ATS2020 getting prepared for classroom piloting

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Tags: assessment, ATS2020, Department of Education and Skills (Ireland), Dublin, evaluation, feedback

ATS2020 partners convened in Dublin on 9 and 10 June 2016 to discuss further milestones of the EU funded project Assessment of Transversal Skills. Piloting of the ATS2020 Learning and Assessment Model in classrooms across Europe will start in Autumn. Students, aged 10 to 15 years and their teachers will practice Assessment for learning basing on an E-Portfolio approach. Following the ATS2020 framework for transversal skills, the pilot will focus on: autonomous learning, information competency, collaboration and communication, as well as creativity and innovation.

Ireland's Minister of Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, honoured the meeting with a visit and exchanged views with ATS2020 project partners. The high interest of Ireland in innovative learning is also reflected in the activities and achievements of its Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) service. JCT is one of the Irish partners in the ATS2020 project and hosted the meeting together with the other Irish partner, H2 Learning.

ATS2020 partner meeting in Dublin

The clocktower of the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin provided a great working atmosphere for ATS2020 partner meeting.
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ATS2020 - Assessment of Transversal Skills

ATS2020 aims at providing teachers and students with an innovative model for learning through assessment. The model is going to be piloted in classrooms in Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland Greece Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Spain. A brochure and the project website give a good overview over the project.

Ireland's Minister of Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, at the ATS2020 meeting

Richard Bruton got involved in talks with a range of ATS2020 partners, discussing skills oriented education and the role of educational technology as a catalyst to support learner-centered skills acquisition
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Implementing the Learning and Assessment Model

Basing on the teacher's macro-planning for learning for a set of teaching units, possible learning outcomes are identified. They are the frame for the discussion in the classroom which will help students to evaluate their prior skills and to set their learning goals as well as to develop their learning strategies. Evidence for learning is collected in an ePortfolio. The ePortfolio platform is also the space where assessment by peers and the teacher takes place. Self-evaluation by the student is the end of the learning cycle - and it can also be the start of a new cycle of learning, following the same model.

ATS2020 Macro-Level Learning design

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Framework(s) and other tools to support assessment

Student's self-evaluation has to be supported by the teacher. S/he can do this with various tools, such as questionnaires, rubrics or reflection stems. The common basis of all ATS2020 partners is a framework of reference for the selected skills which bases on rigorous literature research and partner's input. Even though the final version of the ATS2020 framework is not released yet, a glance into the project's kitchen can be done via the Mahara page "Tools and affordances for student-centered assessment". The page is part of a collection on Tools and Technology for ATS2020 which also contains "Guides for Tools and platforms", focusing mainly on functions of and operations with Office 365/OneNote Class Notebook and Mahara.

Pre-meeting workshop for pilot implementation

The Slovenian partners of the ATS2020 project had hosted a workshop for key teachers and selected partners of the ATS2020 project in May, 2016, during which teaching and learning models for geography, history and digital competency were presented. It could be proven easily that also in subject-oriented teaching and learning a range of skills are developed. The workshop at the National Education Institute in Ljubljana provided teachers and partners with hands-on experiences and examples and thus helped to link theory to practice. The outcomes of the workshop were the basis of discussions at the ATS2020 partner meeting in Ljubljana.

ePortfolio platforms and plugins

The ATS2020 partners had a close look at a range of ePortfolio platforms and other personal learning environments. On this basis and on the basis of the input of a range of key teachers, Mahara and Microsoft's Office 365 were chosen as the main platfoms for the pilot. Mahara provides tailormade support of the ATS2020 learning cycle with its plugin MyLearning. The pluigin provides templates for each stage of learning as defined in the ATS2020 learning and assessment model. These template can be filled with content in order to plan and evaluate learning. Attachments can help documenting additional tools, such as questionnaires, rubrics or reflections. The content of MyLearning can be integrated into a Mahara page easily.

Further links for registered users

ATS2020 partners and teachers can also visit the following pages with internal backup information in connection to the ATS2020 partner meeting:

ATS2020 in the Mahara Newsletter

The ATS2020 Dublin meeting with a hint to this content is in the Mahara Newsletter July 2016 (Vol.6, Issue 2)
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Disclaimer

The ATS2020 project is funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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