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LDTDT Project – Learning the MOOC Platform training

Lusófona University hosted the 2nd LTTA  from the “Language Development Through Digital Tools project” (2020-1-SE01-KA226-SCH092570). The training on “Learning the MOOC Platform” was held between 28th February to 4th March and was delivered by our amazing trainer Bruno Lino.

Our partners had the opportunity to increase their proficiency in using technology in the classroom. They practiced necessary skills divided into fourteen modules to use MOOC platforms to run online courses and produce a sample e-lesson according to their background.

Topics: ICT – new technologies – digital competencies; Key Competencies (incl. mathematics and
literacy) – basic skills; Open and distance learning.

In addition, throughout that week, our partners had the opportunity to go on cultural tours in Lisbon, which was a satisfying experience. In the end, we parted ways with a sense of accomplishment and are ready for the next challenge!

 

Blended Learning in English Language Teaching

The technological developments in the 21st century have sparked a great deal of transformation in education. Especially, technologically equipped classrooms with smart boards enable all students to benefit from e-contents much more efficiently and effectively. Students’ devices such as tablets, computers, laptops, smartphones, and e-readers also make them learn and practice the subjects again and again with the help of using them anytime and anywhere. So, the advantages of technological devices make learning more accessible
and practical for students.

The biggest advantage of Blended Learning Approach is that it offers the opportunity to use both digital technologies and face-to-face communication tools in the teaching process
simultaneously. While students and teachers come together physically in traditional education; they can make use of various tests, subject reviews, exercises on the internet, apart
from the classroom environment. Thus, a multi-faceted experience emerges from the combination of these two approaches.

The motivation for the creation of this project was primarily the need for online education tools and applications integrated into English language teaching. In response to this need, it
was decided that “Blended Learning Approach”, which combines face-to-face education with online teaching tools, would be the most useful and most appropriate method for this project. The advantages of the devices with ease of transport and internet connection in reinforcing the subjects make mobile learning and face-to-face training complement each other. Thus, compared to traditional learning approaches, blended learning provides a learning model with superior features.

The objectives of the project:
After the impact of Covid-19, e-learning and technological devices have become more and more important in the education sector. So, today’s newest and most popular approach is to
combine traditional education methods with technology-supported materials or blended learning models. In this context, we want to take advantage of an effective blended learning
model in our partner institutions for the objectives listed below:

  1. to plan blended lessons
  2. to manage distance education environments (Moodle)
  3. to make the lessons interesting and keep students motivated
  4. to monitor and evaluate learning
  5. to increase the knowledge/skills of teachers regarding digital education
  6. to integrate mobile devices into the lesson
  7. to use technology more effectively and safely
  8. to ensure the continuation of learning outside the classroom
  9. to exchange ideas while cooperating with European colleagues

Funding
Erasmus + Program (European Union)

Project Reference
2020-1-IT02-KA226-SCH-095643

Period
2021-06-20 to 2023-06-19

Duration
24 months

Partners
The project has 4 entities from 4 countries of the European Union as follows:

Mayis Anadolu Lisesi – Turkey
Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd – United Kingdom
Institut Francesc Macià – Spain
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT) – Portugal