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Tenegen newsletter 2nd issue, March 2009

  1. 1. March, 2009 2nd issue Connect the TEachers to reach and teach the NEt GENeration LLP-LdV-TOI-2008-HU-016 Welcome This 24 months long project is a collaboration of 11 CONTENT partners from five countries. The “transfer of CONNECT THE TEACHERS TO REACH AND TEACH innovation” will ‘valorize’ the results of two earlier THE NET GENERATION 1 successful LdV projects: SLOOP and NETIS. The WELCOME 1 SLOOP project (Sharing Learning Objects in an TENEGEN SURVEY 1 Open Perspective) demonstrates key concepts in e- learning 2.0; NETIS provides the philosophical, TENEGEN’S COURSE DESIGN 2 sociological, and pedagogical basis to support new NEWS 2 paradigms of teaching and learning in the EVENTS 3 Information Society. The aim of Tenegen project is to establish an European environment of PROJECT BASICS 3 ’connectivism’ for VET teachers and trainers, to show the significant advantages of being connected to the n-Gen instead of simply ’delivering’ knowledge through virtual classrooms and Learning This issue were published by: Management System. Prompt-G Education, Gödöllő, 2009. Hungary Editor: Mária Hartyányi Tenegen Team Copyright © Tenegen Consortium http://tenegen.prompt.hu Tenegen Survey … for teachers and trainers has been launched…The questionnaire is accessible in three languages (in English, in Hungarian and in Turkish). The time we spent with establishing it was a bit long… The target countries are Turkey and Hungary what means that we wait to fill out the questionnaire mainly from these two countries, but teachers from other European countries would be welcomed to collaborate. In Hungary all of the vocational schools will take part, so we hope to get a sample covering the whole Hungarian system of vocational education and partly of the adult education. The project partners http://survey.prompt.hu did their best efforts to elaborate real professional questions, to get back all the information we need for the course development. At last, when the experts believed they managed to establish absolutely perfect, it was tested by colleagues, who found again and again sentences which were not quite clear for them and we worked over it again and again. On the pictures you see the workshop where we strongly tried to understand each other! ☺. The final version contains 50 questions, and takes – on our estimation – for about one hour to fill in. If you are interested, please visit the site register and give your comments! From the survey we would like to obtain information about the present situation using ICT, web 2.0 tools in the VET schools – keeping in eye all possible aspects. The aim of the survey to get figures about the state of the art: ⇒ are the schools equipped with the suitable ICT infrastructure to apply them in the every day work; ⇒ how far are the teachers supported at organizational level; ⇒ how far are the teachers aware of the changes emerged by the new networking technology; ⇒ how far are they know of the networking culture of their students; ⇒ how far are they trained in using these tools for pedagogical aims. The survey will be carried on during the next month, and the results will be processed at the end of June. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Page 1 of 4
  2. 2. March, 2009 2nd issue Tenegen’s Course Design Frequently claimed by experts, that the main problem with the e-learning developments the lack of detailed designing, or there will not be all the possible aspects (social, pedagogical, technological, organisational, etc.) integrated. We agree with this statement. A search for the expression “course design” gives as many as 83 Millions hits in Google. All the same we are designing learning events/course for traditional classroom or for technology-enhanced learning (newly mentioned as TEL), the starting point should be to define what we want to achieve, what are the learning objectives (LOs) and the learning outcomes (OCs). The prerequisite of Tenegen’s development was the Hungarain online course for VET teachers in tree online modules with the learning objective to develop the Tecahers’ e-learning competencies, to help them to integrate the ICT tools in their pedagogical practice. In Tenegen project two further modules will be added to the course to extend the original learning objectives with the conception of network learning integrating the web 2.0 possibilities, and the conception of “sharing learning objects in an open perspective”. This extension needed to over think the original three modules too, in order to establish a consistency among the objectives and outcomes of the original and the new modules. We are almost ready with the profound conception of Tenegen course – with the Tenegen Pedagogical Model (TPM) of network learning. The most important principle of the model is: do not teach, but involve the teachers – by integrating as many interactive collaboration tools as possible. The next step will be the technological design: a unified storyboard for the units, and select the methods and tools for the content development and the implementation in Moodle. News Recently a summary was published on the website of JRC, of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission under the title “Review of Learning 2.0 Practices - The Impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training in Europe“1 (http://ftp.jrc.es/EURdoc/JRC50704.pdf ) –authored by the researchers of IPTS (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies). The study summarizes the results of an European workshop, organized in Sevilla, in October, 2008. The topics discussed in the study have several relations to Tenegen project. The authors collect the viewpoint of the experts of the workshop about the innovation potential of learning 2.0, the new schooling culture, the next steps to process in research on the field, and the beliefs on the future of learning. One small quote to facilitate everybody to read th whole study: “Complementing traditional educational models with social computing tools is dramatically changing the role of teachers. They are becoming facilitators of processes of knowledge (co) constructions, in which learners take a far more active part than they have ever done. Current educational systems may be failing to support their teaching staff to face this challenge. With respect to the e-learning paradigm, the Web2.0 approach is far less technology centered and far more learner-centered. This shift of focus carries important changes in the way teaching is understood. Teachers are seen more and more as “scaffolding”, i.e. as guides who help children/students to learn to perform (cognitive) activities that they could not master by themselves.”…”The panel suggested that the formal education world is likely to undergo a process of disruption. It also noted that if E&T institutions are to be part of the transformation and not just suffer its consequences, they must address a number of challenges and risks. “. Some of the methods listed to avoid the risks – suggested by the author have special importance regarding Tenegen’s aims: ― “Not pushing the paradigm as ICT-enabled learning, and learning the lessons of eLearning. … ― Ensuring that teachers are involved in the process of transformation, that they share the Learning2.0 vision, that they are skilled enough to promote the transformation. ― Elaborating incentives for teachers who adopt, set up and promote innovative initiatives. … ― Rethinking the notion of learning outcomes and certification in the light of social computing-enabled practices, to keep the pace with the transformation of society.” Just these are the efforts Tenegen Team is working on! 1 K Ala-Mutka, M Bacigalupo, S Kluzer, C Pascu, Y Puniet, C Redecker: e-Learning2.0:The Impact of Web2.0 Innovation on Education and Training in Europe, (Report on a validation and policy options workshop organised by IPTS Seville, 29-30 October 2008), JRC-IPTS, Sevilla, 2009. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. March, 2009 2nd issue Events “1st Education-technology Conference” conference was organized by Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of the University of Science Lóránd Eötvös in Budapest, on the 30 of January, 2009. The aim of the conference to establish a discussion platform of experts, teachers - who carry on reseach or developments on the field of education, pedagogy, psychology, or just working on one of them these fields. The participants were Hungarian teachers, researchers and professors from the higher education. The main topics of the conference were: ⇒ digital knowledge bases, multimedia ⇒ self-studying, self-reflexing ⇒ tools of developing learning skills ⇒ e-Portfolio ⇒ education in the information society ⇒ digital culture, Net Generation ⇒ online learning environments, LCMS, VLE ⇒ ICT supported learning/teaching in the classroom ⇒ web2.0, eLearning 2.0, "social networking" Tenegen was represented by two speakers, Árpád Bánhidi (P6-ÖJSZIGK) and Mária Hartyányi (P0-Prompt) on the event: Mária hartyányi: Network Learning – case study Árpád Bánhidai: Virtual Learning Environment in the grammar school József Öveges Both lecture were published in the conference book. The presentation of Árpád is available on the Tenegen portal (http://tenegen.prompt.hu/hu/content/virtualis-tanulasi-ter-kialakitasa-oevegesben ). Project basics Acronym: TENEGEN Title: Connect the teachers to reach and teach the Net Generation Duration: 1.October 2008 – 30. September 2010 Action type: Transfer of Innovation Programme: Leonardo da Vinci – LLL Subprogramme Participating countries: Hungary, Italy, Germany, Turkey Website: http://tenegen.prompt.hu Contact: Mária Hartyányi, Prompt-G Educational Centre for Informatics, Hungary E-mail: maria.hartyanyi@prompt.hu, skype: hmaria718 Partnership PROMPT Prompt-G Educational Centre for Informatics, HU (Co-ordinator) CNR National Research Council - Institute for Educational Technology, IT ISERG Information Society Education and Research Group University of West Hungary, HU CAPDM CAPDM Ltd,.UK DEKRA DEKRA Akademie GmbH, DE BUNI Balýkesir University TR ÖJSZIGK Öveges József Vocational and Grammar School, HU NIVE National Institute of Adult and Vocational Education, HU BJMSZ Bottyán János Vocational Secondary School, HU KGYGIVSZ Krúdy Gyula Secondary School, HU SZIGSZ Széchenyi István Secondary Grammar School, HU Target groups ⇒ teachers and trainers in vocational education, ⇒ trainers in adult education; ⇒ school-leaders (headmasters) in VET schools and the staff of higher education institutes, ⇒ students of vocational schools ; ⇒ university students; ⇒ policy makers; ⇒ European e-learning providers. Objectives ⇒ elaborate a pedagogical model of network learning and ‘connectivism’; ⇒ develop an online repository of Open Source Learning Objects; ⇒ develop a TENEGEN network learning environment based on open source LMS; ⇒ elaborate and implement five training modules in three languages (HU, EN, TR); ⇒ establish pilot training courses for teachers and trainers; ⇒ validate and verify the results in VET schools; ⇒ disseminate the results all over Europe. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Page 3 of 4
  4. 4. March, 2009 2nd issue Work-packages WP0 Project management WP1 TENEGEN System Analysis and Design based on pedagogical and sociological outcomes of NETIS WP2 TENEGEN Systems Analysis and Design based on the concept of SLOOP WP3 Content development, review, translation WP4 Implementation of TENEGEN networking platform WP5 E-learning - the school of the future - Pilot course I. WP6 Pilot course in VET schools WP7 Evaluation WP8 Dissemination and valorisation Planned results Online further training programme for teachers and trainers in five module in three language (HU, EN, TR), implementing them in Moodle environment, and piloting the course in three countries (HU, EN, TR) and piloting them in the target (importer) countries Hungary and Turkey. The Consortium intended to deliver the new paradigm of network learning to the teachers and trainers in the vocational education, to help them “to reach and teach the Net Generation”. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Page 4 of 4