The buzzword MOOC causes in Europe both, praise and criticism. MOOCs provide to everybody a unique opportunity to enjoy higher education services for free, without having enrolled in a university, and have greater potentials to building up a digital knowledge-based society.
However, only about 5% of enrolled learners are able to complete a MOOC. Why? The fact is: learning via MOOCs requires additional transversal skills from learners, such as the ability of self-regulated learning, analytical and research skills, and advanced digital competence.
The vast MOOC attendees seem simply not prepared for open online learning formats due to missing competences needed to benefit from such type of studies.
The MODE IT team believes these competences should be acquired by learners already during their formal studies. The innovative MODE IT solution is: to integrate MOOC-based teaching and learning approaches into higher education curricula! Formal students should learn via MOOCs and increase in this manner not only their subject knowledge, but also train the ability of lifelong learning.
Watch the MODE IT promotional video below and learn more about us and MODE IT key messages!
On May 24, 2021, the MODE IT Training Program for Open Course Design and Delivery (Intellectual output 2 of the project) was launched. To celebrate this, MODE IT team organized a live opening session for enrolled teachers where the objectives and methodology of this open course as well as the development and tutoring team were introduced. We were happy to learn that more than 100 teachers from MODE IT partner institutions have registered for the MODE IT MOOC which should help teachers grow towards a MOOC designer and innovate their teaching.
The piloting phase will last 10 weeks and result in the development of a small-scale MOOC project.
We wish all registered learners a lot of fun and success when accomplishing the open course!
On May 19, 2021 we met again to capture relevant achievements, review the challenges we have overcome in the past months, and define plans for the near future.
The virtual meeting was hosted by the project partner Politehnica University of Timisoara (UPT), Romania, which is actively engaged in open and distance education and proudly presented its digital transformation strategy to the MODE IT partnership.
Based on partners’ presentations and contributions prepared for this meeting, we were happy to announce the completion of the piloting phase of the Online Self-Assessment tool (IO1) and to agree on supplementing activities towards opening the tool for the wider audience.
Furthermore, the preparedness of the organizational, pedagogical and technological framework for the begin of the piloting phase of the Open online training programme for teachers on MOOC design & delivery (IO2) was evaluated and confirmed during the meeting. The exciting news is: on May 24, the training program will be officially launched and open for pilot teachers!
The meeting was also greatly enriched with the inputs of invited UPT teachers, who actively shared their experience with integrating MOOCs in formal curricula.
The meeting ended with a concrete plan for future academic activities, and a few ideas towards promoting MODE IT results across Europe.
Also this year, MODE IT members participated in the 8th edition of the virtual international workshop Open Education in pandemic times organized by MODE IT partner Politechnic University of Timisoara (Romania) within the global annual event Open Education Week 2021. The workshop took place on March 3, 2021 and dealt with transnational projects aimed at raising the standards of digital education, educational resources, and the common goal of opening educational services to wider audiences.
The project partners Diana Andone Ph.D., Cengiz Hakan Aydin, Ph.D., and Dr. Eng. Vlad Mihaescu presented the MODE IT project and its latest achievements to over 1,100 online participants. In their joint presentation MOOC type instructional technologies for university education they talked, in particular, about the self-assessment tool, which is being piloted now, and the open online program for teachers on how to design and deliver MOOCs and MOOC-based courses.
The workshop was, among others, broadcasted via the MODE IT Facebook channel. Among the participants were both teachers and students, actors in the field of culture and creative fields, trainers in IT or in human resources departments. They sent dozens of questions to the presenters and addressed hundreds of messages and thoughts of thanks and congratulations to the presenters and organizers.
You can also find more information about the workshop on the online educational platform UniCampus of the UPT.
On December 3, the MODE IT partnership has launched a call for project’s external evaluators.
The tasks of an external evaluator will be to assess the quality of the project, its impact, and also to evaluate the project outputs.
You can read the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS here.
Feel free to send your applications until December 18, 2020, to:
Ms Olga Zubikova, Fachhochschule des Mittelstands, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you can download the APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.
We are looking forward to receiving your applications!
1st of October 2020 - the MODE IT project has turned 1 year old. We celebrated this by creating the 1st MODE IT newsletter. The first issue summarizes the highlights of the project so far and provides insights into next activities.
You can view and download the newsletter HERE.
On October 7, 2020, the MODE IT project was presented during the EDEN NAP (European Distance and E-learning Network: Network of Academics and Professionals) virtual event with the topic “Designing online courses - a practical approach”.
Cengiz Hakan Aydin from the project partner Anadolu University presented to over 200 participants the objectives of the project as well as results of integrating MOOCs as part of his courses and programs. In addition, together with Vlad Mihaescu from the project partner Politehnica University of Timisoara they exchanged with attendees about the chances of modernizing curricula in times of COVID-19.
Learn more about the event and its key speakers here.
The MODE IT consortium conducted an analysis on teachers’ competences and skills required to design and deliver MOOCs in formal education. This analysis was presented by Carlos Vas de Carvalho (IPP) at the Learning with MOOCs (LWMOOCS) 2020 conference. The conference originally planned for Guatemala but due to COVID-19 took finally place online from September 29 to October 2, 2020.
LWMOOCs is an international forum to collaborate, share, network, learn, and display the latest advances in MOOCs. This conference provides academic and industry professionals the opportunity to discuss research into MOOC technologies as well as the practical aspects of creating and offering MOOCs to diverse worldwide audiences. Proceedings are published in IEEE Xplore™ as archival papers, posters and presentation slide sets to maximize the impact of the each publication.
From August 31 to September 11, 2020 MODE IT team has implemented a training for instructional designers and pedagogical support staff from project partner institutions.
This training aimed to boost skills and competences of instructional designers linked to the design, development and implementation of MOOCs and MOOC-based courses, and was an integral part of the project.
Due to COVID-19-related risks, the training of 35 hours was delivered completely online and represented a mix of synchronous live-sessions and asynchronous learning activities. The training sessions were implemented using the Moodle platform and Adobe Connect software provided by Kaunas University of Technology.
Training sessions were delivered by internal experts from MODE IT team (Mr Cengiz Hakan Aydin, Professor at the Open Education Faculty of Anadolu University, Turkey, and Mr Ramunas Kubiliunas, head of study programs Software systems at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania), and by invited external experts with wider experience with MOOCs design and delivery (Mrs Irina Otmanine, senior MOOC advisor and instructional designer at the University of Cote d’Azur, France; Mrs Carmen Holotescu, Director of Center for Open Education and Blockchain at the University "Ioan Slavici" of Timisoara, Romania).
The training consisted of 5 modules, which were:
1. MOOCs: orientation and foundations
2. Online course design
3. Online learning materials and technologies
4. Interactive learning and assessment materials
5. Quality of MOOCs & integration of MOOCs into formal learning
Here you can view and download the training agenda.
The training contributed to attaining two main goals of the project:
First, trained instructional designers were prepared to provide pedagogical and technological support to academic staff at their home institutions when designing and delivering MOOC-based classes (IO3 of the project).
Second, trainees are now expected to jointly design and implement a MOOC for academic staff on how to create and deliver MOOCs and MOOC-based courses (IO2 of the project).
The IEEE EDUCON conference provides a global forum for academic, research and industrial collaboration on global engineering education. Due to the current pandemic situation the conference, originally planned to take place in Porto, Portugal, happened from April 27 - 30, 2020 through online collaboration tools.
MODE IT was represented in the IEEE EDUCON conference by Carlos Vaz de Carvalho, Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, on the 30th of April 2020. The MODE IT presentation dealt with a MOOC-based innovative instructional approach for curriculum design, and took place in a session dedicated to ongoing projects fostering new approaches to Engineering education.
The MODE IT project has clearly gained even more relevance considering the current pandemic situation and that raised a lot of interest from the conference participants. The corresponding Q&A has in fact extended far beyond what was originally planned with participants wanting to know more details on the project implementation, on the formal integration of online tools in traditional teaching practices and on the possibility of collaboration with the project.
The MODE IT conference paper can be found in the 2020 IEEE Global Engineering Education conference (EDUCON) proceedings (pp. 1844 - 1847).
In fact, 3rd of April 2020 was supposed to be spent by MODE IT team in Eskisehir, Turkey, for conducting the 2nd transnational project meeting. Due to Corona crisis, we switched to an online meeting supported by Zoom.
As one would expect, all the discussions were dedicated to how to efficiently work on the project under new circumstances. MODE IT staff are the main drivers of digital transformation at their home universities. The challenge now is to combine this unpredictably increased workload with the project activities.
At the same time, MODE IT partners are quite optimistic: MODE IT approach towards integrating MOOC-based pedagogies into higher education curricula is exactly the solution, which their home universities can greatly benefit from and grant the desired course flexibility and openness to their students in times of Corona! Blessing in disguise, as one would say! This gives an additional motivation to actively pursue the project goals.
On 6th of March 2020, MODE IT project was presented at the online workshop Digital Competences for Open Education. As every year, this International Workshop is organized by Politehnica University of Timișoara (MODE IT partner), through the e-Learning Center with the support of the EDEN and IEEE associations, during the Open Education Week 2020.
Open Education Week is an event promoted by the world association Open Education Consortium, with the purpose of presenting the opportunities offered by open education and the results of its integration in all forms of education.
During the workshop, practical examples of the use and integration of OER (Open Educational Resources) and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher and secondary education with case studies at European level, from Germany, Lithuania, Great Britain, Croatia and Romania were presented.
Moreover, this workshop is part of the series of activities dedicated to the anniversary of the first century of higher education in Timișoara, Politehnica 100. Congratulations to this jubilee from the MODE IT family!
Getting started: MODE IT kick off meeting in Bielefeld!
On 11th of November 2019, the project partners of the Erasmus+ project MODE IT from Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and Germany met for a kick off meeting in Germany (Bielefeld). In this first exchange, the project steps and the tasks of the individual project partners were defined more precisely.
Further international meetings will be held at the partner institutions in the coming years. From the beginning of 2020, the partners will present the project in more details on this website.
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