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 believed these competences should have been acquired by students already during their formal studies. The innovative MODE IT solution was: to integrate MOOC-based teaching and learning approaches into higher education curricula! Formal students had to learn via MOOCs and to 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 June 24 – 25, MODE IT team at Anadolu University implemented the hybrid Multiplier Event as part of the International Conference on Educational Technology and Online Learning. The goal of the event had two major folds: First, to share a wealth of experience gained and outputs produced under MODE IT project, and second, to initiate the exchange with MOOC and Open Education Resources providers in Turkey.
The first panel session, entitled as “MOOCs for Formal Curricula”, included speakers from Khan Academy Turkey, Coursera and AKADEMA platforms, and was held on June 24, 2022. Alp Koksal from Khan Academy in Turkey shared their use cases about integrating their resources and courses into formal courses. Later Gamze Tuna Büyükköse from AKADEMA introduced the AKADEMA platform, course design processes, statistics about the platform and their recommendations for the teachers about how to integrate MOOCs, offered in AKADEMA, into formal courses.
The second panel, entitled as “MODE IT Experiences” was held on June 25, 2022. This panel was not only designed to introduce the project and its outcomes but also to promote participation to the MODE IT MOOC “Introduction to MOOC Design & Delivery” offered at iversity. During this panel, Ela Akgun Ozbek and Abdullah Saykili, MOOC instructors at AU, presented their experiences regarding LTTA, MOOC design and supporting teachers. Irfan Surel introduced the stand-alone version of the Self-Assessment tool. Later Caglar Karaduman and Aslıhan Bagci Sezer shared their experiences about creating a MOOC and integrating it into a formal course. Finally, Evrim Genc Kumtepe and Elif Toprak elaborated the important points in managing the project as a partner institution.
In total, 49 participants attended the Multiplier event.
Several participants from other HEIs asked more details about how to become a partner in this project as well as how to replicate MODE approach towards integrating MOOCs into formal curricula considering legal and ethical framework. A considerable number of participants googled the self-assessment tool and expressed their interest to benefit from the MODE IT MOOC at iversity.
The Annual conference EDEN2022 (European Distance and E-Learning Network) was hosted by Tallinn University from June 20 to 22 in hybrid format. The conference entitled “Shaping the digital transformation of the education ecosystem in Europe” was intended as a continuation of the efforts of EDEN to support educators by providing a space to explore the issues and insights that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 20, Dr. Diana Andone from UPT presented MODE IT project as a good practice example during the EDEN synergy online session where research projects were promoted. Diana focused on demonstrating supporting tools MODE IT partnership had designed for teachers, such as MOOC “Introduction to MOOC design and delivery” as well as outlined the MODE IT instructional approach for designing the curriculum based on MOOCs.
The Multiplier Event of the Porto Polytechnic was organized on the 20th of June at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto in face-to-face mode. The promotion of the event covered local and national level through informing all Higher Education institutions in Portugal via Social Media, and specific communication channels.
24 external participants from different universities and organizations joined the local teachers and researchers in this event.
The event started with the presentation of the project and its main results presented by the scientific lead of the project at IPP Prof. Carlos Vaz de Carvalho. IPP professors Ana Barata and Piedade Carvalho focused in their presentations on the specifics of the MODE IT MOOC for teachers while Paula Escudeiro shared her experience related to the redesign of courses Game design and Simulation of Power Systems using MOOC-based pedagogies.
An external expert Paula Pires was also invited to the event to present a general view of MOOCs in the Portuguese HEIs. In the end attendants were given access to the different tools and MOOCs produced in the scope of the project.
The Multiplier Event at the Politehnica University of Timișoara was part of the first edition of the Digital Transformation International Workshop with the theme “Experiences in digital education”. The ME event was organized on June 16 with the support of the UPT e-Learning Center and the Multimedia Center.
The event gathered over 300 participants both physically, in the Auditorium of the UPT Conference Center, and virtually. The presentations were held in front of 27 participants in person of which 10 were from the Politehnica University of Timisoara and 17 others from other institutions, and 331 virtual stakeholders from HEIs, administration, and private companies.
The Multiplier event began with the presentation of the training program Introduction to MOOC design and delivery (IO2) by Diana Andone & Vlad Mihaescu, as well as the open digital certificates awarded after its completion. When presenting the training, the linkages between this output and output 1 of the project Online self-assessment tool were stressed.
Mihaela Crișan-Vida shared valuable insights into the redesign of the course Web Programming she was engaged as pilot teacher with under IO3 and delivered to formal and non-formal learners.
In addition, various platforms were introduced through which participants can freely access online courses, free of charge, from any level, including the MODE IT courses.
At the end of the event, MOOCs developed by other MODE IT partners were demonstrated.
The event took place in Romanian and was addressed to all students, professors from academia and secondary education, but also to the general public. During the workshop, there were also interactivity sessions directly with the participants. Participation was free, being recognized through Open Digital Certificates.
The ME event in Lithuania entitled “MOOC-Based Open Education Practices in Europe: Opportunities for Learners and Educators” took place on June 1, 2022 in face-to-face mode at the premises of Kaunas University of Technology at Santaka Valley KTU Science, Technology and Business Centre.
22 external guests attended the event who represented not only major universities of Lithuania but also educators from other national educational institutions, such as National Association of Distance Education or National Centre of Education. In addition, one guest from Ukraine attended the event as well as 34 internal lectures from KTU.
MODE IT team KTU, Daina Gudoniene and Edgaras Dambrauskas presented to the audience three intellectual outputs developed and tested under the project, and outlined their benefits for the professional development of teachers.
The highlight of the event was the discussion about current open education practices as well as workshop dedicated to their implementation in practice that was moderated by Daina Gudoniene.
On May 30, MODE IT partners met for the final project meeting on invitation of the German project coordinator Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM). The partners from Turkey, Portugal, Romania visited the FHM campus in Berlin in-person while partners from Lithuania as well as external project evaluator Eduardo Cardoso joined the meeting online.
The meeting was a good opportunity to see each other again after two years of virtual collaboration. During the meeting, partners summarized the project achievements, discussed the strategies aimed at increasing the visibility and ensuring open access of the project outputs, and developed further ideas to continue the cooperation initiated by the MODE IT project.
The final project conference, or Multiplier Event, entitled MOOCification of formal education – good practices, success factors, supporting tools was organized by Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM) in hybrid mode and implemented on May 30 during the afternoon, directly after the final partner meeting. The goal of the event was to promote all the outputs designed and tested during the project’s lifetime, share experience and inspire the wider audience for innovative MOOC-based approaches to the design and delivery of HE courses.
The event lounge was set up at the premises of the FHM in Berlin and equipped with the 360°camera OWL. The presentations and discussions, which took place in the event lounge, were broadcasted to virtual guests via the platform Microsoft Teams. In-person participants of the event were 9 project team members from the FHM (Tim Brueggemann, Sonja Intveen, Olga Zubikova), UPT (Diana Andone, Maria Maritescu), AU (Cengiz Hakan Aydin), IPP (Carlos Vaz de Carvalho, Ana Barata, Piedade Carvalho).
The specific feature of the final conference was its transnational dimension. 26 external virtual guests from 15 countries spread across a wider geographical area, such as Albania, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, and 5 internal virtual guests from the MODE IT partnership participated in the event.
MODE IT partners, both physical and virtual, contributed to the final conference with their specific parts making the event more vivid and dynamic. Tim Brueggemann (FHM) gave an overall introduction to the background, objectives and results of the project. Sonja Intveen (FHM) presented the Self-Assessment tool for teachers as well as internal procedures put in place at the FHM in order to recognize the learners achievements gained through MOOCs.
Cengiz Hakan Aydin (AU), Carlos Vaz de Carvalho (IPP), Diana Andone (UPT) presented the specifics of the modules of MODE IT MOOC for teachers elaborated by their leadership. Prof. Ralf Bruening from the FHM who participated in the redesign of the module Competitor Analysis shared his experience.
A special guest of the event was Yvonne Schuessler from iversity, who presented the online learning platform iversity and MODE IT MOOC published there.
The overall moderation of the event was performed by Olga Zubikova (FHM).
To gather participants’ feedback on the quality and impact of the event participants, a short online evaluation survey was designed and distributed among the attendees
The provided feedback showed a very high level of satisfaction with the event. In particular, guests highlighted the organizational aspects of the event, informative, well-balanced and high-quality content of the presentations, opportunities to listen to different participants, and insightful and practical interventions on each intellectual output.
Furthermore, participants expressed a high interest in reusing the produced outputs as well as in replicating teachers’ experiences under IO3.
After the event, the FHM received a few requests from Moldova, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan regarding a possible cooperation under similar projects. Thus, MODE IT experience is expected to be reused within the next Capacity Building bid!
The slides presented during the event were attributed to CC-BY license and can be downloaded and used for free.
On March 11, all representatives from MODE IT partner institutions had an opportunity to present approaches applied to the redesign of higher education curricula at their universities through integrating MOOCs or MOOC-based pedagogies, at the international workshop Transformative Communities of Open Education.
This event was part of the series of international workshops dedicated to Open Education Week, organized annually from 2013 by eLearning Centre (CeL) from Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, with the aim of promoting transnational collaboration and creating educational networks. The presentations were given by 27 speakers (including those from MODE IT partnership) from countries such as Romania, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Lithuania, Norway, USA, Turkey, Ireland and Belgium.
In this session, MODE IT staff members and pilot teachers demonstrated how each of them selected suitable modules for the redesign, how they prepared the digital content for their MOOC courses, how they embedded their MOOCs into formal courses and how was the students’ reaction to the new course delivery strategy. MODE IT speakers were:
The event was attended by over 500 participants who have been online for more than six hours, in an interactive session, with many questions and curiosities addressed to the presenters and hundreds of messages and thoughts sent to the organizers.
More details about this year's OEW International Workshop can be found on the CeL website.
December 3, 2021: The MODE IT project objectives and the skills for Open University Education developed within the project so far were presented by our partner from UPT Dr. Eng. Diana Andone, EDEN Senior Fellow and Director of the eLearning Center (CEL) of the Politehnica University of Timișoara, Romania, at the sixth online edition of the international Digital Skills for Education & Culture Workshop. The event brought over 35 international speakers, including both researchers and professors, as well as students and pupils. Over 1500 participants were reached through the workshop.
A quick Mentimeter survey implemented after Diana’s presentation about the MODE IT, clearly showed the relevance of the project approach in the digital era.
The event was part of the Digital Skills for Education & Culture Workshop series, organized annually, starting with 2016.
On November 17, 2021 MODE IT partners implemented the virtual 5th TPM hosted by our partner Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). We started with a welcome speech of Vice-Rector for studies at KTU, Dr. Jonas Čeponis, and went through the achievements accomplished so far.
In particular, we talked about the tentative results from the piloting phase of MODE IT training program on MOOC design and delivery. The fact we were proud of: approx. 30% of the active users completed the MOOC. This is a very good result considering the average MOOC completion rate of 15% (Jordan 2015).
Furthermore, we adjusted our strategy and timetable for the realization of pedagogical experiments under IO3 related to the creation and integration of MOOCs to formal curricula. We were happy to learn that we easily achieved a number of pilot teachers willing to participate in this test phase. This is a great basis to move forward!
November 3, 2021: The MODE IT project’s innovative instructional approach for designing MOOC-based curricula was presented by our UPT colleagues Vlad Mihaescu and Diana Andone in the opening session of the European Online and Distance Learning Week 2021.
Together with Edmundo Tovar (Technical University of Madrid, IEEE Education Society President, Spain) and Alfredo Soeiro (University of Porto, Portugal), they discussed good practices of integrating digital education in higher education institutions, and showcased tools, applications, methodologies with the purpose to offer the best ideas to the worldwide participants present. A special highlight of the event was the discussion on the methodology used for the development of the MODE IT self-assessment tool.
On October 15, 2021 Vlad Mihăescu (UPT) virtually presented the MODE IT project under the joint paper “Self-assessing teachers‘ competences for curricula modernization through MOOCs”, which was submitted to and accepted by the conference board of the 27th International Conference on Information and Software Technologies (ICIST 2021). ICIST 2021 was organized by Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Kaunas, Lithuania in hybrid format.
Vlad presented the evaluation results obtained from the piloting of the IO1 Online self-assessment tool and focused, in particular, on the following topics:
The Conference Proceedings were published by Springer as a part of Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series and were referred in Clarivate Analytics. MODE IT paper can be found on the pp. 312 – 323.
June 25, 2021: We are happy to announce the presentation of the MODE IT project at the Annual Conference #EDEN2021 during the SYNERGY online session where research projects were promoted.
Our project partners from the Politehnica University of Timisoara demonstrated the project approach and the expected results of the project. In particular, Dr. Diana Andone presented the results from the piloting of the Online Self-assessment tool and pointed out best ways to open educational services to wider audience.
On May 24, 2021, the MODE IT Training Program on MOOC 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.
March 3, 2021: 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 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 project’s potential to contribute to the modernization of the Europe’s higher education sector in long-term.
Please view below the call for the applications. Should you meet the requirements of the call, please send your applications until December 18, 2020, to:
Ms Olga Zubikova, Fachhochschule des Mittelstands:
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.
On October 7, 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.
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:
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 November 11 and 12, 2019, the partners of the Erasmus+ project MODE IT from Lithuania (Dr. Rita Butkiene and Dr. Daina Gudoniene), Portugal (Prof. Carlos Vaz de Carvalho), Romania (Dr. Diana Andone), Turkey (Prof. Cengiz Hakan Aydin) and Germany (Prof. Dr. Tim Brueggemann, Sonja Intveen, Olga Zubikova) met for a kick off meeting at the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands in Bielefeld (Germany). In this first exchange, the project implementation strategy and the tasks of the project partners were discussed and specified. FHM Rector Prof. Dr. Anne Dreier welcomed the MODE IT partnership and highlighted the strategic relevance of the project towards modernization and digitalization of higher education curricula.
The lovely get together at Bielefeld’s well-known meeting point Bernstein helped us learn each other in informal way giving us a feeling of community with common goals!
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