The sudden disruption of normal classes caused by COVID-19 and the transition to Emergency Remote Teaching in Higher Education brought into focus the challenges as well as the opportunities afforded through remote learning-teaching to offer high quality educational experiences (Azorìn 2020, Harris 2020, Hodges et al 2020, Rapanta et al 2020, UNESCO, 2020). The new situation opened the door for imagining new possibilities and developing meaningful online experiences for learners even in art education that is traditionally considered too experimental and hands on to be offered online. It also highlighted the need for digital transformation in Higher Education Institutions and for opening the access to quality art education to make sure that it is applied, especially during difficult times when it is mostly in need (building resilience through the art). The presentation focuses on lessons learnt for distance-learning teacher trainings through the CARE (Visual arts education in new times: Connecting Art with REal life issues) European funded project that run during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these led to a successful application of a new project, the CARE/SS (Critical ARts Education for Sustainable Societies). CARE/SS aspires to respond to the growing demands of supporting the development of key competences in arts education to ensure quality in teaching. It will offer useful guidance into the ways European education systems across Europe can improve to provide educators and young Europeans through online and blended learning with the skills required in order for our future societies to coexist in peace and respect.
Victoria Pavlou, Frederick University, Cyprus