The partners from all the universities involved in ProPIC met in Boras in Sweden last week to discuss the upcoming study week, e-portfolio creation and how we assess the programme. It was enlightening and engaging, and the weather was great too!
Particularly interesting was hearing how each partner is incorporating the programme into their own courses and how their students are getting involved. Digital skills and competences are of course a key area that we are exploring, and here at Newcastle we’re thinking about our e-portfolios and how we can use them to demonstrate not just our digital skills but also to document how we are becoming reflective practitioners.
We’re now excited to start meeting our colleagues and fellow students from the partner universities in preparation for collaborating with them during the study week!
We are already one year into the ProPIC project! So what have we been up to so far?
All five partners attended an initial kick-off meeting in Karlsruhe, where we agreed on a schedule for the project and divided up responsibilities between the partners. The first few months allowed us time to set up regular communication channels, work on the online modules, and set up the study week for our home students, and for the students who would travel from Newcastle to our partner universities.
In June, we hosted our partners here in Newcastle. It was a great opportunity to show them our wonderful city and to collaborate further on the work we had all been doing on the website, online modules, and study week.
During the first study week in September, we hosted students from Karlsruhe and Kiel, while our Newcastle students visited our partners in Barcelona and Karlsruhe. We had a variety of sessions, including talks from academics at the University and VEO demonstrations, as well as social events. The feedback we have received has been positive, and we are now already planning our second study week in May.
We are excited about what comes next. Our students are currently working on their research projects, which have been incorporated into their studies so that they form part of their degree. Next year, we will also be hosting researchers from our partner universities in Barcelona, Kiel, and Karlsruhe as they too complete exchanges, and our next partner meeting takes place in February in Borås!
Keep an eye on this blog and social media platforms for further updates!
Welcome to the ProPIC @Newcastle blog! This blog is intended to chart the experience of the teacher educators and the students involved in the ProPIC research project, for which Newcastle University’s School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences is one of 5 international partners (alongside the University of Barcelona, University of Borås (Sweden), the University of Kiel (Germany), and the University of Education Karlsruhe (Germany).
The ProPIC project is working with foreign language teachers, supporting them in the use of mobile technologies and promoting transnational collaboration. Students taking part in the project have the opportunity to take online learning modules, complete an ePortfolio, and complete a study week abroad at one of the five partner universities.
We are now in the second year of the project. So far, the research staff working on the project have met in Karlsruhe and Newcastle in addition to their regular online meetings, and students from all 5 universities have completed study weeks abroad. Students have also been working on their own research projects reflecting on their teaching and the subject matter covered during the ProPIC course. Here’s our international students during the Newcastle study week in September – notice the Newcastle University jumpers and hoodies too!
We’ll be writing about the experiences of our research staff, Newcastle students taking part in the project, and the international students who come to visit us in Newcastle throughout the project. So please continue to visit this blog to find out more about the ProPIC project in Newcastle!
Further information on the ProPIC project can also be found via the main website (www.propiceuropa.com), Facebook (@propiceuropa), and Twitter (@proPIC_Europa).