On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, The Open University participated in the kick-off meeting of the international strategic project in higher education titled TEACH4EDU4 - Accelerating the transition to Edu 4.0 in HEIs.
The meeting was hosted by the project coordinator - the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI) of the University of Zagreb. The 30-month project is funded under the Erasmus + program of the European Commission in the total amount of 296,845.00 euros.
The goal of this extremely important project is to advance higher education in the fast-growing field of informatics/computer sciences, in order to enable the teaching in line with the modern innovative world trends in hybrid and international environments and the needs of Industry 4.0.
Although the first meeting had to be held online, the partners managed to achieve the goal of getting to know the teams involved and to make the initial coordination of the activities and expected results that will enable them to explore, teach and implement the changes described as project objectives.
In addition to the Open University UK, the partners of this project include the leading European universities in the field of informatics/computer science and related sciences and educational sciences: Faculty of Organization and Informatics (coordinator), University of Zilina in Slovakia, University of Belgrade in Serbia, Tallinn University in Estonia , Universita Degli Studi Dell'Aquila from Italy and the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya from Spain.
During the project, the partners will jointly work on 5 main results, and will start by creating a catalogue of innovative teaching methods and related skills in line with the needs of Industry 4.0, which will be coordinated by experts from the Open University (UK).
The contribution of The Open University (UK) in this project includes mapping innovative educational practices, effective teaching 4.0 methods, and helping to support professional development.
One of the biggest expected impacts of the project will be that on higher education teachers and students from partner institutions, who will gain valuable domain knowledge and unique experience of working and learning in international teams and online environments, through practical work in international online classrooms designed within this project.
The national coordinator of the project is Prof Bart Rienties and more information on the expected results and partners involved is available on the project website.