Duration of the project:
1.5.2021 – 30.4.2023
University of Malta
Collaborating parties / partners:
University of Cyprus,
Ministry for Health – Government of Malta,
Abo Akademi University,
Learning Works Ltd.
Covid-19 abruptly transitioned online learning from a convenient learning option to a necessity. Higher education had no choice but to promote digital education opportunities in order to save students’ academic year and moderate institutional costs. Educators who lacked digital education knowledge and skill, were left in a stressful situation needing to transition from face-to-face to online learning overnight. Sometimes out of desperation, online learning was not delivered as effective digital education, but as emergency remote learning.
TOVID will provide solutions by designing, delivering and evaluating innovative, long-lasting, high quality digital content and programs to facilitate educator’s digital education readiness and capacity conveniently accessible via mobile devices. Educators will attain the confidence, knowledge and skills to support them to implement blended and online teaching. By networking and sharing expertise and resources with other countries, universities, government, the public and private healthcare industries and an international NGO, we will be able to expedite the design, uptake and scalability of digital educational products in countries less enabled with regard to digital education in order to prepare students to be succeed in a digital world (an aim consistent with the European Commission Digital Education Action Plan https://ec.europa.eu/education/education-in-the-eu/digital-education-action-plan_en).
TOVID will deliver an arena of quality resources beneficial at a regional, national and international level that uniquely spans healthcare and education free for public access from the TOVID’s open access repository. The new ideas and strategies implemented will go a long way toward addressing education shortcomings highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and move TOVID partners and the EU toward becoming leaders in innovative digital teaching strategies and solutions.