Chair: Dr. Alona Forkosh Baruch
Senior faculty member and researcher at Levinsky College of Education and researcher, where she serves as Head of International Initiatives, and fellow lecturer and researcher at tel-Aviv University. Former positions include Head of ICT in Education at Levinsky College of Education and Head of the Authority for Enhancing Teaching and Learning. Her local and international research projects focus on ICT implementation in education at large, in special education and in higher education (specifically teacher education), emphasizing aspects such as distance education, new literacies for the knowledge society and pedagogical-technological innovative practices.
About the panel
Do we LOVE.DIST@NCE learning? Post COVID-19 insights on marginalized populations
Learning Optimization and Academic Inclusion via Equitable Distance Teaching and Learning – towards the pilot stage
Session for MEITAL conference, June 30th 2021
LOVE.DIST@NCE, an Erasmus+ 3-year project led by the Polytechnic Of Porto, aims to promote inclusive education in Israel and Georgia by widening access to higher education for students from vulnerable and marginalized populations, e.g., religious groups, rural populations, ethnic minorities and students with special needs. The LOVE.DIST@NCE project was submitted before the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic into our lives. However, in these times, in which the vast majority of higher education institutions have moved to online teaching, marginalized populations are even more vulnerable. We nevertheless identify the advantages of distance teaching and learning for these populations, and strive to utilize these benefits, e.g., accessibility, ability to access recorded lessons etc., monitoring possibilities and formative assessment.
Participants in this project include: From Europe – Polytechnic Of Porto, PT (leader); Universidad de Vigo, ES; Fundación Universitária Iberoamericana FUNIBER, ES; Technical University of Cluj Napoca, RO. From Georgia – Ilia State University, Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University; and from Israel – Ono Academic College, Levinsky College of Education, Inter University Computation Center.
Following a workshop organized by Funiber, Barcelona, Israeli and Georgian partners are in the stage of planning and teaching pilot courses. These include pedagogical and technological components that specifically address the needs of special populations as defined by both countries. Moreover, in both countries a needs analysis research was conducted in order to define and refine the specific needs of these special populations. The European partners of the project assist Israeli and Georgian participating higher education institutions in achieving these aims, based on their experience and practices.
In the LOVE.DIST@NCE session, we will present the steps taken towards developing and teaching the pilot courses in Israel and Georgia.
First, the coordinators at Institute Polytechnic Of Porto will present an overview of the project: aims and goals, scope, stages and importance, especially in these times of COVID-19 and emergence of online learning. Presenters: Ângelo Jesus and André Araújo.
Funiber will present their work related to emergent pedagogies in online training.
Prsenters: Thomas Prola, Arturo Ortega, Monica Gracia Villlar and Irene Delgado Noya
Ono Academic College will present the learning support platform, developed according to principles of equity and inclusion.
Presenters: Tsipi Heart
Levinsky College of Education will present 4 courses, one pre-pilot and three pilots designed and taught according to emerging pedagogical principles emphasizing inclusion and equity, utilizing the Moodle learning management platform and further development of an e-learning platform.
Presenters: Shevi Govrin, Gal Manor, Vicky Kot, Rachel Green-Hess and Ohr Margalit, followed by Dganit Hofenbartel on principles of inclusion.
Ilia State University will present the analyses of the students and lecture perception on emergency remote learning, with an eye on academic misconduct and distance education.
Presenter: Giga Khositashvili
Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University will present the analyses of students’ and lecturers’ ICT skills and competences and related strategies to eliminate the challenges in LOVE.DIST@NCE Georgian partner Institutions.
Presenter: Tamar Aslanishvili
Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University will present the analyses of the equity access and democratization policies in Georgia Higher Education.
Presenter: Nino Mikeladze
The Inter-University Computation Center (MEITAL) will present a review of ICT skills needed for distance learning, emphasizing specific needs of marginalized populations.
Presenters: Eli Shmueli and Efrat Bachar