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The Project EduTeach

ABOUT EDU TEACH
In recent years, the importance of high quality in education  and care for young children has been increasingly acknowledged and  reflected in a high number of European strategies, policies and programs  between the European Commission and the Member States. In 2011, the  Council of the EU formally recognizes the central impact of early years service provision for individual, societal, and economic success. In the  EU 2020 strategy, providing high-quality and accessible education and  care are a key element. International skill survey results (Pisa 2012 (OECD) and Pirls/Iglu 2011 (IEA)) document the relation between early childhood education and care (ECEC) and school performance which is fundamental for individual development and therefore the key to the future. Improving the general access to and enhance the quality of  education for preschool teachers and education directors as well as supporting their personal development will ensure a contribution to the European targets.

The aim of the EduTeach project is to design, test and implement a modular training program adapted to the needs and interests of those responsible in education and  care for young children (0-6 years) across Europe. To allow both  flexible and individual learning, the training offers will be based on  ICT and incorporate a fair balance between interactive and self-study learning activities. Using results from a user needs analysis and  evaluations of the implementation of trainings, EduTeach further tends  to forward research and development on models, methods, and didactic strategies for effective online training to educators, preschool teachers and education directors.
The set of individual project objectives serves the aim above, and includes:
  • development of a series of interactive, media-enriched learning modules;
  • establishment of a database including digital learning material in 8 European languages;
  • development of a learning platform that will serve as the host environment for the online training program.
Based on an User Needs Analysis EduTeach Project will create  web-based training modules for further professional training with 9  sessions focusing on best practice, pedagogical theory, key expert  discussion, or similar topics.

A session will consist of three parts:
  1. Self-study: Participants will be reading and watching  material provided in an digital Learning Management System, based on  ILIAS 5.1.
  2. Storytelling: Integration of educational problem cases that  are in line with the module topic and which professionals from all over  Europe share.
  3. Webinars: Each webinar will be moderated by a partner and  senior experts from the field will be invited to give keynote speeches.  The recorded contextualized problem case will be played and jointly  discussed online.

Link to the platform: www.course.eduteach.odl.org

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