New Erasmus + Project: (ACCED) ACCelerating future EDucation online - in the time of Virus
We are designing the website of the project, meanwhile we will tell you what itis about:
The concept of traditional education has changed radically in recent years and especially in this global situation of the virus. The physically present teacher in a classroom is no longer the only learning option. Currently, students can access quality education as long as they have access to a computer. We can say that we are now entering a new era - the online education revolution. And the teachers, it means they can teach from anywhere, but the most important thing is to be prepared for it.
Most teachers are focused on teaching techniques, curriculum materials, and test scores. Teachers focus on what the students learn and not on the real needs of the students. One of the things that have more impact on the "teaching-learning process" is the skill of the teacher to cope with the teaching skills on the new paradigm required, moving into online scenarios and how to transform the school curriculum into an online system. The project works teaching the teacher to facilitate this empowerment process through different frameworks to address the educational online challenges. We need teachers capable of generating a shared mindset of interaction teachers/students together, at another level in education that is one of the changes in the future educational system that moved from one day to another from the classroom into virtual rooms. There was no planning. Both teachers and students need to adapt to it. The project focuses on addressing the actual changes happening at both ends, teachers and students. One of the things that have more impact on this new scenario "teaching-learning process" are the skills needed for the teachers to introduce the changes they need to teach online today and when they return to normal how to integrate both systems The ACCED project works teaching the teacher to facilitate this empowerment process through different online Agile frameworks such as SCRUM, KANBAN, LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION and new ICT skills including ZOOM/VIMEO/SLACK The virus scenario generated a new unexpected educational resilience for teachers. The project addresses and implements solutions working with a pool of schools, universities and training centers. The project involves seven partners from the educational sector including schools, Universities, NGO and Foundation working on innovation programs.
The ACCED project focuses on implementing a specific training program, a methodology and a certification to validate the training during the project implementation phase and beyond to grant sustainability and impact. Three of the partners influence directly their education system, while private partners see in this training a new area of development. The project addresses the needs of teachers and by extension their students, the need to "learn to learn", to develop critical thinking, communication skills, working on teams, emotions management, transformative leadership, negotiation, citizenship among other soft skills. To develop that skills are the role of the actual teachers because the information is on the Internet and students know this, and the Internet knows more than the teachers. Moreover, the Agile framework enables teachers to work differently, it will speed up the learning process on the student side, and it will show fast delivery results since the creation of knowledge, implementation and testing happens in a very short period delivering incremental value on each sprint (Unit of time to deliver). Once the result is delivered a retrospective is done giving the chance to understand what can be improved.
The results of the ACCED project are:
The Research Report
Agile matrix identifying teachers and potential Agile mindset implementation
ACCED Training program:
-flexible enough to be adapted to any educational sector
-designing new educational lessons with SCRUM-KANBAN framework
-using Business Model Teachers and Design Thinking applied to in-service training, so trained teachers in the Agile Mindset can train on the cascade after the certification Toolkit on how to implement the online classes using new frameworks (Agile, ZOOM, Vimeo), a set of transversal activities of good practices
BrickME Teachers Certification
15 case studies
34 teachers trained as a ring of mentors and 90 teachers trained in cascade through a series of workshops in partner countries
Extensive documentation for the MOOC 4.0 (Videos, templates, images)
The SLACK teachers' network
Information is not the relevant point in the education of students in the schools, participation in the learning is. In an industrial-age classroom, with a teacher-centred/teacher-directed, one-size-fits-all approach, the mindset is not Agile. The roles are defined: It is the teacher’s job to create memorable lessons, and the student’s responsibility to remember them whether or not they are memorable.
- (Coord) Asociatia Centrul European pentru Integrare Socioprofesionala ACTA (Romania)
- TARTU ULIKOOL (Estonia)
- European Education & Learning Institute (Greece)
- IES La Puebla (Spain)
- Istituto Magistrale Statale "C.Lorenzini" (Italy)
- Colegiul national emanuil gojdu (Romania)
- Stichting for Education on Agility Liberating Structures (Netherlands)
Activity 1 - Coordination & Management:
Task 1: Coordination & project management; provides a framework for the project decision-making process and facilitates the coordination and implementation of each activity.
Task 2: Project meetings; Altogether there will be 5 face-to-face project meetings in order to evaluate the progress of the project and set-up problems if applicable.
Task 3: Reporting, documentation; Activity reports and project documentation will be designed to examine the timing, budgeting, methodological issues, comparison of expected and achieved results, communication tools etc.
Working methods (WM): Final report & interim reports, Action plan & to-do lists, use of Trello platform
Activity 2 - Research on Actual curriculum content in the new online scenario, how it can be transformed into the Agile mindset
Task 1: Background research; curriculum research, using data derived from schools & other national & regional educational authorities. The research focus in the following areas
1.Innovative educational experiences with possibilities of enhancement via Agile frameworks
2. Curriculum Research Development
3. School group dynamics to identify the particular activities and tools to implement in the Agile framework.
Task 2: Small-scale research; Teachers in each participating country will be requested to fill a questionnaire or will be interviewed
Task 3: Analyses; The findings derived by curriculum study, and questionnaires will be collected and analyzed by the Activity leader and the expert team of the project.
WM: Internet & curriculum research, Small-scale qualitative survey, Comparative analysis
Activity 3 - ACCED Training program development on the AGILE Mindset and the certification model
Task 1: Description of the Training programme outline Determining Training Focal Points and the first step will be to transfer the research results into a set of focal points for the training.
Task 2: Preparation of the modules for the training programme. For each of the modules, a set of overarching learning objectives will be developed and each will be divided into content subsets, each with its own set of learning objectives.
Task 3: Finalization of the first prototype of the ACCED innovative training programme The training programme will be examined in its entirety to ensure that the learning objectives have been properly constructed for all the modules.
Task 4: Certification design - first prototype A certification platform will be coded and the teachers who accomplish the certification steps will be listed in the platform.
WM: Modules creation and task assignment, Analysis and synthesis of curriculum information
Activity 4 - ACCED Toolkit development on Innovative Agile mindset and Certification
Task 1: Development of Agile tools; will be tailored for the training; will mirror the modules developed in the training development stage.
WM: Sharing experience, Know-how transfer, Evaluation, Analysis of information
Task 2: Tools and activities selection based on the program
Set of tools and activities focused on the frameworks such as LSP, SCRUM, KANBAN, BMYOU Design Thinking, the human dimension of the implementation, conflict resolution, Nonviolent communication, systemic constellation, will be adapted to the findings of the research made by partners. Will be implemented in a transversal way. Each activity and tool is connected to each other giving teachers to decide how to apply it
Activity 5 - ACCED Training in cascade
Task 1: Recruitment; sharing responsibility for recruiting participants for the national training in cascade
Task 2: Discussions of training objectives, method description evaluation procedures and a training schedule
Task 3: National training in cascade; will be achieved for a total of 90 teachers
WM: Selection and evaluation process, creation and task assignment
Activity 6 - ICTools -MOOC 4.0
Task 1: Project website and ICT delivery framework
The projects' IT expert will elaborate on the framework for the communication platform, specifying multiple language options.
Task 2: MOOC platform
The MOOC is a platform where participants and mentors will be able to share experiences with each other and with a wider audience. Providing training materials, on-line sources which can be downloaded to reduce the use of paper handouts
Activity 7 - Dissemination&Evaluation & Valorisation:
Task 1: Dissemination and exploitation activities of the project results (coordinated by the 3 schools) will be carried out during the project lifetime
Task 2: Evaluation; An evaluation committee will be set up at the beginning of the project. It will consist of partners representatives and end-users
Task 3: Valorisation actions; different types of communication channels will be used, such as articles in the press and educational journals, use of social networks, electronic newsletters, on-line discussions and regular face-to-face consultation with partners and the representatives of end-users.