Teaching online is different: Critical perspectives from the literature report launched at the world conference on online learning

At her welcome address at the World Conference for Online Learning opening ceremony on the 5th of November, Irish Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor gave some glowing praise of the recent report: Teaching Online is Different, for its contribution to research about online teaching.

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The #Openteach project team were delighted to launch one of the key project outputs  Teaching online is different: Critical perspectives from the literature at the preconference reception of the World Conference on Online Learning on the 3rd of November at Dublin City University’s St. Patrick’s campus. Professor Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning, at DCU officially launched the report.

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The report critically analyses the international literature about online teaching and professional development for online educators. The overarching conclusion of this report is that teaching online is different. This difference is evident in the roles, competencies and professional development approaches required to equip online educators to teach effectively in the online higher education environment.

 

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Policy Experiments EU Cluster meeting

Dr Eamon Costello, Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM Erasmus+ principal investigator, and Dr Carmen Fernández Morante, leader of Work Package 5 regarding the design and evaluation of the pilot testing phase, recently participated in two days of high level workshops related to the project. These were held in Brussels on Oct 15 and 16th and Dr Costello and Dr Fernández Morante, participated at the invitation of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) (Unit A1) of the European Commission. The first day involved over 100 project coordinators of KA 3 Erasmus+ projects engaging in a series of workshops to network, brainstorm and exchange and share ideas. The second, more focused day, involved coordinators, researchers and educational ministry representatives of KA 3 Policy Experimentations projects and were designed to help interrogate the main challenges and opportunities of the action, which aims to realise policy experimentations at scale in European education.

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One of the key aims of both workshops was that findings collected and synthesized during the day would feed into the parameters of future Erasmus+ calls. Carmen and Eamon were delighted to represent the ATS STEM project and both found the day of immense value in sharing experiences, best practices and discussing challenges with colleagues on other related projects.

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