All the IOs are available in open access with a CC BY-NC licence (re-users are allowed to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for non-commercial purpose only and only so long as attribution is given to the creator).
IO1.A1 Theoretical framework, European framework and templates and tools for national case studies
This report examines how European universities in each of the partner countries (EL, ES, FI, IE, IT) have implemented the provisions laid down in European documents, with particular emphasis on the use of digital technologies for lifelong learning, the establishment and assessment of quality standards and the professional development of teachers.
This report also includes guidelines detailing a comprehensive research methodology to be used to investigate how digital technologies have been integrated into higher education. The guidelines are complemented by templates and tools for structuring focus groups, planning interviews and the questionnaire for the online survey.
IO1.A2 Digital Technologies in HE: from the European vision to the university governance. National case studies
These research reports present an in-depth analysis of each of the six case studies carried out in all the ECOLHE project’s partner countries (EL, ES, FI, IE, 2IT).
The National case studies examines the impact of digital technologies in higher education. The research was conducted using a sociological approach, employing a blend of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the opaque organisational processes and to review the actual outcomes produced by the Bologna Process concerning digital transformation.
IO1.A3 Digital Technologies in HE: from the European vision to the university governance. Comparative report of national case studies
This research report analyses six case studies in partner countries (EL, ES, FI, IE, 2IT) focusing on how universities are developing their strategic approaches to digitalisation. The comparative analysis extracts six development themes (clusters): (1) impact of digital innovation; (2) digital innovation strategies; (3) digital learning process; (4) digital innovation of higher education institutions; (5) impact of the pandemic on the teaching-learning experience; (6) international quality standards.
ECOLHE's findings show that HEIs should follow the good practices of advanced countries, adapted to their national policies within a coherent legal framework. They should focus on improving: digital skills of the academic community (both teaching and administrative staff); design of digital teaching and learning policies to support quality education; promotion of new teaching methods that enhance students' digital skills; independence and self-discipline of students and teachers.
IO2.IO3 Engaging Higher Education students with collaborative e-activities. Course Plan
The ECOLHE project partners, led by UOC and FLCU, developed and piloted an online training course divided into 2 integrated learning modules.
The first module "Online teaching in HE" focused on updating the teaching skills of teachers and tutors to enable them to effectively integrate online and/or blended technologies in HE.
The second module "Engagement tools for HE online learning environment" focused on methodologies and tools to promote learner engagement in online and/or blended learning activities in order to reduce digital drop-out rates and increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning processes.
This document contains the course plan for both training modules.
IO2.IO3 Engaging Higher Education students with collaborative e-activities. Pilot training report
The ECOLHE project partners, led by UOC and FLCU, designed and developed an online training course divided into 2 integrated learning modules.
To understand the effectiveness of the course, a piloting phase was planned and the training has been implemented in 5 European countries: Italy, Spain, Ireland, Greece, and Finland.
This report offers an overview of the pilot experience and a summary of its result.
IO4 Symbiotic Learning Paradigm (SPL). Teacher competences, methods & approaches in Higher Education. Toolkit and facilitation guide
The ECOLHE project involved a pilot of the Symbiotic Learning Paradigm (SLP), to co-design a curriculum in all partner countries. SLP is a collaborative and learner-centred approach useful to design lifelong and life-wide learning opportunities in higher education. As an approach to curriculum design, SLP aims to bring the learner to the centre as a co-designer in the process, in collaboration with the teacher.
The use of SLP is recommended in the curriculum design because it puts learners in the place of stakeholders in designing their curricula. It can provide a connection between HEIs and market needs and make students part of the design process, making courses more attractive to them, and that leads to the reduction of dropout course rates.
This document provides a Guide on how to use the SPL approach to co-design a curriculum at the Higher Education level.
IO5.1 Recommendation and guidelines for Academic Bodies
Digital transformation in Higher Education (HE) is a major priority for the European Union (EU) and in the years to come there will be a reconstruction of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) at all levels of their operation. With the adoption of the Digital Education Action Plan (2021- 2027) on 30 September 2020, the EU sets the target of a high-quality, accessible and inclusive digital education supporting the Member States for their entry into a digital era.
These recommendations and guidelines are formed in consistency with all previous ECOLHE IOs and European directives with the ambition to form a useful guide for the Academic Bodies in their way to the digital transformation of their services.
IO5.2 Digital Transformation in HE Road Map. Infographic
This infographic summarises the main recommendations and guidelines for the Academic Bodies in their way to the digital transformation of their services formulated in the framework of the ECOLHE project.
IO5.3 The European Higher Education Area Facing The Digital Challenge
This publication represents the conclusion of the ECOLHE project and offers an overview of the many challenges that higher education institutions face, under pressure from digitalisation and the rapid transformation of the labour market and global system.
ECOLHE International Conference Proceedings
The ECOLHE partners collaborated in publishing the results of the ECOLHE final conference in a digital book of proceedings, to further disseminate the knowledge and the results generated throughout the project.
From Classroom Teaching Towards Online Learning. Short term staff training Programme
This document summarises the program of the three days staff training organised by Laurea University in the framework of the ECOLHE Project.