Interactive Breakout Session ENG58
The Learning Educators Love
Date Friday, Dec 8 Time –
The concrete cases presented in this session revolve around the effective use of technologies to improve educators’ basic didactic and technical skills. How can teachers be presented with techniques to use social media tools more effectively and innovatively? How can they be inspired to take part in MOOCs? And apart from motivation, what has been the impact of their professional development?
National Education Institute, Slovenia
Nives Kreuh is a Head of e-learning at the National Education Institute in Slovenia. She is doing the national research, strategy planning and implementation of new curricula through teacher continuous professional development in the field of digital pedagogy and e-learning. She holds a B.A. in Slovene and English language and literature, a M.Sc. in English language and didactics.
She was leading the national E-competent teacher project in which they designed the standard of e-competent teacher, principle and ICT coordinators in schools framework called The Way towards E-competency. She focused on designing key e-competencies and developing the efficient training model called The Way towards E-competency, leading the instructional design and online courses (MOOCs) development for in-service teacher training and professional development to raise pedagogical digital literacy in schools nationwide.
She is the Head of Programme and Organising Committe of the international SIRikt* conference (*Enabling Education and Research with ICT), which is the largest educational conference in Slovenia with around 1000 delegates each year.
She also works internationally as the national expert and is the author of E-Competent Teacher, Principle and IT expert Framework and Designing E-Student Books Framework.
University of Tampere, Yksityinen kielitoimisto, Finland
Which Five Skills Teachers Need to Survive in Rapidly Changing Online World?
Riitta Suominen has worked as an elearning and communications specialist for over 20 years. Since the 1990s, she's focused primarily on the public sector, helping experts and instructors use web-based tools to work more innovatively and efficiently.
Suominen is a popular speaker, writer, and learning designer. She has co-written books like "How to Become an eTeacher in a Week" and "eTeacher". Her latest work, "How Cities Use Twitter," will be published this fall part of an anthology that takes a research-based approach to using Twitter. This article stemmed from her ongoing dissertation project, which deals with public sector online communications.
In addition to training, Suominen runs consultancy specializing in elearning and online communications. She is an active participant in the Association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers. Her OEB2017 presentation is based on her article, "Do Teachers Need Further Education?" which appears next year in the association's New School anthology.
Risbo - Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Authentic Teacher Development
Marit Nieuwenhuys (MSc) has worked as an educational advisor at Risbo - Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2011. As an advisor, she has been involved regularly in the (re)development of courses and curricula, particularly in the introduction of active learning formats, such as problem based learning, but also in the development of blended and online education (including MOOCs). Another area of Marit's expertise is (digital/online) assessment. Marit delivers a variety of training courses and workshops for teachers. Marit studied Educational Science and Technology at the University of Twente. In 2010 she graduated with a dissertation on learning and development of young professionals in organisations.
Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet, Croatia
When Providing ICT in Schools Is not All that It Takes: e-Schools Learning Scenarios as a Support to Innovative Teaching with ICT
Gordana Benat has worked as Project Manager in Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet in the Department for Support to Education since 2005. She continuosly supports and educates teachers in the area of implementation of ICT in synergy with contemporary pedagogical approaches in teaching.
Currently CARNet is involved in a national project e-Schools: Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools (pilot project). Within this project, Gordana is coordinating the development of e-School Learning Scenarios for teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary school.
Gordana is also involved in EU project ATS2020 - Assessment of Transversal Skills on validation and evaluation of the impact of the ATS2020 learning model focusing on transversal skills in 30 schools in Croatia using mixed-method evaluation.
Gordana is a Phd student in pedagogy on University of Zagreb.
Arnos Online Education, Greece
Teacher’s Uncertainty vs. Learning Formalism: Dawn of Dynamic Engagement
Vasilis Tsilivis studied Mathematics at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences, at the NTUA and then received a master degree in “Mathematical Modeling in Modern Technologies and Economics".
Since 2011, Vasilis as a Mathematician Instructor at the “ARNOS Online Education”, has provided online support & distance learning to students in higher education, throughout Greece. Vasilis also trains other teachers and conducts research as a consultant in Arnos R&D Department.
Vasilis Tsilivis has presented:
(a) Arnos’ educational online services in municipalities in Greece.
(b) Arnos teaching approaches, towards students with dyscalculia.
(c) Scientific Publishment in regards with: “Building Numbers with Rods”, AISI Conference held in Beni Suef, Egypt, 2015.
(d) “Athena Ecumenical E-School: Α Guide from Survival to Prosperity” to Online Educa Berlin in 2015.
(e) “ A Journey to number e & its personality”, International School of Toulouse in 2016.