Coventry EduHackathon 2020: an online experiment

This summer, in the context of the Erasmus+ project Edu-Hack, Coventry University organized the Coventry EduHackathon 2020 – co-hosted by the Disruptive Media Learning Lab and the Global Education, Learning and Attainment Research Centre. The EduHackathon took place online – combining Microsoft Teams and – and it was split into two separate 3-hour sessions, enabling educators to envision tangible solutions to the overall challenge by following a structured approach based on design thinking principles. A preliminary webinar covered the initial stages of the design thinking process and facilitators from various units (Academic Development, Curriculum 2025, DMLL and GLEA) offered guidance during ideation and prototyping stages to three separate groups.

For more information and details take a look here.

Online workshop for the EduHack extended Network: 7th July 2020

How to run an online EduHackathon: insights from the EduHack project

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 10:00 – 13:30 CEST


Thanks to everyone who took part in our half-day online event which looked at the potential of hackathons as a format for educational innovation and capacity building in Higher Education. EduHackathons can be defined as intensive, focused, collaborative, hands-on events aimed at devising approaches and/or resources that address key educational issues or challenges. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, they may offer an agile way of rethinking teaching and assessment in the light of an ever-increasing reliance on online teaching.

This interactive event was particularly aimed at members of the EduHack extended network, but it was also open to anyone who is responsible for enhancing the digital skills and competences of academic staff in their university or higher education institution. During the event, partners of the EduHack consortium introduced key design thinking principles underpinning the hackathons and shared insights and the main lessons learnt from the experience of running online EduHackathons at their respective institutions. At the same time, they introduced a number of resources, tools and approaches relevant to the planning and delivery of hackathons and to fostering the development of digital education competences.



Introduction to EduHack, design thinking and EduHackathons

Moderators: Sally Reynolds, ATiT, Belgium & Mattia Plazio, Nexa, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

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Problem definition

This session was all about the idea of defining a challenge for your Online Eduhackathon,

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Coffee break, during which participants were asked to do a quick online research activity as well as having a break!


Made with Padlet


Discussion and demonstration of different tools that were used in EduHackathons as well as different approaches to how they can be organised – both on and offline

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Final thoughts and introduction to the EduHack toolbox

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  • Martin Debattista, KIC, Malta



During the morning, we also created a list of the different tools and resources that were discussed and shared. Resources and tools [PDF file]

Eduhack Webinar in Spanish

On the 12th of May, the Universidad Internacional de la Rioja organized, in collaboration with the Red de Cátedras Telefonica, a webinar to present the EduHack course to the Spanish academic community. More than 280 people registered for the webinar, with more than 90 active participants: interested universities can register here to organize their EduHack course edition.

The Italian EduHackathon online: what a success!

Great success for the first Italian EduHackathon organized and promoted by the Nexa Center for Internet and Society of the Politecnico di Torino. The event, because of the Covid-19 emergency, was held entirely online on 27-28 April 2020, experiencing a form of participatory distance event in which 20 teachers from different disciplines and from different universities (Politecnico di Torino, University of Genoa and eCampus University) took actively part. The teachers involved, divided into 5 working groups and lead by 5 experts and facilitators, collaborated intensively in the elaboration of 5 ideas (Collaborative learning, Il gioco dei Lego, Drag&Fly, Decameroom and Path to the Future), valorizing what they learned by following the EduHack online course and working together, with very good results, to the concrete development of projects and tools to improve teaching and learning in digital environments.

For more information, you can visit this page.

EduHack Day on Authentic Assessment at Coventry University

On the 6th of June 2019, the Disruptive Media Learning Lab and Coventry University’s Faculty of Business & Law hosted the first EduHack event at Coventry University, with a focus on creating more authentic ways of assessing students’ learning.

Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary groups and prototyped solutions to that overall challenge by following a structured approach based on the principles of design thinking while drawing on information, resources and opportunities identified over the previous weeks.

The day started with an overview of authentic assessment, an introdution to design thinking and a few videos on online resources and facilities that can enable this type of assessment activities: Business Simulations, Trading Floor, DigiCom Lab, Moot Room, Wikipedia and web publishing. After that, participants splitted into groups to focus on their preferred approach and went to relevant venues to generate project ideas and design prototypes.

At the end of the day, all participants reconvened at DMLL again to present shorlisted project ideas and associated prototypes. These outcomes will be presented again at the CU Teaching and Learning Conference on the 25th of June 2019 at 3.50 pm.

Further details on the day are available at, including some pictures of the day.

In 2019/20 a series of CPD activities and a university-wide hackathon will take place at Coventry University.

EduHack presented at the HELMeTO Seminar

The EduHack approach and the results of the Spanish pilot course were presented by F. Nascimbeni, on behalf of the UNIR team, at the HELMeTO Seminar, inviting universities participating in the event to replicate the project learning experience.

First EduHackathon successfully organised in Spain

The first project EduHackathon was successfully organised in Spain on the 15th of May. The event, which represented the climax of the EduHack blended course organised by UNIR, gathered 22 participants with very different backgrounds who worked on four ideas aimed at transforming their daily teaching. Among the most relevant concepts discussed during the day, which was rich in discussions and hands-on work, gamification and students collaborative knowledge co-creation must be mentioned. The ideas developed during the event will now be further fine-tuned by the learners with the support of the UNIR iTED team, aiming to become current practice in the university teaching practices.

EduHack joins the European Distance Learning Week (EDLW)

The EduHack approach and advances were presented during a webinar focusing on (e)learning innovations organised by EDEN in the frame of the European Distance Learning Week (EDLW). The presentation raised a lot of interest and questions, especially on the way external universities can participate in the EduHack project. Teachers’ capacity development in the field of Digital Literacy, especially when it comes to issues such as identity management or online privacy, seems to be a common concern across universities, in Europe and worldwide. A number of important suggestions were made during the webinar, that will help the EduHack team to focus on the best possible strategy to have an impact within and around its partner universities.

If you missed the webinar, or would like to watch it again, the recording is available here.

eLearning in the age of Social Networks: the EduHack Platform

On October 25th 2018, as part of the initiative Learning on/with the Open Web, it was presented the first prototype of the EduHack Knowledge Sharing Platform, a new social networking platform that provides tools for both the educators and the learners to engage in discussion and online learning with the dynamics and the flow of modern social network websites.

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EduHack presented at the EDEN 2018 Conference

The latest development were presented at the EDEN 2018 Conference in Genova, focussing on the project effort to “operationalise” the DigCompEdu competencies framework.

The course areas of work were introduced to the audience together with some activities examples.

A number of participants from universities expressed interest in possibly running the EduHack learnign experience in their institutions: this is being followed up and hopefully will bring to interesting collaborations.