Open discussion about micro-credentialisation

Open Consultation with the stakeholders from higher education, VET, adult learning institutions, as well as HE decision makers, technology experts and practitioners was organized to discuss micro-credentialisation, the challenges and the possibilities to create open, flexible and recognisable learning paths for society members.

The Open Consultation was organized in the framework of ECCOE project.

The practical handbook developed during Global grant project was also introduced, focusing on the requirements for the process of open and online learning assessment and recognition, relating them to the national and European qualification framework (EQF).

The round – table discussion record is available here (until July 12, 2021)

Webinar “Do we develop digital competences or digital skills?”

Webinar “Do we develop digital competences or digital skills?” will be held on 7 June 2021. The webinar dedicated to address the challenges and needs that education institutions experience in digital competence development and will discuss how the pandemic highlighted the need for development of digital competences.

The coordinator of this webinar is director of VMU Institute for Study Innovations – Prof. dr. Airina Volungevičienė.

We invite you to register and attend. You can find detailed information and link to registration here.

EDEN webinars recordings

EDEN organization held several webinars on distance learning in May. We invite you to watch.

A seminar “Changing Assessment due to Covid-19: Experiences and Impact” was held on May 5th. This interactive session explored the change in assessment in higher education due to the pandemic. You can watch recording of the seminar here.

A seminar “Sharing and collaborating our way out of the storm” was held on May 10th. In this webinar it was identified whether OERs were a solution or was being used in the last year in education; and how OERs may be used in the future. You can watch recording of the seminar here..

A seminar “Developing Teaching and Learning Opportunities and Facilities in Children Care” was held in May 13th, seminar discusses the improvement and creation of learning environments. You can watch recording of the seminar here..

“Gamesforchange” webinar invitation

We invite you to the second virtual program on Innovative Storytelling, as part of the Games for Change Series, Friday, May 14 at 5p.m. (CEST). The event is organized in collaboration with Virtual Reality Experience, Unitelma Sapienza, University of Rome III, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), the European Institute of Design (IED) and Vigamus (Museum of Videogames).

To watch live event on YouTube, click here.

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