Course Information
Reference Number : LT-2013-029-001


TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
  English : Development of Learning Design skills for enhancing students' key competencies
TYPE OF TRAINING ACTIVITY
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A COMENIUS GRANT (SCHOOL EDUCATION)

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
CONFERENCE OR SEMINAR
(training resulting from an llp or previous socrates project (comenius, lingua, grundtvig, minerva))

LLP OR SOCRATES PROJECT NO. : 510276-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP

THEMATIC FIELD OF THE TRAINING
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES
Maths, chemistry & physics
Natural sciences, biology and environment
New technologies

LANGUAGES USED FOR THE TRAINING
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
OTHER LANGUAGE/S USED DURING THE TRAINING:
English
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English

EDUCATION SECTOR OF THE TRAINING PARTICIPANTS
SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
Primary
General secondary
Vocational/Technical secondary

TARGET AUDIENCE
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
Other, namely: science communicators, museum educators


INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
NAME OF THE ORGANISATION: UAB Metis Baltic
STREET AND NUMBER: J. Kubiliaus g. 6-7
POSTCODE:J. Kubiliaus g. -
TOWN / CITY: Vilnius
COUNTRY: Lithuania
WEBSITE:  www.metisbaltic.lt
ORGANISER/S OF THE TRAINING 
PERSON 1:  Gintare Vilpisauskaite
TEL NR: +37061063232
EMAIL: gintare@metisbaltic.lt
PERSON 2: Urte Kurmanskyte
TEL NR: +37065034211
EMAIL: urte@metisbaltic.lt
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
Preparation* Prior to the beginning of the course, all participants will be able to familiarise themselves with both the training course topic and with the course methodology (by getting access to the course structure and tools). A web site (including a common web space where participants will be able to upload materials) will be developed, providing the participants with all necessary course information such as: course description, programme, educational material and relevant websites, and travel guidelines. The organisers will provide the participants with recent European research reports in the fields of technology-enhanced learning, learning design, and inquiry-based education. The participants will be invited to participate to corresponding user groups (groups of European Teachers and Trainers interested in acquiring Learning Design Skills related to projects serving as best practice examples for promoting inquiry based teaching, such as COSMOS, OSR, METASCHOOL, Pathway, Learning with ATLAS@CERN, Natural Europe user groups). The participants will be also asked to prepare a series of educational pathways based on introducing inquiry-based techniques in science teaching, making use of open digital educational resources from existing online repositories (such as COSMOS, OSR, Learning with ATLAS@CERN, Natural Europe), which will be discussed in detail during the course.
Objectives* The aim of the course taking place in the context of the project “Development of LD-skills: Development of learning design skills for enhancing students' key competencies” is to have a positive impact on the development of students’ problem-solving competencies by promoting the use of inquiry and problem-based approaches to teaching by immersing participating teachers in the process of science-enquiry via their interaction with a unique collection of open digital educational resources (linked with the science curricula). The resources to be used have proven their efficiency and efficacy in promoting inquiry based-education (some examples: www.cosmosportal.eu, www.osrportal.eu, www.ea.gr/ep/lacern, www.natural-europe.eu). These resources do not impose a fixed curriculum but support the development of a model that can be customised to reflect location and culture as well as cross-disciplinary situations where the curricular areas that might be applicable are not within a single subject area of science, mathematics and thus are ideal to be used in the European context. Participants will develop their learning-design skills by creating learning activities into a workflow and a vehicle for the sharing and re-use of learning design patterns in schools. In addition, teachers will be trained to select appropriate learning-design ICT tools that suit their own needs in terms of planning, implementing and sharing pedagogical ideas. This will further empower them to create effective inquiry-based learning scenarios to use in their classrooms with their students as well as in multiple environments such as face-to-face, online and other technology mediated learning. Such an approach enabling all stakeholders (teachers pre-service and in-service, teachers’ trainers, curriculum developers) to examine their own practices in the light of the best performing approaches.
Methodology* Throughout the duration of the course teachers will experience inquiry strategies in three different modes: a) as learners participating in inquiry-based learning; b) as teachers implementing inquiry-based strategies in their classes; and c) as researchers collecting, examining and interpreting data about their practice and their students’ learning. The course will include presentations and practical sessions (workshops) on web-based educational uses for teachers; introduction to the concepts and skills of learning-design; introduction to the concept of inquiry-based learning; introduction to learning repositories; introduction to preparing, uploading and sharing learning resources; the characterisation of learning objects with educational metadata, presentation of popular social tools and inquiry-based learning scenarios for use in the classroom; inquiry-based strategies for and best practices of using digital teaching & learning resources in the classroom; and hands-on sessions working on resources related to science making use of the COSMOS [www.cosmosportal.eu], OSR [www.osrportal.eu], Learning with ATLAS@CERN [www.ea.gr/ep/lacern/] or Natural Europe [www.natural-europe.eu] portals depending on participants’ interests. Participants will have the opportunity to work alone or jointly in small teams enabling them to learn from each other. The training course comprises 15 hours of presentations and demonstrations and 15 hours of hands-on workshops. The workshops will be held in a multimedia laboratory where each participant will have direct access to a PC and will carry out planned exercises (participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops). A visit to the Old Observatory of Vilnius University and to the Planetarium will introduce participants to innovative ways for creating links between schools, research centres and informal learning settings.
Follow-up* As a follow-up to the training course, participants will have the opportunity to further apply what has been learned by producing inquiry-based educational resources for teaching science, trying them out with their students and sharing them, with the wider science teachers’ community through the user communities of the COSMOS, OSR, Pathway, Learning with ATLAS@CERN or Natural Europe projects depending on their specific interests and their discipline. As part of the community that numbers currently more than 1.300 science teachers, participants will have access not only to support provided by the training team, but also to support provided by other science teachers in European countries, who have a common interest in applying inquiry-based techniques in their everyday teaching. Participants will be also supported if asked with guidelines in the process of assessing the impact of their new teaching approaches to their students.
 

PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:
1st Day (Monday):
Introduction and overview of the Course. Presentation of the participants. Keynote Speeches [Lecture].
Introduction to Technology Enhanced Learning and Learning Design – How teachers can benefit [Lecture].
Demonstration of inquiry-based teaching best practice examples/Examples of developing technology enhanced learning designs [Lecture].
PISA assessment framework for evaluating students’ acquired inquiry-based skills/ problem-solving competences [Workshop].

2nd Day (Tuesday):
Learning designs practice: Using portals of interest for the participants to author educational pathways [Workshop].
Educational resources for astronomy education [Workshop].

3rd Day (Wednesday):
Visit to the Old Observatory of Vilnius University and to the Planetarium. Using social tagging tools to annotate science learning content [Workshop].
Finalising and publishing (uploading) the educational pathways developed in the corresponding portals or other Content Management System (CMS) [Workshop].

4th Day (Thursday):
Metadata Practice: Searching and Retrieving Learning Objects from Learning Object Repositories (COSMOS, OSR, Learning with ATLAS@CERN, Natural Europe). Using the portals to characterise and share digital science learning content with educational metadata according to the IEE LOM Standard/Learning Design Skills [Workshop].
Assessment of developed pathways using social tags. [Workshop].
The issues of Copyright [Plenary Session].

5th Day (Friday):
Presentation of participants’ work results and discussion of lessons learned [Lecture/Demonstration].
Conclusions and Evaluation of the Training Course.
Guidelines for follow-up activities [Workshop]. Closure.
 

TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING:
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
 
ENGLISH:Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input

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