Time to teach the teacher: an example from Palestine

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When it comes to quality in education, teacher training is of the uttermost importance ( Time to teach the teacher ). By funding projects aimed at improving the pedagogical skills of teachers both within and outside Europe, Erasmus+ is helping raise the quality of education around the world.

The ‘Raising the Quality of Teacher Education Programmes in Palestine’ project (RQTEPP)

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Site visit to Palestine May 2017

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Tony Mahon, Claire Hughes-Lynch and Lorna Hughes from CCCU and Antti Ronkainen from UEF met with colleagues at Hebron and Birzeit University to continue work on WP1, WP2 and WP6.  Tony Mahon worked with colleagues to develop programme handbook, year handbooks and course outlines. Claire Hughes-Lynch, Lorna Hughes and Palestinian colleagues developed a range of new courses for the Diversity, Inclusion and Special Education Needs track  ready for next academic year.  Antti Ronkainen worked with the WP6 teams to finalise aspects of the tender for equipping the Smart Learning Rooms and map out options for the training manuals

Site visit to Palestine April 2017

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Bart Coppes and Stefan van Beurden travelled to Hebron and Birzeit Universities to continue work on developing courses for the WP2 TELTA track. Progress is good and most of the courses are now developed and ready to be offered to students in the upcoming academic year.
One of the undoubted highlights of the visit was Stefan’s workshop for students at Birzeit University on ICT tools and gamification which generated a great deal of excitement at the possibilities technology offer to education.

Study visit to CCCU February 2017

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Seven colleagues from the three partner universities in Palestine visited Christ Church University Canterbury to work on WP1 BA Education degree programmes and WP4 Higher Education capacity building.
An intensive and varied programme was provided which included visits to a range of university sessions to observe different approaches and styles of pedagogy and discuss benefits with academic colleagues. Significant progress was made in identifying a range of competences for teacher educators in Palestine. All felt that this was an incredibly useful outcome and colleagues returned to Palestine with an action plan to try out new and innovative practice. Colleagues also started work on developing programme handbooks.

Study Visit to Fontys November 2016

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Colleagues from UEF, Hebron and Birzeit University travelled to Fontys University to take part in workshops for Technology Enhanced learning teaching and assessment.
The team were able to participate in an annual children’s media festival and also visited local primary schools.