VALEU-X Partners gathered in Elbasan to attend and animate the third VALEU-X Expert Forum, hosted in Albania by the University Aleksander Xhuvani of Elbasan on 27-29 April 2022.

The Expert Forum was an occasion for discussion, to provide more advanced expertise about Virtual Collaborative Learning, digitalization and innovative pedagogical practices, Internationalization at home and Virtual Mobility, for all stakeholders at Albanian universities. These events were animated by all VALEU-X project partners and relevant stakeholders outside the consortium were invited to attend, including academics, administrative and students at Albanian universities.

The work of the days were opened by a welcome speech by the Vice-Rector of the University of Elbasan, by the project coordinator from TU Dresden, Prof. Eric Schoop, and by the local project coordinator Prof. Assoc. Altin Idrizi. The Vice-Rector underlined that the University of Elbasan has put internationalisation as one of the strategic priorities and main focus of the institution, and that VALEU-X lies as a key activity for the university.

The agenda included a presentation of the results of the local Virtual Collaborative Learning at each Albanian university. Each Albanian Partner presented its own experience, underlying challenges, lessons learnt, positive outcomes and more. Overall the experiences presented were very positive, and impactful. However, all Partners underlined how challenging it was to conduct the VCL, for both teachers and students. It required full commitment and a lot of work on behalf of the academics to guide the students, to fully exploit all the opportunities opened by such an exercise – more than ECTS, they get skills, a possibility for professional and personal development, connection and an innovative mindset.

Partners agreed that teachers had to learn a new way of teaching, as technology is shaping professors too, but more than 150 students have benefitted from this activity.

Moreover, the days were the occasion for Partners for an update on the VALEU-X activities.

To know more about the days in Elbasan, please look at the video of the interview with a local tv: