Each LERU university has one/two member(s) in the Digital Education Policy Group. Members of the group are the heads of the e-learning office or the person responsible for online learning at the LERU member university. The activities are guided by a steering group
The Digital Education Policy Group covers topics linked to digital education. These include digital assessment, video, the use of virtual reality and other new emerging technologies in education, academic development. In 2021 there will be a particular focus on the long-term challenges for digital transformation of education at LERU universities and on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on digital education.
The group is also in the lead of the virtual exchange pilot project in which 7 LERU universities are participating: Amsterdam, Genève, Leiden, KU Leuven, LMU Munich, Sorbonne and Utrecht. Other LERU universities can join in the future.
The Digital Education Policy Group is a forum for mutual learning, exchange and development of good practice for example regarding E-certification, video, faculty development, E-assessment and E-learning solutions in practice.
The Digital Education Policy Group maintain close linkages with the Learning & Teaching Policy Group.
At the meeting Nov 2019 the following topics were discussed
-Blended learning in language learning
-Learning analytics and IA pour education
-Does a simple e-mail reminder invitation with learning analytical reduce procrastination in a blended university course
-Towards a modular and flexible learning analytics framework.
-From student questions to student profiles in blended learning environment.
-Feedback in blended learning environments
-Student model in an orthopaedic surgical learning environment.
The group was organizing a Blended Conference on the topic e-learning solutions in practice on 29-30 Nov 2018, hosted by Utrecht University. The evaluation report of the conference ‘Digital Higher Education Summit’ you find here.
In 2019 the group is planning to developing best practice exchange and cooperation on different aspects of digital education in task groups and to start up a virtual exchange pilot project.
– MOOCs and
– Big data analytics,
– Students as international digital co-creators,
– Digital peer assessment and feedback,
– Digital as a means to enhance human academic feedback,
– Digital feedback and annotation of non text student submissions.
– Video communication in teaching and learning: how can video communication enrich the learning experience of students at LERU universities? How can we support teachers in setting up challenging learning activities for their students across borders of LERU universities?
In July 2014 LERU presented an Advice paper on Online Learning at Research Intensive Universities. With the paper LERU gives recommendations on the following crucial points: Strategy development and scenario planning, blended learning, online pedagogy and quality, the global and international perspective, reputation and brand, business models, collaboration and policy making.