ENLIVEN Project

About ENLIVEN

ENLIVEN Project

ENLIVEN is funded as part of the Erasmus+ programme, under the extraordinary calls to support Strategic partnerships for digital education readiness responding to the educational challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ENLIVEN acronym indicates the need to make education more interesting and fruitful as this reflects the project aim of facilitating and engaging students and teachers into reaching their full potential.

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to online education in a matter of days. This implied no time to prepare learners and teachers for the new learning environment. The effects of this shift have been evaluated, and it is possible to identify where greater efforts are needed and where opportunities for the future lie.

In this context, countries and thus project partners have faced the pandemic in different ways and with different solutions. Their accumulated experience forms a valuable basis for creating an international digital learning platform as an effective and widespread tool destined to be used during and long after this emergency.

As a matter of fact, in the future, not everyone will be able to experience physical mobilities, because of disabilities, economic, work and family reasons among others. However, the present virtual mobility at most substitutes the experience of going to lectures or seminars abroad. Thus, many benefits in terms of connection and empathy with the community and hosting countries are lost. It is imperative to develop better virtual mobilities for those who temporarily or permanently will not be able to experience classes in presence.

Project details

The idea behind ENLIVEN is to improve the quality of virtual education by developing new forms of international exchanges (virtual mobility or blended mobility), thus facilitating the achievement of the objective that all the students should experience international mobility.

Consequently, the creation of an inclusive and diverse international digital learning environment can have an impact at each level (local, regional, national, and international) by allowing an effective inclusion of disadvantaged (permanently or temporarily) people. They will be able to access a new digitally enhanced learning allowing them to acquire not only new knowledge and competences but also enriching their soft skills, which today are so important in the job market.

To achieve these goals, we believe that learners of all disciplines, teachers, and administrative staff need better digital skills. Moreover, new forward-looking ways need to be implemented to foster the positive aspects of the digital learning. Indeed, among the planned results is the creation of smaller, certifiable, flexible units of learning, which can be accessed in different stages of higher education, before, during, and after formal studies. 

Moreover, during the entire project lifecycle, the partners will engage students, teachers, and other staff into testing and piloting phases in order to gather valuable feedback. All the relevant materials (online courses, guidelines, podcasts, papers etc.) will be developed with the provision that they have to be publicly accessible and introduced with an open license after the final release.

Main objectives

We aim to promote a new culture and perspective of how digital technologies can be used to enhance learning and teaching, opening a reflection on the opportunity to combine traditional education in presence with other forms of training and learning with the objective of supporting modernization of education.

This can be achieved by:

Creating

new forms of international virtual mobility to offer better experiences for future participants

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Photo: UHH/Frank von Wieding

Connecting

into close and interactive contact international students and staff

Developing

better tailored pedagogical approaches to e-learning

Enriching

the total available skills in local, regional, national, and European job market

ENLIVEN is organized around three intellectual outputs and a series of steps to produce them:

Short and flexible course modules to develop digital competences

Progressive sets of course modules to be able to exploit the full potential of virtual learning

Guidelines for creating inclusive international learning environments

Target groups

Students

  • benefit from the enhanced learning modes allowing for deeper social interactions
  • need to access practical and laboratory activities in a virtual environment

Teachers

  • learn how to leverage all the benefits offered by the digital learning
  • specific training, in order to facilitate learners effectively in an online environment

Administrative staff

  • improve digital skills to enhance the exercise of their profession and for their personal culture

Learners of all ages

  • benefit from the creation of flexible micro courses which can be accessed in different stages of higher education, before, during and, after formal studies

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