UOC organizes the European Leadership School in Barcelona, 14th-18th November 2016 Participation in the D-Transform research project


It is aimed at heads and directors of European higher education institutions – presidents, rectors, vice presidents, deans of faculty and directors of units – who are interested in learning, sharing and developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for correct decision-making regarding the uses of digital technologies in e-learning, distance learning, MOOCs, and educational digital transformation in teaching and learning in the classroom and online.

Digital libraries, digital natives and academic resistance to ICT will be some of the main topics dealt with. The signing-up period will be opening soon. To get further information about these activities go to the project’s website or contact the organizers by emailing Is-dtransform@uoc.edu.

The agreement to organize this first Leadership School was made at a transnational meeting of the European research project D-Transform – which the UOC is part of – in Budapest on 13 and 14 June. Representing the UOC were Marta Aymerich, UOC Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, and Israel Conejero, project manager for D-Transform. Aymerich said “the Leadership School was the main focus of this meeting, which was extended an extra day in order to meet our objectives and approve the changes in the new budget. The visit to Budapest coincided with the annual conference of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), in which D-Transform organized a workshop led by the UOC and headed by Marta Aymerich in colaboration with Antoni Pérez-Navarro, a professor in the Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications”.

D-Transform aims to prepare those at the forefront of higher education to be architects of change for tomorrow’s universities. To achieve this it offers a training programme focusing on the major role played by digital technologies and Open Educational Resources (OER) in the necessary transformation of their institutions. It receives funding from the Strategic Partnerships subprogramme (part of the Erasmus+ European programme), and has a total budget of almost half a million euros. It is set to run until 2017.

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