The online training programme will combine innovative learning and teaching techniques with interaction with the project tutors and trainees from across Europe. It will be structured in a way that will enable teachers across Europe to embed rhythm-based approaches integrating music and dance into schools to foster inclusion of students with special education needs and offering and engaging environment for creative learning experiences.
Teachers with no artistic training will be enabled to use the arts and overcome obstacles deriving from inhibitions and sense of inadequacy towards their own artistic abilities. They will gain knowledge of a method with pioneering and successful practices to use with their students.
The distance learning nature of the online training programme will expand the potential number of users from virtually any geographical area and there is already a consistent number of teachers with great expectation for the this programme from previous successful projects (such as e-ARTinED and MultiLib) that have used the same underlying platform (Coursevo) thus facilitating the inclusion of the previously developed materials (in order to be reused and extended) and participating teachers (in order to bootstrap the project’s Community of Practice).
The online training programme will be delivered by the staff of the partner institutions and tested with teachers recruited by the partners. These will be not only the trainees of the programme, but will act as evaluators and will contribute to co-create the final shape of the offered courses towards the further exploitation of project results and their reuse to support teachers even after the end of the project. Note also that the underlying platform that will be developed in Intellectual Output O5 will also offer services for live collaboration and discussions (webinars, video chat rooms) that will also enable synchronous interactions among the participating teachers as well as with teachers and psycho-pedagogical experts to evaluate the success of adopted teaching practices and provide valuable feedback and guidance to the teachers in their efforts to use music and dance for inclusion in their classrooms.
The training programme with contain 2 art-related courses (covering music and dance), a course that will address psycho-pedagogical aspects, a course on the use of digital tools to document and share teaching practices and a course on the effective design, implementation and evaluation of playful learning interventions . In total 5 courses will be designed implemented and finally evaluated with a total duration of 5 months. Finally, the participating teachers will be asked to implement the knowledge and skills acquired during these courses to design, implement and document learning interventions targeting integration of arts to promote inclusive creative learning experiences for their students. They will also apply the knowledge and skills acquired with respect to the use of digital tools for documenting their teaching practices to deliver their final reports in digital format that will be subsequently evaluated to provide final feedback for fine-tuning their practices. At the same time, this process will help in evaluating to what extend and under which circumstances it is possible to support remote teachers with psycho-pedagogical guidance on their need to address children with special needs effectively within an inclusive learning framework. This is one of the major challenges that this project tries to address so that teachers without direct contact with psycho-pedagogical experts (e.g. those working in remote schools and rural areas) can overcome these barriers and be supported effectively.