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Online kick-off meeting held for RAPIDE

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The OU has participated in the kick-off meeting of the RAPIDE (Relevant assessment and pedagogies for inclusive digital education) project.

The meeting of the Erasmus+ KA226 Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness project was hosted by the project coordinator, the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI) of the University of Zagreb, in April 2021. The 24-month project is funded under the Erasmus + program of the European Commission in the total amount of €219,085,00.

The goal of the project is to co-create, implement and share innovative pedagogies and aligned assessment for relevant and inclusive digital education, in order to deal with crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The project also aims to support the meaningful digital transformation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

The first meeting was held online with all partners given the opportunity to get to know each other, discuss the initial presentation and associated activities, and work toward the expected results that will enable participants to explore, teach and implement the project objectives.

Image of participants at the opening RAPIDE project meeting
Participants of opening RAPIDE project meeting

In addition to the OU the partners involved in this project feature leading European universities, including: the Faculty of Organization and Informatics, and the School of Medicine, both part of the University of Zagreb (Croatia), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), Goethe University (Germany) and the University of Rijeka (Croatia).

During the project, partners will jointly work on four main results and start by creating open educational resource and an e-course for flipped classroom(s) (FC) and work-based learning (WBL) which will be led by the OU. The consortium will also conduct many learning, teaching and training activities, organise workshops and multiplier events, and develop an e-course on the Moodle platform which will be transformed into a MOOC (Mass Open Online Course).

The contribution of The Open University in this project includes leading the literature review on online flipped classrooms and online work-based learning, and help to build an open educational resource and e-chapter, let's get flipped. The OU will also help with building a knowledge base of learning analytics and formative online assessment.

Further objectives of the project include the implementation and evaluation of innovative and inclusive pedagogies that support student engagement, practical skills development and a deep approach to learning in an online environment by digitally and pedagogically competent and confident teachers. This will be achieved by supporting teachers to use relevant and inclusive assessment methods related to innovative pedagogies, allowing students and teachers to meaningful implement innovative pedagogies in an online environment (by the ethical use of learning analytics), with special attention given to students at risk. As well as this, the project aims to increase the capacity of HEIs for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of innovative pedagogies in online, blended and distant learning, and to perform impact analysis of pedagogies on their digital transformation goals.

Prof Bart Rienties, the national coordinator of the project, is open to discuss the RAPIDE project and its objectives.

For more information on the expected results and to find out the partners involved, visit the Official Project Website.