Project summary

IRNet - International Research Network for study and development of new tools and methods for advanced pedagogical science in the field of ICT instruments, e-learning and intercultural competences

Project financed by the European Commission
under the 7th Framework Programme,
within the Marie Curie Actions
International Research Staff Exchange Scheme

 

Grant Agreement

No: PIRSES-GA-2013-612536
Duration of the project:
48 months1/01/2014 – 31/12/2017

Project summary

Nowadays, we can observe a rapid transition of the knowledge society to the "society of global competence", in which both the global economy and the education systems are undergoing changes. It is evident, that without an active implementation of innovative forms and methods of education, and above all, distance learning at all levels of education these objectives cannot be successfully achieved. At the same time we should identify an existing problem - the fact that e-learning methodology is not yet fully developed and specified, both within the EU and in Ukraine. Developing and implementation of the system designed to develop IT competences of contemporary specialist, in particularly the future teachers, current teacher, leadership, based on the systematic use of selected Internet technologies, such as some LCMS systems (as Moodle), Massive Open Online Courses, "virtual classroom" technology, social media, other selected Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. technology positively contributes to the development of skills in the area of IT and intercultural competences. The IRNet project aims to set up a thematic multidisciplinary joint exchange programme dedicated to research and development of new tools for advanced pedagogical science in the field of ICT instruments, distance learning and intercultural competences in EU (Poland, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia) and Third Countries (Australia, Russia, Ukraine). The programme will strengthen existing collaboration and establish new scientific contacts through mutual secondments of researchers. The main objectives of the project are: 1. to exchange expertise and knowledge in the field of the innovative techniques of education between EU and Third Countries and suggest effective strategies of implementing new tools in their profession; 2. to analyze and evaluate social, economic, legal conditions, as well as methodologies and e-learning techniques being developed in the European and Third Countries involved.

The IRNet  project aims to set up a thematic multidisciplinary joint exchange programme dedicated to development of new tools for advanced pedagogical science in the field of ICT instruments, distance learning and intercultural competences in EU, Australia, Ukraine and Russia. The programme will strengthen existing collaboration between EU partners, and 2 third country institutions of higher education through mutual secondments of researchers.

Nowadays, we can observe a rapid transition of the knowledge society to the "society of global competence", in which both the global economy and the education systems are undergoing changes. It is evident; that without an active implementation of innovative forms and effective methods of education, and above all, distance learning at all levels of education these objectives cannot be successfully achieved. However, we can identify an existing problem that ICT techniques and e-learning methodology are not fully developed yet either within the EU or in Australia and in Ukraine.  In this situation, an implementation of the system designed to develop ICT competences of contemporary specialists, in particularly current and future teachers,  based on the systematic use of selected Internet technologies, such as some LCMS systems (as Moodle), Massive Open Online Courses, "virtual classroom" technology, social media, other selected Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technology will positively contribute to the development of skills in the area of ICT and intercultural competences.

The overall goal of this project is to anticipate the coming years when universities from Western- and Eastern European countries face the need to work together, both in terms of student exchange and in terms of technological and infrastructural procedures for exchanging staff members and open online courseware material. The recent attention for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) is only a small part of the solution. Much more vital is the compatibility of institutional policies, benchmarks for effectiveness and the mutual recognition of assessment characteristics. The partner Curtin University (Perth, Australia) has the crucial role of pre-ambuling the already prominent tradition of offering Higher Education for students from Asia and Southern America. This is a fast trend in Western and Eastern European countries as well. Earlier pilot projects between American and European organisations for International Higher Education (Atlantis and Fipse)  have learnt that incompatibility in technical and cultural aspects are still inhibiting a smooth further evolution of student exchange."

The main objectives of the project are:

  1. To evaluate teaching competences and to suggest effective strategies of implementing new innovative tools in the educational activity in the context of globalization of education.
  1. To explore indicators of educational effectiveness i the EU and third countries involved in the project;
  2. To exchange experiences, analyze and evaluate teaching competences in usage of innovative forms of education and suggest effective strategies of implementing innovative ICT tools in the education activity;
  3. To analyze and evaluate social, economic, law and ethics conditions, as well as methodologies and models of e-learning techniques being developed in the European and third countries involved into the project;
  4. To evaluate the effectiveness of the existing models/methodologies designed to provide e-learning and enhance intercultural awareness;
  5. To develop a new model based on the current existing models/methodologies and literature review.
  6. To evaluate and present new models/methodologies for an effective remote collaborative work and improve Information technologies in Education Science in EU and third countries.
  7. To actively transfer knowledge with a view to generating strategic impacts in the thematic research area;
  8. To promote scientific discussion about the integrity of systems of education and work focusing on competence issues in the context of globalization of higher education.
    1. Staff exchange between institutions in Europe (Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal) and third countries (Ukraine, Russia and Australia).
  1. To strengthen existing collaborative research (e-learning methodology, web 2.0, web 3.0 technology analyze, intercultural competences, teacher skills in school of the future, social, human, IT, psychological, methodical, ethical, law factors, influence on some key competences developing);
  2. To expand scientific contacts with other promising partners from higher education institutions (University of Twente (Netherlands), Extremadura University (Spain), Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (Slovak Republic), University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Curtin  University in Perth (Australia), Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University (Ukraine), Dniprodzerzhinsk State Technical University (Ukraine), Lisbon Lusiada University (Portugal), Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St.Petersburg (Russian Federation);
  3. To exchange expertise and knowledge in the field of the innovative techniques of education;
  4. To develop in the future new common collaborative research projects between Australian, Ukrainian and European institutions involved into the project;

The exchange scheme is unlimited to the development stage: further research should be carried out between the EU and third countries to implement the brand-new models/methodologies to assess and evaluate if the new models/methodologies are matching the current teaching models in these countries.  

The planned scientific activities are divided into seven interconnected work packages in order to structure the work planned, of which five are based on joint researches of all the partners, one is focusing to dissemination of results (WP7) and one WP is designed to project management (WP1). Each of Work Packages is designed to one of main research activities of the project and aims to develop a new conceptual and methodological approach in the thematic research area. These will be also a basis of long term research collaboration promoting knowledge transfer between EU and third countries. The project seeks to use the synergies and complementarities of the 10 research teams to furnish a more accurate and holistic picture of the current state of universities. Each of these Work Packages is designed to produce specific outputs: workshops to discuss the results, a website, a working paper series to put the research results quickly into the public domain, and a book covering the scientific achievements. Overall, the work packages aim to widen an established research agenda and to develop a new conceptual and methodological approach. These will be the basis of a joint research application and long term research collaboration, which will assist in promoting and reflecting upon knowledge transfer between EU and non-EU countries.