Getting ready for the Digital Classroom

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Getting ready for the digital classroom

Getting ready for the digital classroom: communication, resources, tools and assessment.

  • Training aimed at participants receiving a K1 grant Erasmus +

  • Languages used for the training: English

  • Education sector of the training participants: adult and secondary education

Our target audience are mainly:

  • Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)

  • Teacher trainers

  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors

  • Headteachers /principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult or secondary education

  • Members of students/teachers councils in adult education

  • Other, namely: adult or secondary education providers

Place of training: Institut Obert de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

Contact person in this course: Cristina Fuertes Royo

TEL NR: 34 933 47 61 00

FAX NR: 34 93 347 62 55


Identification of the trainers/s:

Name: Cristina Fuertes, Professional Qualification: Teacher and expert in e-learning and coordinator of European Projects.Role: trainer.

Name: PhD Xavier Pascual, Professional Qualification: Teacher and expert in intercultural learning and foreign languages. Role: trainer.

Full description of training contents

This course is aimed for anyone interested in implementing digital classrooms. Participants should know the basics of computer and be familiar with web applications but do not need to be experts to take part in this course.
A common educational platform will be used before, during and after the course, where participants will log in individually and be able to upload materials. This course will be developed in the IOC platform (Moodle), this will allow participants to combine successfully theoretical and practical contents.
No background knowledge or skills are required, though we recommend an interest in and some experience of using the social web to form personal learning networks, engage in discussion, and respond independently to course themes.

Goals of the course:

  • Knowledge of the basics for virtual teaching and learning environments.

  • Appropriate use of ICTs tools for teaching and learning, especially in an e-learning format.

  • Conceptualization of digital hypermedia educational and training materials.

  • Design, development, tutoring and assessment of full e-learning proposals.

  • Hands-on using of several tools that together create different types of e-learning pathways

  • Sharing of experiences and successful stories about pros and cons of face to face versus e-learning

  • Showcasing innovative projects and uses of e-learning from all over Europe.

The methodology during the course is a mix of pedagogical explanations coupled with hands-on practice of tools to allow teachers and participants to get as much experience as possible in using various tools that help in the creation of a holistic e-learning environment (a digital classroom).
The areas to be focused on include both transferring course materials to online modules, doing tests & quizzes online, simulations and games, multimedia, creating information reference materials and educational communities.
Detailed and practical ideas of how to blend traditional and online courses will be given throughout using the examples from the real participants.
The course will involve you creating your own digital artefact: something that is designed to be experienced digitally, on the web. It will be likely to contain a mixture of text, image, sound, video, links, and can be created in the environment of your choice/speciality. The artefact will be a representation of any of the themes encountered during the course, and you‘ll have the opportunity to use digital spaces in new ways to present this work. Our definition of ‘digital artefact’ is intentionally imprecise to invite experimentation and creativity: it will be evaluated via guided peer-assessment.
This course has been developed collaboratively by a team of experienced teachers and researchers in online education.

Course contents
Defining a digital classroom
Methodology of online classrooms
e-learning resources
On-line study materials
Design of e-learning activities
Feedback and assessment in e-learning

The participant will be provided with an individual username and a password which will be valid for a whole semester. All the materials used in the course will be available for participants during this period ( access to presentations, lessons, wikis, forums, documents,…)

Porgramme of the training activities (day by day)
Day 1: Monday
09.00-10.00: Presentations and course programme
10.00- 11.00: Module 1 Defining a digital classroom
Common rooms
Other sections ( blogs, rss,…)
Calendar and lesson plans
11.00 - 11.30: coffee break
11.30 - 13.30 Practice Module 1

Day 2: Tuesday
09.00 -11.00: Module 2 Methodology of online classrooms
Motivation and tutoring of students. Avoiding drop outs.
Teachers and Students roll
11.00 -11.30: coffe break
11.30 -13.30: Practice Module 2
13.30 -14: Lunch
15.00: Visit of IOC building, exchange with teachers and staff

Day 3: Wednesday
09.00-11.00: Module 3 e-learning resources and on-line study materials
How to use them?
Pdfs, webs, wikis, videos, simulations,….
Planning and calendar
Designing and development of e-learning contents

11.00 -11.30: Coffee break
11.30 -13.30: Practice Module 3

Day 4: Thursday
09.00-11.00: Module 4: Designing of e-learning activities using tools of the platform and from the web 2.0. Feedback and e-assesment
word Clouds
Mind maps
Peer to peer review
Collaborative projects

11.00 -11.30: coffee break
11.30 -13.30: Practice Module 4
Collaborative projects
15.00: Free time

Day 5 Friday
9.00 -11.00: Project presentations from participants
11.00 -11.30: coffee break
11.30 -12.30: Project presentations from participants
12.30 -13.30: Final evaluation

Special remarks:
This course is not intended for experts in e-learning or experts with wide experience in virtual platforms. Participants will be provided with a hand-book contening the most important topics.

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Institut Obert de Catalunya
Barcelona, Spagna

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