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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 #5 “Active Learning: Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning”

Trainer: Assistant Professor, Nino Dzamukashvili (TeSaU Faculty of Humanities, Depart. of Foreign Languages and Literature)

“Active learning: Technolgy Enhanced Collaborative Learning”, 5-day-training course has been recently (March 22 and 25-28, 2019) attended by 30 lecturers from 8 different departments of 4 faculties (Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Law) at Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University.  The trainer was Ms. Nino Dzamukashvili who attended the training session with the same title in Leuven, Belgium at KU Leuven in November 2018.

  

The trainees were introduced to the innovative methodology of active learning, both on theoretical and practical levels. They were encouraged to apply TPACK, ADDIE and SMART models to practice while re-designing and re-thinking their existing courses. The participants were divided into groups conveniently according to their specialties thus illustrating the model of collaborative learning themselves.

  

The participants became familiar with a number of types of group work,  Knowledge Café, Jigsaw, Think-pair-Share, to name a few. The trainees especially liked Mentimeter, the online tool that was tested on the spot. They saw the multiple usage possibilities of the innovative tool in their practice.  All along the training course, the trainees weighed the pros and cons of technology enhanced collaborative learning. 

At the end of the TT course, all the participants presented their curricula, re-designed and modified with the newly acquired knowledge of active learning methodology and activities. Also, they found it quite a rewarding experience to present the product of their collaborative work- recording an extract of a well-known short story by a famous Georgian writer (assigned at random to each participant). Thus, by compiling the audio book the participants applied the active learning knowledge to teaching such a theoretical subject as history of literature.

 

 

TT Course #4 “Video as a Tool for Teaching and Learning”

Trainers: Associate Prof. Shalva Tchkadua (TeSaU Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Department of Philosophy), Assistant Prof. Ana Gigauri (TeSaU Faculty of Humanities, Department of Foreign Language and Literature)

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: Associate Prof. Ia Jimshitashvili (TeSaU Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Department of Business)

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.