All good things must come to an end someday, it was a touching moment during the Modernizing Indonesian Higher Education with Tested European Pedagogical Practices (INDOPED) final meeting hosted by University of Seville, Spain on January 29 – 30th, 2019. INDOPED was a three-year project (2016-2018) funded by the European Union (EU) and supported by Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) Republic of Indonesia to modernize teaching and learning in Indonesian Universities by adapting European pedagogical practices.
Five European universities, namely: Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) - Finland, Business Academy Aarhus – Denmark, Inholland University of Applied Sciences – Netherland, Gdansk University – Poland and Seville University – Spain, successfully shared their best innovation pedagogical methods to five Indonesian universities: Bina Nusantara University, State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah, Yogyakarta State University, Widya Mandala Catholic University and Syiah Kuala University.
Lesson learned and best practices from the implementation pilots were successfully disseminated by SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) through webinars, workshop, seminar and various digital channels (website, newsletters, social medias) to meet wider audiences: not only university teachers but also primary and secondary education teachers from Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
During those two days meeting, project leaders and staff members of INDOPED consortium shared their final remarks and worked collaboratively to complete final report that will be delivered to EU as the funding agency. Former SEAMOLEC Director now expert to the ICT Centre for Education of Minister of Education and Culture (MoEC) of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Abi Sujak, and SEAMOLEC Research and Development Manager, Ms. Cahya K. Ratih shared INDOPED promotional videos that have been developed by SEAMOLEC. Five INDOPED innovative pedagogical method videos are currently available on INDOPED social media account (Facebook, YouTube) namely: Project Hatchery, Innovation Camp, Project Market Research, Storytelling and Gamification. The impact and benefit of INDOPED project, which were received by various parties were also captured and played in the INDOPED main video. Report of external evaluation was also informed in this meeting and the result was encouraging.
As stated in the evaluation report, this three-year project successfully brought student-centered innovation-oriented pedagogical methods to Indonesia. Beyond this finding, INDOPED was also successful in inviting teachers and education administrators to reflect upon their way of teaching and the goal they try to achieve. During this meeting, 6 Indonesian project leaders agreed to continue this collaboration and promote sustainable development of innovation competencies of teachers and students.