Digital skills in higher education. The state of play in the field of European Integration Studies
This event will take place once a year during the life cycle of the JM project. It aims to foster a forum of discussion, where academics from new, old and EU candidate states have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices on teaching approaches and methods in EU Studies. The format is designed as a workshop and targets the participation of 20 academics/year. Scholars, doctoral candidates, as well as other experts from the new member states and old member states, are invited to participate.
The 2015 Yerevan Ministerial conference has placed teaching as the core objective of the European Higher Education Area, ‘stressing that enhancing the quality and relevance of learning and teaching is the main mission of the EHEA'(Yerevan Communiqué, p.2). The use of digital technologies is one of the methods that can boost the quality of the teaching process and the EU has adopted in the last years’ several key documents with the aim to support and guide the member states in building digital learning environments. The Digital Education Action Plan or the Communication from the Commission on a renewed higher education agenda are representative in this direction. New impetus for digital skills-based educational dimension was also reinforced through the VdL EU Commission agenda which aims to make the European Educational Area a reality by 2025(A Union that strives for more. Topic 3. A Union fit for the digital age, p.14).
But, the use of digital technologies in the teaching and learning process varies across members states, due to differences in digital infrastructure. Digital tools are quite costly and it creates additional burdens on public universities which lack the financial sources to acquire the software. Also, the lack of training of the teaching staff to use efficiently digital technologies is another factor that explains this variation among EU member states.
In this context, having in mind the important role universities play and departing from one of the conclusions expressed in the 2018 Bologna Implementation Report that there is limited evidence on the way universities use digital technologies and the policies and strategies they employ to enhance the quality of teaching(2018 Bologna Implementation Report, p. 230) and offer the students the skills necessary for the labour market and for civic participation, this academic event aims to respond to this gap and addresses the contribution of the field of European Union Integration Studies.
- What digital technology policies and strategies have the universities developed to respond to the strategic policies adopted by the European Union?
- b. What kind of policies do universities have in place to train and professionalize the teaching staff to use digital technologies in the teaching and learning process?
- How is the EU Integration curricula designed to implement the Digital Competence Framework 2.0 across ?
- How are EU Integration courses taught across disciplines? How are digital technologies embedded to cultivate critical thinking and digital instruments for civic participation in an era of fake news?
- What innovative pedagogies are used in the teaching process? What tools are associated to provide students with the skills necessary for the labour market?
- Creating a forum of discussion for junior and early to mid-career academics of EU Studies and Political Science;
- sharing best practices in order to produce change and improve the quality of teaching programs.
- Transferable character of the project results at European level, but also to other universities in the region
- Increasing the visibility of the university and assume a leading role at national level in terms of stimulating the debate about the teaching and learning process
- The dissemination of the results of these workshops will be published on the website of the project as open educational resources available to scholars from Romanian or European universities
Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca
Facultatea de Istorie și Filosofie
Str. Kogălniceanu nr.1, 40084