150 participants attend the EGD conference in Luxembourg

150 participants attend the EGD conference in Luxembourg

On February 13th, the University of Luxembourg welcomed 150 participants for the Erasmus Goes Digital conference. The plenary was opened by the representatives from the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourgish National Agency, as well as DG CONNECT and DG EAC.

In the morning sessions, Ms Harpa Sif Arnarsdottir and Mr Graeme Robertson-Lierisch (DG EAC) explained the overarching EU strategy on digitisation and the European Student Card Initiative in particular, outlining the novelties that will be introduced in the new Erasmus+ Programme framework. They also presented and elaborated in detail on the updated Inter-institutional Agreement template that alongside the Online Learning Agreement will be fully digital starting from 2021.

Four live demo sessions were carried out illustrating diverse features in the digital ecosystem:

  • How the Erasmus Dashboard now allows HEIs to predefine a given email address for all their incoming and/or outgoing students using the OLA, greatly enhancing institutional control over defining who’s involved in their review and approval. Read more
  • How the Online Learning Agreement could allow students to select courses directly fetched from the HEIs course catalogues, if the corresponding HEI has implemented the course catalogue API integration. More information available here.
  • Key functionalities of the Inter-institutional Agreement Manager. You can attend the EC webinar on March 5th to find out more about the next steps of the roll-out
  • Presentation of the OLA-EWP integration as a key ingredient ensuring the smooth transition to digital Online Learning Agreements in 2021 across all ECHE holders.

In the afternoon, more updates were also communicated on OLA & GDPR questions. We recommend this webinar if you wish to find out more about the topic.

Recommendations on the new Erasmus+ Programme Templates were also outlined (recommendations were also discussed previously during this webinar) paving the way the panel discussions with key stakeholders on the topics of readiness, sustainability and building capacity in the process of digitisation.

Two panels took place focusing on the change management aspects with the universities that have introduced the Online Learning Agreement in their workflows as well as student representatives and the National Agencies.

We wish to thank the University of Luxembourg for organising and hosting this successful event, in particular Ms Marie-Anne Heyer, Ms Alison Vermeulen and Ms Antonella Campanella for their invaluable support and warm welcome!

The discussions will be continued on June 16th in Thessaloniki when the next Erasmus Goes Digital event will take place. In the meantime, we invite you to follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter to be informed about all webinars, trainings and conferences on digitisation.