Focusing on the learner

The Diylab Philosophy at School and University to Foster Student Agency and Collaborative Learning

Barcelona, November 4th, 2016

The consortium of the European project DIYLab — Do It Yourself in Education: Expanding Digital Competence to Foster Student Agency and Collaborative Learning will host a symposium dedicated to exploring:

  1. DIY, or Do It Yourself, as a philosophy that puts the students at the centre of the learning experience, by turning them into the maker of their own learning process and materials.
  2. The potential of this approach for students to develop their agency, collaboration and digital skills, using the technologies they already have access, to make them lifelong and life-wide learners.

This event comes at the end of the above-mentioned project and aims to generate an international forum for debate and discussion.

The symposium

This symposium seeks to explore the emergence of a culture of collaboration, connected to youth learning environments, technology and DIY. Young people’s efforts to create and disseminate digital media have been associated with the growing do-it-yourself (DIY) movement. Starting in the ’90s with arts, crafts, and new technologies, it is now prevalent in curriculum contents, giving educators and students the opportunity to create, share and learn in collaboration.

The organizers are interested in how DIY in particular promotes authorship and communities, given the amount of time youth voluntarily spend in intense learning, as they tackle highly technical practices. This new perspective demands a new media landscape to include, in different educational settings, the production of new media linked to the demands of the digital era.

The symposium aims to problematize and interrogate our understanding of the possibilities and limits of introducing DIY philosophy in primary and secondary education, as well as universities. At the University of Barcelona, it is linked to the sponsored innovative teaching project, “DIYUni: DIY (do it yourself together) at the university. Technological and pedagogical implications to foster independent learning and formative assessment” (2014PID-UB / 075) (extended in 2015-16).

We specifically seek contributions that address the following issues:

  • Implementing DIY philosophy institutional settings (schools and universities).
  • Teachers’ initial and in-service professional development to support DIY agency and collaborative learning.
  • Processes and results of DIY-based teaching and learning projects.
  • DIY learning inside and outside educational institutions.
  • DIY digital objects as ways of reflecting and sharing learning processes.
  • Evaluation of DIY-based learning processes and results.


Friday, November 4th, 2016
08:15 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Opening ceremony

Juana M. Sancho  Gil
Universitat de Barcelona

Coral Regí
Escola Virolai

Miroslava Černochová
Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Zora Vasakova
ZŠ Korunovační

Antti Peltonen
Oulun Yliopisto

09:15 – 10:00 Teaching and learning challenges in the digital societies

Dr. Julian Sefton-Green
Principal Research Fellow, Department of Media & Communication, LSE
Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of Oslo
Visiting Professor, The Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland

Introduced by Juana M. Sancho Gil

10:00 – 12:00 Main results and challenges of the project DIYLab — Do It Yourself in Education: Expanding Digital Competence to Foster Student Agency and Collaborative Learning

Coordinated by Fernando Hernández-Hernández

DIYLab digital objects as ways of reflecting upon learning at the university
Dr. Fernando Hernández-Hernández.  University of Barcelona, Spain.

Experiences of DIYLab in further practice; DIYLab in multilateral context
Matti Mikkonen, Terho Granlund, Katrimaija Lehtinen-Itälä, Virpi SIvonen-Sankala, Heikki Kontturi, Kerttuli Saajoranta. Teacher Training School in University of Oulu, primary and secondary school, Finland.

DIYLab as a vehicle for making the shift in teacher education to understanding the role of the learner
Dr. Miroslava Černochová, Dr. Tomáš Jeřábek. Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Implementing DIYLab Philosophy in Primary classes: fostering creativity and design- thinking
Robert Pujol. Escola Virolai, Barcelona, Spain.

Implementing DIYLab Philosophy in Secondary classes: fostering creativity and autonomous learning
José Luís Touron. Escola Virolai, Barcelona, Spain.

Effects of collaborative learning within the DIYLab at Korunovacni primary school
Zora Vašáková, Iva Schmittová, Tomáš Komrska. ZŠ Korunovační, Prague, Czech Republic.

12:00 – 12:30 Coffee break
12:30 – 14:00 Invited experiences related to DIY philosophy

Coordinated by Maria José Miranda and Cristina Alonso

Implementació del DIY a les aules
(Implementing DIY in the classroom)

Fernando Hernández i Josep Dalmau. Institut Torre del Palau de Terrassa

Making educatiu amb impacte social. El cas d’UdiGitalEdu
(Eduactional making and social impact. The UdiGitalEdu case)

Eduard Muntaner Perich. Responsable de projectes a UdiGitalEdu. Universitat de Girona

El potencial transformador de la cultura maker y DIY en la formación del profesorado
(The transformative potential of the maker and DIY cultures in teacher training)

Susanna Tesconi. auLAB: aprender a través del diseño y la fabricación digital y LABoralCentro de Arte y Creación Industrial

What’s DIY Got to Do with It? The Cultural Landscapes Collaboratory: A Creativity and Innovation-Centric Culture-in-the-Making
Ralph A. Córdova. Executive Creative Director of the ED Collabitat and Ann R. Taylor. Interim Dean of the College of Education. University of Missouri-St. Louis.

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch break
15:00 – 16:00 Discussion with external experts

Coordinated by Paula Vaskuri and Joan Anton Sánchez

Jordi Vivancos Martí
Head of Àrea de Tecnologies per a l’Aprenentatge i el Coneixement. Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament d’Ensenyament

Dr. Julian Sefton-Green
Principal Research Fellow, Department of Media & Communication, London School of Economics, UK

Dra. Adriana Gewerc Barujel
Coordinadora de grupo de investigación Stellae. Directora del Departamento de Didáctica y Organización Escolar. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Dra. Mariana Maggio
Directora de la Maestría en Tecnología Educativa. Universidad de Buenos Aires

16:00 – 17:30 Participants’ contributions

Auditori Meier

Coordinated by Maria Domingo and Petra Vaňková

Trabajo por proyectos y filosofía DIY para una integración significativa de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación en los contextos educativos
(Project work and DIY philosophy for meaningful integration of information and communications technology in educational contexts)
Alejandra Bosco, Noemí Santiveri, Susanna Tesconi

Todos los caminos conducen a Roma. Trayectorias individuales, competencias generales
(All roads lead to Rome. individual trajectories, general skills)

Alberto Picón, Ana Mariela Rodríguez-Facal

Aprender a gestionar la incertidumbre en la formación inicial de los profesores de secundaria
(Learning to manage uncertainty in the initial training of secondary teachers)

Joan Marc Ramos-Sabaté, Neus Soler

Learning Circles – A technology ­enhanced peer teaching workshop
Kevin Sullivan, Jake Rowan Byrne, Aibhin Bray, Ciaran Bauer, Richard Millwood

Narración y creatividad. Aprender lenguas a través del trabajo autónomo y colaborativo
(Narration and creativity. Learning languages through independent and collaborative work)
Rosa Sayós, Carles Royo, Maria Dolors Font-Rotchés

El papel del Tinkering en el aprendizaje formal e informal de las ciencias en primaria
(The role of tinkering in the formal and informal learning of science in primary school)
Cristina Simarro, Digna Couso

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Auditori del Convent dels Àngels

Coordinated by Tomáš Jeřábek and Raquel Miño

DIY en la educación musical de grado superior: una relación intrínseca
(DIY music education in higher education: an intrinsic relationship)
Diego Calderón-Garrido, Josep Gustems-Carnicer

DIY en la formación inicial de maestros o sobre la necesidad de hackear la institución universitaria
(DIY in initial teacher training or the need to hack the university as an institution)

Pepa Valls Gabernet, Agustí Liñan Papaseit, Helena Ayuso Molí, Gemma Forns Agulló

La Red de Intercambio de Conocimiento: Compartiendo nuestros saberes entre iguales
(The Knowledge Sharing Network: Sharing our knowledge among equals)

Sílvia Martínez Grau, Pilar Iglesias-Estellés, Sònia López Hernández

Instrumentos musicales en la escuela. Un proyecto de colaboración entre alumnos y músicos
(Musical instruments in school. A collaborative project between students and musicians)

Salvador Oriola-Requena

La formación de líderes para una escuela que aprende día a día
(Training leaders for a school that learns every day)
Rosita Romero-Alonso, Carol Halal-Orfali

Interfaces DIY como alternativa en la Universidad para la democratización de las relaciones pedagógicas
(DIY interfaces as an alternative at the University for the democratization of educational relations)

Tanya Angulo

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break
18:00 – 19:30 Interactive round table

Coordinated by Miroslava Černochová and Judit Onsès


  • Sandra Carbó, student, University of Barcelona
  • Anna Forés, senior lecturer, University of Barcelona
  • María José Miranda, Secondary school teacher, Escola Virolai, Barcelona
  • Alfred Garrido, Primary school teacher, Escola Virolai, Barcelona
  • Júlia Callejon, Secondary school student, Escola Virolai, Barcelona
  • Josep Ramon Domingo, Secondary school father, Escola Virolai. Barcelona
  • Matti Mikkonen, Primary school teacher, Teacher Training School in University of Oulu, primary and secondary school, Koskela, Finland
  • Katrimaija Lehtinen-Itälä, Secondary school teacher, Teacher Training School in University of Oulu, primary and secondary school, Linnanmaa, Finland
  • Daniel Tocháček, teacher, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Iva Schmittová, primary school teacher, ZŠ Korunovační, Czech Republic
  • Radomira Vaclavikova, secondary school teacher, ZŠ Korunovační, Czech Republic
19:30 Symposium wrap up

Juana M. Sancho  Gil
Universitat de Barcelona

Coral Regí
Escola Virolai

Miroslava Černochová
Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Zora Vasakova
ZŠ Korunovační

Paula Vaskuri
Oulun Yliopisto



Abstracts should be sent in a text document to:, together with contact details for the author(s) and a brief mention of the author(s) affiliation.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excluding references) and should clearly communicate the key points and conclusions of the paper, indicating the methodology, theoretical framework and the relationship to the call.

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A short list of keywords should be provided with the abstract (no more than five).


The conference will be held in English and Spanish. Abstracts, as well as the full paper, should be submitted in English or Spanish.


We are limiting acceptance to 20 presentations. All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee and authors will be notified of acceptance by September 30th, 2016.


Paper submissions: September 20th, 2016
Paper acceptance: September 30th, 2016
Registration: October 20th, 2016


November 4th, 2016
Auditori Meier
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona


Juana M. Sancho Gil, Fernando Hernández-Hernández, Cristina Alonso Cano, Joan-Anton Sánchez i Valero, Maria Domingo-Coscollola, Xavier Giró Gràcia, Rachel Fendler, Raquel Miño Puigcercós, Judith Arrazola Carballo, Judit Onsès, Anna Majó, José Aurelio Castro Varela.
Esbrina. University of Barcelona

Esa Niemi, Antti Peltonen, Mikko Ojala, Paula Vaskuri.
University of Oulu

Miroslava Černochová, Tomáš Jeřábek, Petra Vaňková.
Charles University

Coral Regí, Paloma Llaquet, María José Miranda, José Luís Tourón, Alfred Garrido, Robert Pujol, Isabel Beltrán.
Escola Virolai

Kari Kumpulainen, Kerttuli Saajoranta, Heikki Kontturi, Pasi Hieta, Terhi Ylöniemi, Heikki Kontturi.
Oulu University Teacher Training School

Tomáš Komrska, Radomíra Václavíková, Iva Schmittová.
ZŠ Korunovační

With help from

Cristina Salazar, Sara Carrasco, Aurelio Castro, Gema Polanco.

With support from

  • Facultat de Belles Arts, Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Departament de Didàctica i Organització Educativa, Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Programa de Millora i Innovació Docent de la Universitat de Barcelona.
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DIYLab — Do It Yourself in Education: Expanding Digital Competence To Foster Student Agency And Collaborative Learning

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. Lifelong Learning Programme. Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. 543177-LLP-1-2013-1-ES-KA3MP

This symposium reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.