Archive for October, 2009

Kick off meeting in Cyprus

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


Juliette Culver, Paul Clark and I recently attended the kick off meeting for a new EU-funded Leonardo project. We haven’t got a catchy title for it yet.  The project is led by Charalambos Vrasida from CARDET, Nicosia, Cyprus.

The project involves Cyprus, Greece, the UK and Austria. Others involved at this stage include Anastasia Oikonomou, Christiana Aravi,  Demetris Hadjisofocli, Ray Laverty, Simos Retalis and Martha Vasiliadou.

We had an excellent kick off meeting, one of the exciting things discussed was the idea of creating a Greek version of Cloudworks. Once we have that in place we can of course make it available in other languages. Spanish is definitely top of my list!

Picture is of Juliette and me working hard at the seaside ;-)

Here is a summary of the project

There is a strong need for flexible and evidence-based teacher professional development programs on integrating ICT in their teaching that will enable them to grow and improve the quality of education they offer to EU citizens. Recent evaluations of the technology related professional development of K-12 teachers in Cyprus and the EU showed the need for more emphasis on ongoing, flexible professional development for teachers. The purpose of this project is to advance teachers’ skills and competencies to better prepare them in integrating ICT in teaching and learning. Specifically, the training aims at: 1) preparing teachers to teach with ICT, and 2) advancing teachers’ lifelong learning skills by building a community of teachers for sharing, discussing/debating, and improving instructional activities and learning designs. Partner organizations include CARDET (Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology), the Open University UK, the University of Piraeus, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, the International Council for Educational Media, and INNOVADE LI Ltd. The partnership is key to this project, as it brings together collective knowledge and expertise from previous projects on teacher training and professional development, online education, blended learning, and learning designs, and ensure that outcomes comply with international standards for ICT and professional development.

Project outcomes include: transfer of innovation from the world leading institution on e-learning (The Open UK); a teacher training and learning framework that will guide the design and development of training modules; face-to-face and online teacher training modules; an online portal with a community of teachers. The modules will include curriculum development, instructional materials, online portals, learning environments and tools, and teacher handbook. Reports will also be produced on the evaluation of the training implementation, as well as on the dissemination and exploitation of the results. The short-term impact of these outcomes includes reaching out to at least 500 teachers through workshops, trainings, and conferences. The long-term impact will be to advance the training and education offered by partner countries to various groups and serve as a project that will better address the needs of EU citizens. Furthermore, the integration and extension of the transfer of innovation from partners’ previous projects will enable us to create a dynamic and robust framework that will empower Europe to become a leader in teacher training, as well as online and blended learning, with an emphasis on lifelong learning.

Cloudworks: theoretical perspectives

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Juliette Culver and I are currently reworking the paper I presented at the Ascilite conferencelast year into a journal article. Whereas the Computers and Education paper we have just published concentrated on the design decisions we have made to date, vialis 40mg this paper describes the theoretical underpinnings to the development of the site. It has been interesting reworking the Ascilite conference paper in the light of all the major changes we have made to the site. I am pleased (and relieved!) to see that our theoretical basis still stands and is proving to be a really useful guide for ongoing activities around the site - both in terms of technical developments and actual use and evaluation of the site. A draft of the paper can be found here.