BLTeae Project for Asia and Europe
Samtse College of Education (SCE) and Paro College of Education (PCE) represent Bhutan among the eight nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Denmark, France, Belgium and Estonia) that won a European Commission Erasmus+ Programme grant in 2017. The project in which they are participating entitled “Blended Learning for Teacher Educators in Asia and Europe (BLTeae)” is aimed at supporting teacher educators’ professional development through the introduction of Blended Learning based on innovative constructivist theories.
The first BLTeae meeting was held in Aix-Marseille University, France in January 2017. The meeting was attended by teacher educators from all eight partner countries who met to discuss the training plan for the coming three years in this capacity building project. Mr. Thubten Gyatso and Dr Kezang Sherab represented Paro College of Education. Samtse College of Education was represented by Dr Sonam Rinchen and Dr Kinley. The Project Coordinator for Bhutan is Dr Kezang Sherab from PCE.
The main purpose of the meeting was to launch the project and share current teacher training activities and needs among the partner countries. Brainstorming sessions on the tasks to be discharged by the partners taking into account user needs and expectations as well as the diverse experiences of the different universities taking part in the project were also initiated.
The main project activities are to define the technological and pedagogical needs of the partners involved; to design Blended Learning courseware with online and face-to face training; to build and animate the collaborative and reflective learning community through the use of ePortfolio, video and online discussion; to share innovative scenarios about teaching practices; to work on a curriculum design for teacher training and to pilot the implementation of draft curriculum and the introduction of innovative practices.
PCE and SCE will each receive equipment worth 20,000 Euros to support blended learning activities in the two colleges. The training of trainers will happen in Bangladesh in January 2018 followed by the second face-to-face project meeting at PCE in the same month. For more information about the project please visit -http://blteae.eu/