The ‘Collaboration for Effective Digital Education’ (D-COLLAB), coordinated by  EKONOMICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE, Slovakia is a two-year project whose main objective is to improve the quality of digital teaching and learning at all levels of higher education at the University of Economics in Bratislava; focused on academic teaching staff, doctoral students, students of the types of degree programs and students with special needs in all degree programs.

Specific objectives of the project are formulated as follows:

1. The improvement of the technological effectiveness of digital instruction.

2. The improvement of the methodological effectiveness of digital instruction.

3. Improving the technological and methodological effectiveness of digital instruction for students with special needs.

4. Improving the digital skills of higher education students needed for effective learning including the students with special needs.

The pandemic of COVID-19 affected virtually any country of the world and alternative modes of instruction (at a distance) were needed and many higher education institutions have been taken by surprise and they aren’t prepared for it and this was the case of the applicant institution: EKONOMICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE.

The project will facilitate the use of innovative practices in teaching and learning at all three levels of university studies. However, the project will not only have a short-term, but also a long-term impact. It is predicted that the world will change as a consequence of the pandemic and the ways to interact at the micro and macro levels will also be different. There is expected to be a substantial shift towards digitalisation and educators must be ready to embrace this trend.

Moreover, the project can help the university not only to successfully overcome the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to launch digital education programs so as to be competitive and attract international students, who can be educated from virtually any place of the world given they have access to the internet network. In the project, we formed an international partnership with the institutions, which have complementary expertise needed for us to achieve this goal.

The D-COLLAB project will implement a Survey of the needs of instructors and students (IO1), Technologies for effective digital teaching at universities (Guidebook – IO2), Methodologies for effective digital teaching at universities (Guidebook – IO3), Teaching students with special needs through digital media at universities (Guidebook – IO4), Higher education studies in the digital environment (Student guide – IO5) and Web Platform (E-Learning platform – IO6)

The project falls under the EU Strategic Partnerships for vet education – Key Action 226 and the Consortium is comprised of: EKONOMICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE (Slovakia), UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS (Cyprus), FOR SRL (Italy) and ) M&M Profuture Training, S.L. (Spain)

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