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Collaboration and Innovation for Better, Personalized and IT-Supported Teaching
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Colibri will contribute to the Modernisation of European Higher Education by developing new and innovative teaching approaches, increase labour market relevance of education, and promote the take-up of innovative practices in education. Colibri will focus specifically on personalised learning, collaborative learning, and use of ICT. Moreover, Colibri is based on strengthening the link between companies and education by promoting teaching methods,where students work together across disciplines and cultures, on projects based on real-world cases. Colibri follows a yearly cycle of teaching material development, conducting the teaching for a diverse group of students from all universities using blended learning, evaluation, and dissemination. The evaluations and experiences are then taken into account when designing the material for the next cycle. Colibri lasts for 3 years, thus covering 3 cycles. Colibri creates an international living lab based on blended learning, where the teaching methods will be implemented in jointly developed IT-supported course modules. At the same time, they are based on active participation and collaboration between students, and they are personalised in the sense that they accommodate for students with different prerequisites and learning styles, and different specific learning objectives. Another part of the teaching methods is implemented by having students working together across cultural and educational backgrounds on real-world problems defined by companies. The teaching material and results developed through the project, including instructions on how to use the material, evaluations, and comments/suggestions, are made publicly available. This ensures that the results can be exploited both inside and outside of the consortium. Together with a dissemination plan we will reach relevant target groups, including decision makers, and university teachers. A cornerstone in the dissemination plan is to make the participating teachers Colibri Ambassadors, which will help to spread the results and benefits of the project to large groups of university teachers who will benefit from using the methods in their own teaching. All in all, we expect the project will have a significant impact - both on the participants, and on a systemic level. During the lifetime of Colibri, it is expected to reach out to at least 1000 university staff, both from the involved organisations and from outsiders. Furthermore, Colibri will be disseminated to the ICT & entrepreneurial community and to the general public, enhancing the sustainability of its results and the visibility of the ERASMUS+ Programme. The project partners include 7 universities, one research & documentation center, and two companies who ensure that the teaching methods ensure employability, e.g. by the use of real-world cases as part of the teaching. Each cycle involves 2-5 teachers per institution per year, and 4 students per university per year.
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