Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. Xun Kuang, Chinese Confucian philosopher, 3rd century BC

This famous quote from Xun Kuang captures the power of project-based learning. Project-based learning is known to be a hugely engaging and impactful pedagogical method, but many teachers are unsure how to put it into practice. eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe, provides an excellent framework to get started with project-based learning in cooperation with classrooms across Europe.

Join this course to learn about eTwinning and how it can help you design a project-based learning experience for your students in cooperation with colleagues across Europe and beyond. During the course, you will learn about the principles of project-based learning and how to start a project in the eTwinning community.

Throughout the activities, we will look at the entire life cycle of a project, starting with the initial idea, including finding a partner and negotiations to design a common project, and ending with the implementation and evaluation of the project. We will include principles of project work and collaboration, as well as the educational use of various ICT tools that facilitate project work. We will also look at the social aspect of collaborative projects, showing eTwinning not only as a platform in which to implement educational projects, but also as a meeting place between colleagues, an environment where we can share ideas and participate in various professional development activities.

This course is based on the content of the Open eTwinning course previously created by the National Support Service in Spain for eTwinning, from the Spanish Ministry of Education. It was partly adapted to incorporate a more European perspective and resources. The team behind the original course supported the redesign of the course for the Teacher Academy.

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Aims and Learning Objectives

This MOOC has the aim of enabling participants to design a quality collaborative project and provides a comprehensive understanding of how to start a project using the eTwinning platform.

During this MOOC, participants will:

  • Understand the basic principles of project-based learning
  • Start their Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
  • First draft and then progress in the creation of a quality collaborative project, integrating the contents of the course
  • Reflect on their teaching practice to detect strengths and weaknesses
  • Find cases of good practice that can be an example and inspiration for them
  • Learn the basics of eTwinning
  • Get to know the eTwinning quality criteria for planning a project
  • Get to know tools and applications which enable online collaborative work
  • Integrate resources in the design of a collaborative activity
  • Get to know eTwinning Live and its possibilities as a community and professional development platform for teachers
  • Learn about the TwinSpace and the tools it offers for the development and publication of collaboration projects
  • Share and collaborate through digital technologies, using them creatively, and identifying possible uses in their professional life

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
05/11/18
Introduction: Project-Based Learning Start date
05/11/18
Module 1: What is eTwinning? Start date
05/11/18
Module 2: Innovation in the classroom Start date
12/11/18
Module 3: Project design Start date
19/11/18
Module 4: Collaboration in eTwinning Start date
26/11/18
Module 5: The eTwinning social network Start date
03/12/18
To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 5 November 2018

Duration

The course is entirely free and runs for 6.5 weeks with an estimated workload of around 3-4 hours per week.

Target audience

This MOOC is aimed at working teachers in non-university education, people interested in education and those working in or related to educational practice, as well as any other person interested in the subject. Participants do not need to be registered in eTwinning to enrol for this MOOC, but the course is more relevant to those who qualify for membership in the eTwinning community.

Certification

You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack. The estimated workload is only indicative, training hours not being certified. It is expected that the main motivation for participation in the MOOC is personal learning, professional development and collaboration with other teachers.