Digital at home: new steps in internationalization of education
Internationalization has become one of the main priorities for universities and other educational establishments. As it is widely discussed, most universities work on the implementation of this notion into their structure and work. At the same time, digitalization of education has been on the agenda for many years. And a need for digitalization became urgent due to recent circumstances brought on by Covid-19.
Thus, we applied for, and was given a grant from the Swedish Institute to the project “Digital at home: new steps in internationalization of education”. This new project will deal with Internationalization of higher education, aiming at rethinking the concept of internalization and how it is being conducted in education at universities. The project will touch upon the concept of Internationalization at Home, Internationalization of Learning and Teaching, and Virtual Exchange with the main focus on enhancing the digitalization of education. Projectpartners will develop and apply a relevant methodology for internationalization and virtualization on the thematic areas of Climate Change and Baltic Sea Regional Studies. Working in international groups, the partners will use existing, or develop new digitalized content for the courses, integrating them in their existing syllabi at university. Furthermore, the piloting of two semi-virtual course and a virtual exchange will be done by the partners. The project will result in a guidebook for on-line internationalised teaching, which will be spread among BUP participating universities.
The project was launched 5 February 2021. During the Kick-off meeting that took place via Zoom the partners met, confirmed the workplan and timeline as well as presented their ideas of work to be done within each work package.
Work Package 1, Internationalization of Education: practical solutions. This work package starts in March 2021 with webinars on “Rethinking of Internationalization and IAH and IL&T”, and “Introduction to Virtual Exchanges / Virtual Class”. Between May and October 2021, modules 1-4 is ongoing and focus on “Setting up an International Virtual Classroom”.
Work Package 2 is the project “Climate Change In the Baltic Sea Region” and Work Package 3 is called “The Baltic Sea Region in the Conditions of Global Transition”. They share the same time table, starting with a period between December 2020 – June 2021, when international content for the course/modules is developed. Between August 2021 until December 2021, a virtual course (curriculum etc) is developed. An adaptation of courses at national level will be done at project partner universities during the same period. Finally, the work packages will be piloting the courses between February 2022 until April 2022.
Work Package 4 is called “Developing guideline”, and starts in April 2022 with an evaluation and looking into the results of the piloted courses. A common meeting will be held if possible. This activity runs until May 2022. Between December 2020 and May 2022, a methodology and guideline for the internationalized virtual course will be developed within the frame of Work Package 4.
- Uppsala University, Sweden (lead partner)
- Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine
- National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
- NGO “Evolutio”, Belarus
- NGO ”EKAPRAEKT”, Belarus
- Södertorn University (CBEES), Sweden
- Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Associated project partners
- Marie Curie – Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland
- Adam Mickiewic University in Poznan, Poland
- University of Gdansk