The goal for the second work package (WP 2) is to develop new ways to support staff in their digital pedagogical development work by a) evaluating and developing existing study modules, b) developing new study modules in higher education and c) evaluating and redesigning teaching spaces.

New courses will be planned for teachers to teach them how to simultaneously implement time-space flexible digital teaching as well as student-centered and interactive pedagogical solutions in contact teaching.

WP 2 will be carried out as four new courses that will be developed within their own teams:

WP 2a. The external and internal environments for teaching, counselling and studying in higher education

Team
Maria Byholm (Tritonia), Charlotta Hilli (ÅA), Tove Forslund (ÅA), Bettina Backström-Widjeskog (ÅA), Carina Kiukas (Arcada), Michael Uljens (ÅA), Anu Ylitalo (Tritonia), Katri Rintamäki (Tritonia), Sanna West (Tritonia), Sanna Eronen (VY), Yvonne Backholm (ÅA).

Background and goals
A goal for the subproject is to analyze the already existing LIN 1–4 courses organized by Tritonia’s EduLab and Åbo Akademi University’s basic study module in university pedagogy. Five courses that build a new basic study module in higher education pedagogy (25 ECTS) will be planned based on the analyses.

Another main goal is to specify teachers’ pedagogical digital thinking and needs and how these can be taken into consideration in the planning of the new courses.The goal of the study module is a program that supports the collective, explorative and constantly developing development work for higher education teachers in all fields of education and disciplines.

Research plan
Testing and evaluating LIN-course packages: the already existing LIN-study modules will be evaluated by using the equipment and know-how in Åbo Akademi University’s Experience Lab.

Two study modules will be developed during the spring 2018 according to the goals of the HELLA project. The digital pedagogical planning of the study environments will be studied in detail. The theoretical basis of the development project is primarily non-affirmative didactics. The principles of interpretive action research, developing work-studies and pedagogical design studies will be applied in the research of planning of the new courses and in the investigative follow-up.

Work plan
The project consist of the following parts:

  • Autumn 2017­–Spring 2018: Planning and research. Development of two digital pedagogical courses (persons in charge Maria Byholm, Charlotta Hilli)
  • Autumn 2018: Piloting and evaluating the study module. Virtual reality and augmented reality-based workshops will be arranged in cooperation with Experience Lab for the staff in higher education institutions if needed.
  • Spring and autumn 2019: Introduction of the study module, publishing activities. Developing a model for furnishing teaching spaces in relation to pedagogical practices.

 

WP 2b. Pedagogical supervision (5 ECTS)

Team
Renata Svedlin (ÅA), Heidi Blom (Vasa yrkeshögskola), Michael Uljens (ÅA), Nina Nässlin (VY)

Background and goals
The goal for the study module is to study the different forms of supervision as a part of university teachers’ pedagogical competence. Supervision is, for instance, included in courses (course-leader), laboratory working and practical exercises (course leader), practical training (supervisor), supervising master’s theses and other theses and in study guidance (study affairs). Supervision is usually given separately from the formal goals in the course curriculum and it is often neglected in course descriptions, for example. From the student point of view, the supervision is important and often crucial for the study success.

Research plan
Traditionally courses in supervision have been offered by the network of teacher educators eNorssi, for example. The schools that are involved in eNorssi organize an ongoing 25 ECTS teaching program about supervision in teacher education. Another established programme is the national group mentoring VERME project. Courses have been arranged since 2006. In the Nordic countries, especially in Norway, there has been a long tradition of supervision and education in supervision. Also in Sweden supervision and studying of supervision has had a long tradition. In relation to the current goal of the HELLA project to develop and pilot a course in supervision in higher education (5 ECTS), it is necessary to critically study the practices and at the same time increase knowledge and experience of supervision.

Work plan

  • Autumn 2017–Spring 2018: Analyzing the existing theories and courses about supervision – course contents, position in supervision tradition, supervision in relation to pedagogical theory and experiences of cooperation project about supervision with Vasa Övningsskola.
  • Autumn 2018: Piloting and testing the study module, module testing and dialogue with schools/higher education institutions about content areas.
  • Spring and autumn 2019: Evaluation of the study module and publishing activities.

 

WP 2c. Pedagogical management of degree programmes

Team
Michael Uljens (ÅA), Janne Elo (ÅA), Jenni Kantola (VY), Christa Tigerstedt (Arcada)

Background and goals
The situation today, when the higher education institutions have changed over to degree programmes, requires a stronger pedagogical expertise from the heads of the degree programmes. At this moment only a few heads of degree programmes have a pedagogical education. The goal of the study module is to develop the knowledge and skills for the heads of the degree programmes and, with the multilingual study module, to produce pedagogical competence within the following themes (the plan is preliminary) :

  • Experts’ pedagogical competence
  • The pedagogical design of degree programmes
  • Managing and developing the competence of an expert community
  • Collegial administration culture in higher education institutions
  • Managing teaching, learning and degrees in higher education institutions
  • The strategic management of education at a university level

Research plan
The pedagogical management has been studied earlier mainly in a school context, not in a context of higher education. To answer to the needs of the heads of the degree programmes, we are going to carry out an action research on their practices and opinions of pedagogical management in higher education. The goal for the study is to understand and develop the phenomenon of pedagogical management in higher education institutions by combining pedagogics, economics and management in a multidisciplinary way. The project will combine especially educational leadership –research, European didactics and Anglo-American curriculum theory. Dissertation research and post doc studies are included in the project. The research will be published in international journals and compiled works.

Work plan
The project consist of the following parts

  • Autumn 2017–Spring 2018: Planning and research
  • Autumn 2018: Piloting and evaluating the study module.
  • Spring and autumn 2019: Introducing the study module, publishing activities.

 

WP 2d. Digital information resources and effective information retrieval in teachers’ work (5 CTS)

Team
Katri Rintamäki (Tritonia), Sanna Eronen (VY), Anne Lehto, Heidi Troberg, Anne Aro, Essi Turunen, Linda-Marie Evertson, Ellinor Hjerpe (Tritonia)

Background and goals
Digital learning is based on phenomenon-based learning where versatile ways of information retrieval and information evaluation are essential. The role of libraries as centers for information retrieval and support for studies becomes emphasized in digital learning. Information retrieval is essential in basic degree studies, further studies, research and project activities. Academic libraries use most of their materials budget for acquiring digital information resources that support teaching and research.

Work plan
The project consist of the following parts

  • Autumn 2017–Spring 2018: Planning and research
  • Autumn 2018: Piloting and evaluating the study module.
  • Spring and autumn 2019: Introducing the study module, publishing activities.