Co-creating Learning Adventures into the Digital World:

Event Location: Leppävaara Campus
Subject: Research, development and innovations; About Laurea; Leppävaara; Expertise in Nursing and coping at home

​Join us in creating future learning adventures into the digital world that connect different fields, industries and even generations. Many opportunities to foster active ageing and lifelong learning have already been discovered within the digital world. Partner with an array of experts as we work to turn these discoveries into desirable, feasible and viable learning experiences!

This two-day seminar brings together stakeholders from adult education, digital storytelling, senior associations, tourism and ICT training. The interactive approach of the program encourages the sharing of individual experiences while learning from others in an international environment. At the heart of the seminar are the seniors as learners of mobile technologies, their experiences and their stories.

The seminar is hosted by AHEAD – Training High Tech Seniors for Discovery, a multinational project that builds on a partnership of six organizations in five countries. The AHEAD project combines expertise in digital storytelling, education and tourism to develop an innovative approach promoting digital storytelling among senior travellers. Read more about AHEAD project.

Who should attend?

Anyone working with topics such as active ageing, lifelong learning, digital storytelling, education, ICT related fields, mobile development, education policy development, social media, senior associations, policy planning, service design, tourism and destination marketing is invited to attend and participate. The event is also ideal for projects and companies looking to present their innovations and ideas to audience that represents expertise in active ageing, lifelong learning, education and the end-users of interest – the seniors.



The first day is designed to introduce you the topics of digital learning adventures and digital storytelling. The sessions allow the attendees to experience the perspective of seniors as learners. The first day also includes an afternoon learning café session, where various projects and companies host simulated learning sessions introducing their digital products, services or training concepts. Learn about the various possibilities of technology, share your experiences and connect with others. The event is ideal for projects and companies looking to present their innovations and ideas to audience that represents expertise in active ageing, lifelong learning, education and the end-users of interest – the seniors.

08:30 Registration

09:00 Opening session – Welcome and seminar overview
Taking a fresh perspective on ageing, learning, technology and travelling.

09:30 Introducing “AHEAD – Training High Tech Seniors for Discovery” project
Barbara di Pietro, Superficie 8

10:00 Interactive poster session
AHEAD partners and seniors from six organizations in five countries present their findings in interactive poster sessions. Digital stories created by the seniors are showcased. Topics include: how a digital storytelling training concept was developed with seniors, how training was integrated into walking tours, and what were the best practices of teaching seniors digital storytelling with tablet computers.

11:00 How does digital storytelling promote active ageing?
Silver Stories -project

11:30 Introducing a model of seniors as peer-to-peer ICT-tutors
Juulia Andersson, ENTER ry - ICT Association for Seniors.

12:00 Inspirational presentation – What could we learn from children as digital storytellers?
Johanna Penttilä, CICERO Learning: Digital storytelling for 21st century learners, University of Helsinki.

12:30 Discussion – Future ideas and take-aways

12:45 Lunch and seniors’ photo exhibition
Photos taken by seniors participating in AHEAD project are displayed on the walls of the main lobby. See their experiences from their perspective and take part in creating a story around the photos.

13:30 Learning café –Simulated learning adventures
The afternoon is dedicated to simulated learning sessions*. Get to know about various digital possibilities related to themes such as digital storytelling, health and wellbeing, games, photography and travelling.  Engage in simulated learning adventures and share your experiences with others!

15:30 Wrap up
Interview and exchange ideas with the hosts of the learning café sessions in order to summarize the experiences

*Simulated learning sessions are hosted by AHEAD project teams and seniors as well as partner projects and companies. All session hosts will receive feedback from the seminar attendees at the conclusion of the session. Do you have a digital product, service or training concept you would like to introduce and get feedback on? Contact the project coordinator by 5.9.2015.

On your second day, you’ll participate in an interactive morning workshop that aims to answer the question “how can we create sustainable business models for learning digital storytelling?” Training seniors to discover digital storytelling in the context of travelling is an important aim of the AHEAD project. Share your ideas and build on the ideas of others in an engaging business model workshop as we explore the next steps.

09:00 Opening session and warm up 
The session will begin with a brief overview of the workshop, discussion of relevant concepts and warm-up exercise to familiarize participants with the process. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

09:45 Workshop
In small groups, teams work to create business model canvases.

11:00 Presentations
Teams will present and briefly discuss their business model canvases

11:30 Wrap up
Final thoughts, conclusions and open discussion will bring the seminar to a close

The initial seminar sessions conducted on Day 1 are designed to stimulate ideas and discussion for the Day 2 workshop.  However, anyone who wishes to participate exclusively in the workshop is welcome to do so. The workshop is designed for professionals in fields such as senior associations, the public sector, tourism, education, and other active ageing and lifelong learning projects. Seniors are also welcome to participate or act as informants for the workshop teams. Space is limited, so please register early!

Register by 15.9.2015 here.

For nearest accommodation, please contact:

Glo Hotels, Sello, Espoo