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Open call for Study Group Leaders
In the new EU Code Week Online Bootcamp MOOC, running from 27 September – 27 October 2021, we aim to create face-to-face school-based study groups that would work alongside the online course. The study groups will offer a framework for teachers at a school to work together on the MOOC and participate in the EU Code Week initiative. They will support each other to overcome issues associated with digital, linguistic, and self-regulated learning competence or with less experience in MOOC participation or completion. At the same time, the knowledge and skills gained in the MOOC will be contextualized and put into practice in the local, authentic context. Study group leaders will facilitate the transfer of learning from the MOOC to practice at the classroom level. Study group members will be more motivated to actively participate in online professional development and to create and implement coding activities in their classrooms.
As a study group leader, you will also have an opportunity to prepare short activities to be included in the MOOC! Further information about this will be shared with you as soon as your application is confirmed.
After the MOOC you will gain an additional certificate to acknowledge your successful facilitation of a study group.
How to set up a study group as a Group Leader
1. Recruiting teachers:
- Talk to the headteacher or school principal to ensure their approval and support.
- Introduce the idea to your colleagues, e.g., at the next staff meeting, through the school newsletter, a poster, in the virtual staffroom (e.g., on Teams). You can use this info sheet, which provides an overview of these types of learning communities, to help relevant colleagues understand what this is about and how it will work.
- Recruit colleagues to participate in your study group as part of the MOOC. Study groups can be as small as 3 colleagues or as large as 30 colleagues working together on the MOOC. The larger the group the more complex is the organization of the group, so you might want to set a maximum number of participants based on what you feel comfortable with.
2. Planning for meeting
• Ensure the necessary resources (a room for the meeting, a projector, if necessary, devices for the participants or BYOD, Internet connection). Determine schedule for face-to-face meetings (set up a Doodle to define the time that suits everyone).
- The number of meetings we recommend:
- an introductory meeting: to define the scope of work, to explain how the platform works, to introduce them to the final assignment on the EU Code Week Map and to describe how the peer-to-peer activity works.
- a minimum of 3 meetings when modules are open (3 modules + grace period of 1,5 weeks for the completion of final assignment): to go through the course module together, to do the tasks, to discuss and address any practical questions or issues.
- a final meeting at the end of the MOOC: to present the results and assess the MOOC
3. Running the meeting
- Take part in the MOOC together and meet regularly during its duration.
- Tips and recommendations:
- Preparing the study group sessions should not require a lot of your time. However, as a study group leader, you will have to become familiar with the topics and the tasks of the modules before the meeting to provide help and support to the participants.
- The participants do not need to go through the content and activities of the module in advance (but are welcome to do so if they wish). It is more effective if they use the time during the meeting to go through the course content and activities, preferably in pairs or in small groups. Engage the group as a whole in more general discussions.
- In the meeting, allow enough time for questions and to clarify doubts and misunderstandings regarding the course content and practical exercises as well as to encourage and motivate the participants to be actively engaged. Establish a relaxed, collegial, and supportive atmosphere in which all colleagues feel comfortable.
4. Following up
- Evaluate the challenges and benefits of participation in the MOOC through study groups (e.g., via a survey or final discussion with the group).
- Celebrate success and share the work of the study group members with colleagues at school as well as more broadly.
August 16 – September 5: get approval from your headteacher, recruit participants, submit this form to apply to become a study group leader.
September 13 – Q&A meeting of study group leaders with MOOC staff.
September 27 – October 27: plan and run at least three meetings.
November: Follow-up meeting with study group members.
November: Follow-up meeting with study group leaders and MOOC staff.