|Sumár projektu:||This project aims to improve internationalization at universities in Europe through professional development of academics. We will design two courses to help participants to teach international students more effectively and to improve academic writing skills. As a result, participant teachers will devise new curricula of undergraduate and graduate courses for international students, prepare effective academic writing assignments for students and enhance own publication record through publishing in impacted journals and/or with reputed academic publishers.
We will undertake pilot testing of both courses with at least 75 academics from two universities. Another project outcome will be a dedicated web portal with freely accessible materials for teachers in social sciences and humanities that will allow them to use innovative teaching methods and approaches and network with colleagues from other institutions. We will evaluate the course impact in at least two studies focusing particularly on the potential of reflective teaching and on the role of trust while facilitating changes in teaching and wider academic practice. Finally, under this project we will compile a plan for professionalizing higher education teaching in the region. The outcomes of our project will be disseminated to a number of institutions beyond the project consortium to increase internationalization and quality of education in Europe in general.
To conclude, please allow us to summarize the main strengths of our project as we can see them. This project
builds upon a survey of needs undertaken at two project partners for which the new curricula will be designed and where they will be tested before offering them to other beneficiaries
teams up institutions that are leaders in internationalization with those committed to increase internationalization and quality of learning in order to allow tangible synergic effects from cooperation
produces high-quality outcomes: curricula of two courses, a dedicated portal with teaching and learning materials and a cooperation plan that can be accessed easily and for free by a variety of users including university teachers, students, university managers, educational developers, learning technologists, etc.
encourages symbiosis between research (including that from cognitive sciences) and teaching, which are two key responsibilities of academics, yet too often considered separately
includes two reputed associated partners outside the project consortium. Each of them has a number of institutional members that can directly benefit from this project
focuses on areas that can be directly linked to enhanced student and staff mobility
evaluates its outcomes using scientific methods of data collection, data analysis and presentation, similarly as it has been done in impacted peer reviewed publications
innovates for a wide circle of European institutions of higher education based on the latest findings from pedagogical research
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