Intergenerational Digital Service-Learning
Opportunities and Challenges in Post-Pandemic Times
Milena Ivanova (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
The Erasmus+ project IDOL aims to develop an innovative approach to implementing tandem teaching in intergenerational digital learning through engagement (service-learning). In the process, universities and their staff and faculty will be equipped with knowledge, skills, and resources to digitally integrate tandem teaching in intergenerational learning with older and younger students.
The outcomes of the project are, on the one hand, the creation of a guidebook that practically identifies, catalogues, and disseminates best practices for intergenerational digital service-learning and “tandem teaching” for universities and a toolkit with digital tools and resources for training university staff in digital learning through engagement. On the other hand, a new collaborative network will be created for the project partners who are active in the field of university service-learning with different focuses. The following partners are involved in the project: University of València, Spain, University of Vienna, Austria, Folkuniversitetet, Sweden, European E-learning Institute, Denmark and Momentum [Educate+ innovate], Ireland.
This webinar will address the opportunities as well as challenges of intergenerational digital service-learning at HEIs and will present the project results of the IDOL project: Intergenerational Digital Service-Learning. Based on an introduction to the concept of service-learning, the components of intergenerational Service-Learning, as well as digital Service-Learning, will be examined in more detail. The advantages and goals of the individual indicators will be presented, considering the respective prerequisites and the accompanying possible limitations. The presentation will focus on digital service-learning and its possibilities and limitations for participants and will present tips for successful implementation. Following the presentation, there will be a plenary discussion where participants can ask questions and share their experiences with digital Service-Learning.
Milena Ivanova is project coordinator at the Centre for Continuing Education at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in the area of Erasmus+ Projects as well as in the areas of teacher trainings, international summer courses, and intercultural trainings. She studied Teaching, Modern Languages, and European Media Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Potsdam, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and the Johannes Gutenberg University. Milena Ivanova worked for several years as a lecturer for the German Academic Exchange Service in Germany, South and Central America, and Ukraine. She is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ project IDOL (Intergenerational Digital Service-Learning) and is offering courses for the working group Service to Society in the FORTHEM Alliance.