International Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning in Primary Education in International Comparison - Development and Evaluation of a Virtual Exchange Course (International web-based collaboration between students at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg / Germany and students at the University of Latvia / Latvia)
(Projekt aus Eigenmitteln)
Projektstart: 1. Januar 2020
During the Virtual Exchange on “Teaching and Learning in Primary Education in International Comparison” students at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg / Germany and students at the University of Latvia collaborate on various topics.
The course provides an overview of primary education in an international comparison. In addition to the education systems, students will investigate the basics of teaching and learning as well as assessment at primary schools.
Focus is placed on online collaboration in small groups of usually 6 students (3 from Germany and 3 of Latvia); students tackle tasks together and their country-specific perspective is considered during discussions. They will work on assignments, gaining experiences from working in an international team while reflecting on similarities and differences within the education systems.
The course is hosted on MS Teams and students have synchronous and asynchronous means of communication available to them.
The project offers the opportunity to gain international experience through virtual exchange, thereby enhancing intercultural, digital-pedagogical, and linguistic competences (The Evaluate Group 2019, pp. 25–62).
Not only should this course strengthen collaboration but also build a bridge for physical mobility.