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International Collaborative Projects for Christian Schools

ACSI Europe is offering a Moodle based online course for teachers to facilitate such international collaborations. The online course offers high quality methodological training combined with biblical integration using Project Based Learning.

ACSI e-Learning course - Program Description

ACSI Europe member schools desire to develop and offer international collaborative projects for their students. ACSI is facilitating this initiative with the following goals:

  • Providing International collaboration opportunites at teacher and student levels (with discounts for ACSI member schools)
  • Helping teachers develop meaningful biblical integration in their school subjects to facilitate character and spiritual formation of their students
  • Learning how to design effective projects for Project Based Learning
  • Developing your students' 21st Century Learning Skills (collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication)

To meet this need, ACSI Europe is offering a Moodle based course for teachers. This online course offers high quality methodological training combined with biblical integration using Project Based Learning. Course participants partner with each other in developing a project as part of their course assignments. These subject-related collaborative projects will then be implemented by their students.

This 8-week course has two phases:

1. Partnership and Project Design Phase (4 weeks)

Course applicants are organized into teams based on their subject area, level of education, project working language, etc. In the online course, participants study the necessary elements of project based learning. Then the teams define and develop a project of their preference. The online course is designed to provide teachers with all the necessary support in the development of a well-designed project with biblical integration elements. 

2. Project Implementation Phase (4 weeks)

After the teams of teachers have fully developed their projects, they begin working with their students in collaboration with the students of other team members from the online course. Successful project implementation is facilitated and guaranteed by regular check-points, brief reports, and support by the course instructors.

Length of the Online Course:

4 weeks project development + 4 weeks project implementation
Course begins: March 13, 2017
Course ends: May 5, 2017 (project implementation may continue beyond this date)
Other start dates will be available each fall and each spring semester, depending on how we can match your interest areas and student grade levels.

Confirm your interest in the program HERE.

Pricing:

100 EUR/teacher from ACSI member schools in Western countries 
150 EUR/teacher from non-member Christian schools in Western countries
20 EUR/teacher from ACSI member schools in Eastern-European countries

A 50% discount applies to all the above prices for this course in March 2017!

Further Details:

Who is this program for?
Christian school teachers who wish to involve their students in international subject-based collaboarative projects.
The program is designed with teachers of elementary-, middle-, and high schools in mind, Obviously, middle, and high school students are more mature for such collaborative projects. Kindergarten teachers may also participate to collaborate with teachers and their classes, but most likely those young chikdren will not be able to use collaborative digital platforms without the help of their teachers.

What 21st Century Classroom practices are supported through this course?
Project Based Learning -  Biblical Integration - Cooperative Learning - Social and Emotional Learning Skills (SEL Skills) - Class Debate - Formative Assessment - Self-Assessment, Peer-Assessment - Portfolios - Bloom's Mastery Learning - Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner) - Daggett's Application Model - Blended Learning - Flipped Classroom - Technology Integration - Collaboration - Critical thinking - Creativity and Communication

What languages are used?
Instruction and project development will be in English this time, but your students may use other languages for project implemetation. 
In the future, we would like to expand this program to include all 30 offices of ACSI around the world, and the thousands of our member schools in the 105 countries where ACSI is present.

What is the process of registration?
Please fill out the interest registration form, so that we can start searching for a possible collaborative partner (another teacher with a similar class of students) for you. Once we have found a potential collaborative partner, we will notify you. Then, you will have to fill out the e-Learning registration form, and pay the course fees. Once, the course fees are received, we will give you access to the e-Learning course to begin workiing on your project in partnership with your collaborative partner.

What subjects are included in the collaborative projects?
You can collaborate with other schools in any school subject. You will have to indicate your subject preferences in the interest registration form.

What time commitment should I expect when I sign up for this e-Learning course?
This 8-week course will require approximately 4 hours per week. The first four weeks are used to develop your collaborative project working together with another participant, while the second four weeks are committed to implementing your project with your students working in collaboration with the students of your collegue with whom you developed the project.

How is time controlled throughout the course and the project implementation?
During the first four weeks, participating teachers work independently and in collaboraiton with their partners on developing a high quality project for their students. Participants can work at their own pace and timing during this phase, however, they are required to complete two assignments every week (first one by Wednesday midnight, and the second one by Saturday midnight).
During the project implementation phase, teachers and their students are working at their agreed timing, and post progress reports in the Moodle course twice a week (Wed night and Sat night). Project implementation may be shorter or longer than the four weeks we originally assigned. This is no problem, you just need to work with your partner teacher to work out a plan that suits your schedules to work around holidays or other timing issues. Such agreements between the two partners need to be included in the regular course progress reports.

Please write to Laci Demeter for more information at Laci_Demeter@acsi.org

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