After a successful first online training awarded to Web2Learn by “Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie” (AUF) in summer 2020 (for further information click here), our company has been invited to offer a second round of training from December 2020 to March 2021.
A service contract, between the Caribbean Directorate-General of AUF as a funding body, and our company as a service provider, has been established for the benefit of two universities in the Caribbean: the Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas, Cuba, and the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Those two universities were the beneficiaries of the service. “Digital transformation through innovative pedagogies in higher education” was the main theme of the training that was adjusted to the needs of each institution.
[Cuba] Regarding the Department of Telecommunications and Electronics of the Central University “Marta Abreu” of Las Villas (UCLV), the Web2Learn team chose the Automation Engineering Bachelor degree as a test-bed on which improvements in the curriculum and the teaching and learning practices would be operationalised. We thus opted for the following building blocks:
- The creation of an agreed roadmap containing tasks, responsibilities, quality assurance, milestones and a timeline.
- The coaching of four working groups, each one on a different innovative pedagogy (flipped classroom, project-based learning, telecollaboration and gamification). The groups consisted of one local leader and UCLV staff members and were coached online.
- Two training sessions on content generation through various software.
- A training session on videoconferencing tools.
- A content creation session for UCLV staff, in accordance with the four innovative pedagogies, based on resources made available by our company, namely a demonstration of achievements to other UCLV departments at a public venue.
[Jamaica] The Department of Modern Languages and Literature of the University of the West Indies (UWI) was highly interested in improving teaching and learning resources for future language teachers. The following components have been agreed between the local team and our company:
- Two hands-on sessions on Telecollaboration in practice. The UWI staff was very eager to set up virtual exchanges with French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean speaking teams from foreign countries.
- At least two project-based learning initiatives bringing together several UWI staff, that combine language learning, creative writing, digital literacy and intercultural communication.
- Presentations of group achievements inside and outside the UWI, as an opportunity to communicate individual and group learning results through co-creation opportunities on the theme of innovative pedagogies.
We would like to thank AUF and the two partner universities for their trust and we look forward to more collaboration opportunities in the future!