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Team SOCIE wins the EIT Digital DigiEduHack challenge with its virtual Erasmus mobility solution

DigiEduHack, a European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) initiative under the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan, aims to break continental barriers by connecting around 50 educational institutions worldwide to solve the world’s most pressing challenges in digital education.

EIT Digital participated in the DigiEduHack global main event on October 3rd and 4th with the “Imagine the future of Erasmus - Carbon-free mobilities and networking” challenge. The target of the challenge was to find new ways to transform students’ education experience. Solutions could be a new course, new classes, or new pedagogical activities offered to our students.

Frédéric Renouard, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Coordinator at EIT Digital says:

"We were eager to get students‘ perspective on how digital can be leveraged to lower barriers to students mobility across Europe through Erasmus or EIT programs, and to increase students motivation for such mobilities. We wished also to see them reflecting on an extended view  what 'mobility' means, and how to offer different forms of virtual mobilities like access to remote courses and, working as distributed virtual teams across Europe. This is especially relevant in the context of networks of universities, whether within KICs or within the new European Universities networks."

Team SOCIE was selected as the winner of the EIT Digital challenge with its virtual Erasmus mobility solution. This solution introduces distant online courses and distributed group work as six European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ects) unit at bachelor level. By doing this it gives students access to excellent courses across a network of universities, and enables group work within cross-university teams.

The DigiEduHack initiative is led by EIT Digital’s fellow Innovation Community EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by Finnish Aalto University (partner both to EIT Digital and EIT Climate-KIC). The global main event was organized on October 3rd and 4th at the Aalto University Campus in Finland. In addition to EIT Digital’s, the global main event hosted four other challenges.

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