Webinar Week: Blended and Online Education


7-9 April 2020

Theme: Blended and Online Education

Organized by the EMPOWER expert group of EADTU

A consensus is emerging that blended education, a term that embraces various combinations of classroom presence and online study, will become the most common approach to teaching and learning in higher education.

Technology is now widely accepted as a normal part of university education, by both students and teachers, and is seen by many as the solution to problems such as scaling up with limited funding. The adoption of MOOCs and fully online education by high-ranked universities has reduced the negative view of technology in higher education. To support these changes, most universities have “eLearning centres” of some kind, with professional “learning technologists/instructional designers” who work with teachers to create and deliver blended and fully online courses. (EMPOWER, EADTU, 2020).

In this webinar week we explore good practices and new developments in the field of blended and online education.

Prof. Achilles Kameas of Hellenic Open University will give a lecture on Combined use of MOOC, eLearning and workplace learning to support professional development – the case of project MuSA.

Participation to the webinar is free of any charge. If you are interested in attending, you can see the webinar programme and register here !








Organization of Certification Award Ceremony in Greece for Mu.SA MOOCers!

poster-greece-2019During the event, the certificates will be awarded to those students who have successfully completed the MOOC called Essential Skills for Museum Professionals, which was developed as part of the project and successfully distributed to more than 5,000 professionals museums and culture worldwide.

In addition, the program of the event includes presentations of the project results and the MOOC, information on the new professional profiles produced by the project, and presentations by museum executives about their needs and information on the next training actions, the 4 Specialization courses, one for each profile, which will start in September 2019 in Greece, Italy and Portugal and will include workplace learning.

Read the programme and the announcement (in Greek) .


Today the launch of the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) titled Essential skills for museum professionals

Today, January 7, 2019, the MOOC titled Essential skills for museum professionals was launched worldwide. The MOOC was developed by the DAISSy research team of HOU as part of the European Mu.SA project: Museum Sector Alliance in collaboration with the project partners. The Mu.SA project is co-ordinated by Dr. Achilleas Kameas, Professor of Hellenic Open University and is implemented in 4 European countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal, Belgium) by 12 organizations.

The MOOC aims at enhancing the digital skills and 21st century skills of museum and cultural professionals. To this end, it consists of training modules based on the European e-competences framework (e-CF), DigComp and P21 – in fact the course is a unique combination of these standards, and for this reason it is considered as best practice at European level. The instructional design was based on learning outcomes and is modular in order to allow each trainee to study based on his / her pace and availability. The MOOC extends to 8 weeks of training and requires a total of 80 hours of training and study. Each week, it focuses on 1 e-CF competence (a European standard of IT skills) and combines competences from DigComp (the global standard of digital literacy of the average citizen) and P21 (a 21st century skill model) frameworks. For each competence, a separate training module has been designed, the material of which is grouped in units.

Each unit includes presentations, videos and study material related to a set of learning outcomes that are assessed at the end. The training material has been produced in its entirety by the organizations involved in the project and is available in 4 languages: English, Greek, Italian and Portuguese. During the course there will be training support from tutors who have also planned participatory activities to be implemented through forums and social media. The training platform was developed by the DAISSy team of HOU and is available at

Up to now, more than 5,200 people have registered in the course from all around the world! We hope they will find the course interesting and will persist until they complete it.


MuSA Project: Report “Museum of the future”

What will happen to museums when digital technology shows its full potential? What features will the museum of the future have? How will it seize the opportunities offered by digital innovation? What competencies does this industry need to keep museums relevant from the twentieth century to the present? To understand what role the digital driver is playing in the modernization of the industry, we asked these questions to ten internationally renowned European museums, where varying types and sizes of collections are conserved.

Read more here!