Introduction

Answering to the soaring level of digitalisation in society and the education sector, not at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) aim to work towards an education environment that embraces digitalisation and is beneficial to students, teachers, trainers, school leaders and education personnel alike. This project allows for a joint reflection on the potentials of the digital era as a resource for the education sector beyond the pandemic.

Funding

The project is co-financed by the European Commission.

AG members

  • Morten Bayer GL
  • Anca Sipos Alma Mater
  • Marco Bonnici MUT
  • Norbert Schnedl GÖD

Related topics

Digital technologies, the use of ICTs, Artificial Intelligence, or learning analytics technologies have been hailed as sources of potential to bring about significant improvements to the education of students. With the COVID-19 pandemic their use has exponentially expanded across the education sector. However, they also entail numerous concerns, and if not well used or developed without the input of teachers, trainers, academics, school leaders, other education personnel and education trade unions, these tools can be harmful to students, education personnel, and the overall quality of education. From data privacy issues to increased workload, limitation of professional autonomy and academic freedom, harassment and cyber violence, or exclusion of students and teachers who do not have access to digital infrastructure or skills training, those are concrete examples of the concerns that must be urgently addressed.

That is why ETUCE and EFEE have launched the project “e-Speed – European Social Partners in Education Embracing Digitalisation: Challenges and opportunities for European education trade unions and employer organisations in the digital era”. This common project, particularly timely in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the increasing use of digital tools to provide education, will identify good practices in ensuring equal access to digital skills. It will also allow social partners in education at European and national level, education authorities and education trade unions, representing teachers, trainers, school leaders, academic staff and other education personnel, to address difficulties and opportunities regarding digitalisation in education, exchange first -hand knowledge and experiences and to jointly commit to common goals for the provision of quality digital education for all.

The E-Speed project is set within the frame of the joint ETUCE-EFEE statement on the attractiveness of the teaching profession and its findings will contribute to the current European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE)’s work programme on the topic “innovative teaching and learning in the 21st century”.

The Advisory Group composed of representatives from four  ETUCE member organisations, the education trade unions GÖD, Austria, DLF, Denmark, MUT, Malta, and FSLI, Romania, and four representatives from EFEE. In a first stage, a survey will be drafted to gather data from ETUCE and EFEE members on digitalisation in education, the impact of the COVID-19, and good practices. This data will guide in-depth reflection and exchanges during two case studies,  foreseen to take place in Denmark and Romania. This work will  concluded in a final conference, where the results from the survey and research will be presented and discussed. 

Project survey

The aim of the survey is to develop joint understanding on how to address their common challenges and harness the potential opportunities of digitalisation in the education sector, in particular in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

This survey targets ETUCE and EFEE member organisations. It is crucial to have the participation of all member organisations to have a solid understanding of the opportunities and challenges of digital education for education authorities, teachers, trainers, school leaders, academic staff and other education personnel.

Respondents are asked to complete this survey by 20 November 2020.