How Wihi has supported us building education ecosystems

The annual IT days of Finnish HEIs was held this year in Lahti on the joint campus of LAB University of Applied Sciences and LUT University. The days offered a wide range of presentations on current IT topics with the theme “IT with a purpose”, bringing together around 500 IT professionals from higher education institutions, from management to support staff from all the corners of Finland. During the first day of the event, I gave a presentation about how Finland can use learning technologies to support building education ecosystems. Below you find a summary of what we discussed there!

Laís Leite presents Eduix at the IT-päivät 2022
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Information center about the Edupreneurs project

In March 2021, Glowdom, in partnership with Eduix and the Namibian Business Innovation Institute (NBII) launched a digital platform for regional strategic partnership called Edupreneurs. The Edupreneurs project was funded by the Southern African Innovation Support Programme 2.

This blog post works as an information center and gathers materials about the Edupreneurs project with the purpose of disseminating our lessons learned.

The Edupreneurs platform
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Supporting education ecosystem building with digitalisation

In October 21st 2022, I had the honour to attend the panel discussion Embracing digitalisation to improve the sustainable delivery of education and training in Africa in ADEA Trennale 2022. My topic was focused on how digitalisation can support building education ecosystems. The ADEA Triennale is one of Africa’s high-level forums for political dialogue on education. The conference focuses on critical themes that transform Africa’s educational systems for sustainable social and economic development.

Eduix stand at ADEA Triennale 2022

The objective of the panel discussion was to share experiences and working practices around EdTech issues, share ways how African countries are supporting ICT-oriented education and explore possibilities in regional cooperation. Below you find my contribution to the panel session based on the Recommendation Paper written in collaboration with Dr. Altti Lagstedt during the Edupreneurs project.

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Eduix’s Lais Oliveira Leite attends panel discussion in ADEA Triennale 2022

Education Consultant Lais Oliveira Leite attends panel discussion Embracing digitalisation to improve the sustainable delivery of education and training in Africa in ADEA Trennale 2022. The ADEA Triennale on Education is one of Africa’s high-level forums for political dialogue. The conference focuses on critical themes that transform Africa’s educational systems for sustainable social and economic development (https://triennale.adeanet.org/).

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The Edupreneurs Recommendation Paper is out!

Our goal with this recommendation paper is to share the lessons learned from the project Edupreneurs: Networking and Empowering Education Entrepreneurs Towards a Resilient EdTech Ecosystem. The project was undertaked in Southern Africa, funded by the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS 2) programme.

Edupreneurs Recommendation Paper
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Eduix wishes

Despite its challenges, the year 2021 has been a mark for the internationalization of Eduix’s operations. The fact that I am writing this post in Brazil, right now, is one of its milestones. If we make a timeline of what has happened during this year, we should notice that:

Currently …

I am in my home country, after 2 years of a long wait in between a pandemic, not only to visit my dear family and friends, but also to talk with education stakeholders about Eduix and our vast experience in digitizing education processes. We believe we can support Brazilian education institutions in promoting high quality hybrid and online education with our edtech solutions!

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Research experiences during the pandemic

Eduix participated in the X International Symposium on Research, organized by the Colombian Association of Higher Education Institutions with Professional Technical, Technological or University training (ACIET). The event happened from 29th September until 1st October and addressed the theme “Research Experiences in the Age of Pandemic”. In the event, Eduix presented how our edtech solutions has helped Finnish Higher Education Institutions (HEI) continue running their research endeavors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The paradigm shift in education

From a global perspective, we all know that many HEIs have faced increased dropout rates due to students’ financial difficulties and inefficient virtual learning environments in the past year. Nevertheless, HEIs with the the appropriate virtual tools were able to keep educational processes running online (synchronous and asynchronous), identify students at risk and retain them, maintain staff efficiency, reduce costs, and attract more students.

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Welcome to Edupreneurs’ Final Event

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us in the final event of the project 

Edupreneurs: Networking and Empowering Education Enterpreneurs Towards a Resilient EdTech Ecosystem in Southern Africa.

During the event, we will present the main results of the project, emphasizing lessons learned and best practices compiled in the project Recommendation Paper.

The event will be held on 30th August, at 9h00 – 12h30 (Namibian time).

You can register to the event through this online form.

The recommendation paper will be published and available online in the Edupreneurs platform after the event.

See you there!

Edupreneurs’ final capacity building workshop

The Edupreneurs project offers its final capacity building workshop: 

Introduction to Flipped Classroom 

In this workshop, we will implement Flipped Classroom methodology to address the main differences between traditional and flipped classrooms, as well as the conceptual understanding of how flipped classroom is a transition phase of changing teaching practices from a traditional approach toward flipped learning.

After implementing Flipped Classroom, most teachers report both increasing the success rate of their students in the course subject, as well as enjoying more their teaching. Ultimately, we would like that staff experience these results.

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Networking and empowering education stakeholders from Southern Africa

The Edupreneurs project, funded by the SAIS 2 program, is gaining traction and the first week of June is full of surprises! We will not only offer two workshops for building capacity among education entrepreneurs, but we will also roll out officially our digital platform on June 4th.

The platform is accessible through the link: https://edupreneurs.ahaa.glowdom.com/#/

The digital platform was developed by Eduix in collaboration with Glowdom.

Click here to access the Platform Launch Event on June 4th, at 11h (Namibian time).

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