VMU joined a new project “Active Class: Activating Students in Online Classes”

The VMU team representatives from Institute for Study Innovations and Faculty of  Humanities has joined the partnership lead by University of SILESIA in Katowice (Poland) in a new Erasmus+ project “Active Class: Activating Students in Online Classes”. The project started in March 2021 and lasts for 24 months. The main planned results of the project are

  • to created a methodology for activating students in online learning
  • to collect best practices, shared by the partnering university teachers,
  • to create and share the scenarios that may foster student active participation while learning online.

On 22nd of April project partnership had an online kick=off meeting to start cooperating in the project activities and creation of intellectual outputs. Some of the project activities are interrelated with a broader  T4E university alliance project, thus the participation in the projects will require cooperation between internal departments of university and their cooperation with the other partnering universities.

Developing Higher Education Teachers’ Performance (delivered Desk research)

Prof. Dr. Airina Volungevičienė, together with DIGI-HE project partners, participated in the first day of webinar series Peer Learning Activity 2. The series is organized under the Erasmus+ funded project PROFFORMANCE – Assessment Tool and Incentive Systems for Developing Higher Education Teachers’ Performance. At the Thursday, March 4, 2021 webinar, Dr. A. Volungevičienė participated in a presentation on the topic “Reflections on Strategic Approaches for Digitally Enhanced Learning and Teaching”. In the talk, the DIGI-HE project (including the Developing a high performance digital education ecosystem report), which was developed within the Erasmus+ co-funded DIGI-HE project, led by EUA (European University Associations) in cooperation with four universities, was presented.

The report provides an overview of 20 tools, used worldwide, to assess the processes of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, online learning, and digitization in higher educational institutions. The publication makes observations on the use of these tools by educational institutions for quality improvement and the development of digital skills. The report is addressed to higher education institutions, as well as policy makers, developers of similar tools and, more generally, all those seeking information on such measures.

The agenda of the webinar can be found here.

Open online courses for lecturers

On March 4 and 7, the Commonwealth of Learning is organizing open, free online courses for teachers.

Courses are organized in English on the following topics:

We invite teachers to register and participate.

EDEN 2021 Conference

EDEN 2021 Virtual Conference  will be held on Wednesday, 23 June, 2021. Conference is hosted with the National Distance Education University UNED.

EDEN has a long history of supporting educators in online and distance education, providing a forum for discussion, learning, and refinement of best practices in this area. This pandemic has been no exception. This year’s conference is intended as a continuation of the efforts of EDEN to support educators by providing a space to explore the issues and insights that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information about virtual conference, main topics, time of the sessions, the moderators and speakers of each day can be found at EDEN webpage. We invite you to participate.

VMU with DIGI-HE project partners, prepared a report

Prof. Dr. Airina Volungečienė and PhD. student Rasa Greenspon, together with DIGI-HE project partners, prepared a report, which was developed within the Erasmus+ co-funded DIGI-HE project, led by EUA (European University Associations) in cooperation with four universities.

The report provides an overview of 20 tools, used worldwide, to assess the processes of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, online learning, and digitization in higher educational institutions. The publication makes observations on the use of these tools by educational institutions for quality improvement and the development of digital skills. The report is addressed to higher education institutions, as well as policy makers, developers of similar tools and, more generally, all those seeking information on such measures.

The report can be accessed at: Developing a high performance digital education ecosystem

DIGI-HE Webinar series: A strategic reflection on digitalisation in higher education

On January 26, VMU will participate in European University Association  (EUA) online seminars: A strategic reflection on digitalisation in higher education.

The aim of this two-part webinar series, organised as part of the European Learning & Teaching pre-Forum activities, is to present the results of the desk research phase of the DIGI-HE project. This three-year Erasmus+ co-funded initiative supports higher education institutions in enhancing their strategic approaches to digitalisation.

Digitally enhanced learning and teaching is now a common feature of the European higher education landscape, but how do higher education institutions develop and enhance their strategic approaches to digitalisation, and ensure they are fit for purpose? The first webinar of this series will explore the use of self-evaluation instruments, such as HEInnovate, DigCompOrg and ACODE Benchmarks, as a way to develop a high-performance digital education ecosystem. It will present the results of a report that gathered and analysed 20 digital self-assessment instruments and provide advice to higher education institutions wishing to use them. The report is the product of a six-month desk research venture during which each instrument was evaluated and peer reviewed on an established set of criteria by members of the DIGI-HE consortium.

We invite you to view the webinar recording

Conference „Quality Assurance of Online Studies“

On December 15th, 2020, Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education organizes an international conference „Quality Assurance of Online Studies“.

The event is organized for heads of higher education institutions (rectors, principals, vice-rectors for studies, vice-rectors for international relations, strategic development, deputy directors) and middle administration (heads of departments for studies and international affairs), students, as well as representatives of other educational organizations.

During the conference the director of VMU Institute of Innovative Studies prof. Airina Volungevičienė will give the presentation.

The conference will be held online. Information on speakers and conference agenda can be found here.

Unregistered participants have the opportunity to watch the conference via the Facebook account @SKVCentras of the Social Quality Center of the Study Quality Assessment Center.

International Forum „NewEdu-2020 Tech Future in Focus“

The 5th International Forum „NewEdu-2020 Tech Future in Focus“ is organized by Kharkiv IT Cluster in Ukrain meeting business companies and education organization to discuss how IT are integrated in business and education organization and how IT solutions develop to enhance learning and teaching.

Prof. Juozas Augutis and prof. Airina Volungeviciene is giving the presentation „Technologies to Ehance Education. Current Trends and Future Pespective“ in the event.

You can find the program here

Invitation to participate in Open Public Consultation

The ECCOE project aims to establish cross-institution recognition of credits and learning outcomes through a trust-worthy system of digital credentialization of learning opportunities.

In order to reach inter-institutional collaboration and trust, all stakeholders need to discuss how learning offers should be described and presented in digital space in an open manner, and how learning outcomes and results should be credentialed so that all stakeholders of learning recognition are confident about the achievements of learners, and that the system itself facilitates and endorses open and flexible learning opportunities in a qualitative way.

The ECCOE project has established a set of Quality criteria for credential description as well as a Model of Digital Credential template providing the most important data about the learning opportunity to be recognized by a given credential. Now the ECCOE consortium is organizing an Open public consultation to receive feedback and open comments from all stakeholders involved in open, online and flexible Higher Education, to assess the appropriateness of the new digital credential for a valid and successful credentialization process and the recognition of learning results.

We kindly invite you to consider how new digital credentials should look like in European Higher Education Arena and how much information on learning process and assessment digital credential should provide to stakeholders in order to ensure trust – based learning recognition by all parties involved.

Please, visit the ECCOE project website to participate in the Open public consultation of the Model of Digital Credential template.

The Open public consultation is open until February 1 ,2021. Your feedback and opinion are most appreciated.

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Digital learning at EU higher education institutions

EDEN 2020 European Distance Learning Week is currently taking place and on 5 November at 2 pm (Lithuanian time) there will be webinar on the topic “Digitally enhanced learning at European higher education institutions – state of play and prospects”.

During the webinar some data from the DIGI-HE project survey report carried from March to June 2020 will be shown. During this session, some of the key findings of this survey will be presented, and discussed with a panel of three university representatives, VMU ISI director prof. dr. Airina Volungevičienė will participate in this group too.