COVID-19 and EdTech Transformation – The use case of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
2020-11-27, 12:00–12:30 (Europe/Athens), Room 1

Providing reliable and trustworthy synchronous and asynchronous eLearning services during
the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging task. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
is the largest University in Greece in terms of numbers of schools, faculty, and students.
During our presentation we discuss and share our experiences from the past seven months,
starting from the middle of March and the initial stage of the pandemic, when the
University’s Senate made the decision to move instantly from the traditional classroom to
eLearning (synchronous and asynchronous) both for teaching and for examination purposes.
Up until then the eLearning platform was mainly used as an educational repository.

Given the circumstances the University reacted to the COVID-19 challenge in a timely manner, taking actions organized in three main directions:
1. Enrichment of the available educational and technological tools
2. Enhancing training and support for users (both teachers and students) using methods with large scale impact
3. Improvements in the University’s asynchronous learning platform (Moodle) to meet the needs of the large-scale foreseen utilization

See also: Presentation

IT Center: Angeliki Agorogianni, Apostolos
Papagiannakis, Paschalis Korosoglou, Kyriaki Lampridou, Dimos Haridimou, Vasiliki Kalfa
Library and Information Center: Despoina
Papadaki, Niki Kaliakouda, Soultana Karga, Eirini Christou
IT Steering Committee: Nick Bassiliades, President, Professor of Informatics