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Presentation at the eTwinning Professional Development Workshop on 28 May 2010.

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E Twinning Pdw 28 5 10 E Twinning Pdw 28 5 10 Presentation Transcript

  • Reinforcing the eTwinning community Brian Holmes Head of Department Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture Villasimius, Italy 28 May 2010
  • Reinforcing the eTwinning community Agenda
    • The Executive Agency – what we do
    • Evolution of the eTwinning community
    • Role of eTwinning Ambassadors
    • Online learning communities
  • The Ex ecutive Agency Partners with Complimentary Roles Directorates A, B & C Policy and Programmes European Commission Policy Programme implementation Centralised actions
    • Policy documents
    • Programme definition
    • Priorities
    • Committees
    • Impact analysis
    • Management of decentralised actions via National Agencies
    • Management of centralised actions
    • Calls, selection, contracts
    • Monitoring, acceptance, payments
    • Clustering & dissemination
    • Results & feedback
    • Centre for Programme management
    • ~400 staff
    • Based in Brussels
    • Managed by EC officials
    Executive Agency
  • The Ex ecutive Agency A widening portfolio of programmes 2010 Total Budget: ~660 Million € Leonardo da Vinci Comenius Erasmus, etc Lifelong Learning Erasmus Mundus Tempus External cooperation Europe for Citizens Youth in Action Culture 2007 Media 2007
  • Reinforcing the eTwinning community Agenda
    • The Executive Agency – what we do
    • Evolution of the eTwinning community
    • Role of eTwinning Ambassadors
    • Online learning communities
  • Evolution of the eTwinning community More than just projects Source: eTwinning (2009) Meet new people
  • Evolution of the eTwinning community More than just projects
    • eTwinning projects at the core of the initial strategy
    • Projects were just the tip of the iceberg
    • Below the surface, a whole range of networking activities were taking place
    • Supported by a vibrant community
    • Strategy changed in 2008:
    • from School Partnerships in Europe
    • to The Community for Schools in Europe
    Informal collaboration Comenius Partnerships Peer learning Sharing of resources and ideas Community building eTwinning Projects Source: eTwinning (2010)
  • Reinforcing the eTwinning community Agenda
    • The Executive Agency – what we do
    • Evolution of the eTwinning community
    • Role of eTwinning Ambassadors
    • Online learning communities
  • Role of eTwinning Ambassadors eTwinning is about people Through personal contact Source: eTwinning (2009)
  • Role of eTwinning Ambassadors The personal touch
    • Ambassadors support eTwinning through personal contact and expertise
    • At the national level:
      • Promoting eTwinning: e.g. potential headmasters
      • Helping teachers: from isolated projects to whole school
      • Linking with the wider community: town twinning, partnerships, etc
    • At the European level:
      • Learning events: leading an event, replicating an event locally
      • eTwinning groups: moderating/animating a group
      • eTwinning book 2010: contribute and encourage others
    • Help widen the eTwinning community and make it sustainable
  • Reinforcing the eTwinning community Agenda
    • The Executive Agency – what we do
    • Evolution of the eTwinning community
    • Role of eTwinning Ambassadors
    • Online learning communities
  • Online Learning Communities Online Community
    • Possible features of an online community:
    • people who interact socially while striving to satisfy their own needs ;
    • shared purpose (an interest, need, information exchange, or service) that provides a reason for the community to exist;
    • policies in the form of tacit assumptions , rituals, protocols, rules, and laws that guide people’s interactions;
    • And computer systems that support and mediate social interactions and facilitate a sense of togetherness.
    • Preece (2000) cited in Ala-Mutka (p.25, 2008)
    eTwinning is an online community of teachers. The community aspect is being reinforced through Learning Events and eTwinning Groups
  • Online Learning Communities My research
    • Looking at Learning Events as examples of non-formal learning in online groups
    • Looking at eTwinning Groups as examples of Communities of Practice
    My research is looking at competence development in online learning communities and the impact of social issues. Supervisor Dr. Julie-Ann Sime. Observed the Learning Event entitled ‘ Exploiting web 2.0 – eTwinning and collaboration ’ led by Tiina Sarisalmi. Carried out an online survey of participants after the event to solicit their opinion. Obtained 130 valid replies from the community of 207 participants.
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  • Online Learning Communities Survey results (1 of 6) 87% indicated that they felt more confident and competent after the LE 45% 42% 10% 2% 2% Positive change Negative change
  • Online Learning Communities Survey results (2 of 6)
    • 17% preferred the independence 47% preferred the collaboration
    C: I preferred the independence D: I preferred the collaboration Number of replies 36% 4% 13% 20% 27%
  • Online Learning Communities Survey results (3 of 6)
    • 49% felt a stronger sense of community
    E: There was a stronger feeling of community F: The feeling of community was roughly the same Number of replies 27% 14% 10% 26% 23%
  • Online Learning Communities Survey results (4 of 6)
    • 62% found the profile pages really useful
    K: I didn’t really use the profile pages L: I found the profile pages really useful Number of replies 7% 16% 15% 30% 31%
  • Online Learning Communities Survey results (5 of 6)
    • Preference for receiving feedback rather than giving feedback
    n= from 101 to 109
  • Online Learning Communities Survey results (5 of 5)
    • ‘… taking part in the online Web 2.0 course was a great and exciting discovery for me that acquainted me with the amazing possibilities available to teachers nowadays’
    • ‘ I find it amazing, even more as in the school where I work my colleagues do not want working in team’
    • ‘ Learning events community is a special garden of teachers. it is far away from etwinning’
    • ‘ I have noticed a great openness and liveliness in the way the teachers collaborated and interacted’
    98% would recommend the Learning Event n=111
  • Reinforcing the eTwinning community References Ala-Mutka, K. (2008) Review of learning in ICT-enabled networks and communities , Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), JRC, European Commission, http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=2721 eTwinning (2009) Beyond school projects - a report on eTwinning 2008-2009 , Brussels, eTwinning Central Support Service, http://resources.eun.org/etwinning/25/EN_eTwinning_165x230_Report.pdf eTwinning (2010) eTwinning 2.0: Building the community for schools in Europe , Brussels, eTwinning Central Support Service, http://resources.eun.org/etwinning/25/EN_eTwinning_brochure.pdf Preece, J. (2000) Online Communities: Designing Usability and Supporting Socialbilty, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, NY, USA.
  • Thank you! http://www.etwinning.net/ Comenius and the Lifelong Learning Programme: The Executive Agency: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/index.htm eTwinning portal: http:// ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/index_en.html DG Education and Culture: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/education_culture/index_en.html My research blog: http://holmesbrian.blogspot.com/