The competitive threat for traditional universities is not emerging virtual universities, but credible, established universities that have learned to use technology to meet student needs for meaningful learning opportunities. Higher education institutions need to invest in new teaching technologies or risk being uncompetitive within global markets (Soko, et al. 2015).
However, some academic staff still resist taking advantage of available technologies in their teaching, and some EU Universities offer robust online digital education courses and resources, while others lag behind offering few to no online learning opportunities. Immediate research is needed to determine how EU educators perceive adopting new technologies.
DIG-IT will explore how EU universities, and the healthcare industry can collaborate to benefit from international networks that support educators to develop 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 (CE), 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 education and industries collaborations to pioneer learning processes and accessibly, convenient CE.
• Create an innovative partnership model of teaching and learning.
Level of Education: Higher education
Lead Organisation: DIG-IT Digital Initiatives & Timely Solutions