“Athena gives teachers new opportunities to plan, conduct and follow up their courses,” says Marika Frank, who is a usability specialist working on the implementation of the new learning platform.

“For example, it is easy to create a clearer course structure and work on intended learning outcomes and assessment matrices. There are built-in tools for text, audio and video for effective interaction and communication between students, as well as between teachers and students. Students can work together on shared documents, and the platform is also available as an app, which provides greater opportunities for flexible work,” says Marika Frank.

Pilot tests will begin in spring 2018, when a small number of teachers will use Athena as support in various types of courses.  Pilot courses are planned at a number of departments, including the Department of Mathematics and Science Education (MND), the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education (HSD), the Department of Zoology and the Department of Media Studies.

The Department of Education (IPD), with the Centre for University Teacher Education (CeUL), will also participate in the pilot and produce examples of various pedagogical working methods for supporting and inspiring teachers to utilise Athena’s full potential.

The experience gathered during the test period will then inform the continued implementation. The process for a department starting to use Athena will be prepared in good time, with training at different stages for everyone who will use the system. The same goes for the process of transferring course materials from Mondo.

The planning is focused on providing the departments that currently use Mondo with help and support to switch to Athena in order to allow for Mondo discontinuation. Departments and teachers currently using systems other than Mondo will eventually also be able to use Athena.