SECTION A: Awarding Areas and Evaluation Criteria

  • SECTION A: Awarding Areas and Evaluation Criteria

    The three areas of the eTwinning Initial Teacher Education Award include Curriculum Integration, Project Implementation and Research Outputs, further described below. Each area consists of three criteria and in turn, each criterion has three levels, scored from 1 to 3, plus a “non-applicable” option.

    • Curriculum Integration: this area includes any action that the Initial Teacher Education institution has taken to share and inform about its commitment, inclusion/integration of eTwinning in the curriculum and the provision of support to other teachers and student teachers. The area contains three criteria:
      • Criterion 1: Commitment by the Initial Teacher Education institutions: includes any action that the Initial Teacher Education institution has taken to share and inform about its commitment.
      • Criterion 2: Integration in the students’ curriculum: includes the action(s) that the Initial Teacher Education institution has taken to integrate eTwinning in the curriculum.
      • Criterion 3: Engagement in the eTwinning community: includes any action that the Initial Teacher Education institution has taken to support and strengthen other teachers and student teachers’ competences through the eTwinning tools (e.g., groups, professional development)
    • Project Implementation: this area includes the involvement of teacher educators and student teachers in the eTwinning project process and contains the following three criteria:
      • Criterion 1: Planning of eTwinning projects: includes the planning of eTwinning projects that takes place in Initial Teacher Education institutions with the support of the NSO (National Support Organisations) and/or eTwinning trainers.
      • Criterion 2: Involvement in eTwinning projects between Initial Teacher Education institutions: the institutions can participate in different kinds of student-to-student national and international projects. This criterion evaluates the type and number of projects of the institution, as well as the projects’ continuity.
      • Criterion 3: Students’ involvement in eTwinning projects with pupils: during placement, students are encouraged to participate in eTwinning projects carried out in schools that are already engaged with eTwinning; namely to do project work with their tutors in their classes, involving pupils with other eTwinning teachers or other students in placement. This criterion takes into consideration the type of students’ involvement, the number of students involved and the work done by the institutions to encourage these project activities.
    • Research Outputs: this area includes any eTwinning-related research activity that the Initial Teacher Education institutions have been engaged with in the following indicative disciplines: Curriculum Integration, Information and Communication Technologies, Pedagogy and Didactics, Innovation, Initial Teacher Education, Professional Development, Initial Vocational Education and Training, Early Childhood Education and Care. While acknowledging research and scientific production, this area lays emphasis on the notion of collaboration at local/institutional, national and international level. It should be noted that Research Outputs are either: a) Academic Research Outputs or b) Academic/Educational Publications and/or Oral Presentations/Announcements (see glossary of terms below). When making references to output(s), the publication/documentation year of the output(s) shall be considered as the indicator for all the following criteria:
      • Criterion 1: Academic Research Outputs on eTwinning: academic research outputs on eTwinning are research-based Bachelor thesis, Postgraduate thesis, Master’s thesis and PhD dissertations.
      • Criterion 2: Academic/Educational Publications/Announcements on eTwinning: academic/educational publications/announcements on eTwinning entail any official action such as presentations in national and/or international conferences, leading a workshop, delivering a lecture in a seminar, as well as online and/or printed publications in official academic journals.
      • Criterion 3: Collaborative Research Outputs on eTwinning: cross-institutional research outputs on eTwinning include any published research-based collaborative output that has been a direct result of the collaboration with other national and/or international ITE partners.

     

    Please consult the Glossary of Terms relevant to the awarding areas and the application form.

    Registered ITE teacher educator

    Teacher educators who are registered in the eTwinning platform and have been validated by their National Support Organisation

    eTwinning event/training

    Face-to-face or online events and/or training organised by the Central Support Service or the National Support Organisations, such as seminars, webinars, short online courses, MOOCs, online workshops and/or eTwinning conferences.

    Non-academic

    event/training

    A face-to-face or online event addressed to audiences other than academia/tertiary education (e.g., teachers, municipal authorities, local/regional authorities, social partners, civil organisations, etc.)

    Working programme of an event/training

    The official agenda/programme which indicates all the information of the event (e.g., dates, title, place), along with the speakers, the title of their presentations and, when applicable, the description of their presentations.

    eTwinning reference

    An eTwinning reference might be evidenced via the use of the eTwinning logo or of a section dedicated to eTwinning in the institution’s website, where all relevant activities are documented.

    Non-formal training on eTwinning

    Non-formal training refers to a seminar or online training event addressed to student teachers, which is not an official part of the curriculum.

    Introductory module on eTwinning

    One module of a course/subject/lab of the institution is devoted to eTwinning and is included in an official document (e.g., curriculum).

    European group eTwinning for Future teachers

    This group is specifically aimed at teacher trainers working for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Institutions. It is open to ITE Institutions that meet the criteria, in all countries. It can be accessed via the eTwinning platform.

    European group eTwinning Student Teachers Group

    This group is specifically dedicated to the Student Teachers registered in eTwinning and it can be accessed via the eTwinning platform.

    Academic Research Outputs

    Includes Bachelor thesis, Postgraduate thesis, Master’s thesis, and PhD dissertations on eTwinning.

    Academic/Educational Publications and/or Oral Presentations/Announcements

    Includes presentations in national and/or international conferences, leading a workshop, delivering a lecture in a seminar, as well as online and/or printed publications in official scientific/academic journals.

     

    Continue in SECTION B: Application and Evaluation Process