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Research at imc: Making teachers around the world fit for digital lessons

The imc AG research team is working on digital teacher training and professional development in not one, but two new projects. imc coordinates the projects which both receive EU funding under the Erasmus+ programme.

Saarbruecken, 19.04.2021

The imc InnoLabs team firmly believes that schools can only be successfully digitalised if teachers are trained in handling and utilising digital media and learning content. Thus, the team is leading two international research projects with this objective, collaborating with European project partners from educational institutions, industry and business. The focus is on high-quality open education resources and their creation by teachers. Both projects receive EU funding under the Erasmus+ programme.

Automated recommendations for better content

The Design-CT project launched on 1 April 2021 aims to support teachers at all grade levels to create digital learning content that is pedagogically sound. The project helps teachers obtain a range of digital competences. These are conveyed through the training programme and pedagogic digital kits, as well as an intelligent ecosystem.

 

For instance, teachers will receive automated recommendations and design suggestions when they create training courses and resources. To this end, the existing “Lernwelt” platform based on the imc Learning Suite, the learning management system by imc, is extended.

Communities of Practice for greater exchange

The second project is called Open Teach. It was launched in October 2020 and offers a platform for teachers focusing on STEAM subjects at junior and senior high school level. The Open Teach project aims to drive research on high-quality open education resources and processes, as well as the implementation and evaluation thereof.

 

It offers teachers practical online courses on open education resources and processes, and provides them with a collection of quality-assured open education resources. Moreover, the project seeks to create a transnational Community of Practice where teachers can actively exchange ideas and share tried and tested content. The platform builds on the imc Learning Suite with relevant extensions.

Rola Sayegh

Rola Sayegh, Research Project Manager at imc

Rola Sayegh has been part of the InnoLabs team since 2018 and acts as project lead for both projects. She says: “We are thrilled that both applications were approved.

Maintaining continuous contact with universities, research institution and other companies and researching topics such as these is of great importance to us. Teacher training is a matter particularly close to our hearts, and we are excited about advancing these topics together with our project partners and contributing the expertise we gained from corporate learning.”

Additional information

Project partners at a glance:

Design CT

imc AG - Koordinator

NUCLIO Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (Non-profit NGO for teachers' training, Portugal)

EA Ellinogermaniki Agogi (School with R&D department, Greece)

Lernwelt - Verein zur Förderung moderner Lernsysteme (Germany)

SÜDSCHULE - Grundschule St. Ingbert Südschule (Germany)

 

Open Teach

imc AG - Koordinator

USAAR - University of Saarland, EduTech Department (Germany)

EA Ellinogermaniki Agogi (School with R&D department, Greece)

NUCLIO Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (Non-profit NGO for teachers' training, Portugal)

Find out more about imc's research projects.

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