About DigiTeL Pro
DigiTeL pro is about professional development for digital teaching and learning.
The COVID-19 crisis has made universities switch to digital education and to re-organize their campus. In the May 2020 surveys of the European Commission, it turned out that in the first (semi-) lockdown period, 95,1% of the universities organized online and distance learning and 82,7% even online exams. All institutions set-up massive support for organizing online lectures, tutorials and videoconferencing with diverse pedagogical approaches. At all levels, emergency decisions were made. In the second wave of COVID-19, many universities wanted to keep students on campus for face to face teaching. After a few weeks only, this seemed impossible as Europe coloured red again. Universities allowed only half or one fifth of the students in face-to-face lectures, while others attended online. Now, most universities have to go in a complete lockdown again with online and distance education. Teaching staff feel this as a disruption, requiring an extreme workload to adapt to the situation. Students started to manifest for the right of having “quality education”. Watching a video or following a lesson via zoom is no longer felt as a solution as it was in the first wave.
This is where the DigiTeL Pro Strategic Partnership (Professional Development for Digital Teaching and Learning) comes in. It brings together excellent groups of experts from universities, well-known for research and innovation in digital education and having developed good practices in digital solutions during the Corona crisis.
The DigiTel Pro partnership brings together advanced “schools” in research, innovation and good practice in synchronous hybrid (KU Leuven), blended learning (TU Delft) and online and distance learning (UOC, OUNL, UNINETTUNO).
Experts develop online courses on models and guidelines for the design, development and delivery for each of these three predominant formats in a post-Corona perspective. The courses will be in line with the most recent research and innovation. They will include the student perspective that enables students' readiness for digital teaching and learning. Experts and participants will share experience and expertise on digital education adapted to fluctuating sanitation situations, taking advantage of their direct mutual interactions.
The aim is to provide an excellent opportunity for continuous professional development (CPD), primarily for course and curriculum developers and for all those who support teaching staff and learners, secondarily for leaders who direct these processes in higher education. Relevant post-Corona issues are addressed, e.g. activating learning, interaction and collaborative learning, inclusiveness and assessment and feedback. The courses will not only address immediate needs, but guide universities towards sustainable, high-quality digital education for the future, including continuing education and professional development. The courses will also cover innovative models of multi-campus and international education and blended and virtual mobility. The program can be integrated into institutional or national continuous professional development initiatives, as well as European Universities (EUI) alliances.
The project is funded under Erasmus+ Programme,
KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
KA226 - Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness
Project Number: 2020-1-NL01-KA226-HE-083080
Project Duration: 24 months
Start date: 01-04-2021
End date: 31-03-2023
Coordinator: European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)