Online4EDU – “Online Collaboration Methods and Tools” Training and Testing System

Telecentre Europe Awards 2016 Entry: Best Practice

Online4EDU – “Online Collaboration Methods and Tools” Training and Testing System

Geographical range: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany

Link: http://online4edu.eu/index.cfm/secid.178

Contact person: Nenja Wolbers 

1. BRIEF EXPLANATION

The practice was developed in the EU-funded project Online4EDU with the aim to support teachers of all school forms in their use of digital media when working with pupils and prepare lessons. Therefore the five project partners (LIKTA, ITI, ECDL Foundation, SDC, BCS Koolitus) developed a blended learning training that facilitates online collaboration tools and their application in the school routine.

The curriculum of the course is based on a survey that analyzed the learning needs of teachers and on the syllabus of the ECDL online collaboration test. The course finishes with the ECDL test and certifies the acquired skills. The duration of the course is three month, contains next to the online learning phases two face-to-face trainings and was piloted in early 2016 with 146 teachers of four countries.


2. WHY IS IT A BEST PRACTICE

Often digital media is not yet included in school education which is and will be a great challenge regarding the need for media literate citizens and the lack of IT-specialists. Online4EDU enables teachers to use technology in a confident way, so that they can pass on the digital skills to their students and promote teaching of the 21st century.

In order to achieve this goal, the Online4EDU training and certification system counts on the term “learning by doing”. Participants get information on online collaboration tools and then practically try them out in group work. Because questions and mistakes are allowed in the course, teachers become easily familiar with the tools and become confident in using them also with the more media literate pupils. Methods and ideas of how to use the tools in class are as well a part of what the teachers learn as the risks and dangers related to digital media in schools.

Overall, the course combines the innovative method of blended learning with the idea of “learning by doing” and contributes to the promotion of media competent citizens.

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