Tuesday, 24. March 2020, 11:00 - Tuesday, 26. November 2019, 18:00

IGNITE Conference and Pre-conference Workshop

The ACDH-CH acts as organiser for the IGNITE Conference on "Design Thinking & Maker Culture: Sticky Learning for the 21st Century" taking place in Vienna in March 2020.

As local organiser the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage is pleased to invite to the IGNITE Conference and Pre-conference Workshop on "Design Thinking & Maker Culture: Sticky Learning for the 21st Century" taking place in Vienna in March 2020. 


March 25-26, 2020

Sticky learning is a fairly new concept that promotes methods for teaching/training so that it is retained more effectively afterwards — hence the stickiness. This is clearly the goal of all learning activities, but with recent technology development and with the concept of Industry 4.0, stickiness has also become a concept for learning outcomes that persist beyond the individual course or degree. Teaching methods such as problem and project-based learning, active classrooms, and  student-centred classrooms are teaching methods that promote sticky learning.

These teaching methods can be explored within the wider frameworks of design thinking and maker culture as ways to teach a new generation of humanities and heritage students lifelong skills crucial to the creative and cultural industries,  including user-centred design, citizen engagement, co-creation across sectors and on a larger scale, as well as ways for those in the humanities and heritage to take on and create solutions for global challenges. We know that such solutions will include new technologies, but also that they will rest on human and humanities knowledge for a sustainable (digital) transition of society.

This conference seeks to explore these themes within the wider areas of education within the digital humanities, cultural studies, and the creative and cultural industries, both as part traditional educational curricula as well as lifelong learning.


March 24, 2020

A pre-conference, co-designed workshop will explore how we can integrate new modalities of teaching (online, blended and flipped classrooms) and enhance and empower humanities students to apply critical thinking through design and making, reflecting on how we can challenge the ways that education frameworks and knowledge institutions define humanities education, classrooms and curricula particularly at the postgraduate level.

Call for Participation 

We welcome abstracts for long papers (20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions); short papers (10 minutes) and posters which address themes related to conference more generally, but which especially address:

  • Sticky learning in teaching technology within a humanities setting

  • Digital innovation in teaching and learning in the humanities

  • Flipped classroom teaching

  • Lifelong learning in the digital transformation for the heritage sector

  • Design thinking for the humanities and heritage

  • Maker Culture as new forms of meaning-making and knowledge creation

  • Novel ways to teach technology at Masters level, including 3D modelling, augmented and virtual reality, digital storytelling, game jamming

  • How do we prepare humanities students for a new labour market in the creative and cultural industries

Abstracts should be c 300 words. Abstracts should be submitted via Google Form. There is no fee for this conference. It is underwritten by the Creative Media Europe Directorate of the European Union and the IGNITE project. There are a limited number of bursaries for presenters who also plan on attending both the conference as well as the pre-conference workshop.

Further information and registration: https://ignite.acdh.oeaw.ac.at/conference-vienna/