Fachhochschule des Mittelstands expands competence in the development of digital educational offers: FHM launches EU project MODE.IT in top-class partnership

How will education providers ensure the success of lifelong, self-determined learning in the future? The FHM and their 4 international partners of the EU-project MODE.IT will face this question in the next 2 1/2 years and want to contribute to a solution with the development of didactically mature MOOCs. You will not only focus on the learners, but also on the teachers.

Today, there is no shortage of offers that make digitised educational products available to those willing to learn. However, in view of current EU statistics, both universities and continuing education providers are asking themselves whether these learning opportunities are actually efficient and promising for the learner. The independent acquisition of knowledge with the help of so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) is both in demand and immature. Often the courses are offered by teachers whose know-how is undisputed but limited in the field of virtual teaching. The result is educational offerings that are uncomplicated to use but lack learning success.

What actually makes a good digital education offer? And are teachers in a position to create MOOCs whose didactics are just as innovative as the applied technology? Answering these questions will be the task of the partners in the EU project "MODE.IT" over the next 2 1/2 years.

As Leading Partner, the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands coordinates the cooperation of 5 universities in this project, which will optimally contribute their different expertise. Together with the partners from Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Turkey, the project will work on the optimisation of digital educational offers both within universities and in the field of further education. The project partners will both develop the research design and provide the pilot groups.

Scientific director of the project on the part of the FHM is the pro rector for on-line University, remote study and further training, Professor Dr. Tim Br?ggemann: ?We are very grateful in the project MODE.IT with so experienced partners to co-operate to be able. We will make with this project not only a valuable contribution for the education market, but also much for the advancement of the FHM own on-line University learn.

The aim is to expand the range of good MOOCs not only within academic education, but also in vocational education throughout Europe. This should not only ensure a good educational standard, but also the quality assurance of existing educational offers through the training of teachers.

On 11 November, the project partners met for a kick-off meeting in Bielefeld. Further international meetings will be held in the partner institutions in the coming years. From the beginning of 2020, the partners will present the project in more detail on their own project website: www.mode-it.eu. The project is supported by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education programme.

Kick-off-meeting of the project partners in Bielefeld.