Lisbon, Madrid and Rome
As part of the Blended Learning Award (BLA) project, coordinated by the NOVA University of Lisbon, together with partners from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) took place on the 4th, 5th and 7th April, a week of events that celebrated the recognition of the best blended learning courses in three different areas: Health and Wellness, Social Sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
This project, organized within the scope of the Erasmus+ Partnerships for Digital Readiness International Award for Innovation in Blended Learning in Times of COVID-19, aims at gathering cutting-edge knowledge on innovative blended learning practices in higher education institutions in Portugal, Spain and Italy.
The first award ceremony took place at the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales of Autonomous University of Madrid and included interventions by professors Romiţă Iucu (Bucharest University), Gianluca Mattarocci (Tor Vergata University) and Yves Billiet-Prades (Ipac) in a first round table “Blended Learning and Joint Programs”. Professors Iván Builes (UAM) and Enrique Martín-Santamaría (UAM) also spoke about “Technical resources for sharing Blended programs based on CIVIS experience”.
In Lisbon, at the NOVA University Lisbon Rectorate Francisco da Cunha Martins won the BLA for STEM with the course Financial Statement Analysis, offered in Master’s in Finance in NOVA SBE. Susana Trovão, Chrysi Rapanta, Cristina Oliveira (NOVA FCSH) and Margarida Trindade (ITQB NOVA) were awarded in the Social Sciences and Humanities field for their joint course Research manager as a profession in the EU ecosystem: concepts, tools and practice I, an Undergraduate elective. Paulo Pereira, Cláudia Almeida and Rita Teodoro (NMS) received the BLA for the course Critical Research Skills, part of the International Master in Biomedical Research.
Closing the Blended Learning Week at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, professors Riitta Pöntynen (University of Turku), Loukia Evripidou (European University of Cyprus), Olga Dębicka (University of Gdańsk) opened the first session on “Teaching in a mixed environment: a review of best practices”. Then, the second session on “Blended learning innovation and virtual Mobility” included interventions by Professor Stefan Janke (Confia International, France) who presented the “Skills of Digital University staff and virtual Mobility: results for EDUSC” and José Alberto Lencastre (University of Minho). Final remarks were made by Alma Orazi (University of Rome Tor Vergata).