Experiences in the area of education in social and health care during the corona crisis showed that distance learning concerning practically oriented teaching and learning among students in areas where practical skills and hands-on competencies are crucial, were especially challenging and new solutions are needed.
The current pandemic context, with the known difficulties and constraints generated in maintaining the classic models of learning in European higher education, has reinforced the need to integrate virtual learning environments in its plans. Limiting access to the campus learning environments, traditional and standard simulation, used in basic or continuous professional practical skills training, as a rule, implies rethinking the learning scenarios, readopting them to non-classroom or hybrid training or developing new scenarios suitable for the digital tools existing or in development.
Therefore, it is crucial to produce and develop practical competence learning scenarios (pedagogical-didactic materials), suitable for virtual learning environments (hybrid learning). With this we hope to increase the digital skills of European teachers, students and health professionals and contribute to the innovation of pedagogical concepts and models to be used in this virtual learning environments. We intend that European higher education institutions, integrate these scenarios in the training of Health Sciences students and guide the teaching practice in digital support using the developed scenarios. The achievement of this objective will be possible with the development of a digital tool that aggregates and makes available the various scenarios.
The primary target group for DITEPRACT is teachers and supervisors in higher education from six universities. Around 200 teachers from partner universities will take part in workshops and competence development activities. Several student groups from each university will be actively involved in the pilot studies.
The objectives for DITEPRACT are to:
- explore and map experiences, current activities and practices of digital online technology in subject-specific practical teaching, training and learning in HE in the field of social and health care
- develop in collaboration new concepts and models for digital pedagogical competencies, innovative online resources and tools for teachers by sharing of resources, expertise and best practices
- develop and implement guidelines and best practices of innovative hybrid and online teaching, training and learning of practical skills to support teachers´ digital pedagogical competencies and students´ learning.
The project consortium has 6 members from six countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Turkey, Sweden and Finland). Arcada, Helsinki, Finland is the project coordinator.
The project team members are:
Director Camilla Wikström-Grotell, Arcada, Finland
Heikki Paakkonen, Arcada, Finland
Research director, PhD Jukka Surakka, Arcada, Finland
Senior researcher, PhD, Docent Jyrki Kettunen, Arcada, Finland
Sultan Kav, Baskent University, Turkey
Aydan Aytar, Baskent University, Turkey
Cigdem Baskici, Baskent University, Turkey
Adjunt Professor, PhD Antonio Fernandes, Nursing School of Coimbra , Portugal
Adjunt Professor, PhD Veronica Coutinho, Nursing School of Coimbra , Portugal
Adjunt Professor, PhD, Manuel Chaves, Nursing School of Coimbra , Portugal
PhD Junior Researcher Daniela Cardoso, Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing, School of Coimbra,
PhD Student, Adjunt Professor Hugo Neves, Nursing School of Coimbra,
Aurelija Blazeviciene, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
Zivile Kepezinskiene, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
Professor, PhD Anne Söderlund, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Senior researcher, PhD Maria Elven, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Evita Grigorovica, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Teaching and Learning Project Mana, ger, Raimonds Strods, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Manager of Study InnovationsInguna Blese, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Director of the Centre for Educational Growth, Dr. paed., Associate professor Nora Jansone-Ratinika, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Simulation-based education project manager, Evita Grigorovica, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Deputy Director of Medical Education Technology Centre, Andreta Slavinska, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
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