A HEI project (2022-2025) exploring innovative and bottom up approaches to digital applications for University teaching and learning. The aim is to “rewilld” educational practices.
The Erasmus+ project “Hacking Innovative Pedagogies: Digital Education Rewilded” (HIP-DER), launched in 2022, aims to reimagine traditional models of higher education. It explores how new digital technologies can be used in creative ways to support pedagogical approaches.
This is in response to the challenges of building a more equitable and inclusive digital society. At the same time, it focuses on the role that higher education can play in developing more active, digitally competent and diverse European citizens. However, the project is also a response to the circumstances of post-COVID-19 times, which highlighted the need for university teaching to be redesigned and adapted to new digital environments almost overnight. This cannot be solved by simply using new digital tools; skills to adapt pedagogy to new contexts and learners’ needs are also required.
“Hacking” existing university pedagogies should be about finding weaknesses, creating solutions with existing resources and collaborating with others. “Rewilded” is understood as the process of unravelling or replacing traditional structures, objects and practices with those that are more appropriate and transformative for a particular setting. This rewilding of institutional infrastructure through digital enhancements is intended as a response to the fact that education can both be a cause of unsustainable activities but also offer the potential for sustainable ways of living.