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.

EDEN 2020 European Online and Distance Learning Week

EDEN is hosting the European Online and Distance Learning Week (EODLW) for the fifth year. Virtual events will take place on 2-6 November. The event is hosted in cooperation with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and the Open Distance Learning Association in Australia (ODLAA) jointly with Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) who are launching the Australasian Online and Distance Learning Week.

During this week relevant topics of open and distance learning will be discussed. Each day has several presentations and discussions that focus on online and distance learning.

This week will be a good time to reflect on present changes influenced by pandemic COVID-19 and to enhance the possibilities of online and distance learning in today’s “new normal”.

More information about EDEN European Online and Distance Learning week, presentation time and moderators and speakers of each day can be found at EDEN website. The participation in this event is free. We invite you to register and actively participate.

Recommendations for teachers to organize online studies

Please, find Recommendations for teachers to organize online studies

We invite you to consult ISI specialists using video conferencing. Sign up for a consultation at the time that is right for you.

You can find user guides here.

You are also welcome to consult by phone or email

EDEN 2020 Research Workshop

EDEN 2020 Research Workshop event on 21-23 October, hosted by Universidade Aberta (UAb) Lisbon, Portugal will go completely online.

For the EDEN 2020 Research Workshop, the major tracks set-up will be:

  • online personal learning;
  • teachers’ and learners’ changing roles in a technology-mediated environment;
  • adaptive teaching and learning;
  • digital badges and micro-credentials;
  • well-being and mental health in digital learning environments.

All other topics and additional information can be found here.

EDEN PhD Student Symposium 2020

The EDEN PhD Student Symposium has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, while providing a discussion forum for the advancement of doctoral research.

Doctoral students in the field of e-learning and educational technology are encouraged to submit short abstracts to present an overview of their research at the PhD Student Symposium. Proposals should be related to the research topics of the actual Symposium.

More information can be found here.

A new research output by VMU research group

The book “Higher Education for Digital and Network Society” has been published by Universidade Aberta (Portugal).

What you can find there is the following research outcomes:

  1. Learning needs of Digital and network society for HE curriculum transformation
  2. Open and online learning curriculum characteristics
  3. The model of open and online learning environment responding the needs of Digital and network society needs.

Enjoy, it is completely open and free to read, download and share. You cane find the book here.

How we survived pandemic

COVID-19 cases reached Lithuania in March. To protect university’s community, from March 13, the work at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) took place remotely throughout the spring semester.

During the semester, the specialists of the Institute of Innovative Studies (ISI) recommended Moodle distance learning environment, which allows lecturers to: present teaching content in various formats, create different types of tasks, test students, communicate with students, monitor student activity and activity in the study environment, provide and collect feedback. During the semester, the video conferencing tool BigBlueButton was integrated into Moodle to ensure a smooth organization of lectures in real time. Teachers who wanted to communicate with students in a synchronous manner were encouraged to use Adobe Connect, BigBlueButton video conferencing tools or the Moodle chat room. For asynchronous communication, it was suggested to use Moodle discussions, Moodle private messages or comment sections in tasks. The Adobe Connect video conferencing tool was used to organize the defense of the final theses.

ISI specialists actively provided assistance to VMU lecturers throughout the spring semester:

ISI specialists also offered assistance to Lithuanian educational institutions in preparing to work remotely, in total more than 300 teachers participated in the training.