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The CPDLab project is coordinated by European Schoolnet.

Email

Project manager: Dorothy Cassells, dorothy.cassells@eun.org
Communications and website: Elina Jokisalo, elina.jokisalo@eun.org

Address

EUN Partnership / CPDLab project
Rue de Trèves 61
B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
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CPDlab project

About CPDLab

The CPDLab project is a small, two year project, supported by the Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme as a Comenius Multilateral Project. It will deliver three training courses for teachers in the areas of:

  • Interactive Whiteboards: innovative pedagogical use of Interactive Whiteboard technologies in secondary schools.
  • E-Safety: improved eSafety policies in secondary schools, addressing issues such as cyber bullying, use of social networks, responsible use of mobile and Internet technologies, etc.
  • Future Classroom Scenarios: implementation and dissemination of teaching and learning activities for the future classroom.

The first course modules will be piloted in summer 2012. The fully validated courses will be available from summer 2013.

Rationale for the development of CPDLab Courses

The development of the three courses has been prioritised, to address gaps in the current provision.

A wide range of Interactive Whiteboard courses exist today. Many of these are linked to vendors and are delivered as part of the initial purchase. IWB teacher communities have built up around this training, which encourage the sharing of ideas and these are particularly active within subject disciplines. However, recent research supported by Ministries of Education in European Schoolnet’s Interactive Whiteboard Working Group shows that there is a lack of a generic pedagogically-based IWB course.

In e-Safety, there is a wealth of information on the different issues and within each member state there are websites to download relevant information. There are training courses addressing specific issues e.g.: cyber-bullying. Recent research has confirmed there is still limited training for schools on this issue which has contributed to the launching a pilot for a schools’ eSafety Label.  

The third course is linked to the iTEC project. This four-year, pan-European project is focused on the design of the future classroom. Divided into phases, the project will deliver a range of innovative learning activities and validate these via pilots in over 1,000 classrooms across Europe. The CPDLab project will develop training around these validated learning activities in order to spread and disseminate best practice.

Target groups for CPDLab training

The CPDLab courses are aimed at secondary schools. The main audience for the training will be teachers and trainers involved in continuous professional development within their school, region or country. Some modules will be of more interest to senior management and policy makers and the courses will be designed in a modular style to enable different learning pathways according to the needs of different groups.

Validation and Quality Assurance

Two teacher focus groups, consisting of teachers from each partner country, will contribute to the course development and validation process. The quality assurance process, will receive input and steering from a project Pedagogical Board comprising of experts in each of the areas, with review and critical friend input from an appointed independent evaluation expert.

Delivery of CPDLab training courses

The CPDLab Courses will be delivered as five day training courses, taking advantage of the in-service Comenius funding available for teachers. These courses will be delivered in the Future Classroom Lab, a fully equipped, reconfigurable, teaching and learning space that is part of the European Schoolnet office in Brussels.

The modular design of the courses, will offer the flexibility for various member states to take up all or some of the modules depending on their existing national and regional models. A course catalogue will be translated into the four languages of the project partners – Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Italian.

CPDLab Courses availability

To accelerate the dissemination and exploitation of the courses being developed, it is hoped that the first modules can be offered in the summer of 2012, following trialling with teacher focus groups and some early pilot training.

Timeframe

  • Survey: Oct-Dec 2011
  • Course development - phase 1: Jan-Mar 2012
  • Course development Focus Group: Apr 2012 - Mar 2013
  • Course development - phase 2: Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
  • Course validation Focus Group: Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
  • Final courses: Jul - Sep 2013