PS! Only complete applications including all annexes submitted within the deadline will be considered for selection.
Applications are evaluated based on
Motivation letter (up to 1,5 page) that demonstrates the applicant’s motivation to participate, explains his/her expectations about the program and explains how the participation in the summer program is connected with his/hers studies and interests, and how the applicant plans to use gained experience and knowledge in the future
Educational technology is an interdisciplinary field of study, which focuses on facilitating learning and improving teaching practices by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources and providing corresponding training to educators. European Commission's Strategic framework of Education & Training 2020 sets objectives such as making lifelong learning and mobility a reality, improving the quality and efficiency of education and training, promoting equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship, enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training. All these goals are tightly connected with the use of new technologies and methods, for instance online courses. Opening up education through new technologies is important not only for improving the access to education, developing new teaching methods and approaches, modernizing substance and topics, but also requires students to acquire digital skills during the study process. Consequently, teachers, programme designers and education managers will be the key persons, who will lead the innovation and modernization of teaching and learning.
The Centre for Educational Technology works on five topics: 1) educational technology, 2) inquiry-based learning, 3) responsible research and innovation, 4) new learning paradigm, and 5) inclusive education. The Centre has been and is involved in many international research and development projects in Educational Technology and ICT (e.g., FP7 projects Science Created by You (SCY), Go-Lab and Ark of Inquiry [as coordinator]). Research by members of the Centre has been published in many high-level research publications and a learning module developed in partnership with the FP7 SCY project received the Science Magazine Award for Inquiry-Based Science Instruction in 2014.
Estonia has a well-deserved reputation as an advanced e-society. In 2007 it was the first country in the world to introduce nation-wide Internet voting in its national parliamentary election. Free and fast Wi-Fi internet connections are available in many public places across the country. In August 2014 a new general competence (digital competence) was added to the national curriculum. Education policy in Estonia now explicitly expects schools to play a major role in developing students’ digital competence.
Programme fee: 1000 € includes tuition fee, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, the services of the host university with the accommodation in double rooms at student dormitory. Participants can also organise their own housing, then the the programme fee is 700 €. Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country.
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