European Schoolnet Academy courses: a huge success


30/05/2014

New teaching methods, innovative approaches in classroom, and original pedagogical tools, are among what teachers taking part in the European Schoolnet Academy pilot courses reported when surveyed at the end of their learning journey.

The first two courses, finished this May, covered key areas of expertise of European Schoolnet: Future Classroom Scenarios and Innovative practice for engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teaching, and reached out to more than 3,200 participants from 60 countries in Europe and across the world.
 
Not only were the retention and completion rates high, both qualitative and quantitative feedback of the participants confirmed a very positive experience on both courses.
  

More in depth

 
More than 2,200 people had enrolled in the Future Classroom Scenarios, of which about 60% had actually started the course. Interestingly, the majority of participants had at least 16 years of work experience in the educational field. Retention throughout the course was high with 55% of those who started the course also completing the course. In particular the module completion was very high with more than 90% of those who started a module also completing it. All this is remarkably high if we consider that in average roughly 5 percent of students who sign up for a MOOC earn a credential signifying official completion of the course.
 
Moreover 80% of respondents to the course evaluation survey rated the course “very good” with another 19% rating it “good”.  “This course has given me new energy and inspiration. I love my job, but every once in a while you need a professional development that gets you reenergized.  So thank you. I also learned [about] many new tools such as Aurasma, Padlet, Tricider etc. that I plan to use in my classroom. I also started to approach my planning process in [the] light of the new ideas from the course.” [A teacher’s comment in the final module with 111 supporting votes]. You can follow #fcscourse on Twitter for updates on the course and also to get a taste of what participants thought and shared during the course (view image below too).
 
 
Sample of twitter messages about #fcscourse.
 
More than 1000 people had enrolled in the Innovative practice for engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teaching of which 65% had actually started the course.  Most participants were also experienced professionals with about half having worked in the educational field for at least 16 years.
Retention and completion rates were slightly lower than on the Future Classroom Scenarios course but remained comparatively high for a large scale course. Module completion was high in most modules and in particular the later ones, with close to 90% of those who started a module also completing it. Retention throughout the course was also high with 47% of those who started the course also completing the course.
 
Results of the course evaluation survey also suggest a substantial impact on classroom practice with 78% reporting to have tried out a new form of teaching since attending the course and 83% reporting they have succeeded in motivating more effectively their students in the STEM area.
 

Moving forward

 
Given the successful piloting phase, the Academy will move forward in expanding its course catalogue via courses coming from European Schoolnet projects but also increasingly from other partners.
 
The upcoming courses include:
  • Future Classroom Scenarios - 2nd round (28 July 2014)
  • Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching - 2nd round (18 August 2014)
  • Coding in the Classroom for Secondary School Teachers (20 October 2014)
  • Teaching and Learning 21st Century Skills (Nov./Dec. 2014)
  • Coding in the Classroom for Primary School Teachers (2015)
  • Further information about this course will soon be published.
  • Creativity in the Classroom (2015)
  • Innovative use of Tablets in Schools (2015)

Useful links:

Projects

  • FCLab
  • FCLab
  • eTwinning
  • SEG
  • Insafe
  • Insafe
  • Insafe
  • iTEC
  • KeyCoNet
  • Scientix
  • NanOpinion
  • Creative Schools Lab
  • SENnet
  • Smile
  • U4Energy
  • Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
  • Europeana Creative
  • Entrepreneurial Schools
  • eSafety Label
  • eSkills Week
  • RRI tools
  • GlobalExcursion
  • Amgen
  • Living Schools Lab
  • LRE
  • Chemistry: All about You
  • Kodu Kup Europe
  • LangOER
  • TASK

 

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