Online Teaching in the Visegrad Region

Background

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.

About the Project

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Team Members

Project Team:

  • Catherine Savitsky, EuroClio
  • Alice Modena, EuroClio
  • Juraj Varga, Centre for Education and Innovations
  • Richárd Fodor, Hungarian Historical Society Teachers’ Division
  • Klara Hoskova, German School in Prague
  • Jakub Manczak, Pilecki Institute

Project Partners

 

Acknowledgement

The Online Teaching in the Visegrad Region project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund (visegradfund.org).

 

 

Hungarian Historical Society Teachers’ Division

The Hungarian Historical Society Teachers’ Division is a longstanding civil organisation
dedicated to the improvement of secondary history education. The main activities of the
association consist of organising conferences, workshops and providing professional opinions
on the national regulatory documents.

The overall aim of the Board elected in 2017 is to support and facilitate the long-delayed
change of attitude towards History teaching in Hungary. We support the development of
competence-based, multiperspectivic, critical and democratic approach of both teachers and
students.

To promote the aforementioned aims we have organised conferences, issued official positions
on the latest reforms of the Hungarian educational system and maintain a didactic online
journal titled ‘History Teaching’ which provides a forum for the professional discourse.
In the new educational situation, we have created an online guideline and collection of digital
teaching applications, websites and useful Hungarian archives, databases. At the moment we
are working on two new projects. Firstly, research in connection with the students’
Historical Thinking and a historical short movie creating competition for high school students.