Title: The Colibri Project : overcoming diversity in blended e-learning activity preparation
Language: English
Authors: Gutierrez, José M. 
Frick, J. 
Kirikova, Marite 
Solé-Pareta, Josep 
Pedersen, Jens Myrup 
Tran, Phuong Nga 
Keywords: Blended Learning; Diversity; E-learning; Interdisciplinarity in Education
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SEFI
Source: 43rd SEFI Annual Conference (2015)
Abstract (english): 
Colibri is a three year project co-funded by the Erasmus + Strategic Partnership, starting in 2014. The project is being carried out by seven academic and three industrial partners from a total of eight different countries. The main objective of the project is enhancing the quality and relevance of the learning offer in education by developing new and innovative approaches, and by supporting the dissemination of best practices. This is in the focus of increasing labour market relevance of learning provision and qualifications and promoting the take-up of innovative practices in education by supporting personalised learning approaches, collaborative learning, by making use of ICT and Open Educational Resources, and by exploring the use of blended and virtual mobility. The overall idea of Colibri is to implement new and innovative teaching methods, and to establish a Living Lab of students from different universities, study directions and countries/cultures for a systematic testing and evaluation. An interdisciplinary joint master course on Future Internet Opportunities is part of the Living Lab, followed by 28 students from the partner institutions and given by more than 10 different teachers. Both the teachers and the students represent different fields within computer science, electrical engineering, telecommunications, business informatics, management of technology, management of innovation and entrepreneurship. When organizing the course, we needed to face some of the fundamental challenges of diversity that are also being seen, at a smaller scale, in everyday teaching situations due to student mobility and increasing amount of students: Not all students in the class have the same academic background Students come with different learning styles and traditions We try to overcome this challenge by using of self-assessments activities, Personalized IT supported teaching approaches so students can choose different ways of learning, and by practicing collaborative learning even across physical locations. This paper presents the process followed when the course. Complex (but unnegotiable) matters had to be carefully considered when structuring and preparing it, such as remote student group work, blended mobility, or interdisciplinarity. The ideas described in this paper may serve as guidelines when preparing similar activities in the future.
Conference: 43rd SEFI Annual Conference 2015 
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11420/10476
ISBN: 978-2-8752-012-0
Institute: Kommunikationsnetze E-4 
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
Project: Collaboration and Innovation for Better, Personalised and IT-Supported Teaching 
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