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[EADTU-EU Online Summit] 6. COVID-19 Impact on Higher Education - Commission Support

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COVID-19 impact on
Higher Education
Commission support
Vanessa Debiais-Sainton
Head of Unit for Higher Education
European ...

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Coordination at EU level
• Informal videoconference of ministers of education, 14 April
• Directors General Meeting, 24 Ma...

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State of Play
• Switch to online education on a massive scale
• Digital repositories are being developed and shared among ...

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[EADTU-EU Online Summit] 6. COVID-19 Impact on Higher Education - Commission Support

  1. 1. COVID-19 impact on Higher Education Commission support Vanessa Debiais-Sainton Head of Unit for Higher Education European Commission
  2. 2. Coordination at EU level • Informal videoconference of ministers of education, 14 April • Directors General Meeting, 24 March • EU MS answers to the COVID19 challenges in education • Establishment of an online collaboration space with MS to share good practices • Regular webinars with Erasmus+ National Agencies and Programme Committee • Webinars with: student organisations (European Student Union and ESN) universities networks
  3. 3. State of Play • Switch to online education on a massive scale • Digital repositories are being developed and shared among teachers • Targeted teacher training on e-learning methodologies and techniques • Enhanced cooperation between teachers and increased peer support • Support to students • Additional funding to institutions and to individual students
  4. 4. Key challenges 1. How to safeguard equity? • Additional support needed for disadvantaged students • Mental health support to all 2. How to organise the ending of the academic year? • Assessment in online settings • Postponement or (partial) cancellation of the final national exams • Extended deadlines for enrolment to higher education • Expectations towards the universities for flexibility 3. How to organise the next academic year?
  5. 5. Key actions taken by the Commission • Launch of the ‘coronavirus: online learning resources’ website • Q&As for Erasmus+ participants • Extended deadlines for Erasmus+ and EU Solidarity calls • Investment • Erasmus COVID-19 recovery • Digital Education Action Plan • European Education Area Communication • Micro-credentials expert group setting
  6. 6. Thank you

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