The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern university with three parkland campuses in the Brussels Capital Region hosting eight faculties. High quality education and research are central issues. The research teams are internationally recognised in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research. VUB offers a quality education to more than 14000 students. Add to that the almost 4500 students of the partner, the Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels; the 5000 students at the Centre for Adult Education sharing the same campus, and the more than 150 research teams and a total of 6500 staff members working on all our campuses, making the Vrije Universiteit Brussel one of the biggest centres of knowledge in the capital of Europe. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been participating in the Erasmus programme for more than 25 years and is a holder of the Erasmus University Charter (EUC). Today, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has more than 275 Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements with partner universities across Europe that allow for student and staff mobility.
Research Unit BILD
The Department of Educational Sciences is research-based and internationally oriented offering several high-quality educational programs in instructional and educational sciences. One of the research groups within the department is the Research Unit BILD (Brussels Research Centre on Innovation in Learning & Diversity). The BILD research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration for educational innovation and change. It works as an eclectic collection of researchers and educators with diverse backgrounds and experience, generating ideas and implementing projects with the potential to transform education. Synergizing personalized education (self-regulated learning) and digital learning (blended and mobile learning) is a major focal area within the research programs of BILD. Throughout a long tradition within this domain, the research group aims at understanding the problems and processes of educational change through e-learning environments and the application
of these understandings for improving schools and classroom practice.
P2: University of Oulu (FI)
Tallinn University (TLU)
The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through research and education. Founded in 1958, our community is 13 000 students and 2900 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. The university consists of eight faculties and many specialized research units. University of Oulu’s global impact is based on scientific breakthroughs, new technology and world-class innovations. OU 60,000 alumni are participating in society as well-educated citizens and employees around the world. The research done at the University of Oulu benefits people living at all latitudes, but as one of the Northernmost international science universities, UO have a particular responsibility toward questions related to the Arctic. UO also feels a responsibility toward the wellbeing of society. The University of Oulu’s high-quality research and education have been the basis for the most significant research and innovation hub of the furthest reaches of Northern Europe.
Research Unit LET
Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit, (LET) 24 members, grounds its research and teaching in the intersection of the learning sciences and technology-enhanced learning. The members of the Unit are experts in integrating theoretical perspectives on social, cognitive, motivational, and emotional processes involved in learning in different learning contexts and environments, with special emphasis on learning in groups. The Unit employs process-oriented and multimodal methodological approaches in its research to ultimately understand the processes underlying the “skill and will” of learning so as to design future solutions for effective learning.
P3: Tallinn University (EE)
Tallinn University (TLU) is the third-largest public university in Estonia. TU, founded in 2005 when a number of universities and academic institutes were consolidated into a single institution, is an innovative and academically enriching university. It is acknowledged both locally and internationally for its role as a centre for research and education. TLU incorporates 6 institutes and 2 colleges in which study and research are being conducted in five interdisciplinary focus fields: educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle and society and open governance. The main objective of the university’s research and development activities is to support the sustainable development of Estonia through research and its application to academic partnership, including the preparation of intellectuals as well as the advancement of public dialogue in order to facilitate this partnership. The mission of the university is to become the promoter of intelligent lifestyle in Estonia i.e. making research-based decisions in order to improve the society in general and the well-being of its citizens.
Centre for Educational Technology (CET, established in 1996) is a department within TLU’s School of Digital Technologies, being the leading R&D centre in the field of digital innovation and education in Baltic countries. Scientific and technological qualifications of CET intertwine deep knowledge in technology-enhanced learning, learning analytics, STEM learning, gamified education and digital competences. International staff of CET consists of 20 researchers, professional software development team and administrative staff.
P4: Het Gemeenschapsonderwijs (BE)
GO! organises official education in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. It is an autonomous body of the Flemish government which functions independently of the Flemish Minister of Education. GO! Council’s main mission is to guarantee free choice of education in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region. The GO! Council makes the main strategic choices for the future of GO!. It is supported by administrative and pedagogic services (including an in-service training department), located in Brussels. The organising power belongs to the 26 groups of schools (regional). Each group of schools manages all GO! institutions of education in a given region, consisting of a number of primary and secondary schools. GO! schools are spread all over Flanders and the Brussels-Capital region. GO! provides education from nursery school, through compulsory school age through to adult education and including schools specialising in creative and performing arts and technical and professional education. GO! provides policy guidance, curriculum development and teacher training for its 700 schools / centres and for 35 500 members of staff serving 220 000 students in compulsory education and 110 000 in adult education.
P5: H2 Learning (IE)
H2 Learning is a professional services organisation, providing a range of services in the area of ICT and education. We have extensive knowledge of the education sector, specifically in the use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning & assessment in formal education. H2 has developed an expertise in multi-disciplinary project management over the past ten years as a result of working on a range of EU, government and private sector projects. H2 was founded in 2002 by the principal consultants, Michael Hallissy and John Hurley. H2’s core business is education consultancy and the principal consultants have extensive experience in the education sector as teachers, national and European digital education advisors, teacher educators, policy creators and consultants. In addition to the core team H2 has an ever-expanding network of associates who join the H2 Team on a project-by-project basis. The team consists of academics, subject matter experts, content developers, evaluators, project managers and web designers.
P6: Sligo Education Support Centre (IE)
Sligo Education Support Centre delivers continuous professional development in the area of digital technology, as well as other areas. This can consist of anything from a standard national course to a less formal support group or tailor made course. Training can take place in school, in the Education Centre, or can be delivered remotely via online courses. CPD opportunities can be tailored to schools’ staff needs and are funded by Teacher Education Section, Department of Education, and PDST Technology in Education.
As well as digital learning, we also provide CPD in leadership, wellbeing, literacy, numeracy, as well as a variety of other curricular areas. In particular, Sligo Education Centre was central to the support of schools with remote and distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.