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Official start of the MCE project

01 APR 2022

Today, April 1st 2022, is the official start the MCE project - Modularisation of Continuing Education and professionalisation by Micro-credentials in higher education. During the next 36 months, EADTU will work on the project together with 10 partners and 3 associated partners.

We will build on results of existing collaborations, mainly E-SLP and EMC, to further contribute to the following objectives:

  • development and operationalization of the concept of micro-credentials in European universities, taking into account the learners' perspective;
  • supporting institutional development for organizing and creating the conditions for implementing transformative modular education and micro-credentials;
  • delivering evidence for the dialogue with policy makers at national and EU level with the aim of producing policies for continuing education and professional development, as well as European frameworks for micro-credentials.

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Catching up on F2F meetings: visiting 3 different countries in a week

01 APR 2022

Last week, George Ubachs and Alessandra Antonaci have attended three fruitful international projects meetings.

The first in Kortrijk, Belgium, for the DIgiTel Pro consortium meeting and peer learning activity. The second meeting took place in Paris, France, hosted by Sorbonne Paris1, coordinating the OpenU project. The third visit was hosted by the ECCOE’s project partner UNED, in Madrid. 

We discussed a variety of topics, including synchronous-hybrid education, blended learning, online education, digital credentials and pedagogical guidelines.

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Statement on Ukraine by the EADTU Supervisory Board

02 Mar 2022

The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), the leading institutional network for more than 200 open distance and traditional universities, offering online degree programs and continuing education, expresses its deepest solidarity with all those affected by the Russian invasion of the sovereign state of Ukraine.

EADTU Newsletter February published

25 FEB 2022

The EADTU December newsletter, including news of our members, is now available online. 

Work starts on the Digital Education Hub Community of Practice

15 FEB 2022

On 14 February 2022, the development of a Digital Education Hub community of practice has begun. After the evaluation of an open call for tenders, a consortium of 7 partners - including EADTU - and 4 subcontractors led by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been selected to support the development of the Digital Education Hub under the steering of the European Commission and the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

The Digital Education Hub is an overarching action of the Digital Education Action Plan. It seeks to improve cooperation on digital education at the European Union (EU), national and regional levels, between the different education and training sectors and stakeholders in the private and public sectors, in research, policy and practice.

EADTU Newsletter December 2021

17 DEC 2021

The EADTU December newsletter, including news of our members, is now available online. 

Council Recommendation on micro-credentials

17 DEC 2021

Council Recommendation on micro-credentials
The Commission has recently published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on micro-credentials, as announced in the Skills Agenda and in the European Education Area Communication of 2020. The Commission proposal seeks to make micro-credentials work across institutions, businesses, sectors and borders. To that end, Member States should agree on:

  • a common definition of micro-credentials;
  • standard elements for their description; and
  • key principles for their design and issuance.

The European approach to micro-credentials is a key flagship to achieve a European Education Area by 2025.

More can be read in the press release from 10 December 2021.

DigiTeL Pro: Launch of the courses

23 NOV 2021

On Thursday 18th of November 2021, the official DigiTeL Pro Launch took place. During this launch the experts provided an 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.

Pictures of the I-HE2021 conference

09 NOV 2021

3 days, 125 presentations and 180 participants - an impression of the Innovating Higher Education Conference 2021 by photographer Ivana Pia Lorusso!

I-HE2021 Day 1
I-HE2021 Day 2
I-HE2021 Day 3

OECD publishes two reports on micro-credentials

23 SEP 2021
The OECD Directorate for Education and Skills recently published two papers on micro-credentials. One, 'Micro-credential innovations in higher education', offers new empirical evidence on the current offer of micro-credentials across OECD jurisdictions. The other, 'Quality and value of micro-credentials in higher education', examines how higher education institutions envision the future of micro-credentials.

UNESCO webinar on micro-credential definitions

14 SEP 2021
UNESCO has conducted a study with the aim to propose a common definition of micro-credentials, reached through consensus by a global panel of more than forty experts representing diverse regions and sectors. The webinar provides an opportunity to share with experts the methodology and findings of the study and will provide a space for reflection and discussion of the proposed definition of micro-credentials.

Provisional programme I-HE2021 online

13 AUG 2021
The I-HE2021 programme (provisional), including plenary and parallel sessions, is now available! A very interesting and most relevant programme within the scope of 'Higher Education in the new normal: the role of online, blended and distance learning'. The conference will combine keynotes, paper presentations, panel sessions and workshops.

EMC welcomes new member iMooX

23 SEP 2021

The European Mooc Consortium (EMC), the leading platform for MOOCs in Europe, is pleased to welcome iMooX as its latest member. iMooX is the nationwide MOOC-platform in Austria, founded by Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the University of Graz. 

UOC celebrates 25 years of history

15 JUN 2021

This academic year the UOC is celebrating its first 25 years of history. On the 25th anniversary website you can gain a fine appreciation of the diverse and committed community that comprises the UOC, through interviews, infographics and various other materials.

Abstract submission I·HE2021 open!

15 MAR 2021

As of today, the 15th of March, the abstract submission for the I·HE2021 Conference in Bari is open! The International Higher Education (I·HE) conference focuses on trends and high impact factors in global and European higher education.

Registration EADTU-EU Summit 2021

04 JUN 2021

You can now register for the 9th EADTU-EU Summit on the 17th of June 2021, 09:30 – 13:00 CET. This year’s title is “Higher Education in the New Normal” .

Topics addressed in this Summit are:

  • Consolidation of post-Covid approaches to digital education; Synchronous hybrid, blended and online education models
  • Digital education and university alliances
  • Digital higher education and smart regions
  • State of affairs Microcredentials, modularisation in continuing education
  • Recognition of credited and non-credited microcredentials and short learning programmes

ENEL and UNINETTUNO launch 'Re-Generation'

26 MAR 2021

Enel Italia, the largest suppliers for energy and electricity in Italy,  and the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO launched the Re-Generation educational project to offer SLP’s for vocational and academic training to the employees on the themes of technological innovation and digitalization. The initiative is aimed at Enel employees over 50, who will be able to study online on the e-learning platform of the UNNINETTUNO university, choosing their program from a selection of 13 Short Learning Programs gathered in three scientific areas of high strategic value: Digital Economy, Law in the Digital Society, IT and New Technologies.

EADTU contributes to ICDE publication

04 MAR 2021

EADTU contributed to a recent publication from the ICDE Quality Network. It deals with Global Quality Perspectives on Open, Online and Flexible Learning.

The report gives an overview of perceived issues of quality and assessment related to the immediate shift to online and distance learning modalities that educators had to undertake when the pandemic hit. 

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