Estonia, Tartu

Educational Change in Times of Rapid Technological Innovation

when 21 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

Educational Change in Times of Rapid Technological Innovation is an intensive summer university programme, which aims to examine the development of technology-enhanced teaching and learning in the digital era and introduce different innovative ways of implementing technology-enhanced activities in education. The rationale of the summer university is to empower people to re-imagine modern teaching practices and follow the transformation of education.

Educational technology is an interdisciplinary field of study, which focuses on facilitating learning and improving teaching practices by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources and providing corresponding training to educators. European Commission's Strategic framework of Education & Training 2020 sets objectives such as making lifelong learning and mobility a reality, improving the quality and efficiency of education and training, promoting equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship, enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training. All these goals are tightly connected with the use of new technologies and methods, for instance online courses. Opening up education through new technologies is important not only for improving the access to education, developing new teaching methods and approaches, modernizing substance and topics, but also requires students to acquire digital skills during the study process. Consequently, teachers, programme designers and education managers will be the key persons, who will lead the innovation and modernization of teaching and learning.

Estonia has a well-deserved reputation as an advanced e-society. In 2007 it was the first country in the world to introduce nation-wide Internet voting in its national parliamentary election. Free and fast Wi-Fi internet connections are available in many public places across the country. In August 2014 a new general competence (digital competence) was added to the national curriculum. Education policy in Estonia now explicitly expects schools to play a major role in developing students’ digital competence.

The Summer program is divided into three modules:
- Module 1 is composed of activities meant to introduce as well as give a first-hand experience about recent trends in educational technology. The topics that will be treated include: Learning analytics, Augmented reality, Virtual reality, Robotics, and other ICT trends related to online education (e.g.: MOOCs, screencasts, webinars and streaming).
- Module 2 is devoted to introducing ideas coming from educational research. The topics that will be treated include: Digital pedagogy, Collaborative learning, Tinkering and creative re-use.
- Module 3 will focus on encouraging students to develop a more nuanced/complex view on educational technology. This module will include an introduction to Critical Educational technology as well as conversations meant to identify the main critical issues that applicants have encountered in their own teaching/learning practice.

In addition to in-class activities, the summer program will be completed by a number of on-site visits to different educational institutions (e.g. school, university, edTech startup). The visits will provide the opportunity for the students to see how educational technology is incorporated in concrete educational settings.

Course leader

Ms. Mari Mäesaar, mari.maesaar@ut.ee

Target group

The course is designed for MA/PhD and advanced BA students or/and applicants with at least some experience working as educators in schools, universities or other education institutions:
- teacher training students with practical classroom teaching experience;
- in-service teachers and pre-service teachers with practical classroom experience;
- lecturers (of teacher training);
- professional trainers and pedagogues: museum and science centre educators, etc;
- other students or practitioners belonging to other disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in technology and education.

Course aim

Educational Change in Times of Rapid Technological Innovation is an intensive summer university programme, which aims to examine the development of technology-enhanced teaching and learning in the digital era and introduce different innovative ways of implementing technology-enhanced activities in education. The rationale of the summer university is to empower people to re-imagine modern teaching practices and follow the transformation of education.

Fee info

EUR 1000: Programme fee includes tuition fee, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, the services of the host university with the accommodation in double rooms at student dormitory.
Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country.
EUR 700: Fee includes registration, tuition, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme and the services of the host university. Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country.

Scholarships

Estonian Scholarship Programme for Short Courses
DAAD Go East - 3 scholarships