Partner: University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Part of the societal recovery from COVID-19 involves a comprehensive approach. The PLACEDU project team is proud to introduce a learning platform with online courses designed for university educators.

These courses are created for university educators to support their efforts in enhancing student social participation in distance learning, ensuring students feel an integral part of the school’s learning community.

The development of these online courses is based on findings from mobile ethnography, where the needs of distance educators at the university level were identified. Best practices on how educators can encourage activities emphasizing the social sustainability of distance learners were compiled.

The primary goal was to design the courses by defining and developing the essential knowledge, skills, and competencies to offer educators innovative instruction on distance teaching along with informal learning methods.

The courses are intended for educators interested in deepening their understanding of digital teaching methods in distance learning. They are encouraged to independently go through the courses and are ready to share content on the PLACEDU learning platform, thus networking in the distance teaching world. The aim is to bridge the gap in the lost social and physical aspects of interaction that occur when education moves from traditional in-person to distance learning.

The PLACEDU online courses consist of six modules: 1. Professional Engagement; 2. Digital Resources; 3. Teaching and Training; 4. Assessment; 5. Empowering Learners and 6. Facilitating Learners’ Digital Competence.

Project Coordinator Žemartas Budrys stated: It is not enough just to use digital tools; it is very important to understand what impact they bring on the education process and its participants. Here, through the Placedu curriculum, we address this carefully.

Sigurbjörg Jóhannesdóttir, the representative from the University of Iceland in the PLACEDU project, highlights the benefit for educators to go through the online courses where they can find methods and tools to improve their distance teaching, especially in terms of the elements lost when education is fully transferred online.

Access the Digital Social Training Courses: https://placedu-project.com/meta-platform/

The PLACEDU project is implemented by 7 partners from 6 countries: Lithuania (XWHY and Vilnius University), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Cyprus (CSI), Belgium (OTB International), Iceland (University of Island), and Greece (KMOP Education & Innovation Hub).

The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme of the European Commission

September 18, 2023