In November, six colleagues (Palestinian partners visit Shakespeare country!) from Birzeit University and Hebron University in Palestine visited CCCU on a Study Visit as part of the European Commission Erasmus+ funded “Raising the Quality of Teacher Education Programmes in Palestine Project.” This was a study visit with a difference. Read More
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.
Study visit to Finland, November 2017
The three-day Study visit to University of Eastern Finland’s campus in Joensuu started in cold weather and heavy snowfall. it was lucky that the colleagues had prepared properly by wearing warm clothes. It was of course their second Study Visit to Finland during the Project, so they knew what could be expected. The programme started with a day devoted to engaging workshops related to the pedagogical use of the forthcoming Smart Learning Rooms. The workshops concerned Personal Learning Environments, gamification and use of web-based tools.
The Day Two kicked-off with participants having an opportunity to hear a presentation about the use of robotics in teacher training. The day then continued with more workshops, the team also getting to practice the use of several SLR equipment hands-on. On the third and final day the team sat down to plan for the forthcoming. This time it was to move ahead with the development of the Smart Learning Room training and maintenance materials. After the intense and effective days spent in Joensuu, it was time for the colleagues to move to the train station and continue their journey towards the city of Hämeenlinna, where they would participate in EAPRIL conference.
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
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.
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.
Bart Coppes and Stefan van Beurden travelled to Hebron and Birzeit Universities to finalise details for the Introductory course and the first two courses of the TELTA track.
Viv Wilson and Tony Mahon held meetings and delivered workshops for University colleagues in the West Bank and Gaza aimed at developing capacity in Higher Education pedagogy and developing aspects of the BA Education degree programmes
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.