashboards, online citizen science websites, and mobile game applications.

Dr Francisco Iniesto is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. His areas of research and publications are inclusive design, accessible educational technology, and open education. His background is as a Computer Engineer with extensive experience in IT consulting and software development.

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