The world is changing fast and it is vital that education keeps pace. Yet, at a time when innovation is most needed, the world of education is lagging: only 38% of recent entrants to the education sector believe their school/college is adept at adopting innovations, new knowledge, or methods (Innovating Education and Educating for Innovation, OECD, 2016).
InDo will support educators to rise to the challenge, helping them transform their teaching methods and bring learning to life through innovative and inclusive learning spaces. According to the Digital Education Action Plan (2021 – 2027), fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem and enhancing digital skills and competencies for digital transformation are the strategic priorities of the European Commission.
Based on the above, the InDo project outlines this vision for high-quality, inclusive, and accessible digital education in Europe by upskilling the digital skills of educators in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through high-quality learning content and user-friendly tools so as to have confident and digitally competent teachers to maximize students’ capacity in the 21st classrooms. InDo project underlines the need of fostering digital capabilities among academic staff of HEIs and academia representatives, so as to improve their teaching, through a blended Understanding by Design (UbD) and Differentiated Instruction (DI) teaching by obtaining essentials skills, attitudes, and techniques, based on the development of a curriculum and instructional teaching model in the 21st-century classrooms
The main objectives of the InDo project are to build the capacities of educators in the deployment of UbD and DI as a structured approach to proactively cater for student diversity and inclusion through the developed resources, to empower educators to put technological solutions at the service of pedagogy and boost their teaching performance and finally to optimize relevancy and effectiveness for educators across Europe through rigorous research and test each resource.
To succeed in this, the project will increase the visibility of digital technologies in Higher education and it will support the incorporation of new teaching methods and learning tools into the curricula programs of HE Institutions. It will encourage the educators and the professors to be more confident during the teaching by incorporating learning materials which will finally develop the maximum capacity of each student.
Professors will be equipped with new skills and fresh teaching methods, while learners will be attracted by new digital applications during their learning path. The stronger the educators are as professionals in each of these areas, the more successful the students are likely to be. We firmly believe that “the quality of an educational system depends upon the quality of its teachers” (Teaching in Focus Brief 2, OECD,2012) and so educators are at the heart of our work.