The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transition within HEIs, leading to a steep rise in online/remote teaching. The shift to education online could be seen as adding flexibility to both teaching and learning. In reality, however, it would be fairer to say we are assisting to a distance learning movement rather than online learning one, or more accurately an emergency remote teaching (ERT). The outcome of this led to lecturers using the same methods as in face-to-face formats while asking students to perform more tasks with less support and explanation. It opens a lot of questions about how to master the burdens of distance working without negative consequences on well-being of both sides of teaching process. Lecturers in particular face a higher risk of digital overload or burnout than ever before
Having seen the extent to which long draining hours engaged in the digital sphere are affecting people all over the globe the DWEL project has been carefully designed to meet the needs of two main groups
DWEL will help raise awareness on how to optimise digital teaching without compromising staff’s performance or wellbeing. The need for greater understanding, knowledge and an attitudinal change within these organisations is at the forefront of the project teams mind as we progress in the development of the DWEL learning resources. DWEL project will design, develop and implement a new approach to train higher education institute lecturers and managers in digital wellbeing. The end result will be to improve educators’ own digital competences, while also boosting the capacity of HEIs to manager the digital transition in a way that marries high quality teaching with wellbeing of those involved!