The VRTEACHER project has the ambition to provide effective education responses related to educators’ training via using a novel YR based pedagogical approach for virtual practicum. The project aims to address the need for modernization and digital transformation of teacher education and training and reinforce educators’ key skills and competences through a Virtual Reality (VR) training method and tool. The innovation of the project lies in addressing challenges related to class management in crisis situations, such as a pandemic, with the vision to equip teachers with key skills (e.g. empathy, perspective-taking, self efficacy, adaptability, etc.) through immersive and experiential training experiences that reflect real-life scenarios and situations faced during a crisis. The main target groups of the VRTEACHER project are pre service student teachers (higher education students, Ph.D. candidates, etc.), and in-service educators/ teachers. The main outputs of the VRTEACHER project will be a YR-based competence framework for teacher training and a state-of-the-art VR teacher training application that reflects real-life-based teacher training needs.
KICK OFF MEETING
The kick-off meeting of the project took place from Wednesday 9 June to Thursday 10 June 2021. Due to covid-19 social isolation restrictions the Kick-off meeting took place online. The project involves six partners, Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus / Coordinator), University of the Aegean, University Carlos Ill of Madrid (Spain), Fundación Siglo22 (Spain), Future In Perspective Limited (Ireland), Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning (Malta). The VRTEACHER project is funded under Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ program and will last 2 years (0l/06/202131/05/2023).