Title: Moving from emergency online teaching to virtual collaborative learning: the VALEU-X project
Date: 16 October 2020 at 11:30-12:30 AM CET and 13:00-15:00 PM CET
From January 2020 six Albanian universities are working, in collaboration with European partners and with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in a project called VALEU-X, Virtual Albanian European Universities Exchange.
The project is adding a significant value to the teaching process in Albania by empowering academic staff with contemporary, digital teaching competencies to implement Virtual Collaborative Learning (VCL) as an everyday teaching practice, offering a chance to explore, implement, and disseminate Virtual Mobility and Internationalisation at Home practices.
Since the spread of COVID-19, student mobility abruptly stopped in Albania, as well as globally, and most of the universities that moved education online incredibly quickly are now rethinking their digital education strategies, as well as exploring new and sustainable approaches to complement and reinforce traditional forms of mobility.
During this online event we will discuss the importance of VCL, and how its underpinning pedagogy can support the transition from emergency online teaching to sustainable forms of internationalisation at home.
VCL can increase students’ and staff exposure to the European and international academic, economic, and societal context whereas student-centered learning within a high degree of self organisation is facilitated through VCL.
This online event has a two-fold objective:
- introduce the project aims and activities and launch the report publication “Needs assessment report on Virtual Collaborative teaching and learning in Albania”;
- offer hands-on training on Virtual Mobility, distance teaching & VCL. During this session participants will learn how to develop Virtual Collaborative Learning activities within their courses, offering a meaningful learning experience to their students.
Participation in the online event is free of charge. Sessions will be recorded and made available on the VALEU-X project website.
Target participants: Albanian university staff (international relation officers, teaching and learning units, professors), anyone interested in learning more about virtual collaborative learning methods, and digital education in Albania.
Morning session: Webinar
Virtual Albanian European Universities Exchange
11:30 Welcome and introduction to the VALEU-X project
Mattis Altmann, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
11:40 Virtual Collaborative teaching and learning in Albania
Ornela Vladi, European University of Tirana, Albania
12:00 Virtual Collaborative Learning as a strategy for internationalisation & Virtual Mobility
Eric Schoop, Mattis Altmann, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
12:30 End of Webinar
Afternoons session: Hands-on Training
How to develop Virtual Collaborative Learning in your classroom
13.00 Introduction: virtual vs. analogue teaching
Mattis Altmann, Alexander Clauss, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
13:15 Spring Semester 2020 “experience & challenges”
Esmir Demaj, EPOKA University, Albania
13:30 Hands-on Virtual Collaborative Learning
Mattis Altmann, Alexander Clauss, Anna Leichsenring, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
14:15 Evaluation & quick wins
15:00 Final remarks and information for further events
VALEU-X supports the internationalisation of Albanian universities by introducing Virtual Blended Mobility as an internationalisation at home instrument. VALEU-X is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union during the period January 2020-January 2022.
More information at: https://valeu-x.eu/