Projects and Activities

Digitally Competent Educators – Development, Piloting and Evaluation of a European Short Learning Programme for Educators

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01.01.2019 – 31.12.2020


EADTU/Erasmus +


The E-SLP Digitally Competent Educators aims to develop and foster educator’s digital pedagogic competence in teaching and learning in all levels of education. The European Short Learning Programme (E-SLP) is a project about Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) on a European level for continuous professional development and lifelong learning, which consist of courses with a common subject focussing on specific needs in society. The E-SLP can be completed with a certificate and also be part of larger degrees. This project is about developing, piloting and evaluating an E-SLP in cooperation with the Open University of Jyväskylä (Finland) (lead), Universidade Aberta (Portugal) und Anadolu Universitesi (Turkey). The central framework for this E-SLP constitutes the Digital Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu), published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

Digitally Competent Educators comprises three 5 ECTS modules at different competence levels with a duration of eight weeks each:

  1. Introduction to digital competences for educators
    Using digital technologies for communication, collaboration and professional development, to enhance inclusion, personalization and learners active engagement.

Proficiency level: From Newcomer to Explorer.

  1. Teaching and learning with digital resources
    Managing and orchestrating the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning including sourcing, creating and sharing digital resources.

Proficiency level: From Explorer to Integrator.

  1. Facilitating and assessing learners’ digital competencies
    Using digital technologies and strategies to enhance assessment by enabling learners creatively and responsibly to use of digital technologies for information, communication, content creation, well-being and problem solving.

Proficiency level: From Integrator to Expert.

The international pilot starts in January 2020 and the E-SLP is will be embedded as an international elective module in the master e-Education by winter term 2020.


FernUniversität in Hagen

Project management: Prof. Dr. Eva Cendon

Project employee: Magda Zarebski, Research Associate

International Coordinator: Dr. Ingrid Thaler

Open University of Jyväskylä

Overall management: Dr. Virpi Uotinen

Project employee: Dr. Leena Hiltunen

International Coordinator: Päivi Kananen

Anadolu Universitesi

Project management: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Firat

Project employee: Ausyn Gunes, Lecturer

Universidade Aberta

Project management: Prof. Dr. Glória Bastos

Project employee: Prof. Dr. Lúcia Amante

Project employee: Prof. Dr. Isolina Oliveira

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Accompanying research of the joint Federal Government-Länder Competition “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” (2016-2020)

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With the “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” competition the Federal Government together with the Länder is funding universities and universities of applied sciences to develop distinct profiles in the field of lifelong academic learning and part-time study programs designed for professionals and others target groups. The competition is accompanied scientifically by a consortium consisting of the FernUniversität in Hagen (overall management), the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, the TU Dortmund University and the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE). The research team of the FernUniversität focusses on the interconnection between academic and professional knowledge in study programs developed within the competition and in the context of national and international developments.

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Completed Projects

We participated in the following projects in different functions and roles:

  • Accompanying research of the joint Federal Government-Länder Competition “Advancement through Education: Open Universities” (2011-2015) under the responsibility of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (overall management), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Berlin University for Professional Studies