EADTU - European Association of Distance Teaching Universities

EMPOWERing universities initiative

EADTU has started the EMPOWERing universities initiative to support policy reform in European higher education with regard to the transition to new modes of teaching and learning and supporting innovation in higher education practices. The pools of expertise will consist of frontrunner institutions from conventional, open and distance teaching universities as well as polytechnics.

The initiative was taken as new modes of teaching and learning will have an impact on the reform of mainstream higher education for 18-25 students, open and flexible education for 25+ students (incl. CPD) and the emerging area of open education (OERs, MOOCs). However, European universities still face problems with regard to the implementation of new modes of teaching and learning. Main issues are that traditional formats are often copied into ICT based formats without the added value of new pedagogies. What is missing are strategies and frameworks fit for operationalizing innovations in education as well as incentives for staff to overcome their resistance against change. The objectives of the EMPOWER project now are:

  • to better exploit the potential of ICTs to enhance the quality of teaching and learning
  • to develop new institutional strategies, organisational and business models for different application areas
  • to involve and commit national/regional governments and stakeholders to promote and stimulate implementation

EMPOWER has now established already 9 fully operational pools of expertise with 80 experts. It is envisaged to extend these to 12 pools of expertise, involving more than a hundred experts from all over Europe.
The experts will, in their relevant pools, share expertise to cover state of the art developments and share these with visiting experts from associating universities.

EMPOWER website: http://empower.eadtu.eu/