D-TRANSFORM: University Strategies in the Digital Age

The MOOC of D-Transform project

Discover with us how digital resources can be a catalyst for change in university strategies.

In the 21st century a new learning ecosystem of students, educators, and resources developed, it is important for higher education leaders to leverage the power of digital resources in order to find a strategy for change.

This MOOC is therefore aimed at raising awareness of digital resources, as a strategic factor for university transformation. The course promotes executive reflection on hands-on challenges and explores the new positioning of universities in the digital age.

The MOOC is free  and available to everyoneThe target audiences is the university rectors, vice-rectors, rector’s delegates for elearning, rector’s delegates for university third mission, deans of faculties, directors of operational units in higher education institutions and anybody interested in the digital strategy of universities. s'adresse en particulier aux décideurs de l'enseignement supérieur.

Classes start : may 15 2017 | Classes end : july 18 2017
Estimated effort : 1-2 hours / week | Language : english

Course informations :

The course is organised into 7 weeks; each week is devoted to a specific topic:

  • Week 1 - Universities disrupted
  • Week 2 - Models for opening up education
  • Week 3 - OER and MOOCs as innovation drivers
  • Week 4 - Academic libraries and study spaces
  • Week 5 - Assessment and credits
  • Week 6 - Learning analytics
  • Week 7 - Overcoming academic resistance to ICT-enhanced teaching

Le MOOC is online on the italian website Polimi Open Knowledge.

This MOOC was carried out in the project D-Transform, an european project co-funded by the Erasmus+ and coordinated by the FMSH. It was produced by Politecnico di Milano, project partner.



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D-Transform project was launched on October1, 2014 and was completed at the end of September, 2017

The goal of D-TRANSFORM is to implement a training program for leaders of European universities (presidents, vice-presidents) focusing on the major role played by digital technologies and Open Educational Resources (OER) in the necessary transformation of their institutions. The premise is that e-education (digital pedagogy and training) can become a strategic tool for European universities, enabling them to be pedagogically more effective, more cost-effective, more attractive and able to meet the needs of the professional world with regard to youth training and life-long learning.

D-Transform will

  • implement guidelines focused on case studies; on public policies and business model for online learning; recommendations for university strategy based on the use of e-education (2015);
  • organize two leadership schools for senior leaders from European universities. Using a compact format, leadership schools will be organized in Paris and in Barcelona (2016);
  • produce an online training kit (2017) a complement to leadership schools, to be used as an organizational model for implementing university leader programs. The online training kit, as well as the guidelines, will be freely available online;
  • organize three international dissemination events in Barcelona (2015) with the European Distance and e-learning network; in Budapest (2016) with the International University Association; in Paris (2017) with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (partner to be confirmed).

The D-TRANSFORM is the first attempt to set up a “University Leader Program” at the European level on the role of e-Education in shaping university strategies. Like the OLC consortium or the UPCEA, D-TRANSFORM will focus on the necessity of visionary leadership and on its impact on university senior management, on policy and programs to effectively shape and support successful implementation of online, blended, and technology-enhanced initiatives.

According to the D-TRANSFORM agenda, each partner will leverage its specific competencies in order to lead the implementation of three “Intellectual Outputs”:

  • the University of Lorraine (with the contribution of Sero Consulting Ltd) leads Output1, whose goal is to draw up guidelines with recommendations for university strategies based on the use of e-education;
  • the Open University of Catalunya leads Output 2, whose aim is to implement two leadership schools for university governance;
  • the Politecnico di Milano-METID coordinates Output 3, whose goal is to implement an online training kit.


  • the Foundation Maison des sciences de l’homme is the coordinator of the D-TRANSFORM project;
  • the Budapest University of Technology and Economy leads the Internal Quality Task;
  • the  European Distance and E-Learning Network – EDEN leads the Dissemination task.



Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme | Université de Lorraine | Sero Consulting Ltd | Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya | Politecnico di Milano – METID | European Distance and E-Learning Network | Budapest University of Technology and Economics


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