Education & Training Division (ETD) was established in 2001, its main objectives are to train teachers, special groups and public sector executives in the use of ICTs , the promotion of innovative methods and technologies for further education, training and certification, and the development of the required supporting mechanisms and Information Systems.
ETD is based at the C.T.I. facilities on the University of Patras Campus, as well as in Athens in the Ambelokipous Branch. Its staff of 30 includes University Professors, researchers, senior managers, computer engineers, teachers with extensive experience in using ICTs and teacher trainers. It is also supported by scientific experts and consultants on issues concerning the design and evaluation of educational programmes. Professor Charalampos Zagouras is the director of the Sector.
The activities of the Further Education and Training Sector focus on:
On a national level, ETD has a key role in the study, organization and implementation of state programmes which primarily concern the further education (Training) of teachers and public executives in Information and Communication Technologies. TEK serves as the technical and scientific advisor to the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs for the training of school teachers of all grades and specializations within our compulsory education system, on two levels:
At a European level, the Further Education and Training Sector actively participates in several European projects (FP7-ICT, eContent, Socrates, Comenius, Grundtvig, Leonardo Da Vinci, Languages, and LLP-ICT). Current areas of interest are directed mainly towards the Education and Training 2010 programme, the European Qualifications Framework, the New Technologies policy areas, and the relevant areas of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013.
The Education and Training Division has a strong design and software development expertise, and has developed specialized tools with the original scope of innovative research prototypes.
The project aims to provide training to Greek Primary and Secondary school teachers in order to acquire basic ICT skills. The teacher training programmes are followed by a certification process based on the curriculum and content of the training courses.
The project has developed the following categories
The project concerns trainingteachers of Mathematics, Physics and Literature, Primary School and Kindergarten teachers (teaching fields that accumulate the highest number of teachers in Greece), in a) the fundamental principles of utilizing ICTs in the teaching process, b) the acquisition of specific skills in using educational material and IT tools according to the subject being taught, . The objective is to train 400 trainers and 15000 teachers (cascade training).
It is the extension of the training project implemented through the programme, with the same content, but with adjustments to enhance facilitation. The project is country-wide, offered through the 58 Education Directorates, and it concerns the training of 85.000 and 35000 school teachers of all specializations.
In this project ETD has undertaken the design and implementation of an Integrated Information Management System, the development of related subsystems and applications, the production of comprehensive guidelines for the system and processes involved, and the development of a user support system . ETD also provides training, support and maintenance services.
Aiming to upgrade the educational process in computer courses, the project designed and implemented, nationwide, education programs for 120 Teaching Computer trainers and 3200 IT instructors, training to update their knowledge in the latest technologies and deepening on the teaching of computing and pedagogical use ICT. The project implemented compound 8 academic institutions coordinated by the CTI.
The Dicode aims to facilitate and strengthen the cooperation and decision-making processes in complex environments characterized by accumulation of data. For this purpose, the project applies and extends the most modern techniques and technologies for the targeted search, analysis and collectivist consideration of huge ammount data. The solution provided by Dicode, based on the potential synergy reasoning of man and computer, will orchestrate a set of interoperation services. The validation of results will be implemented through three cases of use. The services developed will be available as open source licenses.
TheProject's goal is to propose a methodological framework for defining learning outcomes, to support transparency and qualifications comparability between different systems. Moreover, for a uniform application of ECVET in Europe, SLOT focuses on identifying learning outcomes for EU, and their correlation with skills and qualifications in accordance with the provisions of the EQF. Key action is to transfer knowledge and best practices from the Spanish National Institute of Qualifications.
The project is aimed at children and adults, professionals and not, interested either to be trained in fields relevant to their professional obligations and needs or just to get familiar with using ICT to meet their daily needs. To achieve these objectives courses have been designed based on real needs in remote areas, according to the needs expressed by the residents themselves, such as Cyclades (Greece), Fornetka (Poland), Kula (Bulgaria) and Palaichori (Cyprus) utilizing the most advanced tools for synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, based on technologies Web 2.0
The aim is to equip teachers with ICT competences that improve the teaching process which leads students with hearing difficulties to raise their motivation to learn and to acquire learning skills that are necessary in the information and knowledge based society. Main outputs comprise a course description, study materials planned for distance learning and an advice book on how to use ICT in the core subjects. The project is carried out in cooperation with schools, centers for children with hearing difficulties, centers for teacher training.
Development of a teaching approach based on InterComprehention method and a supportive online environment for learning German, Portuguese, Bulgarian and Greek. Interactive online activities, aimed at adults, have been produced, guiding the student from beginner to A2 level and can apply to both structured / institutional environments (school, university, KEK) and for independent learning
Exchange of know-how and methods for adult teaching of foreign languages. Among the studied methods: Method of Activation of Individual and Group Potential, Tandem – Learning, Multiform Method, European Language Portfolio, the Web-based environment "Xenios".
The aim of the project was to propose a blended learning methodology targeted to adults from fragile social groups and to pilot test and evaluate this methodology in the 8 participating countries. Final products include a series of 50 blended courses available via the Moodle platform and a “Cookbook” for the development and facilitation of blended courses. The pilot application in Greece was carried out by TEK in collaboration with the 2nd Opportunity School and the 10th Technical Vocational School of Patras using learning objects developed according to the SCORM standard.
Training courses for teachers of primary, secondary and lifelong education in the countries participating in the LLP (except Greece). The training courses have a duration of 30 hours and aim to strengthen and shield the knowledge and skills of teachers for proper utilization and integration of new technologies' teaching practice methods: e-tutoring, open educational resources, tools Web 2.0. The involvement of teachers in training subsidized by LLP. There have already beem held three training courses attended by 23 teachers from 11 countries.