The eLene4Life - Learning and Interacting to Foster Employability project (funded by the European Union under the Erasmus + KA2 program) intends to support curriculum innovation in higher education (HE-Higher Education) through the development of a new approach in learning that includes transversal skills, with the aim of improving students' employability. According to the World Economic Forum 2018 report Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All, the rise of artificial intelligence, robotics and other digital developments is undermining the primacy of human experience in the economy.
The people who will be successful in the economy of the future will be those who can integrate the work done with mechanical or algorithmic technologies and “work with machines”. The 2018 European Commission proposal on key competences also draws attention to these issues affecting European societies and economies, stating that "skills such as creativity, critical thinking, initiative and problem solving play an important role in coping with the complexity and changes in today's society ". In a previous Erasmus + project, eLene4Work, the development of the soft skills (digital) of HE students was experimented through the use of MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER (Open Educational Resources). The results showed that, while autonomous learning did indeed play a significant role, the real impact would only come from fully integrating these into the curriculum. The project also found a discrepancy between employers 'expectations and students' perceptions of the labor market with respect to these soft skills.
Specifically, the objectives of the eLene4Life project are:
overcome misalignments of competences with respect to transversal skills;
develop new innovative curricula and educational methods that complement active learning, while addressing commonly encountered barriers such as large class sizes and physical spaces;
improve the relevance of curricula in partner countries in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.
The project involves the following partners:
Fondation UNIT - AUNEGe - Digital university for economics and business studies (project coordinator)
Polytechnic Foundation of Milan
METID - Polytechnic of Milan
European University College Association
University of Dundee
Warsaw University of Technology
The project started in 2018 and will end in 2021.
The LUMSA’s University research group is composed of:
Prof. Maria Cinque (contact person for Italy), LUMSA University
Prof. Gabriella Agrusti, LUMSA University
Prof. Valeria Damiani, LUMSA University
Prof. Claudio Pensieri, LUMSA University
Dr. Irene Culcasi, PhD student at LUMSA University