Digital Challenge in Higher Education

  • Info

    Title Digital Challenge in Higher Education

    Acronym D-ChallengHE

    Programme Erasmus+

    Project Number KA220-HED-F586E8D9

    Start – End Date 01/10/2022 – 30/09/2024

    Duration 24 months

    Action KA2 – Partnerships for Cooperation, KA220-HED – Cooperation Partnerships in Higher Education

    Funding Agency IT02 – Agenzia Nazionale Erasmus+ – INDIRE

    Total Project Funding €250.000,00

    Project Homepage

    Status Ongoing


The project starts from the observation that, currently, the academic community perceives that it’s still difficult to define elearning standards able to inform academic governance and stakeholders about the quality of e-learning processes. The definition of these standards relies on the intersection among policy, technology, education, society, and the labour market. Several non-formal standards have been produced in the past decade, such as OLC, ECB Check, e-XCELLENCE, OPAL, among others. The majority considers quality standardisation, mainly, through a quantitative perspective for benchmarking goals, missing the main important aspects of the learning process: the educational (inter-and intra-) relationship among tutors, students and groups operating in new techno-social environments. Considering this complexity, D-ChallengHE recognises the need to produce and validate a set of new online Quality Assurance Standards able to consider the qualitative dimension of teaching interaction in online learning environments, and the necessity to communicate best practices at the European level, so as to:

  • Provide decision-makers and Higher Education Institutions useful insights for the definition of data-driven intervention strategies;
  • Contribute to the European debate on modernization of the HE sector by establishing cooperation networks among diverse educational institutions (universities, research centres, training institutions, digital publisher and developers);
  • Promote a digital culture, with a multi-stakeholder approach that takes account of the systemic complexity introduced by ICT which involves numerous social and organisational practices, contexts, and learning models;
  • Develop a new pedagogical approach for an innovative vision of European e-learning in HE, through the production of an innovative perspective, attentive to the qualitative dimension of online teaching and key teaching competencies in the digital era

Project Outcomes

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • explore the latest experiences and possibilities of education through digital technologies, and their potential at different levels: teaching (both synchronous via conferencing tools and asynchronous via various LMSs – to increase interactivity, the relevance of teaching), learning (to increase motivation, to gain attention, to provide connections to real-life situations, to improve learning performance), assessment (to provide multiple ways of learning evaluation, to use analytics on scores and participation data in order to support authentic assessment, etc.)
  • elaborate standards for education assisted by digital technologies, based on sound principles of learning
  • develop a set of models/ concrete proposals for teaching and training assisted by ICT, covering different types of learning paths
  • disseminate efficient teaching, learning and assessment approaches using digital technologies, based on pedagogical theory (in particular related to open pedagogy)
  • train professors and academic staff in efficient use of digital technologies for teaching
  • promote and continuously improve an open, generative set of principles (a dynamic modular platform with standards and principles, allowing direct punctual feedback from visitors/ specialists) linked with examples of best practices


Dissemination Material


DAISSy Research Group


Tel.: +30.2610367964

Parodos Aristotelous 18, 26 335, Patras, Greece


  • Lin Campus University / Italy
  • Hellenic Open University / Greece
  • ACADEMIA, izobrazevanje in druge storitve d.o.o. / Slovenia
  • Institutul pentru Educatie / Romania
  • Entropy Knowledge Network s.r.l. / Italy