DigiTeL Pro Strategic Partnership Gets Underway…

The NIDL team is pleased to be a member of the DigiTeL Pro Strategic Partnership (Professional Development for Digital Teaching and Learning) supported by funding through the Extraordinary Erasmus+ Coronavirus response. This project involves seven European university partners and is being led by EADTU, with the first full-day kick-off meeting taking place next week.

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About DigiTeL

The COVID-19 crisis required many higher education institutions throughout Europe to switch overnight to online distance education. Attempts were made under challenging circumstances to create solutions for online active learning, online student interactions, both synchronously and asynchronously, and e-assessment. With the commencement of the new academic year came increased emphasis on improving the quality of the student online learning experience.

Set against this backdrop, the objective of the DigiTeL Pro Strategic Partnership is to build the capacity of higher education institutions to provide high quality, inclusive digital education, responding to the needs of universities for the remainder of the Corona crisis and beyond. The project team brings together a group of experienced online educators well-known for their research and innovation in digital education. Project outputs include an analysis of major lessons from the COVID-19 crisis, support for maturing institutional policy and strategy for the post-pandemic environment, the design, development and implementation of continuous professional development for a range of delivery modes (blended, hybrid and online distance education), and several initiatives to enhance students’ readiness for digital learning. The NIDL team is leading the student-focused work package and related deliverables.

Learn more during Empower Webinar Week

If you would like to learn more about the DigiTeL Pro Strategic Partnership, then next Tuesday, April 6th, at 13:00 (Irish time) members of the project team will be sharing further details as part of the Empower Webinar Week (6th-8th, April). During the week, you can participate in a series of webinars dedicated to better understanding the opportunities of digital education during and after the pandemic. In a webinar starting at 12:30pm (Irish time) on Wednesday April 7th, Dr Eamon Costello from the NIDL, for example, will be sharing his speculative educational futures post-pandemic. In each session there will be time reserved for reflection and questions from you, the participants.

More information on the full programme and a registration link appears on the Empower Webinar Week webpage. We look forward to sharing more over the course of the week.

A Strategic Reflection on Digitalisation in Higher Education – Webinar Recordings

Over the past fortnight the NIDL team was pleased to contribute to two webinars offering strategic reflections on the increasing digitalisation of Higher Education. This two-part webinar series was part of the Digi-HE project being led by the European Universities Association (EUA). The project aims to promote critical self-reflection in supporting institutions to develop their capacity and strategic approaches to digitally enhanced models of teaching and learning.

In the next phase of this project, a number of Thematic Peer Groups (TPGs) will get underway shortly involving around 30 different higher education institutions across Europe. We were delighted to have some many institution al applicants for this phase of the project. The TPGs will enable participants at each institution to engage in regular lively discussions and share their experiences relevant to the chosen theme related to digitalisation in the context of teaching and learning. The selected themes include:

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Strategy and Organisational Culture
  • Strategic and International Partnerships

We look forward to meeting up with a diverse group of participants in this next phase of the project. However, before then the following recordings kindly made available by EUA may be of interest to those who were unable to join our recent webinar series.

In reverse order, the second webinar which took place on Friday 5th February (recording above) discussed the findings of our report which presents the results of a survey of digital learning and teaching in European higher education institutions.

One of the key takeaways from the survey in terms of supporting teaching with new digital technologies is the value of an environment that fosters rich professional conversations with and between colleagues.

The first webinar back on January 26th (recording below) explored the question, what does digital education look like from an institution-wide perspective when successfully implemented in a mature way? This webinar coincided with the launch of another Digi-HE project report focusing on the development of a high performance digital education ecosystem. The report provides advice and guidance for higher education institutions wishing to undertake self-assessment of digital learning and teaching using selected instruments reviewed as part of this study.

if you have any questions about the Digital-HE project or anything arising from the two webinars, then please do not hesitate to contact us. The project team meets regularly and we would be happy to provide further advice concerning the range of self-assessment tools reviewed for fostering a culture of strategic reflection and quality enhancement.