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Dissemination of the DIGI4Teach project activities at the Poznań University of Economics and Business

DIGI4Teach project members were hosted at the Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poznań, Poland from June 22nd to 24th. The purpose of visit was to disseminate the DIGI4Teach project activities to colleagues from the Poznań University of Economics and Business with whom researchers and professors from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business cooperating for a while and performing two scientific projects currently, one co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme - Teaching Sustainability in Higher Education in the Field of Economics and Management (SUSTA) and the other funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange - Central European Network for Sustainable and Innovative Economy (CENETSIE).

Two project members from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, and one project member from the Third School of Economics Zagreb visited the Poznań University of Economics and Business and presented the project to researchers interested in various topics related to the sustainability. Participants shared their experiences but also discussed challenges in teaching economic disciplines, adapting to online education, and possibilities to introduce and use more digital tools in courses related to the economic disciplines (with an emphasis on statistics, accounting, economic principles, and trade).

Participants also discussed the education system structure and organization in Poland and Croatia in both secondary schools and faculties/universities. Given that the DIGI4Teach project has a goal to share experiences in teaching economic disciplines in the digital era at the secondary and tertiary levels of education, participants also discussed possibilities of future joint projects as a possible continuation of this one, based on this project's results, and also by connecting and gathering secondary schools and faculties/universities.

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Description of education

Target group: members of the County Expert Council, subsector of Economics, City of Zagreb

Venue: online, Zoom application

Time of the event: December 18, 2021 from 9.00 to 15.00

Organizer and leader of the expert conference: Romana Rusek, teacher at the First School of Economics in Zagreb

Lecture information

Topic: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on digitalization of the education system and improvement of teacher competencies

Lecturer: Nikolina Dečman, PhD, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb

Learning outcomes:

- analyze the current situation and teaching challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis

- critically evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of using digital technologies in the educational process

- get acquainted with the key goals and expected results of the ERASMUS+ project DIGI4Teach

On Saturday, December 18, 2021, fifty teachers of the economic group of subjects gathered at the County Expert Council meeting organized by the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and our dear member of the DIGI4Teach team - professor Romana Rusek. As a part of the expert meeting, Project Manager of the DIGI4Teach project, associate professor Nikolina Dečman presented the current topic of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on digitalization of the education system and improvement of teaching competencies. After getting acquainted with the topic and content of the lecture, the key theses of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the education system in the Republic of Croatia were presented. Furthermore, the current situation was analyzed and all the teaching challenges we have encountered due to the transition to e-learning during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis were presented. The benefits and disadvantages of using digital technologies in the educational process were also critically assessed. Moreover, participants were introduced to current project activities and invited to actively collaborate and complete a questionnaire on their own digital competencies, perspectives and experiences of using digital tools in teaching, advantages and disadvantages of e-learning and other important issues for teaching in the digital age.