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CATEL Cultural Awareness in Vocational Training through E-Learning

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    • CATEL   Terje Väljataga, Mart Laanpere and Sónia Sousa ( terje.väljataga @tlu.ee)( S onia.sousa@tlu.ee) Tallinn University Institute of Informatics Centre for Educational Technology Cultural Awareness in Vocational Training through E-Learning ECEL 2010
    • Overview...
        • I ntroduction
        • Study general descriprion
        • P articipants background
        • Shared opinions and experiences
        • Recommendations
        • Closing remarks
      ECEL 2010
    • CATEL project
      • two year (2009-2011) Leonardo TOI project
      • A ims to …
        • P repare teacher/trainers and counsellor in vocational training to meet the training needs of immigrant students which incorporates both traditional and e-learning techniques
      • This is due by design and implement a two-step study
        • First – examine closer the current mainstream of e-learning trends
        • Second – f ocus on conducting a survey
      ECEL 2010
    • CATEL project
      • Study purpose …
        • provide a variety of information on
          • problems, needs and preferences of e-learning users and current e-learning trends.
      • Challenge here…
        • Find a universal framework for provide a bes t e-learning training program in a multi-cultural context
        • The nature of CATEL course which demanded many interactive activities
      ECEL 2010
    • The study
      • two different surveys were applied
        • One for e-learning experts
        • Another for teachers/trainers
      • Context – vocational training context
      • The surveys targets where
        • CATEL project partners
          • Estonia, Turkey, Spain and Germany
      • Selection criteria
        • For the first group – Respondents’ experience
        • For the second group - a randomly selection
      ECEL 2010
    • The study
      • Survey one (E-learning experts)
        • main aim is to find e-learning expert opinions on :
          • Challenges;
          • Barriers; and
          • benefits of an e-learning training program.
      • Survey two (VET teachers/trainers)
        • main aim is to find VET teachers/trainers opinions on :
          • ICT basic skills,
          • E-learning preferences and priorities; as well as to
          • Identify their e-learning awareness, skills and experience.
      ECEL 2010
    • The study
      • Survey one (E-learning experts) structure
        • Background information
        • E-learning methodology
        • E-learning platform and resources
        • Readiness for e-learning
      • Survey two (VET teachers/trainers) structure
        • Background information
        • Previous experiences with e-learning technology
        • E-learning methodology
        • E-learning platform and resources
      ECEL 2010
    • E-learning experts ( background)
      • Sample of twenty (20) volunteers.
        • Estonia –  7, Germany – 4, Spain – 2; Turkey – 5
      • Gender
        • M ales – 14 and females – 6
      • Age group
        • [ages between 20 to 30 years old] – 4 participants
        • [ages between 31 to 40 years old] – 7 participants
        • [ages between 41 to 50 years old] – 5 participants
        • [ages over 50 years old] – 4 participants
      ECEL 2010
    • Teachers/trainers (background)
      • 55 subjects had participated on this non-expert questionnaire
        • 29 females and 26 males.
      • Age group
        • [ages between 20 to 30 years old] – 7 participants
        • [ages between 31 to 40 years old] – 15 participants
        • [ages between 41 to 50 years old] – 18 participants
        • [ages over 50 years old] – 19 participants
      • ICT expertise
        • average to low knowledge
        • Most use a desktop PC, few have handheld computer (PDA).
        • favourite browsers are Internet explorer [33 votes] or Firefox [29 votes].
      ECEL 2010
    • Teachers/trainers (background)
      • Previous e-learning experiences
        • 21 yes and 16 no
      • Reasons for not participate in e-learning
        • lack of tutor support [12 votes] as well as time consuming [10 votes]
      • Familiarity with E-learning technology
        • 22 had no experience with VLE (e.g. WebCt, Backboard, Moddle).
        • 20 used at least once web 2.0 tools and services as well as computer based assessment; forums; audio/video conferencing; and simulation games.
        • 18 had used regularly mobile and wireless devices.
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared opinions
      • Benefits
        • the possibility to reach more learners [12 votes]
        • ability to access their learning activities from anywhere at anytime [40 votes]
      • Barriers
        • lack of tutor or teacher support/contact [10 votes] and [21 votes]
      • Preferred program
        • blended program [9 votes] and [25 votes]
      • Here most, e-learning users stressed that …
        • are looking forward to experience online courses but
          • attend an online course is not consider their first choice
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared opinions
      • Important components
        • teacher or tutor support [14 votes] and
        • easily download the learning materials and resources [38 votes]
      • Preferred Learning/teaching activities
        • Learning by doing [13 votes] and [37 votes]
      • Material need/prefer
        • Electronic documents (such as pdf) [17 votes] and [41 votes]
      • Personal preference
        • a program that allows them to choose where to study [16 votes].
        • tailor made e-learning programs that in a way suits their best interests [35 votes]
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared opinions
      • Communication options and interactions
        • synchronous audio/video communications [12 votes].
        • face-to-face communications and asynchronous text-based communications [27 votes].
      • Preferred e-learning technology
        • games [10 votes]
      • Useful online assessment tools
        • Immediate feedback tools [16 votes] and [38 votes]
      • Note : Similar opinions where shared by teachers and trainers at VET schools and e-learning experts
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared experiences (E-learning experts)
      • Main problems
        • Usability and accessibility issues; and
        • inadequate learning/teaching methodologies;
      • lack of...
        • Course evaluation procedures
        • Student and teacher’s interactions,
        • Student’s and teacher’s feedback.
      • “ lessons learned ”…
        • Acquire and provide all needed information about the course
        • Ask for expert advice on most appropriated methodologies
        • Be aware of all implied technical and methodological key issues
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared experiences (E-learning experts)
      • “ lessons learned ”…
        • Always provide information about the course
          • before and during it progress,
        • Ask for expert advice on most appropriated methodologies
        • Be aware of all implied technical and methodological key issues
      • Main issues and advices
        • Provide a e-participative program where students are allowed to participate in it
        • A n effective e-learning course implies
          • work discipline for studying alone
          • T eachers should provide necessary resources to guide students throughout their study.
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared experiences (E-learning experts)
      • Plane ahead and carefully course
        • M ethodology
        • Tasks time and procedures
      • Address possible usability and accessibility problems
        • use basic computer tools and programmes.
        • try never split responsibility in the project, especially at an early stage
      • Don’t try to do everything by yourself, get a good subcontractor
      • Remember in the “worst case scenario” stop and think …
        • you will make it on time.
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared experiences (E-learning experts)
      • Most important issue in an e-learning program
        • Learning context
      • If everyone (teacher, institution and students) see advantages on the learning process,
        • it will be consider beneficial
      • Teacher has an import role in the process,
        • The R ole to guide students throughout the learning process
          • F or them to take the maximum advantage from the learning process
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared experiences (for teachers)
      • Remember …
        • the teacher has an important role in the course success
      • first thing to do is to
        • understand courses learning context
          • T o be able to anticipate course potential interaction threats.
      • Feedback and interaction is an important feature
        • A teacher should provide and retrieve as much as feedback as possible.
      • A course is always “tailor made”
        • “ never use a document that was prepared for bankers in 2006 to a group of managers in 2009”
      ECEL 2010
    • Shared experiences (for students)
      • Be familiarised with
        • T he learning materials,
        • the learning assignments provided;
        • the work tasks provided;
      • Participate
        • in work group discussion and activities
      • Design a work plan and stick to it
      • When you feel lost don ’ t be afraid to ask for help
      ECEL 2010
    • Recommendations
      • Keep in mind
        • The context and target group characteristics;
      • Inform and explains clearly
        • e-learning benefits and drawbacks
        • participants roles and responsibilities;
      • Provide flexible learning activities
        • At any place or time
        • when and how to learn
      ECEL 2010
    • Recommendations
      • Enable
        • problem/project-based learning
        • learning by doing
        • working on case studies or participating in small group sessions
      • Combine online with face-to-face activities;
      • U se synchronous audio/video communications
      • Give immediate and constant feedback
      • provide download pdf documents as additional learning materials
      ECEL 2010
    • The course
      • 3 month training program with 2 complementary phases
        • E -learning : 6 modules
          • Changes of prespective
          • Identity and diversity
          • Stereotyping
          • Intercultural communication
          • Conflict management
          • Celebrating diversity
        • Face to Face: 3 sessions
          • I ntroduction
          • R eflection
          • evaluation
      ECEL 2010
    • More information: www.catelproject.net Thank you ECEL 2010 ?