Oracle Academy member institutions participating in the CodeIn project in EU successfully complete exploration of Oracle Cloud in distance teaching and learning

April 4, 2024 | 3 minute read
Danny Gooris
Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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Following the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, many higher education institutions found themselves literally overnight in a situation in which only distance teaching and learning could ensure continuation and completion of academic activities.

Those adopting Oracle Cloud quickly realized benefits associated with this approach: CS and IT students could access the service any time and from any device (be it their laptop, tablet, or smartphone) and complete their assignments, without need to be physically present in their institution’s computer lab.

The European Union announced the call for project proposals in late 2020, addressing the impact lockdown had on teaching and learning across the continent and approved funding for the CodeIn project, which was submitted by five Oracle Academy members who consolidated their efforts, exchanged individual lessons learned, and shared their best practices with the broader academic community.

The CodeIn project was led by Polytechnic of Šibenik (Croatia), and a consortium including LUISS Business School (Italy), the Lodz University of Technology (Poland), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the University of Žilina (Slovakia). Following the approval of the CodeIn proposal, the project ultimately received funding by EU through its Erasmus+ program.

Frane Urem, the Project Coordinator and Vice-Dean at the Polytechnic of Šibenik stated: “Thanks to EU funding, we are able to produce and deliver project outputs, including new Methodology for Distance Teaching and Learning, which we also followed to create, as its proof of concept two distance curricula on Cloud Computing and Machine Learning. To follow up on that we also delivered policy recommendations for other colleagues to help them improve their teaching, specifically in the area of computer science.”

This methodology was prepared by Professor Giuseppe F. Italiano from LUISS University in Italy. As Professor Italiano emphasizes, the objective of the document is “to address pitfalls of online learning and to engage more with students in order to incentivize their curiosity and make them active learners.”

The project team has also published a series of 15 webinars aimed to educators on developing distance teaching and learning materials and assessments (all of them in English, but with subtitles in Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Slovak and Croatian) in an effort coordinated by the team members from Lodz University of Technology in Poland.

A Pedagogical strategy for teaching female students in IT also was published. According to Professor Elisabeth Pereira, CodeIn core team member from Portuguese University of Aveiro, “the topic of gender equality, especially in STEAM, is very important, and the objective here is to develop and offer tools that can improve distance teaching and learning from this perspective.”

Finally, the project introduced two key sets of policy recommendations and two accompanying cases studies. The first focus was on encouraging more women to participate in IT education and the second was on promoting open-access, modular online learning, both aiming to encourage educational institutions to adopt innovative approaches that foster inclusivity and community growth.

Oracle Academy, as an associate partner of the CodeIn project, supported our members throughout the project’s duration through provision of resources including Oracle Academy curricula and Oracle Cloud resources, and through participation in project activities, including workshops and knowledge dissemination.

Danny Gooris

Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA

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