During the lockdown, universities in 192 countries around the world had to suspend face-to-face teaching. Teachers and students found themselves separated and the way courses were organized and delivered changed suddenly and radically - a change that impacted over 70% of the world's student population.
All teachers faced issues related to the inability to conduct their lessons in class together with their students and, among these, some negatively affected both the effectiveness of the lessons and the motivation of the students.
Reducing the negative impact of this situation has proved to be an urgent need for the entire higher education sector which can no longer be postponed. Universities have faced and are still facing a profound challenge, which requires a rethinking of the way teaching is done.
The HOTSUP project responds to this important challenge, aiming at improving the skills of university teachers to enable them to develop high level digital content promoting equal opportunities for students attending in virtual/extended mode. The project aims at implementing ready-to-use solutions (for the most frequent technical problems) to improve teachers' skills through different teaching methodologies, suggesting them online tools to be used to develop lesson contents in the most innovative way.
Specific objectives of the project are:
The improvement and innovation of online teaching in order to meet the needs of higher education during virtual/extended mode classes;
the promotion of the union of didactic, technical and technological aspects in the redesign of the educational pathway to help bridge the gap between students in attendance and students attending online classes;
the evolution of teachers' skills in the three aspects highlighted above (didactic, technical and technological), considered individually and in their mutual interactions.
The HOTSUP project is coordinated by a pan-European consortium of five partners from Slovenia, Italy, Poland and Spain.
The partnership, in fact, consists of 4 universities and one society: