All too often, institutions of higher education invest in research at the expense of teaching excellence. Nevertheless, Higher educational institutions (hereafter – HEIs) need to invest in promoting innovative teaching that will meet the needs of today’s diverse students and enable them to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Ideally, students should have a meaningful, relevant, engaging learning experience that challenges their preconceptions, encourages critical thinking, and equips them to initiate change in their communities.
TeachEx is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building project designed to promote and implement innovative teaching methods and approaches Israel. HEIs of Israel currently are witnessing major changes and challenges, which are rooted in economic, socio-technological environments that are part of the transition from an industrial to an information society with new societal demands. The importance of TEACHEX is its goal of retraining academic staff. However, the project targets not only faculty members, but also the students who will benefit from innovative teaching and learning and thus contribute to society at large. Another important formation which builds upon previous projects is the provision of tools towards the internationalization of education, like the use of learning outcome, comparable programs using ECTS, use of DS and etc. The project also attempts to develop a digital portfolio for teachers and create a tool for their self performance and their evaluation as part of the quality assurance system.
Over the course of the three-year project, TeachEx developed and enhanced Centers of Teaching Excellence in each of the partner institutions. In addition, training modules were developed on the following topics: project-based learning; diversity and accessible instruction; mobile learning; the lecturer as a producer of digital content; and design thinking for a meaningful learning. The project also facilitated an intensive “Train the Trainers” workshop which gave faculty tools and ideas to take back to their home institutions to use in training other faculty members.
The ultimate goal of TeachEx is to make sustainable long-term change in teaching which will benefit students and faculty. TeachEx aims to transform the way institutions of higher education approach teaching, so that students receive the excellent teaching that is so crucial to their education.
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Ms. Dovile Sandaraite
EURASHE is a partner TeachEx together with Israeli higher educational institutions (IDC Herzliya as coordinator, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Oranim Academic College of Education, Beit Berl College, Gordon College of Education, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev), as well as the National Union of Israeli Students, which provides a reflection on teaching methods from the student perspective. In addition, five European higher educational institutions (University College Cork, Jagiellonian University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Groningen, and University of Nicosia), and the European Students’ Union are partners in the project, providing their expertise and experience.