On Monday 5th of February 2018 Dorien Wijstma (LEU) and Mathy Vanbuel (ATiT) presented DICHE at the 33rd ICT Day for Flemish teachers at the University College Leuven Limburg. Over a thousand teachers attended this ICT day, a small part of these attended the interactive DICHE workshop that presented the results of the project.
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To support the activities of the European Year of Cultural Heritage a seminar was organised by Landcommanderij Alden Biesen in collaboration with EPOS and the Flemish Ministry of Education. Mathy Vanbuel (ATiT) was invited to present the DICHE Project as one of the inspiring examples of (international) projects that are using Cultural Heritage education.
On 27 and 28 November 2017, the DICHE Project Team met at the Landschap Erfgoed Utrecht in De Bilt, Utrecht, for its last project meeting. On the agenda, several important things to discuss: a status update on the Diche menu, the evaluation of the Diche pilots and the formulation of recommendations for the use of the menu and digital resources and their further development related to the 3 questions posed in the research agenda. The team also discussed the future of the project, DICHE 2.0.
DigCompEdu is a scientifically sound background framework which helps to guide policy and can be directly adapted to implement regional and national tools and training programmes. In addition, it provides a common language and approach that will help the dialogue and exchange of best practices across borders. The DigCompEdu framework is directed towards educators at all levels of education, from early childhood to higher and adult education, including general and vocational training, special needs education, and non-formal learning contexts.
At the Relevance 2017 Conference hosted by Historic Royal Palaces from 14 to 18 October 2017 in the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, London UK, Arja van Veldhuizen van Landschap Erfgoed Utrecht, partner of the DICHE Project, presented the DICHE in a well attended poster session called “Get inspired to make digital innovation work… DICHE Menu of digital teaching scenarios for cultural and heritage education”. The Relevance 2017 Conference is an ICOM conference from DEMHIST and CECA and asks the questions: “Are we doing enough to keep heritage relevant in the 21st Century?
Developing a Student-Generated Virtual Museum for Ubiquitous Learning - A Design-Based Research Study is a very inspiring article published on October 6, 2017 by Dr Stephania Savva, Ph.D. in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies, that draws on a design-based research study to argue of the need for museums to respond to global trends and fulfil their social and educational imperatives by investigating the potential of a particular pedagogical framework that is grounded in culturally inclusive pedagogical practices and characteristics of ubiquitous learning.
On 27 June 2017 Antonella Poce, Francesco Agrusti, Maria Rosaria Re from the Department of Education at the University of Roma Tre, partners in the DICHE Project, presented its outcomes during the DICHE workshop “Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education” at the International Conference Education and Museum: Cultural Heritage and Learning organised by EDMUSE, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This conference took place at the Sapienza Università di Roma on 26 and 27 June 2017.
The Musetech name is a combination of two words: “Museum” and “Technology”. Both of these two concepts play a crucial role in reaching DICHE project main aims and goals. The idea of the app was to introduce the social dimension into the DICHE project, involving final users in order to reach a wider audience through the use of major social networks, creating a network of researches, teachers, students and general final users interested into DICHE individuated tools and practices.
On April 20 2017 Mathy Vanbuel from ATiT presented the DICHE approach to teaching and learning 21st Century Skills and Compencies by means of Cultural Heritage Education. about 30 Flemish teachers participated in this workshop where the focus was on assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning outcomes. Various instruments for assessment were demonstrated and discussed, amongst them also the Creativity Quickscans prepared by LEU and the Rubrics provided by Microsoft's Partners in Learning.
SURF (www.surf.nl/en) is the collaborative ICT organisation for Dutch education and research. SURF offers students, lecturers and scientists in the Netherlands access to the best possible internet and ICT facilities. Related to Dutch teacher training institutes, SURF works on different kinds of innovation projects such as open and online education, the digital assessment and flexible and personal learning environments.
On 22 and 23 March 2017 the members of the DICHE project team met in Roma at CoopCulture’s headquarters to discuss the progress of the project: the project wiki, the resources menu, the pilot and the pilotevaluation, the apps developed by the University of Loughborough and by UniRoma 3.
The current outputs of DICHE including the resources database will be presented by Sally Reynolds in the next Media & Learning Conference taking place on 6-7 April in Brussels. The focus of the conference this year is digital citizenship and DICHE will feature in a session about helping students (and their teachers) become more creative online. Read more about the conference here.
Teacher Academy are re-running their popular course on managing cultural diversity in the classroom which will re-start in March. This course is run online as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and you can enrol for free. It offers teachers an opportunity to access useful resources and exchange with peers on the challenging topic of cultural diversity in classrooms. The course is part of a 3-part series of courses exploring the topic of cultural diversity, the situation of newly arrived migrants in general and how to integrate newly arrived migrant students in schools and classrooms.
In July 2015 the Italian government approved a law called “La Buona Scuola" (The Good School) which aims to strongly renovate the Italian educational system. Part of this project is also the creation of a "Committee for the development of scientific culture and technology" and of “Indire”, an organ for the research and innovation for Italian schools.
A Research Agenda to share learning methods and digital resources in cultural and heritage education
DICHE partners Loughborough University (UK) and the University of Roma Tre (Italy) have been leading on the creation of a research agenda for the project. Working with the other 4 partners their work has been to identify some pending research questions which consider digital resources and learning methods in cultural and heritage education and to draft an overview of the state of the art.
DICHE Menu of digital teaching scenarios for cultural and heritage education now available to the public
This growing resource contains both exemplary practices and useful tools that teachers and others involved in cultural and heritage education can use to make learning for 11 to 14 year old's more engaging, effective and fun. Summaries of all entries are being made in Dutch, Italian and English and this resource will continue to grow in the coming months. Contact us if you have any suggestions for inclusions.
For teachers, students, archivists and cultural heritage workers: learn how to engage with digital cultural heritage available online in repositories such as Europeana. Learn how to reuse the content and how to become an active user and reuser of this content: using, remixing, mashing and nore for research, education, entretainment and more.
“Cultural heritage education: Tradition and innovation. A comparison of experiences”. A seminar day at University of Roma Tre.
31. May 2016, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (organised by LKCA and Rijksmuseum)
About 200 museum and heritage professionals attended a lively afternoon dedicated to museum apps, with a mix of lectures and short ‘pecha kucha’-presentations of practical examples.
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.
Despite the terrible weather, all project partners met in Leuven on 8-9 Feb in a very positive mood to discuss how the project is going and to make plans for the next 6 months. The meeting began on Monday with a series of really interesting workshops on digital storytelling, on different apps in use in teacher training and on object–based learning. These workshops enabled everyone to not only update themselves on specific tools and approaches but also as a way to get to know the strengths of each partner.