The Covid-19 pandemic led to unexpected school closures all across Europe, moving formal education either partially or entirely online in March 2020. This sudden shift revealed that teachers had little or no previous experience with distance learning, and were unprepared to conduct effective online teaching for their students.
In April 2020, in response to this need, EuroClio launched its Online Course on Online Teaching. It produced a total of 7 episodes developed in collaboration with international education professionals from across the EuroClio network, to cover issues from useful online tools like Canva and MindMup to assessment strategies in distance learning.
A year on, there still remains a wide gap between what students need and what teachers know how to offer with distance learning. Students grow more demotivated to learn online every day. Teachers need to be trained in effective tools and methodologies for effective digital learning, to be able to engage their learners, whose formative educational moments will be spent behind a screen for the foreseeable future. Even once teachers are able to teach face-to-face again, the legacy of the pandemic will be an increased expectation of digital readiness and resilience in the education sector, and teachers must be prepared to meet this expectation.
This project aims to increase the digital readiness and resilience in the education sector, by increasing the knowledge and capacity of history and citizenship teachers in the Visegrad region to conduct effective online teaching with their students.
The project will deliver:
- A set of 8 Ready-to-use Online Learning Activities, to be available on Historiana.eu, on the topic of the socialist period in the Visegrad region developed by a multinational team of local history and citizenship educators with an emphasis on a cross-border perspective and the development of democratic competences in students.
- A Teachers’ Guide on Effective Online Teaching developed by online teaching experts from the region and across Europe, which will discuss and present practical strategies for: engaging students in online lessons, finding useful sources, maintaining the human connection, and the different methods and platforms available for teachers to use as part of their online teaching offer.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund (visegradfund.org). The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.