New technologies: the foundation for learning and teaching in universities

Each year European universities are faced with the challenge of improving how new technologies are used for learning and teaching, adapting their methods to meet the needs of professors and students. In order to facilitate this adaptation, the EU High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education has published a report for the European Commission on “New modes of learning and teaching in higher education”.

Based on the analysis of the current situation and best practices in this area of EU Member States and other countries around the world, the Group has set out fifteen recommendations, including:

  • The European Commission should support Member States in the development and implementation of national frameworks that extend and integrate new modes of teaching and learning in higher education.
  • The integration of digital pedagogies and technologies must be part of the teaching and learning strategies of higher-education institutions.
  • National authorities should facilitate the development of national competencies frameworks for digital skills and integrate them in the professional development of higher-education teaching staff.
  • All teaching staff of higher education institutions should receive training in relevant digital technologies and pedagogies as part of their initial training and continuous professional development.
  • National authorities should create specific funding to support the integration of new modes of learning and teaching in universities.
  • Public authorities should develop guidelines for ensuring quality in open and online learning and for promoting excellence in the use of ICT in higher education.

If you would like to read the entire report, you can download it here.

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