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electronic Regenerated Freirean Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques (e-Reflect)
Start date: Feb 16, 2015, End date: Feb 15, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Reflect Approach is defined as a structured, collaborative and participative learning process which facilitates people to critical analyze their environment, construct a personal understanding of local and global reality and challenge dominant development paradigms. In the core of this process rests the need for people’s empowerment as well as reflect and action for social change. Our project aims at designing, developing, implementing and evaluating of a high quality Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) under the title e-Reflect, which (a) introduces school educators in a rich technological environment for the implementation of the Reflect Approach in contemporary school settings, and (b) encourages inter-European teacher collaboration in active citizenship / entrepreneurship projects. MOOC’s instructional design process is placed in the context of the Reflect training methodological background and incorporates up to date e-learning principles. MOOC develops around 8 lessons which employ a variety of teaching strategies and involve learners in interactive and collaborative activities through the use of web2.0 tools. Our project is especially timely. It addresses the need for continuing, in service education in active citizenship, since Eurydice points to improving teachers’ knowledge and skills for teaching citizenship throughout Europe. Eurydice notices that while several countries have reformed their citizenship education curricula over the last years, these reforms have rarely been introduced in continuing professional development programmes (CDPs) (Citizenship Education in Europe report 2010/11). The project is Initiated by the 1st Primary School of Rafina - Greece, a public sub-urban school, through the agency of the following teacher education and research institutions: - Open University, Department of Education in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies, UK - Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology LTD (CARDET), Cyprus - University of the Aegean (UAEGEAN), Department of Primary Education, Greece - University of Turku, Faculty of Education, Finland Project activities evolve in two cycles: In the first cycle, e-Reflect MOOC is designed, developed and reviewed by an external evaluator. An on-line training of teacher trainers follows, and the cycle completes with the actual implementation of the on-line course, attended by school educators. In the second cycle, trained educators, in collaborative settings, implement e-Reflect activities in classroom communities settings. Pupils use web2.0 tools to articulate their thinking, to communicate and collaborate with their fellow pupils, to discuss issues and common school/community problem areas and take reflective action. It is expected that they get empowered to fully participate in society change initiatives. The cycle completes with the evaluation of the school/community based intervention on the grounds of improving the quality of school-based learning provision in fostering reflective thinking and entrepreneurship. On teacher professional level our project is expected to contribute to: 1) the strengthening of educator's professional profile through providing quality continuing training on key competencies and skills (digital skills in active citizenship education); 2) the internationalization at the level of education and training institutions (cooperation between schools, HEIs, and NGO's around Europe); 3) the enhancement of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) uptake in teaching and learning and support of (a) ICT-based teaching and assessment practices, (b) access to open educational resources (OER) and (c) open and flexible learning.
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