Time to MODERNise your teaching

Today in our blog post we present you the Erasmus + funded project “MODERN” partnered by one of our EEE Project alliance partners Canice Consult. We wish you a happy reading!

For decades teaching and training has very much so focused on the didactic teaching methods; the usual chalk and talk, PowerPoint presentations and question and answering (the traditional lecturing or teacher “knows all” model). However, as time progresses digital literacy and e- learning have become an ever-increasing norm in society, and as result new teaching and training methods are evolving.  Andragogy (adult learning) is a theory that holds a set of assumptions about how adults learn. It uses approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative.

The www.modern.pm  project focuses on the delivery of these new teaching and training methods – particularly with regard to the role of digital in teaching and training. The team behind Modern have put together a toolkit evaluating and selecting the best and most effective digital teaching tools; tools in which they have tried and tested and believe to be the most effective in engaging individuals. The toolkit itself looks at 24 different tools which are split into a 10 category system, the system is designed in such a way to make it easier for individuals to identify what they can add to their teaching/ training to increase its effectiveness. For example, if you are tired of PowerPoint and want to add extra interest to your presentations you can choose from the top 2 recommendations in Presentation Software/Animation Tools section.

Digital and e- learning has progressed rapidly since the coining of the term ‘e-learning’ and now encompasses websites, ebooks, social media and online communities, online lectures, webinars, podcasts and microblogging. As such, it has proven to be a viable way of training and developing people in organisational and classroom settings, and one that forms part (though not all) of an organisation’s wider learning strategy. We, at Modern believe that the toolkit itself is a rich resource that encourages teachers and trainers to incorporate new and exciting tools into their delivery in order to engage and motivate their audience.

To view the toolkit and other useful resources please go to the project website www.modern.pm, and stay up to date with what the team is up to by following the project Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/ModernProject/?ref=bookmarks.