Digital pedagogy in teacher education – 360 degree videos

PhD student Hanneke Theelen focused her research project on enhancing interpersonal competences of student teachers with digital tools. Emphasis was on the use of 360 degree videos of everyday situations in classrooms. By allowing student teachers to watch these videos from their own preferred perspective, rather than from a fixed camera viewpoint, their obervational skills increase. This in turn stimulates student teachers to extend their repertoire in addressing disruptive situations in class.

All articles are avalaible online and open access (apart from the TATE publication):

Interdisciplinary engineering education: A review of vision, teaching, and support

The Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) published our review on interdisciplinarity in engineering education. It is available open access https://bit.ly/cee_review.

Background

Societal challenges that call for a new type of engineer suggest the need for the implementation of interdisciplinary engineering education (IEE). The aim of IEE is to train engineering students to bring together expertise from different disciplines in a single context. This review synthesizes IEE research with a focus on characterizing vision, teaching practices, and support.

Purpose

We aim to show how IEE is conceptualized, implemented, and facilitated in higher engineering education at the levels of curricula and courses. This aim leads to two research questions:

What aspects of vision, teaching, and support have emerged as topics of interest in empirical studies of IEE?

What points of attention regarding vision, teaching, and support can be identified in empirical studies of IEE as supporting or challenging IEE?

Scope/Method

Ninety‐nine studies published between 2005 and 2016 were included in a qualitative analysis across studies. The procedure included formulation of research questions, searching and screening of studies according to inclusion/exclusion criteria, description of study characteristics, appraisal, and synthesis of results.

Conclusions

Challenges exist for identifying clear learning goals and assessments for interdisciplinary education in engineering (vision). Most pedagogy for interdisciplinary learning is designed to promote collaborative teamwork requiring organization and team management. Our review suggests that developing interdisciplinary skills, knowledge, and values needs sound pedagogy and teaming experiences that provide students with authentic ways of engaging in interdisciplinary practice (teaching). Furthermore, there is a limited understanding of what resources hinder the development of engineering programs designed to support interdisciplinarity (support).

Towards an understanding of social media use in the classroom: a literature review

Finally our review study on social media in the classroom is available open access via bit.ly/revsocmed. Also the teacher companion (in Dutch) can be downloaded via bit.ly/boeksocmed.

The importance of social media for today’s youth often elicits teachers to explore educational use of these media. However, many teachers appear to struggle with the tension between possible pedagogical use and the tempting distraction of this technology. The current literature review aims to present a synthesis of conditions and outcomes relevant for a well-considered, evidence-based use of social media, and teacher professional development. A conceptual model consisting of intended curriculum (school level), implemented curriculum (teacher level) and attained curriculum (student level) guided the research questions. The review included 271 articles, which were analysed with framework synthesis. Ambiguous results and poor quality of studies often hindered clear statements about conditions and outcomes regarding social media in the classroom. Nonetheless, reported factors include school culture, attitude towards social media, support, teacher professional development, learning goals and a clear position in the curriculum. Considerations and advice for educational practice were formulated.