Teachers training material and best practice documentation
The Teachers Training Material project consists of supportive documentations and best practice guidelines for the design and execution of shared distributed courses. The
objectives are to facilitate future steps towards joint teaching activities among remote universities. The material serve as an introduction to enabling technologies for holistic online teaching and learning. It covers the overarching aspects of distributed shared education independent of subjects with a focus on measures to build up digital competencies and to foster remote collaboration among students, and also approaches for remote assessment. The material is devoted to sharing experiences and good practices found along this project with teachers of the partner universities, proposing digital pedagogical resources as new tools to complement the traditional ones.
Many teachers are unfamiliar with online teaching and have no overview of suitable online resources (e.g. moodle, padlet, slack, etc...). Another deficit identified is competencies in activation methods to foster collaboration among students.
Student projects are a possible approach, but experience shows a clear tendency towards separation. Moreover, student projects are considerably coarse-grain measures and do not match with the fine-grain interaction that is required for effective learning.
Properly assessing learning progress to assure recognition and acceptance of online achievements and certificates is a crucial aspect of remote education. However, currently most problems of remote assessment like e.g. remotely proctoring students during remote e-exams, or designing suitable un-proctored exams have not been solved. Moreover, the e-exams need to comply with the examination rules of the universities and the law. Where this is not possible, an evolution of the rules towards enabling remote assessments should be sought. Therefore, research, design and test of remote shared assessment between the partner universities was made an important element of the SEEDS proposal. The outcome of the joint research, design and test effort of the consortium is summarized to a Best Practice Guideline for universities and government.
The result immediately targets the teachers of the participating universities that have already embarked on a course shared education. However, it also targets the community of teachers and internationalization staff of the educational domain, who are addressed through dissemination and communication activities.