The project kicked off on the 3rd of December, 2021 amidst the COVID-19 restrictions and took place online, introducing the partnership from Lithuania, Slovenia, Cyprus, Iceland, Greece and Belgium.
Over the past two years, the project has reached significant milestones on the way to reaching its core objective to reinstate core education elements of “The place” into “The digital place” effectively. Having kicked off the project, the partners then engaged in the research stage of the activities, surveying, performing digital ethnography and implementing desk research in order to produce the “Ethnography of Digital by Digital”, with its report encompassing the mapping of existing tools and platforms for enabling remote learning within HEI, identifying problems and its causes related to remote learning in HEI as well as finding out the core elements leading into a proper structure for a new digital platform.
Having identified the key aspects needed, the partners then proceeded to the development stage: co-design of the “Digital Social Place” and the “Social Digital Training”.
The Digital Social Place focuses on the tools that enable next-level online education regardless of the COVID-19 outcomes. The spotlight of the platform is indeed not only on the extreme times which are being experienced by HEIs but also on enabling them to rethink their teaching delivery after the pandemic. The platform creates a new narrative of how e-learning can be enhanced. The Social Digital Training, on the other hand, is meant to support the teacher’s effort for social inclusion and community development during online education. Both the platform and the training curriculum were tested during a pilot training phase in Lithuania (Vilnius University), Iceland (University of Iceland), Slovenia (Ljubljana University) and Greece (KMOP).
The project reached its zenith with three impactful multiplying events: “Enhancing Your Online Education” in Iceland, a forum for educators to discuss the challenges in online education; “Old Habits – New Social Digital World” in Greece, featuring the dissemination of project results; and finally, “The Digital Place, Which is Social” in Lithuania, aimed at promoting all project deliverables.
As the curtains draw on the PLACEDU project, its legacy endures. It has been a profound honor to contribute to the Digital Social Place for the Next Normal in Education.
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The PLACEDU project was implemented by 7 partners from 6 countries: Lithuania (XWHY and Vilnius University), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Cyprus (CSI), Belgium (OTB International), Iceland (University of Iceland), and Greece (KMOP).
The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme of the European Commission