Swiss Digital Skills Academy

DE 4, Open Education Day 2021

The University of Teacher Education in Bern (PHBern) participates to a P8 project -Swiss Universities (https://www.swissuniversities.ch/en/welcome) aiming to enhance the digital skills of educators and preservice teachers. The presentation will describe the project and focus on the role and contribution of the Univesity of Teacher Education in Bern.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Open Educational Platforms (OEPs) are playing a key role in strengthening digitalization in higher education. Up to now, their development and deployment have been mainly carried out by IT services and media experts. Thanks to the Swiss Digital Skills Academy, instructors’ awareness and skills will be developed to enable and empower them to take control of and fully adopt their digital ecosystem in their educational practices, including legacy and cloud open resources, platforms, and apps.

Digital skills training for instructors will be co-designed and federated between Swiss Academic institutions and rely on shared open, i.e., freely accessible, resources and platforms. The instructors will be trained the way and with the resources and platforms they should integrate in their own teaching practices.

The knowledge transfer will be delivered as short workshops or learning sessions, as well as more complete modules or programs targeting Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS). Beneficiaries will be educators in higher education institutions and HEP students. Trainers will also come from the same community, strengthening as such exchange of practices and sharing of competences.