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!
MODE IT presented at the IEEE EDUCON 2020 conference
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).
Show must go on: Zoom meeting instead Eskisehir!
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.
MODE IT at the Online Workshop Digital Competences for Open Education
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.