Throughout the team session, named “Collegial advice”, Dr. Budakov exposed the main mission, vision and goals of DEKRA | Hochschule für Medien as well as presenting our study programs. In addition, Petyo highlighted the latest research and initiatives, executed by Prof. Dr. Michael Beuthner, Prof. Dr. Udo Bomnüter and Prof. Franka Futterlieb from DEKRA | Hochschule für Medien. Dr. Budakov introduced his team members with some of the best student projects as well as illustrating what kind of competitive skills the learners obtain after their graduation which are relevant to the employers’ requirements.
Due to the widespread of Coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Europe, universities have been rethinking the way they educate their students by adopting and testing new strategies. Therefore, the Collegial advice is a very productive session which plays an essential role in the HFD Summer School 2020 and refers to foster a fruitful collaboration between the participants in order to find effective solutions to ongoing problems. Dr. Budakov aired: "This format is extremely helpful since I met high-qualified experts and like-minded professionals. Our team brainstorms about challenges that require critical thinking and can be fixed by finding innovative solutions, e.g. how to boost student engagement and keep learner retention when your class is going completely online, how to assess the quality of your online course and etc. The methodology we employed with my teammates helped me to find out some concrete solutions that would be tested soon."
Budakov - an expert in the Blended learning & E-learning
As an expert in the Blended learning & E-learning, Dr. Budakov also introduced his team with his latest findings which concerns the development of high-quality blended learning experience, promoted by the Erasmus + co-funded European project “CreatINNES”. He managed to discuss and receive valuable feedback from his teammates on some important aspects, such as: how the user interface (UI) of the CreatINNES Online Campus has been specified and further developed, the importance of tracking and monitoring the student motivational beliefs and self-efficacy - factors which reflect learner’s self-confidence for achieving particular performances and dealing with their daily assignments and etc.
The HFD was founded in 2014 as a joint initiative of CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) and the Stifterverband. It is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and aims to foster the digitalization in the higher education, by running various initiatives and forums, facilitating networking, offering consultations, providing relevant information and etc. HFD has been developing a powerful learning community – environment in which ideas are shared, knowledge is creating dialogues of one to many and many to many are encouraged.
However, every year HFD organizes annual summer schools which invites experts and professionals who are involved in the higher education, being eager to exchange experience by using interactive digital formats, soaking innovations and learning from peers good practices regarding how digitization of the higher education can be effectively designed and promoted at their own institutions.
The 2020 edition of the HFD Summer School is taking place completely online and offers a framework for quality exchange of concrete practices, cases and tips which concern different aspects of the higher education, e.g. establishment and development of blended or e-learning programs, digitalization of learning resources, facilitating the student enrolment, boosting student engagement and etc. The HFD Summer School 2020 enables its participants to collaborate in teams by working on real-world cases. Team players are expected to take different roles, such as: moderator, advisor and someone who is offering a case on which the team members have to work on into the next two months.
The COVID-19 has resulted in universities and schools shut all across the world
As a consequence of the corona virus pandemic, higher education has been changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning and wherever is possible: blended learning. This HFD initiative comes at the right time by giving valuable support to the higher education in Germany. The HFD Summer School 2020 will end with the University: Future Festival, an event which will take place between 6-8 October.
Reference: "Analysis and definition of qualification needs in CCI area, Intellectual Output 1 CreatINNES Project - a European project funded by the ERASMUS+ programme in the period 2018 – 2021", (April 2019), Summary analysis and editing: Maria-Denitsa Georgieva, BIC INNOBRIDGE Angela Ivanova, INI-Novation GmbH. Contributors to the document: INNOBRIDGE (Bulgaria), INI-Novation GmbH (Germany), MEDF (North Macedonia), Budakov Films (Bulgaria), Alanam (France), Teleberry (Hungary).
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