Marcelo Maina y Lourdes Guàrdia, researchers of Edul@b, participated in the 4th consortium meeting of the AMED project, held in the city of Varaždin (Croatia) between March 14 and 17
Members of the Faculty of Organization and Informatics of the University of Zagreb (FOI), the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNET), and the Maldives National University (MNU) also attended the event. The purpose of the meeting was to review the activities carried out to date and plan the actions until tehe project finalization in June 2022.
The AMED project aims at the modernization, accessibility, and internationalization of Higher Education in Maldives, by developing and improving the skills and competencies of their academic staff for the implementation of a blended learning educational model. The UOC team led the co-design of a study program oriented to the professional development of MNU lecturers and management staff on key aspects regarding institutional transformation towards a bimodal model, implementing blended learning as a strategic axis of the university. Once the pilot ended, the UOC team conducted surveys, interviews, and focus groups to capture the participants’ experiences with the aim of improving the program for future editions and ensuring its sustainability.
The pilot results were presented at the meeting. The study programme participants were satisfied with the structure, progression, content, and learning resources. Likewise, they highlighted the coherence between learning results, activities, and the proposed evaluation. The programme fostered autonomous learning, reflection, the development of critical thinking skills, and the empowerment of the participants, particularly through the completion of the Capstone Project, which is an individual project with the purpose of promoting blended learning at the strategic management level and the programmes and subjects level.
Lecturers and decision-makers consider that they have acquired meaningful knowledge about the design and implementation of blended learning, thus impacting their professional practice. The launch of the pilot was timely for the MNU community to face the teaching-learning challenges generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The members of this project from UOC are: Dr. Marcelo Maina, Dr. Lourdes Guardia, Dr. Nati Cabrera, and Dr. Albert Sangrà, researchers of Edul@b, as well as Dr. Maite Fernández, research professor at the UOC.