The OpenDigi-project brings together the expertise of five Finnish universities’ educational research and teacher training to develop new model for teacher education.
The core of the model are teacher developers’ communities, where teachers’ professional reflection, particularly in terms of their digital pedagogy skills are enhanced in scripted collaborative learning process. The project is grounded on the results of PREP21 -project (2014-2017, Academy of Finland).
Teachers with a university degree are internationally acknowledged to be the strength of the Finnish school system. However, teacher training universities, as well as in-service teachers today, face the challenge of reforming and updating their skills and practices to meet the needs of the present days’ society. Research-based development and equal collaboration between educational stakeholders is seen as a key to improve the quality of Finnish education.
OpenDigi aims to create developers’ communities, where teacher trainees, teacher students and in-service teachers work with shared curriculum based challenges. The starting point for collaboration is the identification of common challenges faced by teachers related to implementation of the new curriculum. In the developer community, the participants’ diverse knowledge and background are used as a resource of collaboration and active learning while looking for practical pedagogical solutions. Simultaneously, the pedagogical expertise associated with the teachers’ and teacher students’ digital competences, and the development of their teaching and learning skills are enhanced.