The ADMIT cooperation partnership is navigating the transformative wave of Large Language Models like ChatGPT in education. The goal? To create an enriching and ethical educational environment utilizing AI. ADMIT will develop a comprehensive LLM-ed framework and guidelines, focusing on integrating AI responsibly in learning design, benefiting students, educators, and institutional leaders alike. They will stay updated with the latest in AI research and innovation, formulating ethical guidelines, and designing professional development modules for staff across Europe.
The consortium is led by EADTU and composed of: UNED; Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; FernUniversität in Hagen; Open Universiteit; Open University of Cyprus: Uninettuno; JYU Open; Hellenic Open University; Anadolu University; The Open University (UK); UniDistance Suisse. ADMIT is supported by the following Associated Partners: Stifterverband Fur Die Deutsche Wissenschaft; University of Pisa; Dublin City University; KU Leuven.
EUA member Universidade Aberta (UAb) has launched a call for application for the position of Rector.
The Rector will be elected by the General Council of the UAb for a four-year mandate (2023-2027). Applications should be addressed in Portuguese language to the President of the General Council by e-mail.
This Special Issue is an outcome of a cooperation between the Online Learning Journal (OLJ), the Center for Open Education Research (COER) and the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) at the Innovating Higher Education Conference 2022 (I-HE 2022), held in Athens 19-21, 2022. As part of this cooperation, COER Members organized a research track on open, distance, and digital education at the conference. The call for papers received more than 50 submissions, 16 were accepted for presentation in Athens, and four selected authors or author teams were encouraged to submit their papers to the OLJ. We are pleased that the pre-selection at the conference was confirmed by the journal's double-blind review process and that all four were accepted for publication in this COER-EADTU special issue of the OLJ.
The Open University of Cyprus (OUC) and the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), co-organized a Staff Support Event on 9-10 March 2023, with the aim of building the capacity of conventional and distance teaching universities in open and distance education, and exchanging ideas, know-how and best practices between the participating institutions. Sixteen participants from EADTU and four of its member Universities [Uninettuno, Open Universiteit Netherlands, Bifröst University, Open University of Catalonia (UOC)] participated with physical presence in the event that was hosted at the OUC premises in Nicosia/Cyprus, while colleagues from UNED, Jyväskylä University and Universidade Aberta and other participating universities contributed online.
The Staff Support Event included presentations delivered by staff members of the Open University of Cyprus (Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Services, Industry Liaison Office, Laboratory of Educational Material and Methodology, and the OUC Rectorate), as well as invited inputs from face-to-face and online participants. The training focused on topics such as: Online Assessment, Designing Learning Experiences, Instructional design, Collaborative virtual learning, Chat GPT, Applied Gamification Techniques for Distance Learning, Digital campuses and learning environments, Links with the Industry, Student support: from application to enrolment and to graduation, and Communication strategies.
Undoubtedly, open and distance education (ODE) is the new “hype” not only after covid-19, but also because of the ever growing need for flexible and lifelong learning. EADTU and its member universities are working closely to promote ODE, to exchange best practices and to overcome barriers that conventional and distance teaching universities are encountering, in order to provide a quality online education. The organization of the successful Staff Support Event co-hosted by the Open University of Cyprus and EADTU significantly contributes to the development of new approaches and broadens the horizons of cooperation and communication between European universities.
The Universities of Rennes 1 and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne are delighted to invite you to the OpenU International Conference “Experimenting with Online Pedagogical Resources for European Universities”, that will take place in Paris, France, on October 13th and 14th, 2022. The conference is aimed at different stakeholders involved in European higher education, such as researchers, lectures, educational and support staff, practitioners, policy makers, university representatives and students.
The conference is now accepting abstracts. Click the button below to read more about the topics relevant to the conference, the submission process and an overview of the imporant dates.
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.
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.
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.
The EADTU December newsletter, including news of our members, is now available online.
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.
The EADTU December newsletter, including news of our members, is now available online.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.