Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\COMENIUS\Multilateral projects
Learning environments offer excellent opportunities for stimulating lifelong learning in
both compulsory and adult education. Creation of high quality content for learning
environment is essential for the successful use of this new way of learning. It is
important to train teachers how to create such content and this is the main aim of our
project: training teachers to create content for learning environments. By providing such
training we will contribute to the establishment of culture of innovation in the educational
organisations of all teachers who follow our training. This will directly contribute to
achieve the aim "to support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services,
pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning" set out in the aims of the LLP programme.
What we want to achieve:
- To train teachers to create content for electronic learning environments in the context
of didactical design of an e-learning course
- To enable teachers to identify and decide which ICT tools and content are most useful
for certain study purposes.
- To teach teachers how to create learning content using information design, web
standards, usability criteria and reusability of learning objects (text, images, animations,
audio, video, …). - Focussing on learning content which enables active, interactive and
cooperative learning processes.
- To enhance the quality of learning environments in education by training teachers how
to use them
- To create resources for teachers to help them with the use of learning environments in
a pedagogically sound way
- To stimulate implementation of new approaches to ICT teacher training related to the
concept of lifelong learning, knowledge sharing and peer learning.
- To stimulate teachers to share the developed content with their colleagues using
Achieving these aims and objectives by offering a European based in-service training
course with resources will ensure that teachers will be able to use learning
environments in an optimal way. They will be able to develop learning objects (content)
for use in such an environment. This will ensure that learning in general will become a
more flexible process.
As a first step in developing the TACCLE materials, we have done a survey to get to know Teachers needs. As part of the modelling process of the project, this survey combined with interviews of a selected users groups will be used to bring facts to light about the training system to be implemented. This is coupled with the review of other information sources (e.g. related documents, systems in operation, developers of other trainings) and research into already available resources on learning environments aimed at compulsorily education.
The TACCLE book is one of the major outcomes of this project.
This book is written for classroom teachers who want to know more about e-learning and who would like to experiment with designing e-learning material to use in their own classrooms. It is primarily targeted at secondary teachers but there is no reason why primary school teachers and adult education teachers should not find it useful too.
The other group we had in mind were those of you still undertaking initial teacher training. Although there are some exemplary courses, a depressing number of trainee teachers continue to arrive in the classroom having barely heard the words ‘e-learning’, still less have hands on experience of it.
The content of the book is also available on our wiki for registered users. In this way we hope we will be able to get the book updated with your help.