Capacity Building through Digitalisation: Higher Education

The aim: why this e-Booth?

This eBooth is a virtual space providing you with some insights into existing CBHE projects’ initiatives, as well as the latest EU policy updates in the area of the digitalisation of Higher Education. We hope that this space will give some inspirations for your project implementation and will foster future networking and projects synergies.

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Main topic

Rapid digitalisation has transformed many aspects of work and daily life over the past decade. Driven by innovation and technological evolution, digital transformation is reshaping society, the labour market and the future of work. The use of digital technologies is also crucial to achieve the European Green Deal objectives and to reach climate neutrality by 2050.
Many initiatives and investments have been previously undertaken in educational technology and digital skills’ development. Despite the progress and excellent examples of innovation, these initiatives were sometimes short–term or on a limited scale, and had marginal impact at systemic levels. This may partly be because the potential of digitising education was not widely visible and understood. The covid-19 crisis has put us for the first time in a situation where there is little choice, but to use digital technologies to provide education and training. At the same time, the pandemic also exposed the shortcomings that still need to be tackled in order to successfully integrate digital technologies in education and training systems.
The crisis requires us to rethink how education and training in all disciplines are designed and provided to meet the demands of a rapidly changing and increasingly digitalized world. Good quality and inclusive education today should be informed by the needs of our current and future society.
The Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 defines the Erasmus cooperation projects, in particular Key Action 2 projects (therefore directly involving the Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education action). The actions, indeed, support the Strategic priority 1 “Fostering the development of high-performing digital education ecosystem” and priority 2 “Enhancing digital skills and competences for the digital transformation”.
New CBHE project initiatives in Digital Education can also be built by using previously implemented or ongoing project initiatives and experiences in the field. Therefore, we invite you to consult the projects’ material provided. Do not hesitate to contact the relevant project coordinator/team to ask for advice, and to network and create synergies.

Existing Initiatives

We would like to provide you with some previews of the already implemented or ongoing CBHE projects related to digitalization. Should you be willing to consult a full list of funded CBHE projects, you may find this information in the section ‘Useful links’.

Joint Projects:

Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems to Enhance Higher Education Value-Added for Better Graduate Employability (BEEHIVE)

The BEEHIVE project built sustainable university-based entrepreneurial ecosystems in HEIs in Indonesia and in the Philipines, to enhance students’ and graduates’ entrepreneurial and innovation skills and their ability to create jobs. The project’s main goal was to support the transformation of Partner Countries HEIs into entrepreneurial universities, which will contribute to the development of knowledge-based societies/economies in Indonesia and in the Phillipines in the long run.

Enterpreunership for all MOOC
BEEHIVE APP presentation

International MSc Educational Programme in Environmental Management and Modelling (GeoNetC)

The main objective of this project is to create a sustainable Capacity Building programme in environmental management and modelling, and to improve the quality and accessibility of higher education in Iran and Iraq. Geographical information systems (GIS, remote sensing (RS)) are key techniques to be included in the thirteen courses to be developed and implemented, and eLearning is the chosen format of these courses. eLearning courses based on identified needs, and the needs of the labour market, will benefit society in terms of accessibility and quality.
Article ‘Features of the International MSc Educational Programme in Environemental Management and Modeling’

Common Good First - digital storytelling for Social Innovation (CGF)

In order to support the growth of the emerging South African social innovation sector, the project has created a digital network – Common Good First - to capture and showcase projects with a social impact in South Africa, connect them to each other, and connect academics and HEIs around the world. In doing so, the project has also addressed the issue of the ‘digital divide’, as identified by the country’s National Development Plan 2030 (2013), by supporting the growth of e-skills among community groups, including innovative digital storytelling modules, which were co-designed and taught by young people in our partners HEIs and community projects.
Social Innovation HUB
Digital Storytelling Course for Students and Partners
Digital Storytelling Course for Academics

Change in Classroom: Promoting Innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries (PRINTeL)

The main aim of the project was to enhance student-learning experiences in the partner countries (PC), in accordance with the ET 2020 objectives, by promoting development and innovation in teaching & learning, and supporting the integration of technology and research and the dissemination of good practices. It also aimed at modernizing HE in Armenia, Georgia, and Belarus, in line with the Bologna agenda. Furthermore, it established cooperation in education & training between the EU and the partner countries, and also amongst PCs, by promoting the virtual mobility of teachers and students, and enhancing lifelong learning resources & means.
PRINTeL flyer
Active Learning with Special Focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning
Active Learning and ICT-Enhanced Teaching: M-Learning and Gamification
Video as a Learning Tool for Teachers and Students
Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom
Hybrid/Blended Learning
PRINTeL youtube channel

Construction of Management Capacities of MOOCs in Higher Education (MOOC Maker)

The MOOC-Maker project focused on building management capability in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) in Latin American partner countries, in order to improve access to teaching and learning programs in the region, and contribute to increasing access to education for disadvantaged groups. This project has contributed to the development of new technologies for education, and the update of Latin American universities’ teaching and learning tools and methodologies, thus increasing their international cooperation within the region and with Europe. It also contributed to tackling inequalities in access to education.

Delivarables and publications
MOOC-Maker conference 2017

Structural projects:

Digital Competence Framework for Ukrainian Teachers and Other Citizens (dComFra)

The purpose of this project is to improve the development of Digital Competence (DC) in Ukraine, and harmonize it with European standards by adapting the Digital Competence Frameworks for Citizens and for Educators and creating a Ukrainian National Digital Coalition (UNDC). It also aims at reforming in-service training for teachers and providing “best practices” experiences on how DC could be further developed and adapted to the challenges of the Higher Education sector within society.
Analysis of existing DC programs and curricula Program Countries’ Universities
Report on analysis of existing DC trainings for teachers
Report on analysis of EU Digital competence framework for citizens and for educators; UNDC report

Boosting Engagement of Serbian Universities in Open Science (BEOPEN)

Open science provides an effective framework for the enhancement of research transparency, dissemination, collaborations, and accountability. The Serbian academic community has recognized the importance and advantages of open science principles, which is manifested through the numerous initiatives undertaken by the government bodies, faculties, libraries, NGOs, and journal publishers. The main aim of the Project is to foster, standardize, and coordinate the implementation of open science principles in Serbian universities.
BEOPEN promotional video

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Thursday 28 January
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