About

TeachUP (Teacher UPskilling Policy experimentation) is a policy experimentation, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
 
"European policy experimentations help to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, potential impact and scalability of innovative policy measures through experimental or semi-experimental approaches" 
Annex 1 Call for proposal EACEA no 34/2015.
 
TeachUP builds on the ET2020 Working Group on Schools', which highlighted the need for quality teacher education on the new role and competences of teachers throughout their career. 
 
To meet this need, TeachUP aims to design, implement, evaluate and disseminate a policy experimentation by:
  • Developing online courses for teachers in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on topics related to their new role: Teacher collaboration, Personalising learning, Formative peer assessment and Creativity.
  • Testing and comparing two different instructional designs and delivery modes in a randomised controlled trial. 
  • Running multi stakeholder national and European Dialogue Labs.
With 17 partners (ministries of education, teacher education and research organisations) in 10 countries coordinated by European Schoolnet, TeachUP informs policy action in teacher education by providing institutional, local, regional, central and EU policy makers with concrete evidence from field trials on the:
  • Comparative efficacy and cost-effectiveness of different modes of online courses, for ITE or CPD.
  • Optimal conditions for securing high retention rates in online courses for teachers, including the role of self-regulated learning.
  • Conditions under which peer assessment can be reliably used in online teacher education, building and recognising teachers' capacities as reflective and networked practitioners.
Other activities include:
  • A Scientific and Advisory Committee of experts in the project domains
  • Encouraging, through Dialogue Labs, training providers to cooperate on specific issues, thereby improving and sustaining exchanges between ITE and CPD
  • Familiarising teacher educators with the new teacher competences by their being the first to test the courses and being invited to think about how such courses might be integrated within their organisations' overall training offer. 
Project Facts
  • Funding: the TeachUP project is a European Policy Experimentation funded by the European Commission via the Erasmus+ programme
  • Duration: from March 2017 until February 2020
  • Coordinator: European Schoolnet (www.eun.org), a network of 31 Ministries  of Education from across Europe.
  • Partners: 17 partners, with policy experimentation in 10 countries.
How can policy makers benefit from TeachUP?
  • The policy experimentation timeline and main blocks of activity are represented in the table below.
  • Join the country dialogue labs which will be held each year, hosted by the project partners to share and discuss emerging results with national and regional policymakers.
  • Follow the development of the 4 MOOCs (online courses) and learn more about the self-assessment tool, results and lessons learned. You can also promote the MOOCs among your teachers and school heads as a training opportunity to enhance their professional development. The MOOCs will be delivered via the European Schoolnet Academy: www.europeanschoolnetacademy.eu. Read more about the MOOCs.
  • Follow the project's development and outcomes on TeachUP's website and social media, and sign-up to the 4 MOOCs (online courses) when these become available to promote amongst your schools and teacher training institutions as a training opportunity to enhance professional development of both student teachers and teachers.
March 2017 – Dec 2017 Jan 2018 – Aug 2018 Sept 2018 – May 2019 June 2019 – Feb 2020
Policy experimentation preparation Sampling and MOOC production Field Trials Evaluation
  • Analysis of gaps in existing provision
  • Definition of course content and instructional design
  • Definition of cost effectiveness analysis approach
  • Sampling preparation
  • Technical platform preparation

 Course content and          translation:

  1. teacher collaboration
  2. formative assessment
  3. personalising learning
  4. creative thinking

 Sampling:

  • Schools and ITE: teachers and student teachers
  • National Coordinator (NC) training

 Courses online in 10  languages:

  • running of MOOCs (serially)
  • data collection
  • NC monitoring
  • Intermediate evaluation
  • Data analysis
  • Reporting
  • Final event
  • 4 courses available as OER
 Dialogue Labs: country and  cross-country level  Dialogue Labs: country  and  cross-country level  Dialogue Labs: country  and cross-country level  Dialogue Labs: country  and cross-country level

 


The TeachUP project is a European Policy Experimentation co-funded by the European Commission via the Erasmus+ programme. This website reflects the views only of the authors and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission, and the European Commission is not responsible or liable.