Pre- and in-service teacher training has made a big effort in fostering the adoption of innovative learning and assessment methodologies. Examples are collaborative learning, project-based learning, active learning, etc. At the same time, computer support is achieving widespread adoption. Learning institutions have taken an active role in this issue, undertaking the responsibility of providing and managing the computer systems in which Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) run. This brings several advantages, by increasing the number of teachers who have access to these VLEs, regardless of their experience with software systems; and by ensuring that teachers receive support in the usage of these systems. On the other hand, teachers may find themselves constrained in the learning software they prefer.
The project is aimed at promoting the benefits of learning design and associated ICT tools for the adoption of innovative pedagogies in daily teaching practices in vocational training, higher and adult education. The consortium assumes that changes in teaching practices cannot be expected to happen by just providing teachers with new pedagogies and/or ICT tools. The experience of the partners indicates that professional development training (e.g. in the form of workshops), although necessary, is not sufficient. Therefore, the project goes a step further by complementing professional development workshops with a set of “closed-cycle workshops” (training workshops plus learning design enactment in a real learning scenario) aimed at teachers who will enact authentic learning situations, applying innovative pedagogies (e.g. collaborative and project-based learning and assessment) using learning design tools in an Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE).
The project was launched in November 2012 and it is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.
- To develop an Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE), which will integrate existing free and open source software solutions that include:
- Co-design support for communities of practitioners.
- Learning design authoring tools following different pedagogical approaches and authoring experiences.
- Interface for deployment of learning designs on mainstream VLEs.
The partners of the METIS project are:
- University of Valladolid (UVa)
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (UPF)
- The Open University UK (OU-UK)
- University of Leicester
- Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche (ITD)
- RWTH Aachen University
- KEK Eurotraining AE
- Associación de Personas Participantes Àgora