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European course on challenges for universities in the digital age
Part of the D-Transform project
In a society that is increasingly marked by technology, universities need to adapt to the changes brought on by the challenges of the digital age. To do so, it is important that higher education leaders make the most of the digital resources available to find the best strategy when it comes the changes that need to be implemented. This is the aim of the fourth massive online open course (MOOC) being developed as part of the D-Transform project. The UOC's involvement in the project is being coordinated by Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research.
The MOOC has already started but enrolment is still open. It aims to raise awareness about strategic use of digital resources to transform universities, and focuses, in particular, on the teaching and learning processes. The course looks at models for opening up higher education; open educational resources (OERs) and MOOCs as factors for innovation; academic libraries and digitized learning spaces; assessment and credits in a technology-enhanced context; learning analytics, and overcoming academic resistance to teaching with ICTs, among other issues. The MOOC encourages reflection on practical challenges and offers opportunities for networking in a non-formal context.
The course is designed for university presidents, vice presidents, online learning managers, deans, directors and any other professional interested in digital strategy for universities.
Both Marta Aymerich and Josep A. Planell, the UOC's president, formed part of the team of experts interviewed for the MOOC's learning resources.
This MOOC is organized by Politecnico di Milano within the framework of the Transforming Universities of the Digital Age (D-Transform) project funded by the EU's Erasmus+ programme. In addition to the Politecnico di Milano, other participants in the project are the UOC, with Marta Aymerich as principal investigator; the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN); the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, as coordinator; Sero Consulting Ltd; Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the University of Lorraine. D-Transform's 1st Leadership School was hosted by the UOC in 2016.