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In-House Teacher Training (TT) Course at Brest State Technical University (BrSTU)

07 Feb 2019

Internal Teacher Training Courses

Within the frame of Erasmus+ PRINTeL project in February-March, 2019 an internal Teacher Training (TT) Course directed at retraining BrSTU teaching staff members is programmed to take place at Brest State Technical University (BrSTU).

The trainers of the TT Course from BrSTU who took part in the ToT (Training of Teachers) courses at 5 EU Project partner universities (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidade do Porto, Linköpings Universitet, FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH) have designed training courses on teaching and learning in innovative methods for BrSTU teaching staff members and have planned to share with them all the experience they gained during the abovementioned ToT courses. 

The TT courses are going to be delivered by the 10 ToT courses participants from TeSaU and up to 100 BrSTU teaching staff members will undergo the TT course.  

During the course BrSTU lecturers are going to be trained in a number of fields related to innovative technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

 

 

 

TT Course #3 "Hybrid / Blended Teaching and Learning"

Trainer: Head of Department, Associate Prof., PhD, Natallia Chetyrbock (BrSTU Faculty of Engineering and Economics, Department of Management, Economics and Finance)

Training "Hybrid / blended teaching and learning" for academic staff and specialists in education was held in Brest State Technical University in the period from 25 February 2019 to 05 March 2019.

  

Instructor, head of Management, Economics and Finance Department, associate professor, Ph.D. in Economics, Chetyrbock Natallia presented new innovative teaching methods to trainees.

  

The purpose of this teachers training (TT) course was to provide teachers knowledge about basic concept of «Hybrid/Blended Teaching and Learning», focused on the combined e-learning and traditional classrooms methods/independent study. It represents a much greater change in basic technique than simply adding computers to classrooms; it represents, in many cases, a fundamental change in the way teachers and students approach the learning experience. 

  

Trainees:
• studied the pedagogical concepts of hybrid/blended teaching and learning;
• gained knowledge about online learning and communication processes;
• studied the work with Moodle system, studied the possibilities of Moodle;
• got acquainted with the experience work with Trello platform, the possibilities of Trello;
• studied the practice of working with an electronic portfolio, how to create an electronic portfolio and how to implement it in the process of education;
• mastered practically the technique of creating video lectures on their mobile phones or computers.

 

 

TT Course #2 “Active Learning and ICT-enhanced teaching: M-learning and gamification”

Trainer:  Associate Prof. Tatsiana Lisouskaya (BrSTU Faculty of Engineering, Department of Humanitarian Science)

From 11 to 25 February 2019, within the framework of the ERASMUS + project Teacher Training course titled «Active Learning and Information Technologies: Mobile Learning and Gamification» was held at Brest State Technical University.

TT Course "Active Learning and Information Technologies: Mobile Learning and Gamification" was aimed at exploring innovative teaching methods, interactive and electronic learning technologies based on information and communication technologies The purpose of this teacher training course was to provide teachers with theoretical knowledge and to generate some experience in applying m-training and gamification in teaching. The main purpose of the course was to expand the teaching competencies in the field of active learning, the use of mobile tools and game techniques for teaching and learning.

  

The programme of courses was aimed at studying the theoretical aspects of methods of active learning and practical study and application of methods and technologies. The training approach of the course consisted of lecture, independent learning of trainees, practical application, discussion, small group exercises and presentations.

During the five-day intensive course, the importance and capabilities of active learning, goals and ways of its implementation were discussed. At the lecture, teachers have gained not only theoretical knowledge of active learning methodology, also they acquired practical experience.

  

The use of ICT tools in lectures demonstrated the possibilities of mobile learning, exercises in small groups and helped the course participants enhance the skills of using ICT tools. Teachers had time to practice hands-on skills, as these were applied in the exercises in small groups and in their independent work.

During the course, students developed their own design to integrate mobile learning and gamification into their own courses.

In addition to theoretical knowledge, the workshop participants also got a real experience of participating in an interactive learning game, completing tasks and saving the world from viruses.

As a result, the participants, having passed the learning game, were able to assess the pedagogical effect of the game, the possibilities of gamification for engaging students in the learning process, as well as their motivation.