UA - Digital: Ensuring academic success in times of crisis
Within the framework of the project "Ukraine digital: Ensuring academic success in times of crisis (2022)", the European University was able to successfully implement measures in the second half of 2022 in cooperation with the partner universities Kyiv Mohyla Academy and Kyiv School of Economics. The initial focus was on awarding numerous scholarships and teaching positions in order to be able to provide assistance as quickly as possible, as well as setting up the Viadrina OnlineLab (Teaching, Learning, Writing), carried out by the Viadrina Centre for Teaching and Learning (ZLL). The focus was on maintaining teaching in Ukraine with the core idea that teaching can also take place under difficult circumstances and thus contribute to securing educational biographies of students and teachers directly affected by the war.
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In addition to the immediate reaction to acute needs to ensure academic success, long-term perspectives towards crisis-proof, resilient universities are always considered.
This is to be achieved through the following measures, which are summarised in three pillars:
Pillar 1: Digitally securing basic teaching
The project Securing Futures: Resilient Learning and (Digital) Writing Spaces is intended, on the one hand, to secure the continuation of Ukrainian-language subject teaching by awarding teaching assignments to Ukrainian academics. On the other hand, 20 Ukrainian students are to be given the opportunity to continue their studies digitally through sur-place scholarships, thus ensuring the continuity of educational biographies.
Pillar 2: Enabling Resilient Learning and Teaching
Targeted support for students and teachers will also be provided through needs-based training formats that address the realities of life and study in times of war and identify ways to create a resilient working, writing and learning environment to respond to the challenges in the higher education context. To this end, the infrastructure already established, such as the ViadrinaOnlineLab and the certificate program, will be adapted and further developed. In addition, emotional needs of project participants will be addressed through working and coordination meetings and possible new formats will be developed or existing ones expanded.
Pillar 3: Create virtual writing environments. Supporting final theses digitally and analogue
In order to secure educational biographies, students and doctoral candidates are supported through analogue and digital writing workshops, especially in the phase of writing final theses. In the summer semester 2023 Centre for Teaching and Learning (ZLL) organises online writing groups for degree theses. More information can be found here. In cooperation with the International Office of the European University Viadrina a 14 day Writing Retreat will be offered in Frankfurt Oder. More about this can be found here
In the period from September - December 2022, the provision of more than 25 online courses (including 13 teaching assignments) and the support of Ukrainian fellows who continue their teaching for Ukrainian students from the Viadrina (min. 15 courses) made it possible to continue Ukrainian subject teaching. In addition, a total of 15 residence scholarships at the European University made it possible to continue the teaching activities of 8 lecturers and the further education of 7 students at the Ukrainian university in digital form. Furthermore, 9 students in Ukraine were granted an online scholarship. In total, we estimate that more than 250 students have benefited from online teaching.
Within the certificate program, a total of 163 teachers took the opportunity to develop digital competences ('digital literacy') on innovative, heterogeneity-oriented, low-barrier online teaching and learning formats, on activating methods and on writing-intensive teaching. In total, 19 teachers were able to complete the certificate with a total of 32 work units of 45 min each, despite the difficult conditions and without a regular power supply.
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