A new trainer teaching framework in the post-covid era
The COVID emergency has forced Universities in much of the world to transfer teaching activities online, giving life to the largest digitization experiment in history. It is a challenge destined to profoundly influence the academic scenario of the future, making e-learning a permanent component of university teaching and placing individual teachers and the governance of different universities at a crossroads: whether to resort to the simple what is now outdated remote video lesson or to use turnkey training products, not conceived and created by placing the student at the centre of the teaching process, but packaged tout-court in an industrial approach. This condition is difficult to reconcile with the plurality and heterogeneity of learning needs that should not be demeaned, approved and compressed but rather valued, interpreted and satisfied to prevent a risk, among other things increasing due to COVID, of a reduction in enrolments and of financial resources (EUA, The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on university funding in EU, 2020).
In response to these critical issues, the project, through the creation of a strategic partnership between HEIs and methodological and technological innovation training centres, focuses on the development of digital and methodological skills of a pool of teachers from 5 EU countries of 10 HEIs (IT, EL, ES, SI, PL) favouring its evolution towards the role of Hi-Teacher, able to supervise hi-tech teaching equipment and to apply inclusive web-based teaching methods that look at the use of audio-visual and to gaming as experimental grounds to introduce elements of flexibility, simplicity, accessibility, interactivity and personalization, which represent key quality indicators in open learning. This project design implies a transnational cooperation strategy of the extended HE to generate relational, scientific and methodological capital of high added value that cannot be achieved with regional and/or national initiatives.