The Laboratory for Educational Research at the Department of Education of University Roma Tre (LPS) and its Centre for Museum Studies (CDM) research group, partner of DICHE project, designed and realised an internal training module addressed to Educational Sciences students to develop prospective educators’ skills in the fields of cultural and heritage MOOCs implementation. This module is part of the DICHE pre-pilot activities and was carried out at the first level university course in Educational Sciences – University Roma TRE, as an internal training module for the conception, implementation and evaluation of MOOC courses, based in museum education contexts.
The module had the macro objective of providing students with the necessary tools for the design, the implementation and the evaluation of MOOC courses set in museum education contexts. University students, engaged in the module, were asked to create cultural and heritage education courses for Primary school teaching and learning.
The activities foreseen by the internship module "MOOC, critical technology and museum education" involved 42 students from the course in Educational Sciences and were carried out in groups made of 5-6 students.
Within the course, three compulsory face-to-face meetings and three distance activities (1. Discussion and writing of the project of the MOOC course; 2. Realisation of the MOOC course; 3. Assessment activities) on a devoted platform (www.orbisdictus.it) were organised.
Discussion and final remarks
The system of the educational-training project constitutes an important innovation in the field of distance learning in general and of university education in particular. The promotion of MOOC courses is developing on a large scale, demonstrating the educational potential of an instrument, which, apparently, has no limits. The connection between MOOC courses and the promotion of artistic and cultural heritage is an innovative idea in the field of museum education, more and more addressed to the definition of good practices.
The skills to be developed in the students enrolled in the Degree in Educational Sciences are fully related to their educational and general training (planning, implementation and evaluation of educational courses) and will also contribute to the development of soft skills (4C skills - creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking -, e-skill, research skills) necessary for their future as educators and teachers. The participation in DICHE project allows students also to put into practice the knowledge gained through a direct involvement and a confrontation with the latest international research strands.