07 Jan STEAMonEdu – Competence development of STE(A)M educators through online tools and communities
07 Jan, 2020
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The STEAMonEdu project aimed to increase the adoption and impact of STE(A)M education by investing in the community of practice and the professional development of educators.
The approach of the project was to nominate educators as the pillars of implementation of STE(A)M education policies and support their professional development through the developed blended training programme and their participation in a community of practice. The training programme and the exchange of experience, collaboration and creative work of the community were supported by an online peer learning and crowdsourcing platform.
As a result of research conducted by the consortium, the STE(A)M education framework, Educators’ profile and Self-Assessment STEAM have been developed, including competencies, policies, methodologies, learning objects, etc.
These findings have the core elements of the design of the training curriculum for STE(A)M educators, addressing the overall training programme: the MOOC “STE(A)M education for educators: Design, orchestration and implementation of STE(A)M education” and the blended training. The MOOC is available to everyone interested in the topic, and more than 500 people have already enrolled. Also, 50 MOOC graduates have been selected for the blended training to focus their attention on the production of learning activities templates, STE(A)M education projects and policies to strengthen their competencies in adopting and further developing and promoting STE(A)M education at both local and national level.
The project has been piloted in Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, and Spain.
The overall project has adopted a bottom-up participatory approach when delivering:
- The online community of educators, collecting good practices and STE(A)M education policies.
- The STE(A)M education framework, including the body of knowledge, template curricula and learning activities, with a focus on diversity.
- The STE(A)M competence framework, detailing the competencies needed to design and implement STE(A)M education activities (STEAMComp will specialize Digital Competence Framework for Educators – DigCompEdu with STE(A)M-specific competencies).
- The ST(E)AM educator profile, designed on the principles of ESCO (European multilingual classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations).
- The training programme, targeted STE(A)M educators and delivered online on a MOOC (with OERs contents) and blended training.
- The guide of STE(A)M educational good practices.
- The guide on STE(A)M Education policies.
- The STE(A)M policy influence toolkit.
- The guide for STE(A)M education policy makers (Policy recommendations).
- The STE(A)M readiness self-assessment online tool for educational organisations that implement STE(A)M education policies based on SELFIE.
ALL DIGITAL was the lead partner of the project dissemination & exploitation activities. It also contributed to the “Establishment of European community of STE(A)M educators” through the collection and analysis of best practices and the analysis of national STE(A)M education policies and educators’ needs in Europe.
- DAISSy Research Group Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus” (CTI) – Greece, Coordinator
- ALL DIGITAL– Belgium
- Stati Generali dell’Innovazione (SGI)– Italy
- Helliwood, 21st Century Competence Centre – Germany
- EOS Foundation– Romania
- Colectic –Spain
- Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Western Greece/Ministry of Education Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs – Greece