FROM A PROJECT TO A DIGITALLY COMPETENT TEACHER
Enhancing digital competences is one of the priorities under the Europe 2020 strategy; consequently, the priorities in Erasmus+ programme emphasizes developing basic and transversal skills, and among them digital skills in all fields of education and training, using innovative and student-centered pedagogical approaches and developing appropriate assessment and certification methods, based on learning outcomes and enhancing ICT uptake in teaching and learning, through the support of learning and access to open educational resources (OER) in the education and training fields.
This project recognizes the importance and necessity of improving the system of permanent teacher training in the field of digital competencies. The project is dedicated to the development of a set of open educational resources (OER) for training teachers in the field of digital competence, and assessment of their knowledge at the end of the seminar. The important goal of this project is developing a system of training and assessment with minimal financial investments by introducing a peer review system. Also, project will enable education authorities to ensure a number of digitally competent teacher and monitor their learning progress.
Project is based on very successful Slovenian project called “eSchooling” (eEducation) in which more than 23.000 teachers from 674 schools (80% of all Slovenian schools) were involved in teacher training. Part of the project was also development of digital competence path and application of the digital competent teaching in class. Still, in the project eLearning content was not prepared.
In this new project methodology of teacher training of the previous project and experience will be redefined and improved and the gap of eLearning content will be filled. Final coursework will be in-service oriented, to show the ability of use of digital competencies in local environment and own classes. Furthermore, so far existing practice of expensive commissions’ assessment will be avoided by introducing a peer review system. In this way, the costs will be minimized and self-sustain project’s results will be enabled.
The end result of the DIGICOMP project is an e-learning portal with training content in the basic five digital competences.
Train teachers and educators to:
- confidently and critically use ICT in teaching,
- cooperate and communicate with the assistance of ICT,
- use tools for creating e-content.
How will the project achieve this?
- with e-courses
- by using joint work evaluation
- by issuing a certificate of successful completion of education
In the pilot phase of the project, six teachers per country will be trained in all five of digital competencies (Information, Communication, Content creation, Safety on internet and Problem solving) and skilled as a further trainer of teachers, called also Country digital competence promoters.
Also, dissemination of project’s results is foreseen, which will be provided through wide educational network of the partners in the project. While the two Slovenian partners will provide methodology for digital competence training and development of tools, other partners will implement new resources in their school networks. Croatian partner is Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education, a key stakeholder in Croatia in the field of VET and Adult Education, Spain partner is training and professional qualifications body for the metal sector in the Asturias province and Turkish partner is Provincial education directorate in Konya. This way, project’s results will be addressed to a large number of teachers, trainers and all relevant stakeholders in partner’s country.
Costs of preparing, developing, maintaining and running of a web portal can be very high (fees for authors, designers, developers of multimedia content, preparation of assessment to a cost for running the portals, on-line tutoring, help to a learners etc.). This project, through all activities, especially peer review system, eliminates high costs and at the same time introduce training in the field of digital competence which is very important for the modern educational system.