Author: PeterMaz

Certificate in TEL

Certificate in TEL

Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning

Peter Mazohl, the head of the EBI, is an experienced trainer in Technology Enabled Learning. He started to teach using a learning platform in 2000, learned to implement and use a Moodle server, and finally worked successfully

Since 2013, his approach to teaching and training as based on flipped learning, since 2017 he enhanced the training approach to the Flipped Learning 3.0 Framework.”, offered by the Flipped Learning Global.

In 2021 he participated the MOOC “Technology-Enabled Learning” that had been offered by the Athabasca University (one of the biggest Distance Learning Universities) by interest – to “know what the others teach”. He passed the course and got certified.

The course content covered:

  1. Models of Technology-Enabled Learning
    • The Community of Inquiry
    • TPACK and TIM
    • On Teaching Presence
  2. Technology in Education
    • Integrating Technology in Education
    • Benefits of Technology in Education
  3. Open Educational Resources
    • Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Types of Open Licenses
    • Finding OER
  4. Application of Technology
    • Practical Application of Technology
    • Getting Help with Technology
  5. Creating Technology-Enabled Learning

Peter Mazohl evaluated the course as an excellent opportunity for newbies to get the “big idea” and to create an overview of technology-enhanced learning. For experienced trainers it is an interesting possibility to stay informed and at the current level of technology-enhanced  teaching and training as well as to become in contact with trainers that are also interested in this topic.

 

 

European Cultural Heritage Database

European Cultural Heritage Database

The EBI/EIE is partner in the CICERO Erasmus+ Project 2018-1-SE01-KA204-039051. Currently the EBI/EIE team is develloping IO #2, the ECH Database.

This is the first screen shot of the webpage hosting the database of the “European Cultural Heritage Image Database”.

This  is an outcome of the CICERO project and will offer CC-4.0 licensed pictures of typical European Heritage. The images are free to use (except for commercial use) and will cover various topics representing the treasure of European Culture.

 

The European Commission describes European Cultural Heritage as

“… a rich and diverse mosaic of cultural and creative expressions, an inheritance from previous generations of Europeans and a legacy for those to come.

It includes natural, built and archaeological sites, museums, monuments, artworks, historic cities, literary, musical and audiovisual works, and the knowledge, practices and traditions of European citizens.

Cultural heritage enriches the individual lives of citizens, is a driving force for the cultural and creative sectors, and plays a role in creating and enhancing Europe’s social capital. It is also an important resource for economic growth, employment and social cohesion, offering the potential to revitalise urban and rural areas and promote sustainable tourism.”

Images for this database are taken from the upcoming photo contest that will take place in the frame of the project as well.

 

 

Education for All – Logo developped

Education for All – Logo developped

The Greek partner in the project – Challedu – developped the logo for the project. This project aims to support the adult educators at designing, delivering and promoting more attractive and inclusive education for all generations of adult learners.

Partners in this project are Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Madrid-Villaverde, Spain; Challedu, Greece; ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE EDUVITA E.T.S.. Italy; Europäische Bildungsinitiative / European Initiative for Education, Austria and Ecological Future Education, Latvia. The project coordinator is Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych from Poland.

The European Initiative for Education (EBI/EIE) will impact with the specific knowledge about Flipped Learning 3.0. Here we will use results from the Flipped Adult Education project where the EBI/EIE is project coordinator.

Certified Flipped Learning Teacher

Peter Mazohl, the president of the EBI, advanced to a certified Flipped Learning teacher. He attended the course, provided by the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (link: https://learn.flglobal.org/).

Flipped Learning 3.0 is well established and researched in various educational fields: Comprehensive in School Education, excellent in Higher Education, and also very well in Vocational Education and Training. The white space on the educational map is the field of Adult Education (AE). This was the reason to set-up a joint project with the Flipped Learning Global Initiative and the European Initiative for Education to develop the first guide for implementing Flipped Learning 3.0 in AE.  

Peter Mazohl’s studies in Flipped Learning 3.0 last from 2017 and were based on his broad knowledge and praxis in teaching and training in the last 40 years. The Flipped Learning Certificate is a kind of recognition of the teaching and training competence and in some was a legitimation to work as an expert in the dissemination and implementation of Flipped Learning 3.0 in Adult Education.

Further information about the courses offered by the Flipped Learning Global Initiative:

About the Flipped Learning Global Initiative

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), is a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders in 49 countries who are committed to effectively reaching every student every day through Flipped Learning. 

Jon Bergmann

Jon Bergmann is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement. Jon is leading the worldwide adoption of Flipped Learning by working with governments, schools, corporations, and education non-profits. Jon is coordinating or guiding Flipped Learning initiatives around the globe including China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, the Middle East, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada, India, South America, and the United States.

Erasmus Days

The European Initiative for Education has been involved in several Erasmus+ activities and projects and still is partner or coordinating an Erasmus+ project. Here is a picture gallery with impressions from the last year of involvementt in Erasmus+!

New Project Launched: TEST

New Project Launched: TEST

The EBI/EIE is partner in a new ERASMUS+ project where the EBI/EIE has written the application.The project aims to develop and evaluate multimedia based teaching material using the innovative “Analogous Compare and Transfer” Method (acronym ACAT) approach to teach science subjects, namely physics, biology and chemistry. The ACAT method is a methodology concerted on the pattern of thinking of girls enhancing the well-known logical paths boys are using normally and supports the learning of boys as well.

A study from 2017 proofs the acceptance of the pedagogical approach and confirms the usability with an evident preference of female students. In general, the students appreciate the method with higher approval of the female learners. In the same way, the female learners show a stronger agreement to the use of multimedia material, specifically using the described method and to enable the transfer from everyday life images to scientific imagination and clear ideas dealing with the currently discussed problem.

Project Objectives

The objectives are

  • Use of an “image-based teaching system” which favours the scientific learning behaviour of (approx. 70 % of) girls with a good learning success for boys as well
  • Developing multimedia-based and/or interactive examples of best practice (called tools in this application) focusing on physics (for example quantum physics), biology (for example virtual dissections) and chemistry (comprehending chirality utilizing VR-technology).
  • Use a self-evaluation model for students to estimate their increase of competences
  • Evaluation of these examples in several schools (transnational)
  • Development of a transferability guide for teachers
  • Publishing of the created and evaluated material as OERs

The project starts with December 2018 and lasts for two years.

The applicant organisation is the Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje (Spain), partners are Dragonskolan (Sweden), the Europäische Bildungsinitiative (Austria) and the Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (Ireland).

What does ACAT mean?

What does ACAT mean?

This is the acronym for the “Analogous Comparison and Transfer” Method. This pedagogical approach to teaching STEM subjects was developed by Peter Mazohl (EBI/EIE Austria) and published at the ICERI 2017 (International Conference for Education, Research, and Innovation in Seville).

An example for the ACAD transfer in Quantum Physics (What are quantum objects?)

This method means a new pedagogical approach to strengthen female learners in STEM subjects. The method was developed in School Education and focuses on the age of 16 to 18 years old students. The method uses analogous comparisons by taking examples or situations from everyday life and in consequence the logical or analogous transfer to the scientific problem. The method uses the development of imaginations or “pictures in the head” to develop a view of the analogy; this picture is transferred as a problem-solving idea to the concrete scientific problem. Multimedia material like animations are used to provide a higher level of imagination and to develop the understanding for the discussed problem. The method was developed in the disciplines physics, mathematics and computer science and was tested in physics at high school level.

It turned out that male learners also benefit from this approach and get a deeper understanding in the fields of science.

To proof the ACAT method and to test the usability and get some reference to the published study an ERASMUS+ KA2 School Project was started (with December 2018). The project’s outcomes will be several examples of the implementation of the ACAT method, tested and evaluated in a Spanish, an Irish, and finally in a Swedish school.

Tutorial Support – how to Contact the Trainer?

Tutorial Support – how to Contact the Trainer?

As an organization intensively involved in eLearning we permanently check the quality of our courses and try to amend the quality. One issue is the communication – here mainly the contact between the learners and the tutor.

In fact, we were sure that the best method is a forum where learners can ask the trainer. The result of a questionnaire (conducted in the frame of a Grundtvig Multilateral Project) the results prove our current opinion – but not fully.

Do women prefer to talk?

In an eLearning course, there is always the problem of the support of the learners. Sometimes, learners want to contact their tutor or the have a problem and need help from their trainer or teacher. Which method – do you think – is the best one?

There are several methods available and you have to select the best one. Here is the list of possibilities:

  • Telephone
  • Skype
  • Forum
  • Chat

Here are two synchronous and two asynchronous methods mentioned.

Chat

Forum

Skype

Telephone

Female

15 %

63,2 %

17 %

5 %

Male

12 %

72,0 %

13 %

3 %

The behavior is similar: the majority prefers forums. Here the preference of male participants is about 10 percent higher as the female answers.

Female participants in the opposite show a higher percentage of skype preferences – they prefere to talk.

If you check the differences between synchronous and asynchronous communication you will find a six percent higher level of preferences for synchronous methods at the female users.