The more than 25 years of experience of the UOC in online education means it was able to Transfer excellence in e-learning for digital transformation at universities around the world, especially in Latin America. In the last three years, the promotion of digital transformation has expanded geographically Asiawith projects like the completion of this 2022 in National University of the Maldives (MNU): the Erasmus+ AMED project: Promoting higher education in the Maldives through e-learning development.
The transfer of knowledge about e-learning is of crucial importance Digital transformation is one of the biggest challenges education is currently facing. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this clearer than ever, prompting some institutions to accelerate their adaptation processes. For the Republic of Maldives, which has a face-to-face teaching model, the transformation of the system also means Contribution to the democratization and expansion of access to higher education for his closeness 525,000 inhabitants spread over 188 islands.
Transformation of the educational model: from face-to-face to bimodal
The main task of the Maldives project is to improve the country’s educational model through the Implementation of blended learning contribute to the democratization and expansion of its population’s access to quality higher education.
In the MNU project, the UOC was represented by the staff in research and teaching Marcelo Maina, Nati Cabrera, Lourdes Guardia, Maite Fernandez-Ferrer and Albert Sangrathe Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and the Edul@b research group. Also involved were the Faculty of Organization and Informatics of the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNET).
What does the AMED project entail?
The part of the project led by the UOC team consisted of a number of Activities for knowledge and experience transferas well as the co-design and implementation of a training program. The program deals with the institutional transformation towards a hybrid model and is aimed at university management, lecturers and teaching assistants.
With this goal in mind, the UOC designed working sessions in Barcelona to pass on the knowledge of the university integrate technology into three key areas: Teaching, technology and organization. Given the specific needs of MNEs, she selected the most appropriate topics to be addressed in the sessions and identified the UOC staff who could attend and share their experiences with 17 representatives from the National University.
During the working sessions, the MNE delegation familiarized itself with the departments and services of the UOC and their interrelationships. Eleven sessions were held with the representatives of the different departments to explain their functions in more detail and a concluding activity allowed the participants to discuss and outline a prioritization plan and a timetable for actions to implement at the MNU. On this basis, a roadmap has been drawn up to provide a regulatory and operational framework Use blended learning in different areas.
An ongoing training program
But the AMED project has gone even further. The initiative also included the participatory design of an online training program based on MNE requirements. The program is aimed at university employees who play a key role in the transformation process of the educational model and consists of two ways: one for the teaching staff and one for the management. A pilot program was carried out, including pre-training for the university’s own facilitators: 16 members of the Center for Educational Technology and Excellence (CETE) and 14 teachers from MNE. A total of 51 university employees successfully completed the program, which will be further developed after the pilot project.
A UOC project with a direct impact on Maldives National University
To the Marcelo MainaDirector of the Masters in Education and ICT (E-Learning), the AMED project was a success as it enabled the implementation of a training programme, but he also stressed the “Expanding the knowledge of teachers and leaders around the design, implementation and rollout of blended learning.” In addition, following the positive results of the pilot, the program will continue.
Maina also highlighted how the project has helped strengthen the position of MNEs Center for Educational Technology and Excellence: “It should be noted how we have strengthened a technology center that has grown, we have created a path and we have had a direct impact on the practices, as the feedback on the experiences has shown, with a significant increase in the willingness of the Employees gain knowledge and implement it.”
This project, like others from the UOC’s eLearning Innovation Center (eLinC) including advice to educational centers and actions of the Office of the Vice President for Globalization and Cooperation, highlights UOC’s commitment to the digital transformation of education.
The UOC AMED project helps advance Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, quality education.
UOC research and innovation (R&I) contributes through studies to address pressing challenges facing global societies in the 21st century Interactions between technology and human and social sciences with a special focus on the Network society, e-learning and e-health.
UOC research is conducted by over 500 researchers and 51 research groups distributed between the universities seven facultiesthe E-Learning Research Programand two research centers: the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) and the eHealth Center (eHC).
The university also maintains Online Learning Innovations in the eLearning Innovation Center (eLinC) as well UOC Community entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer via the Hubbik platform.
The United Nations’ Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and open knowledge serve as strategic pillars for UOC teaching, research and innovation. For more information: research.uoc.edu
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