FELA Professional Webinars 2021

FELA Professional Webinars 2021

Professional Webinar Proposals 2021
“Literacy and Online Education. From Technology to Critical Thinking”

The Call is closed. Programme will be available soon.

For many years, we have been (at leisure) discussing digital literacy, online learning, and the impact of new(er) media. Then in early 2020, we were forced to implement and upskill our knowledge, competencies, and skills in practice. So how did we do? There has never been a situation like the pandemic: schools closed for several months and millions of students around the world connected to their computers or tablets in order to engage in literacy lessons at a distance. From video conferencing to virtual lesson software, literacy education has been digitalized and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this process. Future studies and research in literacy and online learning will be able to give us more information on the real effects of this change.

Yet in this context, the teaching of literacy still remains fundamental for comprehension, communication and critical thinking. Today teachers and educators can play an active role in keeping children and young people away from being passive and disconnected consumers of content to make them active and connected content creators.


FELA is organizing a series of professional thematic online webinars to share the insights and experiences of the FELA community with the FELA community and beyond. The organizing committee of this Project invites proposals on both the theory and practice of all aspects of literacy learning in the online environment.
Proposals are not limited to research; sharing of practices is welcome and members of FELA are invited to present their original insights into how e-learning and/or teaching has been carried out in their professional contexts, ranging across primary, secondary, tertiary, regional, and national communities and in literacy associations themselves.
You can download the Call for proposals in PDF format here.


may include, but are not limited to:

Topic 1. Conceptual issues: Distance education and the Digital Challenge

  • Digital literacy and new literacies
  • Digital literacy and the relationship with language teaching
  • Development of the role of literacy in distance education
  • Changing views on digital literacy
  • Professional development for educators

Topic 2. Providing a Digital Environment by Using the Technological Possibilities

  • Literacy, mobile technologies and the use of social media for learning & teaching.
  • Use of new text genres and types in education: using vlogs, blogs, video etc. to learn.
  • Student learning in blended learning and/or flipped classrooms.
  • New literacies and our workplace/context.
  • Online testing and assessment.
  • Reducing the digital divide.

Topic 3. Understanding the Teaching Potential of Distance Education

  • Pedagogical possibilities in literacy and distance education for teaching early years; primary, disciplinary literacy, adolescent literacy and learners needing additional support.
  • New forms of professional development for teachers and those working in schools.
  • Digital Literacies, motivation and reading for pleasure: changes in young people’s reading habits; changes in family’s reading habits; new habits for reading for pleasure.
  • Literacy and distance education to promote greater inclusion and social justice.
  • Understanding how diverse home environments can foster the literacy and digital skills of disadvantaged groups for distance learning.

A keynote speaker or a discussant will contribute to each area.
This project is supported by the International Literacy Association www.literacyworldwide.org.


Lecturers, researchers, teachers, literacy experts, members of FELA member organizations and others, are invited to present their original insights into literacy learning in the online environment and how it has been carried out in their professional contexts, ranging across primary, secondary, regional and National communities and literacy associations themselves.


Presentations and online sessions through Zoom Platform (videos and slides will be uploaded to the FELA website). Duration: each presentation should be max 20 minutes long.


English will be the preferred language of the presentations; submissions in other languages are also welcome.

Date and Time

12th – 13th- 14th  May 2021,

To accommodate time zones, webinars will take place each day from 5pm to 7pm CET. Presentations will be followed by a moderated short Q and A and discussion.


Proposals will be peer-reviewed.


Selected abstracts, presentations and webinars will be published on the FELA website.

Deadline for submissions

7 April 2021.

Abstract Submission

to be sent by google form: https://forms.gle/Qs77GVL1F7ps8Rpa6


18 March 2021 Open Call for Proposals

7 April 2021 Deadline for submission of abstracts of proposals.

23 April 2021 Notification of acceptance.

26 April 2021 Registration starts.

10 May 2021 Registration ends.

10 May 2021 The final version of the presentation (slides) should be sent to felaliteracyeurope@gmail.com

Live Webinar “Literacy and Online Education. From Technology to Critical Thinking”

12/05/2021 5pm – 7pm CET: Topic 1. Conceptual issues: Distance education and the Digital Challenge

13/05/2021 5pm – 7pm CET: Topic 2. Providing a Digital Environment by Using the Technological Possibilities

14/05/2021 5pm – 7pm CET: Topic 3. Understanding the Teaching Potential of Distance Education

The Organising Committee

Executive Committee FELA  https://www.literacyeurope.org/1967-2/governance/executive-committee/

Professional Thematic Webinars Steering Group

Dr. Tiziana Mascia, Associazione Literacy Italia, Italy (Chairperson)

Dr. Veronika Rot Gabrovec, Bralno društvo Slovenije, Slovenia (FELA Executive member)

Dr. Tara Concannon-Gibney, Literacy Association of Ireland, Ireland

Prof. Dr. Renate Valtin, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben (DGLS), Germany

Drs. Jeroen Clemens, RAIN, Netherlands

Dr. Sue Ellis, UKLA, United Kingdom

Petra Potočnik, Društvo Bralna značka Slovenije – ZPMS, Slovenia

Dr. Lisbeth Skov Thorsen, Landsforeningen af Læsepædagoger (LL), Denmark

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