The Last Study Visits to Europe

23 December, 2015

The representatives of the Armenian and Georgian Partner Institutions have participated in the last study visits to Europe, which took place 26-27 October 2015 at the University of Florence, Italy; 29-30 October 2015 at the University of Granada, Spain; and 7  December 2015 at KU Leuven, Belgium. The study visits focus on teacher training “Strategies to approach teacher training and capacity building in higher education institutions (mainly regarding e-learning).”

The European partners presented the core principles and strategies for teacher training and development, as well as their individual experiences.

The University of Florence program included topics on Distance learning in the initial education of Primary school teachers: e-Twinning and Moodle in the institutional didactics; BarCamp as a blended lifelong-learning tool for educators; Teacher training in the workplace in the context of educational programs for prisoners: Web Learning Group and Pebble multilingual CD (Italian, Greek, Romenian); Distance learning in the Master Degree in Adult Education and the European network of Doctoral schools;  Teachers’ professional development: learning needs and educational offer; Use of educational portfolio in teachers training;  Emotional Intelligence for Learning: the teachers and students perspectives, presented by the professors of the university.

The program at the University of Granada concentrated on the following: Training program for teachers in the University of Granada: past, present and future of the Itineraries; Digital Portfolios and e-Portfolios; Collaborative work in digital environments: experiences teacher-student and students; Evaluation within Online Environments, rubrics and questionnaires;   Gamification in MOODLE environments, which was followed by a virtual training.

The KU Leuven presented its own organizational, technical and pedagogical approach to the teacher’s trainings. The representatives of the Educational Development Unit (EDU) of KU Leuven spoke about their unit, position and types of training and development activities they performed. Then the KU Leuven staff focused on the following cases: Information & Communication Technology & Systems (ICTS): professionalization activities of the TOLEDO-team; Leuven Institute for Media & Learning (LIMEL): Video in education, training knowledge clips; Educational Development Unit (EDU): Blended module for teachers; Accreditation and validation. At the end the partners tried to transfer the obtained knowledge into their own practice.

The next step will be the visits of the European partners to Armenia and Georgia to help the Transcaucasia partners on the ground in bringing the ideas into reality.