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XL - Extended Learning in Higher Education - Lessons learned during the Covid Pandemic

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Project Theme: Creating and evaluating innovative ways of interactive teaching and learning in higher education

BiASC is a partner in an ERASMUS+ European project with partners from Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Sweden and Belgium.

The aim is to develop new teaching and learning approaches for Higher Education with use cases and best practices based on the lessons learned during the pandemic.

Project Dates: 1 December 2021 - 31 March 2024

Overview of the objectives

The project has five main objectives:

  1. To develop, test and adopt in the partner institutions new teaching and learning approaches for Higher Education, which integrate and systemise the actions tested during the Covid-19 emergency, in order to develop a new holistic dynamic where learning does not only take place "hic et nunc" (the best training is here and in presence) but also with a new "anywhere and anytime" option (the best way to set up learning is the one that allows you to define your own time, pace and place).
  2. Improving teachers' pedagogical and digital competences (in particular on the implementation of extended learning, giving them concrete examples of tested, agile and cooperative working methods and digital tools).
  3. Offer students individualised and collaborative in-person and online learning activities.
  4. Create an online community of teachers, where they can exchange experiences, learn from each other and develop ideas
    jointly.
  5. Supply decision-makers and education technology providers with guidance on how to improve digital teaching
    equipment and software.

Implementation

Starting from an initial analysis of their respective contexts and needs, each partner will construct, test and evaluate pilot practices of extended teaching, i.e. with classes that operate in a mix of presence/distance, synchronous and asynchronous situations, using a variety of hardware and software tools for collaborative teaching, groups of students of varying size and learning spaces that can be physical, cyber-physical or virtual. Each pilot will be translated into a case study accompanied by teaching materials, testimonials, video training pills, recordings, etc., and examined by the project partners in a peer-review mode. Its pros and cons will be analysed, and will result in a teacher's guide to extended teaching, which will collect examples, materials and practical tips for educational innovation. The same guide will also provide general policy recommendations for decision makers and suggestions for education technology providers to improve their hardware and software products. To achieve its objectives, the project adopts an 'agile' development methodology, whereby results are generated through refinements resulting from successive iterations, to ensure rapid
deployment of first solutions, however imperfect, while at the same time initiating improvement actions and ensuring that they are constantly updated.

Project Results

The project aims at achieving results...:

  • effective models and collection of practices (i.e. concrete examples) of the extended classroom, to be included in the teachers' competence development paths (faculty development) and to support the teaching innovation strategies of Higher Education institutions;
  • operational tools for teachers, to support the design and management of extended classroom contexts;
  • direct involvement of teachers in experimenting with different models of the extended classroom, in order to identify constraints, available resources and possible solutions in relation to teaching objectives;
  • a pilot group of teachers who can act as "ambassadors" of extended teaching within their respective institutions, to trigger a cascade process of transfer of the skills acquired or improved through the project;
  • more effective learning experiences for students and the opportunity to highlight their own needs, in turn contributing to the development of extended classroom models;
  • the strengthening of the collaborative network between partners. ...and produce products:
  • a collection of 7 pilot practices experimented by the partners, i.e. a collection of 7 case studies of extended teaching carried out by significant European Higher Education Institutions, presented according to a common format to
    guarantee comparability, and accompanied by examples - especially digital
  • of the material used by the teachers, by references to teaching material, recordings of webinars, video clips, etc., which can guarantee rapid and effective dissemination/sharing and be adopted as far as possible by other Higher Education Institutions; 
  • a "Teacher's Practical Guide to Extended Learning", a handbook in all the languages of the partnership gathering guidelines and recommendations to apply extended learning, accompanied in turn by didactic material and video clips; the recommendations will be addressed to teachers, Higher Education institutions in general, system decision-makers and education technology providers (in terms of wishes for improvements/upgrades of existing hw and sw devices).

Project Partners

The project is implemented by a strong consortium of 7 partners in 6 EU countries: Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Sweden, representing a competent and qualified mix of excellence in European Higher Education: I.F.O.A. - Istituto Formazione Operatori Aziendali (Italy) METID - Milan Polytechnic (Italy) Technological University Dublin (Ireland) Mälardalens Högskola (Sweden) Belgian IT Academy Support Center (Belgium) Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (France) Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (Spain) 


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