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PANdemic emergency and E-Learning: innovative learning and teaching methodologies

 

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Obiettivi del progetto

Il progetto si propone di:

1. Fornire agli insegnanti suggerimenti e strumenti informatici per superare le difficoltà nell’ambiente e-learning;

2. Migliorare le metodologie di formazione nell’ambiente e-learning nelle aree dell’apprendimento delle lingue straniere, dei laboratori artistici, del benessere fisico e mentale, delle TIC;

3. Motivare gli adulti poco qualificati nel settore informatico ad essere attivi nell’ambiente e-learning. Motivare gli adulti poco qualificati nel campo dell’IT ad essere attivi nell’ambiente e-learning.

 

Questo progetto è stato finanziato con il contributo della Commissione Europea. L’autore è il solo responsabile di questa pubblicazione e la Commissione declina ogni responsabilità sull’uso che potrà essere fatto delle informazioni in essa contenute.

 

A proposito

Il progetto PANEL (PANdemic emergency and E-Learning: innovative learning and teaching methodologies) è nato da un’osservazione: L’epidemia di Covid-19 ha reso molto difficile per le persone con scarse competenze informatiche seguire i corsi di formazione online. Anche gli insegnanti hanno dovuto adattarsi a questa nuova modalità di formazione. Lo sviluppo della formazione a distanza può tuttavia fornire un impulso decisivo non solo per attuare importanti misure strutturali, ma anche per diffondere e aumentare il livello generale di alfabetizzazione digitale. La questione delle competenze digitali è cruciale sia per gli insegnanti, che hanno bisogno di un’ampia varietà di strumenti di comunicazione digitale per insegnare nel contesto attuale, sia per gli adulti poco qualificati nel settore informatico, per i quali le lezioni online sono più difficili da seguire e i corsi di formazione più difficili da completare.

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Risultati del progetto

L’obiettivo del progetto è creare linee guida che possano supportare gli insegnanti nella progettazione di attività di formazione online con l’obiettivo di aiutare gli adulti poco qualificati nel campo dell’informatica a completare i corsi. Per raggiungere questo obiettivo, le attività del progetto si svilupperanno in: – una fase iniziale di ricerca sui problemi e le esigenze di insegnanti e discenti – la condivisione delle analisi e delle valutazioni effettuate – la preparazione di 4 programmi pilota basati sulle valutazioni effettuate – l’attività di formazione dei formatori sulle nuove metodologie – la sperimentazione delle metodologie – l’implementazione delle linee guida per gli insegnanti.

Risultato del progetto n.1: Rapporto di valutazione dei questionari per insegnanti e studenti e delle buone pratiche relative ai corsi di E-learning.

Per valutare le esigenze dei formatori e degli utenti poco qualificati nel campo dell’informatica e poter preparare corsi di e-learning efficaci utilizzando metodologie coinvolgenti, verranno preparati dei questionari per gli insegnanti e gli studenti. Verrà quindi effettuata un’analisi dei questionari per raccogliere indicazioni sui problemi affrontati da insegnanti e discenti e sulle loro esigenze di insegnamento e apprendimento. Verrà inoltre effettuata un’analisi delle buone pratiche nelle metodologie di formazione e-learning in relazione alle metodologie utilizzate in tutti i Paesi e questa sarà rivolta a tutte le parti interessate, comprese quelle non direttamente coinvolte nel progetto. Al termine, ci sarà la condivisione dei risultati dei questionari e delle buone pratiche da parte dei partner e la preparazione di un report che evidenzi le metodologie più efficaci da utilizzare per la formazione e-learning dei percorsi formativi relativi alle 4 aree formative individuate. Lo studio effettuato consentirà inoltre di individuare processi virtuosi per lo sviluppo di azioni formative anche in altre aree di attività, dal momento che sono evidenziate dai discenti le esigenze e le problematiche che emergono per poter seguire efficacemente un corso E-learning.

Risultato del progetto n. 2 : Preparazione del programma pilota

In relazione al report contenente le difficoltà incontrate dai docenti a livello metodologico e dai discenti con difficoltà nell’utilizzo delle tecnologie informatiche e/o multimediali nel portare a termine i corsi svolti solo in modalità E-learning, i partner elaboreranno metodologie per la realizzazione di corsi pilota che, utilizzando anche le buone pratiche esistenti, siano in grado di sopperire alle difficoltà incontrate nella gestione dei corsi. Verrà quindi preparato un corso di formazione per ognuna delle quattro aree formative considerate. Verrà inoltre redatto un modulo contenente le modalità di risoluzione delle principali difficoltà tecniche incontrate nell’utilizzo della piattaforma, anche in relazione alle richieste che possono essere avanzate dai discenti durante le lezioni. Verrà effettuata un’analisi dei bisogni dei docenti e dei discenti, al fine di fornire una formazione online che permetta agli adulti con scarse competenze in campo informatico di superare le difficoltà di integrazione e socializzazione nelle comunità online. Lo studio effettuato permetterà inoltre di individuare processi virtuosi per lo sviluppo di attività formative anche in altri settori di attività, in quanto sono evidenziati dai discenti i bisogni e i problemi che emergono per seguire efficacemente un corso E-learning . Le attività saranno coordinate da Kainotomia e MDCD di Modi’in.

Risultato del progetto n. 3: Realizzazione linee guida per i formatori

Lo sviluppo delle linee guida per i percorsi formativi e-learning, in particolare per quanto riguarda la partecipazione di studenti con scarse competenze informatiche, si baserà in primo luogo sulla sperimentazione dei percorsi e sulla loro valutazione.
La realizzazione delle linee guida sarà sviluppata negli ultimi mesi di vita del progetto, durante i quali saranno apportate modifiche/integrazioni in base alla valutazione. Le linee guida sono innovative perché mirano a fornire nuove metodologie agli insegnanti che hanno dovuto modificare i loro metodi di formazione per adattarli all’e-learning durante il periodo di sospensione delle lezioni frontali a causa della pandemia. Le linee guida possono essere utilizzate anche per lo sviluppo di programmi di formazione che utilizzano una metodologia mista (online e faccia a faccia) e possono essere adattate allo sviluppo di attività di formazione in aree non coperte dal progetto.

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03.04.2024

PANEL article for EPALE + School´s magazine

Who doesn’t like playing while learning? Or should we say, learning by playing? Either way, it sounds like a convincing pairing. Playing games in various school subjects is nothing new under the sun, though, now, with the existence of so many new digital tools, both teachers and pupils have a limitless number of options to teach & learn, let’s say, a foreign language in a much more engaging and satisfying way. Fostering this innovative way of learning and new gratifying ways of teaching is what the European Project called PANEL is trying to spread among the school community. PANEL also stands for PANdemic emergency and E-learning as it was throughout the Covid-19 outbreak when we all realised that learning through a screen required a degree of willpower, some IT skills, a lot of patience due to technical setbacks and the need to connect with the subject by means of entertaining and suggestive activities. This is where playing games and interacting playfully plays its role. Are you already intrigued? Let’s break it down into more significant and chewable chunks. 

Is it really feasible to learn English by just playing? Each individual has its own learning predisposition, though why not give it a go, it won’t do us any harm, will it? Therefore, let’s list a number of juicy e-tools that “trendy” teachers are using in their lessons. Don´t hesitate to click on the links to experience it yourself! 

Ready to start the game of learning English with a light-hearted approach? 

  • Wouldn’t you love learning (the tedious English) grammar by guessing out loud with your group which of the visually-appealing options is the right choice? Definitely more amusing than grammar book drills. Students can pick the correct option by touching the right colour on the screen themselves. Check out this example. It has a million other formats (hangman for vocab, unjumble to learn word order, flashcards, open surprise boxes etc). Convinced? Then, Wordwall is your tool. 
  • What about the always exhausting journey of learning foreign idiomatic expressions? Games4sl, among so many other graded possibilities, (such as quizzes, vocab games etc) found a way to remember idioms through a visual guessing game, take a look at this link.  
  • You can learn loads of stuff while having a laugh by listening to jokes, puns & riddles. Not to mention countless games to improve pronunciation, grammar and so on just by clicking on Englishclub.com, there’s even a cute section for babies!!! and a more professional one for busy-as-bee workers who need English to survive!
  • GameZone is an amazing website for those true gamers who are looking for an intense virtual experience using the English language as a tool for communicating with other gamers and, needless to say, beating them up by winning the game.
  • Who said you can only use English through the subject of English? In Helpfulgames you can also learn biology, history, geography and even other languages through a common link: The English language. 
  • Unquestionably, music is magical. Learning a language through the stories told in the lyrics is possible with Lyricstraining. It will definitely enhance your listening skills while singing along to Ed Sheeran’s latest hit. 
  • What about using English to help those in need? By clicking on Freerice.com you can take part in their charitable online game and for each correct answer you are contributing with 10 grains of rice donated to the UN food Programme. It can´t get better! 

There are a million and one more other sites we could mention but……. Opps! we have already exceeded the word limit of this article so, this GAME IS OVER but you can always keep on trying, NEVER QUIT just START OVER again, learning, fortunately or unfortunately is a never-ending GAME! 😉

03.11.2023

Learning from past mistakes: how to transform the pandemic experience into something positive for education

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the education sector globally. To limit the spread of the virus, many countries have been forced to temporarily close their schools and universities. This has led to a major disruption in educational routines and forced teachers, students and parents to adapt to new ways of learning.

To continue providing access to education, many institutions have had to quickly implement distance learning programs. This required the use of digital technologies. However, whether teachers or learners, it has been complicated for them to transition and train in these technologies.

So, what has the Covid-19 Pandemic taught us about how to teach? How can we transform the online education experience during the pandemic into something positive for the future?

Transforming the online education experience during the pandemic into something positive for the future involves implementing changes and enhancements to ensure quality, accessibility, and effectiveness. 

But how can we achieve this? 

First, the EU governments need to invest in technology and infrastructure in order to ensure that students and educators have access to the necessary technology and a reliable internet connection. This may involve providing devices, improving internet access, and ensuring compatibility with online learning platforms. They also need to make online education accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities. It was one of the greatest weak points during the pandemie. In addition and in connection with technological problems, it is essential to provide training and support for the educators. Indeed, during the pandemie, many educators and teachers didn’t know how to use the online platforms and the technology in itself. This is why we must offer professional development and training for teachers and instructors to effectively navigate online teaching tools and methodologies. This will help them create engaging and interactive virtual learning experiences.

Moreover, educators should design engaging content and curriculum like for example videos, quizzes, interactive simulations, and discussion forums to keep students engaged and facilitate active learning. But most importantly, educators need to focus on student-centered learning and tailor content and assessments to individual needs. It means that the courses need to be adapted according to the level of studies. For example in middle school, the teacher can use Kahoot at the end of the class to interact with the students. For the University of High School levels, the educators can ask for small presentations in groups in each course so that everyone can participate and feel included. 

Finally, one of the most important things in order to tackle social isolation and stress is linked to the online learning method. Teachers should create opportunities for students to connect with each other such as discussion boards, virtual meetups, and collaborative projects to build a sense of community in the online learning environment. An integration of social and emotional learning should be done in online learning in order to address the well-being of students. An incorporation of activities and discussions that promote self-awareness, empathy, and relationship-building is really important to support mental health and wellness of both students and educators.

In conclusion, by implementing these measures, we can transform the online education experience into a positive and effective learning environment, not only during a pandemic but also for the future of education. This approach will help ensure that online education remains a valuable and accessible option for learners of all ages.

14.09.2023

MYTHS ABOUT E-LEARNING

We all might have some concerns about e-learning. Our age, lack of technological mastery and a need for human contact seem to be the top reasons for not joining the increasing trend of learning online.

If you think that e-learning is not your cup of tea, check this infographic out and reconsider what this learning system can offer you. 

07.07.2023

UNIVERSITY COURSE “AUXILIARY TECHNICIAN IN CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS” FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES IN MÁLAGA (SPAIN)

The Vice-Rectorate for Students and Sport of the University of Málaga (Spain) coordinates every academic year the own specialisation course ‘Auxiliary technician in cultural environments’, focused on job training for young people with intellectual disabilities, so that they can develop different functions within different entities related to Culture.

This degree is a project that is included within the university training programmes for the employment of young people with intellectual disabilities, within the framework of the ONCE Foundation’s call for grants. The initiative has the financial support of the European Social Fund, through the National Operational Programme on Youth Employment.

The course is structured in specific training modules that are taught at the University. There are also internships in different museums and the participation of professionals from the world of culture and art.  They receive training in emotional and social skills, reading and writing skills, learning strategies, museology, cultural and artistic heritage, painting, sculpture, photography, comics and educational departments in museums.

This programme has the participation of cultural entities of great relevance, such as: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo de arte Colección Carmen-Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo Picasso Málaga, Centre Pompidou Málaga, Museo y Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía and Centro Botín, among others.

In the particular case of the city of Málaga, this course takes on special interest as it is framed in one of the Spanish cities with the greatest promotion of culture and the arts through an extensive network of museums. The collaboration of Malaga City Council in the development of the porgramme is of great importance as our students can develop the practices in the Museo Casa Natal Picasso, Russian Museum Collection and Centre Pompidou, as well as receive teaching from the educational departments of these centres.

15.11.2022

Transnational partners’ meeting
Ferrol, Spain – 15th and 16th of November 2022

All PANEL partners were welcomed in Galicia by the Escola Oficial de Idiomas de Ferrol in order to discuss the work achieved during the first months of the project and plan the next steps to be taken by the partnership.

The meeting allowed partners to have a clear view on the actions to be taken to finalize the first result of the project “Evaluation report of the teachers and learners questionnaire and of the best practices about e-learning courses” as well as establish a clear work plan for the elaboration of the second project’s result “Pilot programme implementation”.

Partners got the opportunity to meet the mayor of Ferrol and present the PANEL project. They also were able to visit an innovative teachers’ training center.

The meeting was a real success and partners enjoyed it a lot!

01.02.2024

The fourth meeting of the PANEL project

The fourth meeting of the PANEL project took place on the 31st of January and 1st of February 2024 in Paris, France, and was attended by representatives of all partners involved in the project consortium. The meeting was hosted by Solution Solidarité & Inclusion and led by ULE, the project’s coordinator.

During the meeting, partners had the time to review the progress of the piloting sessions in the four main areas of the project, ICT, arts, wellbeing, and foreign languages, to discuss the evaluation of those pilotings by the participants as well as coo-design the Trainer’s Guidelines on how to implement successful workshops! Partners also had the opportunity to be given a tour of the Victor Gelez Center, a space for social exchange and conviviality, offering different courses and activities (dance, languages, visual arts, music, science, events) promoting social inclusion!

Stay updated for the final project deliverable, the Trainer’s Guidelines including methodological and emotional aspects of blended and e-learning!

03.10.2023

The MDCM Staff has had the honor and pleasure, to participate in an innovative workshop

Or Pelach was invited to share her wisdom and experience.

Or, who started out as a computer programmer, is now a high-tech executive consultant. She shares that she is very curious, which led her to explore futuristic technological development and fell in love with this fascinating field.

Since 2016 she lectures on how technology will impact all realms of life, the future of the labor market in particular, and she’s immersed in investigating measurements in order to remain relevant in the changing conditions.

Or provides workshops on innovative technology, AI and technological influence on AI, ChatGPT tools and development of soft as well as digital skills, helping people in developing their creativity and habits, to enable flexible thinking and prepare towards the unknown future.

The MDCM staff was introduced to the ChatGPT tools in a hands-on workshop, and the world of options they open up, and enjoyed a guided experience exposing them to the importance of accuracy and definition of words and ideas in order to reach optimal results. Within seconds, ChatGPT provides results according to a wide range of requests- be it a formal letter or invitation, a suggestion for a field trip or a recommendation for a conference schedule. The opportunities for exploration and development are endless!

25.05.2023

PANEL PROJECT THIRD MEETING

The third transnational meeting of the “PANEL project – Distance learning during the pandemic: innovative teaching methodologies” (no. 2021-1-IT02-KA220-ADU-000033552) was held in Udine, at the Università delle LiberEtà del FVG on 25th and 26th of May 2023.

It was attended by representatives of all partners involved in the project, from Greece, Spain, France and Israel.

The work sessions focused on the implementation of activities for the development of pilot programmes (Projects result 2) and the planning of activities to create guidelines for trainers to implement online courses (Project result 3).

The next meeting will be in Udine again, on 23rd and 24th of October 2023 and will be a Learning, Teaching and Training Activity in which all partners will participate involving teachers in activities concerning the 4 areas covered by the project: foreign languages, psycho-physical well-being, ICT and art workshops.

 

Stay  in touch via the project’s Facebook page for all the news: https://www.facebook.com/PanelEUproject

08.11.2022

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13.03.2022

Kick-off meeting in Israel
13th and 14th of March 2022

All PANEL partners gathered in Israel for the kick-off meeting of the PANEL project. This meeting, held in a hybrid format, was the opportunity for the partners to meet and plan the work for the first months of the project.

Universita della Libereta, the coordinator, presented the general aspects of the project and partners got the opportunity to ask any needed clarification to ensure a smooth delivery of the project’s results.

Partners discussed in details the project result 1 “Evaluation report of the teachers and learners questionnaire and of the best practices about e-learning courses”, under the lead of the University of Malaga.

The meeting was a great success thanks to the warm welcome of our Israeli partner, Modiin Municipality!

13.01.2024

UMA participates in the final meeting and congress of the Erasmus+ AURORA project in India on topics of interest for the PANEL Project

The University of Malaga, through its Vice-Rectorate for Mobility and International Cooperation, as a member of the consortium of the Erasmus+ AURORA project (Alliance of universities to strengthen teacher training curricula in the fight against radicalism and the promotion of equality in Asian societies) has participated in its final meeting and congress, organised by the coordinating entity, Banasthali Vidyapith, the second largest female residential university in the world, and which took place in Vanasthali (India) from 11 to 13 January. This programme aims to promote capacity building in higher education for faculty on issues of inclusion, gender equality and social justice, and has been co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ CBHE (Capacity Building in Higher Education) programme. Staff and students from six countries have participated: Ireland, Romania, Spain, Czech Republic, Nepal and India.

It is a project focused on the training of trainers, trainers who may in their future professional life be involved in adult education. Being a project about basic citizenship skills, active citizenship and social justice, the interest and connections with the KA2 PANEL project is undeniable.

At this event, Dr. Ajay Surana, coordinator of the project and Head of the Education Department of Banasthali Vidyapith, reported the successful outcome of the consortium comprising institutions from six countries: University College Cork, Ireland; University of Babes Bolyai, Romania; University of Malaga, Spain, and three institutions from Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Pokhara University and National Law College, and three other institutions from India, Savitribai Phule Pune University; Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences University; and Anugrah Institute of Social Sciences, apart from the coordinator. This three-year project started in 2020 and ended in January 2024 with a one-year extension due to the difficulties caused by the global pandemic situation. The AURORA team has created three courses for the teacher training programme related to inclusive education, active citizenship, gender equality and prevention of radicalisation. These courses are being delivered in partner institutions in the framework of this project. These courses are supported by a comprehensive and varied set of resources, including videos and an online learning platform. In addition, the creation of student clubs has been promoted in the different Asian entities as a basis for dissemination and sustainability of the project results in the closest territorial scope and thus reaching the entire university community.

The international conference organised on this occasion attracted more than 200 registrations and more than 60 selected research papers from different countries were presented.

07.03.2023

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24.05.2023

University at home during covid: testimony from a student’s perspective

I’d just started my first year at university when the pandemic began. My class was lucky enough to spend a semester at university, so we got to see what lectures were like and what the difference was between a lecture and an online tutorial. We were able to get to know our classmates and forge links, even planning trips together. Then COVID came along and everything fell through. The next intake of first-year students wasn’t as lucky as us, because they started their courses online using the Zoom application and only got to know their classmates and teachers on Zoom.

Animation courses – logistical connection problems – teachers not trained in online teaching… The university platform was often saturated, so they had to create another one, which at least helped to improve things. However, the teachers were not at all prepared or trained to give online courses. Most of them were not familiar with online platforms. Our courses were mostly given on Zoom and there were often problems at the beginning because of the overload. During the lectures there were many incidents due to the poor quality of the sound, or connexion. Professors and students sometimes got into confrontations because we couldn’t hear each other anymore because some people left their microphones open.

Some tutors and lecturers tried to make the lessons interactive and encourage participation. Some have gone so far as to mark the students who speak up. This started out as a good initiative, but the system disabled a number of students who, for example, did not have a high enough connection speed and were unable to speak without being cut off by the poor connection. Some teachers have tried to force students to put the camera on so that they don’t feel like they’re talking to themselves, but again, not everyone has the right equipment or a good enough connection to do this, while others prefer to find an excuse because they’re not very comfortable showing themselves to the camera and prefer to keep a discreet presence.

So the lessons became robotic in spite of ourselves. It was more difficult to follow some lessons than others, especially those that required a lot of concentration or practice, but fortunately some teachers recorded their lessons so that we could watch them again. They were the real university heroes, while others refused to do so because they considered that everyone should be present at class time and take notes!

However, some students have found themselves in a less than healthy environment in which to study, battling with the depression of loneliness and insecurity, others with toxic families or flatmates, while many are far from their families and friends. Many found themselves without resources because most of the facilities were closed.

It was a real struggle for us because we were often lost, sometimes there were changes to course timetables and also to the way exams were scheduled, which we only found out details of at the last minute because the university was waiting for government directives. The government was also confused and didn’t really know how to manage the situation.

What was the most absurd thing, I think, was hearing people and even politicians discrediting us and our future diplomas by saying that online training is far too easy, and many called us incompetent future managers because we were probably all going to cheat. Thank goodness all that’s long gone. We ended up going back to university and taking our exams as normal, which we passed with flying colors. And we can finally take advantage of our Erasmus exchanges and stays abroad!

03.2022

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