Is your country currently in lockdown? Have you and your colleagues embarked on the challenge of online teaching? Are you eager to try new teaching strategies and tools that would allow you to keep your students hooked on the topic even when at home, surrounded by many distractions? A quick conversation with the EuroClio community proves that you are not alone. Many teachers from across Europe are, in this very moment, designing their next (online) history lesson, and wondering how to make it interesting and informative for 20+ teenagers, in 20+ different rooms.
For this reason, we have developed a course of seven lessons that tackle different aspects of online teaching, and refer to useful strategies and tools. With this course, who will see different speakers share their experiences, as well as some useful tips and tricks on how to approach the challenge of online teaching, we hope to guide teachers from all across Europe in transferring their activities from the classroom to the web. The course will be held free of charge.
Registering will allow you to receive updates on the course’s sessions, including previews of the content, reminders of the publication, and feedback forms. At the end of the course, we will release a certificate to all educators who took part to at least 5 lessons.
Thursday 2 April – Online teaching, the basics. In this session, Jacek Stanizsewski and Richard Kennet will share their personal approaches to online teaching, and draw conclusions on a series of guiding principles that can be applied in online teaching throughout Europe.
Thursday 16 April – Creating Coherence, not Chaos. This session will focus on planning your online lesson, as well as the online learning path for your students. It will be hosted by Helen Snelson and Sally Thorne.
Thursday 30 April – Sifting the Fabulous from the Fake. How do you make sure that students use reliable sources when tackling your online lessons? Find it out in this session from Ute Ackermann Boeros.
Thursday 14 May – Energy and Engagement. This session, based on materials developed in the framework of the Learning to Disagree project, will outline a series of teaching strategies on how to engage your students. It will be hosted by Helen Snelson, and focus especially on dialogue and debate, an on the use of current history as a hook.
Thursday 28 May – Tools to complement your teaching. On this day, we will publish a double session on useful tools and websites that you could use to complement the design of your lessons. This will include MindMup, Adobe Spark, and other instruments to be confirmed. The sessions will be hosted by Hannah Young and Natia Pirtskhalava.
Thursday 11 June – Assessment in the time of online teaching. The final lesson will be delivered by Anthony Malone, from Maynooth University, a partner in the Learning to Disagree project. Anthony will focus on sharing tips, tricks, and strategies to assess your students’ competences with online instruments.