Promoting Student Digital Citizenship​

18th february 2023
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya


About the Event​

As part of the PENSA project, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya is holding a conference on the 18th of February in Barcelona entitled «Promoting students’ digital citizenship.» The presentations will address the use of digital tools in contexts such as online teaching, blended or hyflex learning and virtual exchange. This will be supported by workshops led by the PENSA project team, which will help attendees see how the theory can be put into practice in real-life contexts for the benefit of their students.

The presentations and workshops will be in English and the event will be useful for anyone who uses technology for language teaching and learning but it is especially suitable for language teachers in secondary and higher education.

Attendance is free but requires registration. Lunch will be served at the venue.

Event Schedule​

09:00 AM​

Registration & Coffee

09:30 AM​

Welcome and opening

10:00 AM​


Acting upon affordances for the promotion of student digital citizenship: for good or for ill?

11:00 AM​

Coffee break

11:30 AM​

Parallel workshops I

Virtual Exchange
Creative Writing

12:30 AM​

Parallel papers Session I

Promoting Critical Digital Literacy and Critical Global Citizenship education through Critical Virtual Exchange
Infographics as a form of Mediation to promote Digital Citizenship
Exploring the critical dimension in digital citizenship: a review of current trends and avenues for the integration of digital citizenship education in language education.

01:00 PM​

Parallel papers Session II

Towards a pedagogical framework to integrate Digital Citizenship in Foreign Language Education: current results from the Dice.Lang project
WhatsApp as a language teaching tool for online EFL courses: Aspects of digital citizenship education to be considered for adult learners
Dr. Daniel Otieno, Alice Modena, Kate O’Brian3
Teaching for Pluralism: Digital Citizenship through Virtual Exchange

01:30 PM​

Lunch break

02:30 PM​

Parallel papers Session III

Online Real World Tasks as opportunities to integrate digital citizenship education in language teaching and learning
Could digital platforms be used as a preparatory space to instil confidence in learners, thereby equipping them with the toolkit for meaningful face-to-face engagement with other cultures?

03:00 PM​

Parallel workshops II

Facilitation strategies to
promote online language
learner engagement
Open vs free in public life

04:00 PM

Closing session

Meet the Speakers​

Keynote speaker

Françoise Blin


Workshop facilitators​

Christelle Combe


Sara Pittarello


Mirjam Hauck


Sabina Gola​


Beatriz Calvo Martin


Sandrine Eschenauer


Jackie Robbins


Christine Appel


Marco Cappellini



Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano


Christian Ollivier


Catherine Jeanneau


Daniel Otieno


Alice Modena


Katie O’Brian


Úna Carthy


Demi Buchanan


What is the PENSA Project?

This two year project is coordinated by Aix-Marseille Université – France. This Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project focuses on two current issues in higher education and society. The first one is the need for training and infrastructure to deliver blended, distant and/or co-modal (i.e. in-class teaching simultaneously streamed to online students) teaching during the pandemic. The second issue is the need to educate young people to the implications in the use of social networking websites (Facebook, Youtube, etc.) at psychological, sociological, economical, and ideological levels. The PENSA project addresses these issues with an overall approach of openness, both in the direction of open education and open source platforms. The core of the project is constituted by 30 teachers and teacher trainers in seven universities, mostly part of the CIVIS European University, one academic association and a firm. During the project, we aim at providing training for these teachers and to reach 100 supplementary teachers with local training events. Teachers will be trained to integrate blended and co-modal teaching in their classes, with the integration of telecollaboration and virtual exchange on topics related to digital citizenship. The core group will implement virtual exchange adopting either the pedagogy of inquiry, or a collaborative creative writing approach. Through these actions, PENSA will involve 400 students across Europe in developing their digital competence, plurilingual competence, collaborative skills, and learner autonomy.

Call for papers

The notion of digital citizenship has garnered much attention since the mid-2010s. The Council of Europe defines it as follows:
Digital Citizenship refers to the ability to engage positively, critically and competently in the digital environment, drawing on the skills of effective communication and creation, to practice forms of social participation that are respectful of human rights and dignity through the responsible use of
technology. [1]
It is important to consider how both face-to-face and online language teaching can be linked to the development of digital citizenship. This is a multi-faceted question, as digital technologies can be used in various ways for language teaching. Virtual exchanges, for example, make use of digital tools to connect language learners in order to carry out pedagogicallystructured interaction and collaboration. Language instruction can be entirely online, making use of technological tools for either synchronous or asynchronous communication and interaction, or instruction may be blended or hyflex, each using digital technological tools in different ways and therefore raising different questions of how to foster digital citizenship in each modality.
It is therefore essential to understand the role of digital technologies, the perceptions that users have of them and how these technologies can be used in online language teaching, including from a critical perspective (Cappellini et al., 2022; Murray et al., 2020; Schneider & Grassin, 2022).
As such, proposals for contributions may be included in the following areas, or in others related to the theme:

Digital Citizenship within online interactions for language learning.
Which aspects of digital citizenship are most pertinent to Virtual Exchanges? In what ways can Digital Citizenship Education be incorporated into the design and delivery of Virtual Exchanges?
Online teaching strategies and promoting digital citizenship.
How can digital citizenship be taught in online classrooms? What strategies can be used to encourage respectful social interaction in online language learning environments?
Promoting digital citizenship in blended and hyflex teaching.
What opportunities are there for fostering digital citizenship in the online classroom as well as a face-to-face classroom? How can the affordances of these modes be put to good use in training students about digital citizenship?
Fostering digital citizenship using open source tools.
What benefits do open source tools have for different modes of instruction?
Digital safeguarding in online language learning contexts.
How can teachers ensure that their students, regardless of their age, are safe in the online environments in which they are working? How can teachers identify the aspects that place their students most at risk?

Submission details

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and include a bibliography
and biographical notes on the author(s) (80-100 words). They should be
submitted to no later than the 20th of

Important Dates​

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20th of October
Notification of acceptance: 30th of October

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