ViSuAL – Evidence-based hands-on pedagogy for using productive video-collaborative learning

In the beginning of the current COVID-19 epoch online teaching was booming. However, currently many teachers are thinking about ways to make the ‘talking heads’ on the students’ screens more interactive. Teachers search for ‘active learning’ possibilities. One of those possibilities is the use of video tools in a way that contributes to developing conceptual…

“The playground” in teacher training (2/2)

Article written by Marit Kulild, Høgskulen på Vestlandet, Bergen, Norway and Francine Behnen, NHL Stenden, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands In our previous blogpost we described how we found common ground in innovations and improvements that are currently taking place in teacher training at both our institutes through the metaphor of a ‘playground’. Metaphors bring with them certain well-defined expectations,…

“The playground” in teacher training (1/2)

Article written by Marit Kulild, Høgskulen på Vestlandet, Bergen, Norway and Francine Behnen, NHL Stenden, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands As teacher educators one of our main tasks is to support teachers (students) as they strive to find answers to their own questions of practice and to develop themselves personally and professionally (Fisher, 2009). In both our countries, Norway and…

COVID-19 crisis is the catalyst of change in education

COVID-19 crisis forces people to slow down, stay at home, and keep social distancing.  At the same time, the crisis becomes a catalyst for educational institutions and pedagogic communities to rapidly cope with changing requirements in distance learning.  Innovative, scalable and flexible solutions are demanded to keep run learning, teaching, and assessment. From a critical point of…