Pedagogical Development Project (8 cr)

In this course you will choose a pedagogical theme or practise that is interesting for you and your fellow students in your learning circle. Within your learning circle, find a joint pedagogical development topic and plan how it will be implemented in practise. You can i.e. sctrutinize closer some theme which you have found interesting during Facilitating Learning -course or the thing you want to develop further can also be something in your own school or workplace. After you have made your choise you will plan a development project according questions you will find in this course’s learning assignment.

The development project will begin with familiarizing yourself with current information and other source material. After that you should plan how the development project will be implemented in practise and how the results will be published.

Figure 5. Pedagogical Development Project

Learning outcomes

Student is able to develop his pedagogical practise with others and is able to publish the results of your development work in an appropriate and theoretically sound manner. Student is able to assess realistically his/her own skills as a facilitator of learning

Content

Implementation of a pedagogical development project

Assessment material

  • The documents concerning the planning and implementing the pedagogical developpment project
  • Publication of the results of the project
  • Self-assessment

Assessment criteria

Based on the assessment material, these skills will be assessed:  your developmental skills, your cooperational and networking skills, your knowledge management skills and your reflection skills.

Required skills 
Developmental skills and Cooperational and networking skills
  • You identify pedagogically significant and current development topics.
  • You participate in development activities in collaboration with others.
Knowldge management skills
  • You find appropriate and theoretically sound reference material for you develpment project.
  • You publish and disseminate the results of your development project in understandable and appropriate manner.
Reflective skills
  • You realistically assess the process and the results of your development project. You are able to assess yourself as a collaboration partner. You are also able to set new objectives for the development of your expertise.

 

Assessment scale

  • Pass/Fail

   Learning assignments

This course consists of four learning assignments.

Pedagogical Development Project consists of four learning assignments. A learning circle chooses mutual object for development work and plans how the project will be carried out in practise (assignement 1. Peadagogical Development Project plan). The project will be carried out and stages and the results will be published (assignment 2. Implementation of  your development project). As the third assignment you will publish the results of your project in an appropriate manner (assignment 3. Publication and dissemination of your results). At the end of the course the students involved in the project assess the process of the development project and it’s results (assignment 4. Self-assessment of the Development Project).

You will elaborate your project plan and documentate it’s progress in Optima. Publication and dissemination of the results will be agreed by your learning circle and your teacher educator.

 

   1.    Pedagogical Development Project plan

In your learning circle, you will familiarise yourself by searching for and analyzing current information and other source material. Your learning circle should document the stages of development throughout the project and produce material for publication.

   2.    Implementation of your development project

In your learning circle, you will familiarise yourself by searching for and analyzing current information and other source material. Your learning circle should document the stages of development throughout the project and produce material for publication.

   3.    Publication and dissemination of your results 

Publication and dissemination of your results are part of your development project.  It will be achieved as agreed by your learning circle and your teacher educator. The results could be produced jointly by your learning circle, or it can be separated and published in different places. The end product could be, for example, a training event, a workshop, a poster presentation, online journal article, column article or article in a professional journal.

   4.   Self-assessment of the Development Project

The assessment of the Pedagogical Development Project -course consists of two self-assessment tasks; your learning circle’s and your own.

Your learning circle’s self-assessment

A joint learning circle self-assessment should be completed after planning, implementing and publishing your development project. Your learning circle should analyse the material it has produced in accordance with the aims you set for your project, i.e.: to what extend did you meet the goals?, how could you have improved your work process?, what were the roles of the members of the development work?

Your own self-assessment

You own self-assessment focuses on your role in planning and implementation of the Pedagogical Development Project. You should reflect on the materials you have produced in relation to the aims you had set for yourself. What has been meaningful for you? What was you input in this develpoment process? Also you should reflect on your skills and knowledge in relation to the assessment criteria: in which way and on what grounds did your process and your results reflect the criteria.