The first transnational meeting of Erasmus+ Digital Education Initiatives and Timely Solutions (Dig-It) project, University of Malta was held at the Valletta Campus, from 23 to 24 October 2019.
Partners from five collaborating countries (Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Malta and Slovenia) and industry (Saint James Hospital) in Malta attended the meeting.
In his welcome message, Pro-Rector Prof. Saviour Zammit, distinguished the project as a timely and apt vehicle towards enabling essential milestones in the use of digital technology in teaching and learning across Europe.
Dig-It will explore how EU universities and the healthcare industry can collaborate to benefit from international networks that support educators. These networks give educators the confidence and skills to use emerging technologies to enhance learning opportunities. Creating an inter-nations learning community of practice and collaboratively creating, sharing and distributing online continuing education open access resources will reduce redundancy, time and cost.
The purpose of Dig-It is to:
- correct the imbalance and inequity of digital education opportunities offered at EU universities to improve student learning opportunities, satisfaction, and success in a digital world
- provide solutions to the barriers preventing some educators from embracing technology to enhance teaching
- explore collaborations between education and industry, to pioneer learning processes and accessibly, convenient Continuous Education (CE)
- create an innovative partnership model of teaching and learning.
The three-year project is led by Prof. Colla McDonald and Dr Maria Cassar, both members of the Distance Education Committee (DEC), University of Malta, and chaired by Pro-Rector Prof. Saviour Zammit.