EDucational University GATeway to enhance innovative E-learning capabilities, resilience and new best practices (EDU-GATE) is a project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. The project starts on 01.03.2021 and will end on 28.02.2023.
In response to the negative Covid-19 impacts, it is urgent to support digital transformation plans at all levels of educational online activities and support new inclusive digital pedagogical methods and skills for a resilient free adoption of digital tools for teachers (digital integrated learning, advanced multimedia, but also interactive 3D, VR, holographic tools, etc.) and really effective use for students, including participants with fewer opportunities: physically impaired (deaf, blind, paralytic), cognitive impaired and low-income students.
Digital technologies have made this transition possible: surely, there had been a number of e-learning platforms for some years now, but their role has only in the last months gained massive relevance concurrently with the pandemic global situation. Only a few EU Universities are already ready for good quality distance learning, with tools for course management, including live sessions, interactive teaching and collaborative activities. The most of EU Universities had to cope with the emergency situation that called for a quick organizational and cultural rearrangement and a change of strategies, that perhaps represented the most difficult step for teachers and students.
Digital technologies are becoming very relevant at the EU level for teachers and students. However, the current limitations on the movement of people and teaching hours may restrict this type of delivering. For this reason, EDU-GATE project will provide a detailed European multi-sectoral analysis indicating the comparison of current situation of teaching digitalization (As-Is and To-Be analysis), together with a transversal needs’ analysis. These in-depth multi-countries researches will be carried out for the determination of innovative approaches and concrete supporting tools for post-graduated and master learning needs for educational institutions.
In addition, an innovative curriculum, including the most advanced educational design and delivering techniques, will be created for the development of teachers’ skills. This also thanks an advanced e-learning platform, integrated in EDU-GATE website, that will be designed by the 7 involved expert organizations (LUISS Guido Carli University, University of Macedonia, Burgas Free University, Rigas Tehniska Universitate, European Center for Quality, Symplexis and Linfa Digital).