Educators are individually facing challenges, which should be tackled on an organisational level. Educators are willing to adapt and enhance their physical courses with online learning to form blended learning arrangements but lack the expertise, the technological skills and already available and accessible content to start their efforts with.
Online collaborative learning is one very promising path to engage in blended learning, as it is a core element to teach as well as assess Twenty-First Century Skills, formulated by the OECD and its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This situation involves numerous obstacles for higher education educators.
The digital teaching and learning methods are not seen as a standalone implementation but a modern and much needed addition to the physical learning scenarios. This type of learning is an effective as well as specific learning content independent method to convey Twenty-First Century Skills and is therefore applicable in all kinds of learning scenarios where collaborative problem solving is imaginable.
These course modules aim to convey digital pedagogy competencies and expertise in the use of digital tools for educators, including accessible and assistive technologies and the creation and innovative use of digital education content.