First ENLIVEN Newsletter

We are delighted to welcome you to our first newsletter! We have entered into very exciting times for the project, with the e-modules evaluation and piloting phase.

This newsletter is published to spread our news and the opportunities offered by the project.

You can read about some of the topics described in our newsletter below:

  1. Survival Kit for students and teachers (page 2)
  2. COVID-19 and the best practices (page 3)
  3. Exploit the full potential of virtual learning (page 4)

Happy reading!

Please keep in touch if you are interested about the topics discussed in our first newsletter.

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ENLIVEN at HEAd’22 International Conference

Our project partner, the University of Pisa, proposed a paper involving the results obtained from the data analysis collected from the ENLIVEN survey.

We are glad that the paper “Increasing engagement and student participation in Higher Education: insights from the University of Pisa during COVID-19” has been presented at HEAd’22 conference as a full paper. All papers went through a rigorous review process and each paper was reviewed by at least two program committee members. Out of 269 paper submissions, less than one third have been accepted as full papers.

The work was presented by Lukasz Szczygiel (UNIPI) on June 15, 2022, at the conference venue, the Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV).

Paper abstract

The emergency distance learning methods adopted to face the pandemic are connected to some inherent problems which concern the lack of social aspects, interactions, and motivation. These and other frequent issues threaten to stop the opportunities offered by the widespread use of educational technology. This paper examines how the Higher Education Institutions adapted to the evolution of the pandemic, compared to relevant insights from University of Pisa gathered during the academic year 2020/21.

Focusing on the communicative and socio-emotional aspects of the didactic event, we propose engagement tools – real-time interaction applications designed to increase active learning and motivation – as a feasible solution that might tackle some of the emerged teaching-learning issues. In this context, it appears that the potential of these versatile and easy-to-apply tools has not been fully exploited. Specific teacher training actions are therefore suggested.

Szczygiel, Lukasz & Iannella, Alessandro & Simi, Maria. (2022). Increasing engagement and student participation in Higher Education: insights from the University of Pisa during COVID-19. 10.4995/HEAd22.2022.14612

Check out the full paper and other research from our project partners here.

About Head’22

The 8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’22) is a consolidated forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions, and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies, and the organization of educational systems.

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COVID-19 and the best teaching practices

We are sharing some of the best practices and innovative approaches used at the ENLIVEN partner universities during the emergency situation.

All partners contributed with the materials, evaluations and insights, focused on teaching, developed to face the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results of our interviews are organised by following two main question topics:

  1. questions regarding re-organisation of education during the pandemic at institutional level.
  2. questions regarding learning and teaching during pandemic.

You can read and download the results below:

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Support Measures for Students in e-Learning Environments

Designing Virtual Support Measures for Students in International Learning Environments

With the help of psychologists, neuroscientists, communication scientists and social networks/media experts we designed some possible solutions and strategies to overcome the problems identified during the firsts activities of the Intellectual Output 3. In particular we are building upon the Requirement Analysis Report where we have identified some key findings from online surveys carried out jointly by the Enliven partners.

Social dimension of learning and the necessity of developing new forms of virtual mobility for all

For various reasons, the majority of students will not be able to experience physical mobility, even after the pandemic. This report includes suggestions, recommendations and challenges on how digital learning environments can be shaped to enable those participating in a virtual exchange to have similar experiences and interactions as those who actually physically go abroad. We focus on the social dimension of intercultural learning and living in the digital world.

The complete report is now available:

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Requirement analysis – Report on the online survey

Are you curious about the main difficulties in using digital platforms met by students and teachers?

We have identified some key findings from online surveys carried out jointly by the Enliven partners. These surveys describe what 1286 participants experienced during the academic year 2020/2021.

It is also the first step towards the goals expressed in the Intellectual Output 3 where we aim to create and disseminate in publicly accessible form guidelines on enabling and organizing international digital learning environments.

Based on the analysis some key findings were identified:

  • 95% of respondents have experience using digital learning environments
  • 22% of respondents claimed that they do not have enough technical knowledge to compile necessary educational resources
  • 91% of respondents did not participate in international mobility in the academic year 2020/21
  • 97% of classes were delivered online in the academic year 2020/21
  • Only 27% of respondents used tools for engagements

More findings can be found in the report below:

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Desk research to exploit the full potential of virtual learning

We have published a document summarizing some of the existing virtual learning experiences and practices adopted by the Higher Education Institutions in Europe. In particular, the core task of this activity was to broaden the picture of how the COVID-19 emergency affected teaching and learning methods and approaches outside the ENLIVEN partner universities.

This document forms the basis for the next project activities which are described in the Intellectual Output 2. By integrating existing – state-of-the-art – data from outside the ENLIVEN partnership with our own research and experience we are laying solid foundations for the development of future e-courses and for an overall improvement of virtual learning activities.

You can read and download the Desk Research results below:

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The Survival Kit is now available online

We are happy to announce that the ENLIVEN project partners have developed and published the first version of the Digital Survival Kit.

What is the Survival Kit?

The ENLIVEN Survival Kit provides support for the use of basic digital methods and tools in response to emerging needs in today’s learning and teaching context.

It consists of a set of set of micro-modules, with video materials, tutorials, and best practices for users that need a quick introduction for some of the most common tools and methods used for learning and teaching. Thanks to the Survival Kit you should be able to solve some of the most common problems in the platforms used for in presence and distance learning.

Check out the results by clicking on the link below: