European Teachers and Trainers Campus
eTT.Campus aims at creating a european virtual campus for teachers and trainers.
In spite of substantial investment in computers and connectivity of European schools and training organisations, the level of actual implementation of eLearning is still far below what was expected a few years ago.
Among other factors of importance, the skills and motivation of teachers and trainers to apply ICT in their daily teaching activity is still inadequate. In some cases training programmes have been made available, but they concentrated on ICT skills, without covering enough the pedagogical use of technology to innovate and improve current teaching practice; in other cases the shortage of training provisions has prevented even the development of ICT skills in a teaching population that is, in average, quite aged and unfamiliar with ICT.
However, many successful and mostly small scale experiences of pedagogical use of ICT are taking place, but do not reach a sufficient level of diffusion to the relevant population of teachers and trainers who could benefit from analysing, discussing and adopting good practice from elsewhere.
The eTT.CAMPUS addresses these problems by federating the forces of three European Networks that are deeply involved in the collection and diffusion of good practice (TTNet, EDEN, EIFeL) and propose a collaborative learning environment – a European Virtual Campus for Teachers and Trainers Training – in which to directly compare experiences and learn through context-based project work.
- The overall aim of the project is to develop and consolidate a European Virtual Campus for teachers and trainers, in which collaborative project work across borders will be the main learning strategy, although learning and reference materials will be available in the collaborative learning environment, and developed by the learners’ groups in the course of their learning activities.
- The vision behind this approach is that innovation cannot be imposed, and that teachers and trainers need the time and the approach to become the “owners” of the innovation in their respective teaching/working environments.
- Looking at good examples is not enough: examples need to be understood in depth, discussed with the originators of good practice, differences and commonalities in contexts and approaches need to be identified and explained, and an “innovation project” has to be developed by each teacher/trainer or local team.
- The Training of Trainers Network (TTnet), a European forum where key players and decision-makers in the field of training of teachers and trainers can share good examples of practice, knowledge and expertise, and the eTTNet project (2002-2004) have prepared the ideal ground (web portal, collection of innovative practices, scenarios for teachers and trainers’ training, indicators for quality of projects, and a collaborative learning platform) on which to build the European Virtual Campus for Teachers and Trainers.
- This will contain all the elements of institutional collaboration, documentation and virtual library basis, resource management, learners management, evaluation and certification that will make it fully operational and sustainable within the time frame of the project duration (24 months).
- Sufficient user population can be mobilised through the extended membership of the three networks, that reaches higher education, school, vocational education and training and, although at a lesser degree, the corporate sector.
The main expected results are
- Resources base integrated in the collaborative learning platform.
- Users and clients portfolios established and maintained.
- 500 teachers and trainers involved in the pilot learning initiatives.
- Services to learners established and validated.
- Conclusion and recommendations on the establishment of an European competencies certification scheme.
- eTT campus operation established on a sustainable basis.