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eLene4Life - Learning and Interacting to Foster Employability

The project eLene4Life - Learning and Interacting to Foster Employability supports curriculum innovation in higher education (HE) through the development of active learning approaches for transversal skills, with the ultimate aim of improving students’ employability. According to the 2018 World Economic Forum Report ‘Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All’, the rise of artificial intelligence, robotics and other digital developments is upending the primacy of human expertise in the economy. The individuals who will succeed in the economy of the future will be those who can complement the work done by mechanical or algorithmic technologies, and ‘work with the machines’. The 2018 European Commission Proposal on Key Competences also draws attention to these disruptions affecting European societies and economies, stating that “Skills such as creativity, critical thinking, taking initiative and problem solving play an important role in coping with complexity and change in today’s society.” In a previous Erasmus+ project, eLene4Work, the development of HE students’ (digital) soft skills was experimented through the use of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and OERs (Open Educational Resources). The results showed that, while autonomous learning indeed played a significant role, real impact would only come from fully integrating these into the curriculum. The project also found a mismatch between employers’ expectations and students’ perceptions of the labour market with respect to these transversal skills.

In particular, the mai project goals of eLene4Life are:
  • overcome skills mismatches with respect to transversal skills;
  • develop new innovative curricula and educational methods integrating active learning, at the same time addressing commonly encountered barriers such as large class sizes and physical spaces;
  • improve the relevance of HE curricula in Partner Countries in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.
The project is funded by European Union through the Erasmus+ KA2 programme and brings together a group of five European universities, two higher education associations and a Foundation specialised in university-corporate cooperation: Fondation UNIT – AUNEGe – Digital university for economics and business studies (project coordinator), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, METID - Politecnico di Milano, European University College Association, Warsaw University of Technology, Universität Bremen, Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta di Roma (LUMSA) and University of Dundee.

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eLene4Life is a project funded 
by the European Union



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