Digital Futures Challenge-Based Learning in Higher Education in Europe: The DIFUCH Erasmus+ Project: The DIFUCH Erasmus+ Project

John Organ, Ana Margarida Machado, Sharon M. O'Brien, Vera Ferro-Lebres, Ana I. Pereira, Madelon van Oostrom, Pedro Rodrigues, Sergio BotelhoJunior, João Paulo Pais de Almeida, Paula Sofia Alves do Cabo, Breda Walsh Shanahan, Bill O'Gorman, S. Prins Karin, Marjan de Jonge, Nejla Karabulut

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Within DIFUCH, we are developing innovative challenge-based pedagogies, tools and platforms for the virtual delivery of a joint programme within a groundbreaking-breaking and flexible academic structure in Europe. This Erasmus+ project is focused on delivering new multi-disciplinary, transnational, cross-sectional future skills-orientated modules and learning pathways that address societal challenges. In this paper, we present the current work of DIFUCH to develop an innovative programme underpinned by Challenge Based Learning (CBL) that addresses local and global societal challenges and strengthens interactions between education, research, and external stakeholders for a positive effect on our communities. This project facilitates the improvement of learning outcomes vis-à-vis university learners’ perception of social responsibility, their ability to deal with complex societal challenges from social and economic stability to global warming, their ability to put knowledge into practice, team building and communications skills.
Original languageEnglish (Ireland)
Title of host publication22nd IFAC World Congress Yokohama, Japan, July 9-14, 2023
EditorsHideaki Ishii, Yoshio Ebihara, Jun-ichi Imura, Masaki Yamakita
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781713872344
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2023
Event22nd IFAC World Congress - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 09 Jul 202314 Jul 2023

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2405-8963


Conference22nd IFAC World Congress


  • developing regions
  • education
  • Knowledge networks
  • knowledge society
  • multi-cultural interaction


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