In 2017, IRIS Connect joined the “ITELab” Knowledge Alliance, funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus Plus Programme. Formed to address the need for training on the pedagogical use of ICT during initial teacher education (ITE), and bridge the gap between ICT and ongoing professional development, the project undertook an experiential and collaborative blended learning approach to enhancing pedagogy.
The European-wide project includes input from ITE and ICT providers (including IRIS Connect) from 6 countries (UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Norway). The three key outputs of the project are: new flexible ITE modules and a MOOC available as open source content, as well as an ITE Forum as a platform for sustainable sharing of knowledge and resources between universities, student teachers, industry and policy-makers involved in initial teacher education.
ITELab Autumn 2019 Programme
The ITELab modules
In cooperation with its university and industry partners, ITELab co-designed and tested three in-class flexible teaching module frameworks, focused on the development of digital pedagogical skills of future teachers.
Currently, 25 universities from across Europe will cooperate with ITELab in Autumn 2019 and implement the teaching frameworks, or their parts, in their curricula.
ITElab welcomes any other universities who wish to join the ITELab Innovative Teaching Cooperation and use this material.
The Networked Teacher MOOC
Join our online course, designed for student and beginner teachers, and develop your pedagogical digital competence, discover new collaborative and active approaches to teaching and create your own European professional network. The estimated effort you will need to invest is approximately 2.5 hours per unit in the span of four weeks. The course has successfully ran in Spring 2019, joined by over 3700 who left very positive feedback! Moreover, the course is accredited by the Regional Government of Madrid and formally recognised in Portugal.
When: 14th October
Sign up for the course here.
Explore the syllabus here.
You can also share your thoughts on Twitter using #ITELab_eu.
ITE Forum 2019 on Innovative Teaching
The 5th session of ITE Forum, a series of short thematic seminars, will take place on Thursday, 17th October at 15.00 CEST.
The session will be devoted to ‘The challenges and advantages of using leading-edge technology in teaching & ‘learning settings’. It will be co-chaired by Dr Conor Galvin (University College Dublin) and Peter Claxton (SMART Technologies), joined by Dr. Patrick Camilleri, University of Malta, member of eSkills Committee involved in the design of an AI policy for HE and Marco Neves, expert for DGE Portugal, responsible for developing the MOOC “Is AI going to change the School?”.