NEXUS aims to promote higher education students’ participation in democratic life. It will examine and support HEIs’ pivotal role in fostering students’ active citizenship and develop innovative civic education material and training. Building upon the idea that there are many opportunities for meaningful civic learning in online environments, NEXUS will use technologies that are familiar and attractive to digital natives, to explore the relationship between digital participatory tools and democratic participation.
As part of the project activities, the consortium will develop a MOOC on civic education, specifically targeting students with a migrant background. Subsequently, a knowledge exchange platform will be created, based on open educational resources and practices. Guidelines for HEIs on community engagement and service-learning, as well as a repository of civic technology projects and tools (e.g. data access, community organizing, budget tracking, etc.) will also be made available to the higher education community.