On May 12-13, 2020 we held our first Expert Forum on “Innovative Virtual Teaching and Learning” composed by three online sessions, arranged as a free room for discussion on topics that included, among others: Virtual Collaborative Learning; Technical and didactic learning practices; e-Learning environment and spaces; Students/staff digital literacy; Digital learning tools and platforms.

The event was originally planned to take place in Tirana, hosted by the European University of Tirana. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions it has been moved online on the same dates, moderated by the Technische Universität Dresden. Participants ranged between academic staff, students, national stakeholders and experts, aiming to set a common ground for discussion via informal exchange of practices and knowledge.

The Forum was a very fruitful space for discussion on the findings of the field study which analyzed the Albanian Higher Education system, with respect to virtual and collaborative learning. The Forum focused, among other things, on tackling systemic and technical challenges of the quick shift from on-campus to remote teaching and learning processes. Other issues raised by participants consisted on the need for technical and didactical trainings for the academic staff in improving digital literacy, and the need for further policy-making for integrating virtual components in the current curricula of Higher Education Institutions in Albania.

More information about the first Expert Forum is available here.