We will present an overview of the five course modules, and the pedagogical approach adopted, underpinned by Fink’s (2003) integrated approach to course design; a taxonomy which goes beyond rote learning, or straightforward application of skills, towards the development of creative, engaging, reflective learning experiences as both process and outcome. The central tenet of Fink’s approach is that course design needs to incorporate significant learning goals rather than purely content-driven methods, with an emphasis on active learning, encouraging the application of course content to real-life problems and having good systems in place for social interaction, feedback and assessment (Fink, 2003).
In sharing the facilitators’ perspectives, we draw on the analysis of data captured pre-and post the pilot course including mixed method data from online surveys and semi structured interviews. Question areas were adapted from the European Digital Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu) and considered the learning environment, organisational, pedagogical and digital skills required to effectively engage and empower learners with the course content, including facilitators perspectives on what are seen to be core attitudes and beliefs necessary for facilitating intercultural exchange. In addition, we will share how the facilitators went about the assessment of the university staffs’ Final Project Work, and how the moderation and quality processes piloted were both facilitated and experienced.
In seeking the perspectives of the facilitators’ across the eight universities, complemented with data from the course platform (Sakai) using learning analytics, we will present the findings in ways which highlights the comparative practices of the different facilitators and their Learning Circles across the partner regions.
- European Science Hub, European Commission, Digital Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu) Retrieved from https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/digcompedu
- Fink, L. D. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- P2PU, Learning Circles, Retrieved from https://learningcircles.p2pu.org/en/
- Sakai Platform, Digital Open Learning Platform, Retrieved from https://www.sakaiproject.org