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In-House Teacher Training (TT) Course at Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University (TeSaU)

09 Feb 2019

Internal Teacher Training Courses

In the frameworks of Erasmus+ PRINTeL project in February-March, 2019 an internal Teacher Training (TT) Course aimed at retraining teaching staff members is programmed to be held at Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University (TeSaU).

The TeSaU trainers of the TT Course 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 trainings on teaching and learning in innovative methods for TeSaU teaching staff members and have planned to share with them all the experience they gained after passing the abovementioned ToT courses. 

The TT courses are going to be delivered by the 6 ToT courses participants from TeSaU and up to 60 TeSaU lecturers will undergo the TT course.  

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

 

 

 

TT Course #3 “Video as a Tool for Teaching and Learning”

Trainers: Associate Prof. Shalva Tchkadua, Assistant Prof. Ana Gigauri

In the frameworks of Erasmus+ PRINTeL project, a Teacher Training (TT) course “Video as a Tool for Teaching and Learning” was delivered by Shalva Tchkadua and Ana Gigauri at Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University (TeSaU). The training was conducted two times. It took place from 1 March to 7 March, 2019. The training lasted for five days (2 hours per day).

  

During the trainings 9 lecturers from TeSaU were introduced to the pros and cons of using videos for teaching and learning purposes and tips for making high/good quality videos. Trainers also discussed the applications/sites that give the opportunity to create video/audio recordings.

 The training was delivered through:

  • Lectures and instructions,
  • Individual exercises,
  • Questions and answers,
  • Presentations.

Besides the individual assignments, at the end of the training the trainees presented their own videos and expressed their opinion about how the acquired skills can be applied in their courses/lectures.

 

 

TT Course #3 “Active Learning in The Flipped Classroom” 

Trainer: Prof. Ia Jimshitashvili

In the frameworks of Erasmus+ PRINTeL project, a Teacher Training (TT) course “Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom” was delivered by Ia Jimshitashvili Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University (TeSaU). It took place 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 February, 2019. The training lasted for five days (2 hours per day).

  

During the trainings 24 lecturers from different Faculties of the University were introduced to the following issues: Active learning Concept, the Flipped Classroom Approach and instructions on how to make Video and Audio Material for Power Point slides, as well as how to convert a traditional lecture to a recorded lecture. Trainers also discussed the peculiarities of planning group-based problem-solving lectures.

  

The training was delivered through:

  • Lectures and instructions
  • Individual exercises
  • Questions and answers
  • Presentations.

Besides the individual assignments, at the end of the training the trainees presented their own product and expressed their opinion about how the acquired skills can be applied in their courses/lectures.

  

 

 

TT Course #2 “Blended/Hybrid Learning”

Trainer: Associate Prof. Tamar Mikeladze

The training session took place on February 8 and 11-14, 2019. The title of the course was Blended/Hybrid learning. The trainer attended the training session with the same title in Graz, Austria at FH Joanneum in November 2018. Thus, the course was designed similarly to the training course in Europe. However, there was a time limit, as the course had to be undertaken in 10 hours in TESAU. The trainer decided to include more independent practice and homework in the training course.

Officially 30 people were enrolled for the training but 29 participants attended the training sessions: 9 invited teachers, 3 assistant professors, 10 associate professors, and 7 professors.

  

The course included the following topics: Day 1 - Blended learning, e-portfolio (using Google sites); Day 2 – E-moderation in online forums and debates, Moocs, introduction to Moodle; Day 3 – Moodle (practice), making video using screen recorder, Day 4 – Project-based learning (Trello), Day 5 – Summary of the training. The participants realized the definition of blended/hybrid learning in practice: prepared homework in Google sites (e-portfolios), recorded videos using screen recorder (Ice-cream screen recorder), studied the Moodle environment and uploaded materials there, explored and got enrolled in MOOCs (Edx.org), registered in Trello, created a team, board and got connected to each other’s boards.

In the last session the participants summarized the training by making different presentations on importance of blended learning for different target groups: teachers, students, and admisnitrative staff. They also had to identify the obstacles that would prevent them from implementing blended learning in the classroom and their possible solutions.