In a recently held kick-off meeting, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland), ITMO University (Russia), Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) have given a start to Living Laboratory in Climate Change, a project funded by EU programme ERASMUS + Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education.
In the next three years, the schools in Sweden, Russia, Finland and South Africa will joint their efforts towards development, piloting and accreditation of a massive online open course, which consists of four modules and deals with the use of technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and machine learning in the field of climate change.
The project partners have discussed their near-term action plan: it includes analysis of partner countries’ training programmes in the field of climate change and IT, content development, distribution of responsibilities, course placement on international learning platform, insights into international accreditation process and course implementation.
In this project, NArFU is responsible for arranging for the piloting of the course modules – through the Living Labs on the basis of its DIT center. Its role also includes expanding the mobility geography and supporting students’ projects dealing with IT solutions. As noted by NArFU experts, the ongoing cooperation will make it possible to integrate the project outcomes into NArFU project called “DigitalArctic” – the center for digital education in the Arctic region.
The partners will meet again in March 2021 to present progress with Living Labs and to discuss each partner’ contribution to modules content development.
NArFU Department of International Cooperation