The crisis generated by the COVID 19 pandemic has forced European universities to move their teaching activities to the online environment. Although most Higher Education Institutions have implemented E-Learning platforms years ago, the teaching staff are now experiencing difficulties in using these platforms and in creating and adapting the course content, needed to quickly adapt to a fast evolving and complex situation.
DIGITOOLS is a project aimed at introducing enhanced digital tools and methods to help university staff deliver quality education through online means.
The DIGITOOLS project develops five Outputs which will support the teaching staff from Higher Education Institutions to acquire the skills and competencies needed to create and deliver high quality online courses, including blended teaching. The role of university libraries will be crucial in this project, as they will have to adapt their services and provide digital learning materials as well as information and digital skills training, both to teaching staff and students.
As a result of the DIGITOOLS project, the universities will be able to provide, through teaching staff and libraries, high quality online training courses, with a focus on subject – specific teaching.
The project brings together seven Higher Education Institutions and one consulting SME, specialized in digitization, from seven countries and will focus on the implementation of online and blended teaching, encouraging, at every step, the unitary practice.
Our Project Leader
Jerald Cavanagh BSc Econ, MSc, MA is Director of Library Services at Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland and Project Leader of the IPEDU project.
Jerald is a librarian by profession and has qualifications to Master's Level, including MA in Educational Planning and Management (Honours) from the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) UNESCO, Paris as well as MSc in Learning Technologies (Honours) (2005) from the National College of Ireland (NCI) and a Post graduate qualification in e-Learning. He has a BSc Econ in Information and Library studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
He is Project Leader of several large-scale European Union funded projects. These include major international projects involving the capacity building and modernisation of libraries and the development of Information Literacy in regions such as the EU, Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, China, Russia, and Central Asia, among others.
Jerald is currently finalising his Doctorate with City University of London UK, which explores the long-term impact of EU funded projects. His interest in impact evaluation and the importance of measuring impact contribution stems from his long association with managing projects.