4. The formation of online learning environment


Wider integration of ICT in the process of teaching and learning in higher education
is one of the imperatives emphasized in a numerous of documents dealing with
the improvement of the EHEA. The aim of this work package is to promote wider
integration of ICT in teaching and learning at the PC HEIs through the launch of
pilot projects which should demonstrate the benefits of using online technologies
in teaching and learning and encourage a wider circle of teachers and teaching
assistants to use these technologies themselves. Pilot projects that will be
implemented within the activity 4.1 will integrate online technologies into a
certain number of traditional courses at the PC HEIs in all areas of natural and
mathematical sciences. For that purpose, several online learning platforms will be
developed by adapting some of the existing free platforms to specific needs of
courses to be designed, that will open up a wide range of opportunities for
supporting and enhancing educational delivery and management and enable the
transition from teacher-oriented towards student-oriented learning. Within the
activity 4.2 systems for electronic testing will be developed which should help to
overcome or mitigate the problems of objective assessment and equal treatment
of all students, and difficulties that arise in examining large groups of students.
This will include student evaluation with questions randomly chosen from the
database, as well as a system for self-testing. The integration of online
technologies in laboratory exercises and scientific experiments will be conducted
in the framework of the activity 4.3. Its main goal is to enable students to
participate in experiments from remote locations, which could alleviate the
problem of insufficient quality laboratory equipment at some PC HEIs. The aims of
the last activity in WP4 is to define the methodology to be used in the analysis of
performance indicators of innovative teaching and learning methods introduced
within activities 4.1-4.3, and to conduct a preliminary analysis of performance
indicators. The preliminary analysis will be the first step in the further analysis of
performance indicators of the innovations introduced in the process of teaching
and learning at the PC HEIs, which will be continued after the completion of the
project cycle and whose results will be used for further improvement of the quality
of teaching and learning at the PC HEIs.

Related assumptions and risks

Motivation of teaching staff for the integration of online technologies into their courses

Motivation of technical staff for additional work

Motivation of students for electronic self-testing

Motivation of teaching staff for updating and sharing information;

Motivation of teaching staff to conduct a preliminary analysis of performance indicators

Motivation of teaching staff for the formation of online labs

Lack of interest of teaching staff to prepare the basis for electronic testing

Inertia of teaching staff for the presentation of learning and teaching materials

Inertia of students for filling out the questionnaires