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European Maturity model for Blended Education (EMBED)

Project objective

The EMBED project aims at offering higher education institutions expertise and guidance by developing a conceptual framework and a European maturity model on blended education. The project responds to immediate needs in EU countries, where blended teaching and learning is increasingly (but still slowly) being introduced. It is an answer to current challenges for universities: maintaining educational quality with large student numbers and lower budgets per unit (lower staff/student ratios), and making education more adaptive, personalised and flexible to face issues of study progress and study success.

Project summary

The project focuses on emerging good practices, policies, concepts and theories related to b-learning and innovation. It looks into practices, but also seeks (publishable) patterns of good practices in course design within the partnership outlined below. It will explore sound concepts and implicit theories enabling innovation to connect with existing practice and capacity in the institution concerned (anchoring points for change). With regard to institutional policies, it will seek convergence and alignment within the strategic partnership and develop a common framework for concepts, methodologies and theories for course design and b-learning. For further dissemination and input, it will build a repository of proven practices and policies for b-learning and innovation.


In a strategic partnership of the European Association of Distance Teaching (EADTU), Delft University, the University of Edinburgh, KU-Leuven, DCU and Aarhus University, the EMBED project brings together leading experts in blended education, building a multi-level maturity model for b-learning and a framework for change based on progress markers related to stakeholder-focused outcomes.