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What is TalTechDigital?

TalTech has the desire and readiness  to change first itself  in a global turnaround, and thus show the way to others. It is based on our ambition and determination to use and develop the latest technologies in the best possible way, and to be at the forefront of creating strategic partnerships both at home and abroad. We are doing so not only in the interests of our academic community, but also in the interests of society in particular.

We envisage the future of TalTech as a university that uses the most advanced technologies to better organise its daily activities – learning, teaching and research. Everything that intelligent artificial systems do better than humans is left to the systems and humans can show their abilities in the design and development of new solutions.

This triggered the TalTechDigital initiative in TalTech University. It is not a program with specific time and financial limits and although the university level coordination by the Rectorate ended in the summer of 2020, the activities that support the vision-based approach at TalTech continue.

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Lines of Action

TalTechDigital was launched in four lines of action: updating the digital infrastructure, digital teaching, supporting research 'lighthouses', and convening a digital forum.

digital infrastructure

Reviewing and redesigning the university's practices and work processes by using new, evolving and breakthrough technologies with an aim to make the university the most well-digitized campus in the world.

Digital Teaching

Integrating new digital technologies into the structure and operation of all the study programmes from the moment they are created by motivating and encouraging students to contribute to the general objectives of digitalization through their studies.

research "lighthouses"

Defining new, interdisciplinary and future-oriented research directions in collaboration with national and foreign partners that are based on the university's competencies and the future needs of IT and other companies.

Digital Forum

Creating a platform for collaboration in support of digital developments and with an aim to build a strong digital society in Estonia. Developing new collaboration models within the triangle the university-companies-the public sector.

Milestones

2017
18.05 TalTechDigital work group starts
26.05 The TalTechDigital concept is presented at the TalTech Board of Governors and approval is requested
05.06 The TalTechDigital initiative was announced (and the recruiting campaign for a digital manager was launched)

July-
August

The Digital Council was assembled and the Heads for Lines of action were approved
04.09 The Heads for Lines of action submit the initial plans
06.09 the decision on the formation and composition of the digital council
18.09 TalTechDigital official opening on the 99th birthday of the University with the launch of the first activities
October taltechdigital.ee, taltechdigital.eu and taltech.digital web addresses were registered 
09.10 The first meeting of the digital council
November   A project was launched for the e-support for all 1,500 compulsory subjects by 2020
23.-24.11 TalTech Management Development Seminar focused on TalTechDigital

 

2018

Jan-Feb Collecting ideas on TalTechDigital among University members
07.02 TalTechDigital think tank at Mektory
May The first TalTechDigital Bachelor's and Master's scholarships were issued
23.08 A pilot project to use mobile phones as TalTech staff and access cards
August    Smart Campus strategic investment project
September   Launching of the TalTech mobile application
17.09 TTÜ 100
20.09 TaltechDigital vision conference
20.09 Self-driving car and its smart infrastructure
15.10 Launching of Digitarkus - an online class for all TalTech employees
November As the first university in Estonia, TalTech makes its own CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team)
December 80 founders established DigiGovLab at innovation and business centre Mektory

 

2019

January TalTech started to use its own Moodle e-learning platform at moodle.taltech.ee
29.05 under the auspices of TalTechDigital Digital Forum, an industrial automation conference "Industry 4.0 to Practice" took place
May the first PhD (Bernhards Blumbergs) related to Cyber Forensics and Cybersecurity Centre was defended
September new PowerBI tool for student data analysis was introduced
October English version of Digitarkus - an online class of digital competencies for all TalTech employees
23.-25.10 European conference of virtual and augmented reality EuroVR2019 took place in Mektory
December most (over 90%) of obligatory courses have e-support

 

2020

January new knowledge management system DELTA was introduced
Jan-Sept incorporating TalTechDigital activities into the university's next Development Plan for 2021-25
27.05 TalTech website www.taltech.ee gets a new look based on new architecture and CMS
August launch of a student portal