In this course you will choose a pedagogical theme or practise that is interesting for you and your fellow students in your learning circle. Within your learning circle, find a joint pedagogical development topic and plan how it will be implemented in practise. You can, for example, scrutinize closer some of the themes you have found interesting during Facilitating Learning -course or something else you want to develop further. The project will begin with familiarizing yourself with current information and other source material.

After the implementation the results will be published in order to share the results of the project with the others. The ways of publication can vary, for example, articles, posters, videos, blogs. However, the publication needs to include relevant sources of information.

 

Figure 5. Pedagogical Development Project

Learning outcomes

Students are able to develop their pedagogical practices together with others and are able to publish the results of their development work in an appropriate and theoretically sound manner. Students are also able to assess realistically their own skills and competences as developers.

Content

Implementation of a pedagogical development project

Assessment material

  • Planning documents
  • Implementation of the project
  • Publication of the results
  • Self-assessments (learning circle’s and your own)

Assessment criteria

Based on the assessment material, these skills will be assessed:  your developmental skills, your cooperational and networking skills, your knowledge management skills and your reflection skills.

  Required skills 
Developmental skills and Cooperational and networking skills
  • You identify pedagogically significant and current development topics.
  • You participate in development activities in collaboration with others.
Knowledge management skills
  • You find appropriate and theoretically sound reference material for you develpment project.
  • You publish and disseminate the results of your development project in understandable and appropriate manner.
Reflective skills
  • You realistically assess the process and the results of your development project. You are able to assess yourself as a collaboration partner. You are also able to set new objectives for the development of your expertise.

Assessment scale

  • Pass/Fail

Learning assignments

This course consists of four learning assignments.

A learning circle chooses a mutual topic for pedagogical development project and plans how it will be carried out in practise (assignment 1, plan). The implementation of the project (assignment 2). As the third assignment you will publish the results of your project in an appropriate manner (assignment 3, publication). At the end of the course you need to assess the process of the project and its’ results (assignment 4, self-assessments).

The documentation of the project needs to be submitted in Optima. Publication and dissemination of the results will be agreed with your teacher educator.

1. Pedagogical development project plan

Within your learning circle you need to choose a topic for the pedagogical development project and justify it.  In the plan you should describe the stages of the project, make decisions about the implementation and publication, as well as, the work distribution in the group (see Figure 5). 

2. Implementation of your development project

In your learning circle you should familiarize yourself by searching for and analyzing current information and sources related to the topic. Your learning circle need to document the stages of development throughout the project and produce material for publication.

3. Publication and dissemination of the results

Publication and dissemination of the results are part of your development project. This will be agreed with your learning circle and your teacher educator. The results could be published as a one document, or if necessary can be  published in parts. The final product could be, for example, a training course, a workshop, a poster presentation, an online journal article, a column article or an article in a professional journal.

4. Self-assessment of the development project

The assessment of this course consists of two self-assessment tasks; learning circle’s and your own.

Self-assessment by the learning circle

A joint self-assessment by the learning circle needs be completed at the end to the project work. The assessment needs to include all the phases (planning, implementing and publishing). In your analysis consider the following: to what extend did you meet the goals? How could you have improved your work process?  How did you succeed in working together as a group?

Your own self-assessment

You own self-assessment focuses on your role in planning and implementation of the Pedagogical Development Project. You should reflect on the materials you have produced in relation to the aims you had set for yourself. What has been meaningful for you? What was your input in this development process? You should also reflect on your skills and knowledge in relation to the assessment criteria: in which way and on what grounds did your own process and your results reflect the criteria?