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The project

Project objectives

The project aims to develop the University Third Mission into social engagement. The path involves the construction of a set of tools and specific knowledge addressing both HEI lecturers/trainers and students aiming at:

  1. Building learning systems with an innovative pedagogical approach that integrates community services into the students’ curriculum.
  2. Promoting a change in the traditional assistive model (service for the community) to a horizontal model of solidarity (service with the community).
  3. Spreading the knowledge on e-SL methodologies, developing training materials for academics to adopt e-SL in their teaching practices, guiding their students in implementing e-Service-Learning and assessing their learning while addressing social needs of people with fewer opportunities, especially in cases of emergencies such as the pandemic or other disruptive events.
  4. Putting into practice students’ hard and soft skills for community-engaged projects.
  5. To involve local community agencies (NGOs and LAGs) to increase the local impact of international activities.

Project results

During the project implementation (in the years 2022 – 2024) the partners will develop the following results:

  1. PR1 – Design principles for e-SL projects and definition of quality elements for each process step.
  2. PR2 – Training materials and supporting training tools for academics for the adoption of e-SL to build inclusive higher education systems. It is aimed at developing the blended training materials that the project partners will deliver to other HE teachers/trainers to present them how to embed e-SL in their courses.
  3. PR3: e-SL guideline for community partners. It is addressed to the community partners and it is aimed at presenting them what e-SL is, why and how it is different from other community oriented activities (e.g. volunteering), understanding their role and responsibilities, so to get the best out from the experience for both them and the students.
  4. PR4: Facilitating methodologies for trainers to support the students in the execution of the e-SL projects. It is aimed at providing guidance and support for the HE teachers that were trained with the materials of PR2 and that will propose to their students to carry out e-SL projects.
  5. PR5: Evaluation methodology and materials for the assessment and communication of e-SL community’s impact. It is aimed at providing a methodology and related materials for allowing HEIs to evaluate the social impact that the students’ e-SL projects have.
  6. PR6: Evaluating methodology and related materials for assessing the students’ learning outcomes. It is aimed at providing a methodology and related materials for evaluating the learning outcomes of the students at the conclusion of e-SL projects.