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El Gate: Pedagogic Model

EL GATE

PEDAGOGICAL MODEL

ANTÓNIO TEIXEIRA, MARIA DO CARMO TEIXEIRA PINTO & ISOLINA OLIVEIRA

The following EL Gate Pedagogical Model is a reference document for the El Gate training course design. The document sets a pedagogical framework for teachers and tutors working in a fully online learning environment. It defines common methods and selects typical tools to be used in the training course. This document is not prescriptive, but intends to establish a common platform for all partners given their diverse pedagogical traditions and cultures. The design of the El Gate pedagogical Model tried to be as open as possible to accommodate all partners specific pedagogical approaches. However, it focused mainly in the official pedagogical models used by Universidade Aberta [UAb] (Portugal) and Universidad Estatal a Distancia [UNED] (Costa Rica).

I. STUDENT-CENTRED LEARNING

 

In the El Gate Pedagogical Model, each student is taken as an active individual, which builds its own knowledge, and is fully committed with her/his own learning process. Accordingly, she/he’s responsible for the selection of their own learning path although as part of a community of learners. Being student-centred, the El Gate model allows her/him the freedom to take the best advantage of the available resources, and to plan the study work, controlling both the rhythm and progress of learning.

I.1. Independent and collaborative learning

Student learning should be a combination of independent and collaborative work. In fact, the activities that structure the learning path are partly developed by students working independently, using a set of resources and carrying out given activities according to the guidelines provided by the teacher/tutor. At the beginning of each learning unit, the students should be subject to a diagnostic assessment that helps her/him to make use of their own prior knowledge and previous experience. This will make possible for the students to engage more deeply in the learning process, because they can perceive it clearly as a completion and development of their own already established expertise and recognized knowledge needs.

Independent learning is complemented in each unit by peer learning. Students are given the chance to discuss topics both with colleague students and the tutors in the dedicated forums. This will allow for sharing experiences and points of view in face of common objectives and the developed competences. The basic capacities needed for the professional development of ID managers (the capacity to negotiate, discuss and critical assess situations and the capacity to autonomously take decisions and account for it) is fully trained in the collective activities that

consolidate the learning in each main unit. The El Gate Model aspires to make possible the development of a sustainable learning community, shaped by the students which as practitioners will foster the future online CoP.

I.2. Student autonomy and responsibility

Given each student is in charge for her/his own learning, she/he should be responsible for the workload management. In fact, students should dedicate an average two hours a day or ten hours a week for learning activities. Students do not have to work on weekends, although it’s expected they may use it according to their convenience.

I.3. Teacher and tutor roles

In the El Gate Pedagogic Model, teacher’s work is directed at facilitating the search, process and assimilation of new knowledge by the students. Thus, allowing them to assimilate it in relation to their own context and to put into practice. As facilitators of the learning process, the teacher and the tutor, should help the students organize their work, stimulating cooperation within the learning community.

The teacher is responsible for the definition of the contents, objectives, competences and assessment for each learning unit/topic. She/he should also set the learning activities appropriate to the given contents and select/indicate the learning resources. It is expected the teacher should be an expert in the subject of her/his learning unit/topic.

The tutor is the person in charge of advising and counseling the students, managing the development of the given learning activities and process. It is required the tutor should be acquainted with the topics of the course and be very experienced in online learning pedagogy.

In a given topic or learning unit, teacher and tutor roles could be played by the same person, if considered appropriate.

II. FLEXIBILITY

The El Gate Pedagogical Model is based on the possibility students can access learning content and activities or perform it flexibly. During the training course duration, students are not required to displace themselves or access at given times of the day. The online pedagogical approach used in the El Gate training course is mostly based on the extensive use of asynchronous communication tools available on the LMS Claroline. A critical tool will be the forums. These tools will allow for the development of critical thinking skills and to share knowledge and resources with peers.

III. ASSESSMENT

Student assessment will be based in a continuous assessment approach, complemented with a final team project. Continuous assessment should contribute to a maximum 40% (ex: producing videos, producing papers or short essays, forum participation, contribution to blogs or wikis... other). The final Work Project should contribute to a maximum of 60%.

In order to be approved in the course, students should score a minimum of 75% in their final grading.

IV. ONLINE FAMILIARIZATION AND SOCIALIZATION

On Theme I Online Familiarization and Socialization, students enrolled in the El Gate training course will be given the opportunity in a special 2-week period to become familiar with the online learning environment and also to engage in the development of a social community. This is particularly important since it’s expected most students will be new to the media. The success of their learning experience will depend a lot on how they are trained to make good and effective use of online tools.

V. VIRTUAL CLASSES

It’s intended by virtual class an autonomously-run course group of students to which a particular team of tutors is attributed. Since it’s expected fifty (50) students will enroll in the El Gate training course, two (2) virtual classes should be set. The classes will be running simultaneously. A virtual class tutor team includes two tutors at every time.

VI. LEARNING OBJECTS (LO)

The course will be structured in a series of Learning Objects (LO). Each LO is expected to include a set of resources (text, video or audio-based) accompanied with a diagnostic assessment tool and a final assessment tool. These LO should focus on a specific and autonomous number of competences in a learning unit or topic. The use of LO should also be complemented with a final forum organized on the topic.

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Proyecto El Gate

La idea del proyecto es desarrollar y reforzar las oficinas universitarias dedicadas a la cooperación internacional a través de la transferencia a las universidades de Latinoamérica de algunos de los modelos adoptados con éxito por las universidades de la Unión Europea.

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