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IDOL: Intergenerational Digital Service Learning

The Erasmus+ project "IDOL: Intergenerational Digital Service Learning" is a two-year research project funded by the European Commission. It started on February 1st 2022 and will end in January 2024. Identifier: 2021-1-DE01-KA220-HED-000031186

It aims to develop the Service Learning methodology from an innovative perspective, giving it a Digital and Intergenerational dimension. One of its objectives is to equip universities and their staff with knowledge, skills and resources to integrate this methodology into learning with older and younger students.

The results of the project are: the creation of a guide that defines the concept, as well as identifies and disseminates good practices in intergenerational digital service learning in universities and other centres, and the design of a "Toolkit" with digital tools and resources to train university staff in digital ApS. In addition, over the two years of the project, a new collaborative network will be created with the project partners, active in university service learning from different perspectives.

These are the different project partners:

  • Universitat de València
  • Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, which is the coordinator of the project.
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Folkuniversitetet of Sweden
  • European E-learning Institute, Denmark
  • Momentum [Educate+ innovate], Ireland

 IDOL project's website


Download the results of the IDOL Project

Practical Guide to Intergenerational Digital Service-Learning

Digital Service-Learning Toolkit

Newsletters of the IDOL Project

Newsletter 1: Practical Guide to Intergenerational Digital Service-Learning

Newsletter 2: Digital Service-Learning Toolkit


University Culture Service, programme for the over 55s, La Nau Gran (c/Universidad 2, 46003, València)




Social Hackathon

The Faculty of Teacher Training celebrated on 17 May a Social Hackathon titled “Solutions for Intergenerational Education in the Future” as part of the IDOL project. Participants provided solutions to the question: What 3 messages about education could be passed on from older people to the teachers of tomorrow?

19 students (12 of second year of Teacher Training and 7 La Nau Gran students) participated in the event. In addition, 6 professors participated.


Hackathon social













Second transnational on-site meeting in Valencia on March 2023

On 30 and 31 March 2023 the second on-site meeting of the IDOL project was held in Valencia. In it, the members talked about the results 1 and 2 (Practical Guide to Intergenerational Digital Service-Learning and Digital Service-Learning Toolkit), which were already finished, and established the steps to follow for the implementation of the Guide and a hackathon.


Project meeting in Valencia












First transnational meeting in Mainz in May 2022

First transnational meeting took place on May 4th and 5th in Mainz. It discussed the research done by the partners for the first project outcome, the priorities of the project and the work on the practical guide for intergenerational digital learning. This guide will help teachers and educators to identify, design and disseminate practices for digital ApS in higher education institutions.  The Universitat de València was represented by María Jesús Martínez, Carolina Tarazona and Maite Almela.


Image: JGU


Project start February 2022

On February 24th, the first online meeting of the Erasmus+ IDOL project took place in which the partners met, many of them for the first time, and concretised the first steps to initiate the project activities and to achieve its objectives.


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