Within Higher Education, the emergence of Massively Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and other blended methodologies is vastly increasing the demand for digital training opportunities. Still, Europe is suffering from a lack of teachers with the appropriate skills to design and develop digital educational resources, and/or run ICT-enabled educational courses. These skills include not only a level of technical competence and knowledge of educational technologies, but also the ability to coordinate multi-disciplinary teams in the realisation of course-development activities.
The EduHack project aims to contribute to tackle this problem in a very innovative way, by:
- Developing a methodology for a teachers’ hackaton, whereby young teaching professionals will learn the knowledge and skills necessary for online course creation and delivery.
- Organise 3 instances of these hackathons around Europe, in which participants will learn the skills, and create prototype courses, which could be further developed after the end of the project
- Set up a European resource database and network, which would promote the reproduction of these events by new institutions and in new countries.
The organisation of the hackathons will draw upon methodologies for such events in other fields created by industry-leaders, including Y-Combinator startup accelerators, and the TEDx network for independently organised TED events.
By the end of the project, EduHack will equip at least 90 teachers from 30 different institutions, to design and deliver their own e-learning courses – with their competence being proven through the development of a prototype course during the project’s course.
The project is led by the Nexa Centre of the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in collaboration with the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (Spain), Coventry University (UK), ATiT BVBA (Belgium), Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta).