a new approach for Higher Education teachers’ capacity building in the digital world
Edu-Hack is an initiative supported by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union and run by Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Universidad Internacional de La Rioja – UNIR (Spain), Coventry University (UK), Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) and ATiT (Belgium). Edu-Hack is developing a capacity building methodology that utilises online courseware and EduHackathons, whereby teaching professionals will learn how to produce digitally-supported learning experiences and will have the opportunity to experiment with creative models and approaches to teaching and learning, with a focus on fostering collaborative learning and student engagement.
The delivery of the EduHack course will follow an active approach, putting into practice the key principles of the educational paradigms covered as part of its content: networked and connected learning, participatory cultures, hybrid pedagogy and Open Education. Throughout the programme, participants will create digital artefacts of different kinds and will develop a rich personal teaching-learning environment on the open web. Teachers’ own web spaces will be a very tangible output that will operate as an open portfolio gathering more granular resources.
The starting point of the project is that, in order to be able to meaningfully teach in an open and networked world, teachers need not only to “learn” how to teach with technology, but actually to “experiment” new ways of teaching, since only getting immersed in a “open end networked teaching” experience they can appreciate the change ahead of them and the opportunities that this change is bringing.