Reinventing University: the Digital Challenge in Higher Education

Workshop W1

Date: June 18
Time: 13:30 – 18:30
Room: Seminar 4.3 (Building 7J, UPV)

Digital transformation in Higher Education (HE) is a major priority for the European Union (EU). In the years to come, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will be reconstructed at all levels of their operation. By adopting the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) on 30 September 2020, the EU targets a high-quality, accessible and inclusive digital education supporting the Member States’ entry into a digital era. Implementing learning and training have been considered key factors to allow modern societies and economies to face the challenges of globalisation and technological progress. Developing digital skills has become essential in this framework to foster lifelong learning and reduce inequalities. By 2030, university students worldwide should reach 414 million, and to meet their needs, Universities must deliver quality and relevant future-proof skills, foster diversity and inclusion, and promote and protect democratic practices, fundamental rights and academic values (EE.UU 2021/C 66/01)

The Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Report indicates an accelerated need for lifelong learning as graduates lack many skills for today’s work. These changes require HEIs to review organisation, management, evaluation processes, relations systems and competencies framework for teaching and learning and, above all, the meaning of the university’s mission in the digital society, the values towards which to direct, conduct and disseminate research.

This also implies an ethical responsibility regarding the choices and priorities to be pursued for the present and the future of the next generations, considering the disruptive impact of AI technologies on the way teachers and learners acquire knowledge and access information and learning resources.

Based on these premises, the workshop Call is interested in understanding:

  • critical theoretical reflection and/or empirical research focused on the reciprocity relationship between digital, market labour evolution and transformation and HEis;
  • the evolution of HE in its effort to react to and address the triple transition, digital, ecological and demographic. 

According to an inter-trans and multi-disciplinary approach, this workshop call will consider contributions within the following thematic areas.

  1. New Role of HEIs in the OnLife paradigm: Governance, teaching and research for a changing society and market labour.
  2. Artificial Intelligence in HEIs. Opportunities for teaching and research, risks and ethical challenges

Theoretical and empirical papers addressing the proposed timings at the meta, macro, meso, or micro levels are welcome.

Goals & Objectives

  • The overarching goal of this workshop is to share research results and best practices focused on the topics mentioned above.
  • The creation of research networking among researchers, experts, universities and research institutes to promote international research collaboration among different institutions of the HE system.
  • The promotion of an open research observatory


D-ChallengHE Erasmus + Project

Stefania Capogna is an Associate Professor at Link Campus University in Italy. She is also the founder and director of the Digital Technologies, Education & Society research centre and the “Quaderni di Comunità” academic journal. Community Notebook. People, education and welfare in society 5.0. In her research, she examines the education system as a unitary macro-sector in which education-training-university-work converges. In recent years, she has focused on the transformations induced by the digital revolution, with two privileged lines of intervention: a) social effects of the digital revolution on people, organisations and community;  b) empowerment for people, organisations and communities.

Erika Zuperkiene is a Professor at Klaipeda University in Lithuania, Chairperson of the Faculty Council and the Quality Committee of Studies, scientific Deputy Editor of the journal “Regional Formation and Development Studies”, member of scientific borders of 3 different scientific journals, a member of the Lithuanian Educational Research Association (LERA). The members of the Association seek to improve the quality of educational research on educational development and educational progress.  She finished her PhD (2008) in social sciences (management). Her research interests are entrepreneurship, leadership, human resource management, resilience, and corporate social responsibility (more than 60 publications).

Maria Chiara De Angelis. Social Sciences PhD, Research Fellow at the Link Campus University and Adjunct Professor at the Niccolò Cusano University, where she teaches Media Studies and Social Journalism and Environment. She is a Steering Committee member of the DITES Research Center at the Link Campus University. Her main research topics of interest are the impact of digital innovation on people, educational systems, and organizations, the ethical-public dimension of digital culture and the flourishing and social well-being in the digital age.


The best-selected papers and contributions will be reviewed by the D-ChallengHE Scientific Board and invited to publication in the Special Issues Reinventing University: Digital Challenge in Higher Education. Opportunities, critical and emerging issues, in The European Journal of Education. Research, Development and Policy.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 1 March 2024 15 March 2024
Acceptance notification: 3 April 2024
Camera-ready due: 24 April  2024
Workshops: 18 June 2024
Leading conference: 19-21 June 2024
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