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Hum@n – Digital Transformation in Humanities is a project financed under the Erasmus+ programme, lasting two years (2019-2021) implemented by a transnational consortium consisting of 7 partners from 7 European countries; notably, there are three Higher education Institutions representing the different fields of the humanities studies from Estonia, Romania and Slovenia, three different European wide networks which represent the Higher education sectors, Geographers and Digital Education based in Belgium, Cyprus and Italy (the European Digital Learning Network); finally, there is one Spanish technical partner which will support the partnership in developing the expected tools.

As stated by the Working Groups on the Modernisation of Higher Education and Digital Skills and Competences last January 2017 in Malta: “Rapid technological development is transforming the way in which higher education is delivered and students participate. The diversification of the student population requires individualisation of learning, more flexible delivery and a greater focus on pedagogies that provide support for learners.”

Although more academic contents and tools are becoming available openly and freely, students will continue to require local support for learning, which underlines the importance of teachers’ pedagogical skills along with field-specific competence. Teaching staff will also need stronger frameworks for assessing students’ learning outcomes as well as the value of different technologies and how or when to use them.

To address those needs, Hum@n project aims to study specific obstacles, needs and good practices related to using digital technology in the humanities. In general, higher education teaching and research in arts and humanities seems least affected by the process of rapid technological development. Accordingly, the objectives of the project are:

  • To investigate the main challenges faced by higher education teachers in humanities,
  • To find existing good practices to stimulate ideas and an understanding of the potentials of the digital transformation of teaching and research, and
  • To provide specific examples of designed training content and tools, to help teachers to benefit from the digital transformation while keeping and developing further the specificities of humanities subjects.

All along with the project, the transnational partnership will produce the following intellectual outputs:

  1. A handbook which includes contents from case studies and policy recommendations, helping institutions and professors to learn more about the project.
  2. The training strategy to support academics setting-up ICT tools in line with their pedagogical and training needs.
  3. A knowledge platform, an online tool to give access and share learning contents.
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