Moving from emergency online teaching to virtual collaborative learning: the VALEU-X project


16 October 2020 at 11:30-12:30 CET and 13:00-15:00 CET

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The event is displayed on the map of the Erasmus Days 2020 here.

Description of the event

From January 2020 six Albanian universities are working, in collaboration with European partners and with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in a project called VALEU-X, Virtual Albanian European Universities Exchange.

The project is adding a significant value to the teaching process in Albania by empowering academic staff with contemporary, digital teaching competencies to implement Virtual Collaborative Learning (VCL) as an everyday teaching practice, offering a chance to explore, implement, and disseminate Virtual Mobility and Internationalisation at Home practices.

Since the spread of COVID-19, student mobility abruptly stopped in Albania, as well as globally, and most of the universities that moved education online incredibly quickly are now rethinking their digital education strategies, as well as exploring new and sustainable approaches to complement and reinforce traditional forms of mobility.

During this online event we will discuss the importance of VCL, and how its underpinning pedagogy can support the transition from emergency online teaching to sustainable forms of internationalisation at home. VCL can increase students’ and staff exposure to the European and international academic, economic, and societal context whereas student-centered learning within a high degree of self organisation is facilitated through VCL.

This online event has a two-fold objective:

  • introduce the project aims and activities and launch the report publication “Needs assessment report on Virtual Collaborative teaching and learning in Albania”;
  • offer hands-on training on Virtual Mobility, distance teaching & VCL. During this session participants will learn how to develop Virtual Collaborative Learning activities within their courses, offering a meaningful learning experience to their students.

Participation in the online event is free of charge. Sessions will be recorded and made available on the VALEU-X project website.

Target participants: Albanian university staff (international relation officers, teaching and learning units, professors), anyone interested in learning more about virtual collaborative learning methods, and digital education in Albania.


Morning session: Webinar

11:30-12:30 CET


Virtual Albanian European Universities Exchange

11:30 Welcome and introduction to the VALEU-X project

Mattis Altmann, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

11:40 Virtual Collaborative teaching and learning in Albania

Ornela Vladi, European University of Tirana, Albania

12:00 Virtual Collaborative Learning as a strategy for internationalisation & Virtual Mobility

Eric Schoop, Mattis Altmann, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

12:20 Q&A

12:30 End of Webinar


Afternoons session: Hands-on Training

13:00-15:00 CET


How to develop Virtual Collaborative Learning in your classroom

13.00 Introduction: virtual vs. analogue teaching

Mattis Altmann, Alexander Clauss, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

13:15 Spring Semester 2020 “experience & challenges”

Esmir Demaj, EPOKA University, Albania

13:30 Hands-on Virtual Collaborative Learning

Mattis Altmann, Alexander Clauss, Anna Leichsenring, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

14:15 Evaluation & quick wins

15:00 Final remarks and information for further events