Update: August 2022

You can find an updated version of the full conference program here (PDF, 5 MB) (please note: this version does not include personal contact data and information on the Zoom meeting). The program is published subject to minor changes, which would be announced on-site.

Research on (digital) learning discourse has increased considerably in the last years.

Learning to initiate and orchestrate learning discourse is essential for (prospective) teachers and teacher educators. This conference aims to bring together experts and young researchers to jointly discuss and integrate findings from the diverse studies investigating learning discourse types and effects on learning and other educational outcomes. It will also focus on the special challenges and opportunities for productive talk in remote learning settings with thematic keynotes, workshops, and moderated discussions.

Keynote Sessions

Find out more about our ten keynote sessions 

Moderators & Discussants

We are excited that renowned researchers and teacher educators in the field of productive learning discourse and/or digital technologies will moderate our plenary discussions and provide us with "Insights of the day" at the end of each conference day.

Prof. Dr. Frank Crasborn (Fontys University, The Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. Annelies Kreis (University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Switzerland)

Prof. Dr. Dominik Petko (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Poster Sessions

During three interactive poster sessions, participants have the opportunity to draw attention to (ongoing) projects, studies, research based trainings and specific instruments and tools to foster productive dialogues. 

We have received numerous submissions to our open call from researchers and research groups from Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States and are pleased to be able to offer a varied, exciting program. More information on the different poster presentations will be announced with the full program.

Interactive Workshops

The conference will keep an unhurried pace and is designed to offer many opportunities for informal exchanges among researchers. In workshops and small group discussions we aim to advance the scientific exchange on learning discourse in different fields and give insight to concrete frameworks and tools to research productive talk and/or to teach productive talk in professional development programs. Participants can attend up to three workshops during the conference. 

  • Coaching teachers’ moral learning in professional learning communities (Dr. Helma De Keijzer & Prof. Dr, Frank Crasborn, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands)
  • Comparing in productive classroom discourse; Teacher initiated student justifications as a mediator for student learning (PD Dr. Christian Rüede, Prof. Dr. Fritz Staub et al., FHNW & University of Zurich)
  • Analyzing lesson dialogues during practica from a general and mathematics education perspective (Prof. Dr. Annelies Kreis, Prof. Dr. Esther Brunner et al., Zurich University of Teacher Education & Thurgau University of Teacher Education)
  • Creating an integrated knowledge base for conferring that builds teachers' text discussion facilitation (Dena Zook-Howell & Prof. Dr. Lindsay Clare Matsumura, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Productive talk in post-lesson conferences with preservice teachers: Theoretical criteria as a tool to enhance learning (Dr. Diemut Ophardt et al., TU Berlin, Germany)
  • The impact of interactive dialogue on students' learning of mathematical reasoning (Prof. Dr. Robbert Smit et al., St. Gallen University of Teacher Education & University of Teacher Education Zug)


Sunday Arrival day; Welcome reception at 18:15; Dinner at the conference venue and "Movie Night" in the evening; no scientific sessions are planned on arrival day
Monday Full day program (Start 9am) with keynote sessions and workshops; Lunch and Dinner at the conference venue
Tuesday Full day program (Start 9am) with keynote sessions, workshops and poster presentations; Lunch and Dinner at the conference venue
Wednesday Half-day program (Start 9am) with keynote sessions and poster presentations; In the afternoon (Start 3pm) an excursion in the Ascona/Locarno area with Dinner off-site 
Thursday Full day program (Start 9am) with keynote sessions, workshops and poster presentations; Lunch and Dinner at the conference venue; Public online event on Digital Learning Discourse in the evening
Friday Morning program only with keynote session and plenary discussion; Departure with packed Lunch at 12:30 pm.

Online Events

We hope that the pandemic situation in September 2022 will allow us an in-person event at Monte Verità. Nevertheless, we are currently discussing alternatives for a virtual participation for participants who can not join us in Switzerland. The virtual participation can only cover parts of the conference, but will definitely include the Online Event on Thursday Evening on "Digital Learning Discourse" and (possibly selected) streamed keynote sessions. If you are interested to participate online, please contact us via mail.