"Erasmus goes Digital" webinar attracts record number of Higher Education institutions
European Commission - 23/03/2019
On 7 March, the Directorate-General of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) – together with colleagues from Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) and the European University Foundation – held "Erasmus goes Digital", an interactive webinar to share the vision for digitalisation in the future Erasmus programme. Understanding these changes is a critical step in the roll-out of the European Student Card initiative.
Representatives from over 750 institutions from 40 countries tuned in to get more information on how to prepare for the transition from paper-based to digital processes, as well as how to better manage student mobilities. They also learned that student cards can already be branded with the European Student Card hologram; this branding aims to facilitate the emergence of a European student identity in the European Education Area.
During the webinar, participants were encouraged to send in their questions via an interactive audience platform. It was an extremely energetic interaction, with 265 questions and comments posted during the event. This excellent feedback will now contribute to a promotional toolkit, including FAQs, on the European Student Card initiative.
To get a better understanding about how the Higher Education community feels about digital changes, viewers also took part in interactive polling and the creation of a "word cloud". The exercise highlighted that lead feeling in the community is excitement for the future!
Digital Opportunity Traineeships are making the Erasmus+ programme even more relevant for students by facilitating traineeships abroad to boost digital skills. Perhaps most importantly, Higher Education institutions were given insight into how to maximize the impact of these amazing opportunities.