European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet is the coordinator of the ITELab project. EUN is a network of 34 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels, Belgium. As a not-for-profit organisation, it aims to bring innovation in teaching and learning to key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners. In ITELab, EUN will lead the analysis and case studies as part of monitoring of ICT within ITE, organise the pilots with students teachers in the five universities, coordinate the development of a MOOC for student teachers, and lead on the dissemination and mainstreaming of the results.


University College Dublin, Ireland

University College of Dublin is Ireland's leading, research-intensive university where third-level undergraduate education, fourth-level postgraduate masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a continuum of activity. In ITELab, UCD will be responsible for coordinating the development of new course modules for student teachers and will work closely with EUN on the formation of a University-ICT Industry Forum focused on rethinking the way of pedagogical use of ICT.


University of Perugia

The University of Perugia in Italy founded in 1308, with the Department of Philosophy, Social, Human and Educational Sciences, to be particularly engaged in the basic training of teachers at all levels. For more than 10 years, the university has offered a five year single cycle Degree in Primary Education for kindergarten and primary school future teachers, and Postgraduate Degree courses for secondary school teachers for different subjects, both arts and sciences, (formerly two-year Specialization school for teaching in Secondary School). There is a strong integration between teaching, workshops and internships which are carried out in schools, mostly in Umbria, accredited by USR. In ITELab, the University of Perugia is one of the five pilot universities.


University of Agder

University of Agder in Norway offers initial teacher education, ITE, from Pre-School level up to Upper Secondary School level, and these Programmes have 1300 students. The Primary and Lower Secondary teacher education is the largest, with 800 students. It is the Teacher Education Unit at the University that is responsible for the coordination and quality of all teacher education programmes. The Teacher Education Unit also cooperates closely in the ITElab-project with other Departments of Education and Information Systems. UIA will lead on defining competences for teacher educators. In ITELab, the University of Agder is one of the five pilot universities. They also lead the work on defining competences for teacher educators in year 2 of the project.


Polytechnic Institute of Santerém (ESE-IPS)

ESE is affiliated with the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (IPSantarém), Portugal. This Institute has an eLearning department and has developed and managed projects nationally and internationally. ESE offers courses on: teacher training, communication and multimedia education, fine arts, social service. ESE participates extensively in national and international teacher training programs. ESE has coordinated: in-service teacher training in several areas with the Portuguese Ministry of Education (ME); the Curriculum Reform in S. Tome and Prince; the Security Observatory of the ME; the National Evaluation of the program 'KidSmart Early Learning - Portugal' and of the Intensive Programme in digital literacies. In ITELab, the Polytechnic Institute of Santerém is one of the five pilot universities.


Newcastle University

Newcastle University in United Kingdom aims to establish itself as a civic university with a global reputation for academic excellence. The juxtaposition of ‘world class' and ‘civic' means that it aims to put academic excellence to work, to make a contribution to civil society. Over the past three years the contribution of Newcastel University to civic engagement has blossomed through the successful launch of three Societal Challenge Themes: Ageing, Sustainability and Social Renewal. These are global challenges, particularly relevant in the city of Newcastle, for which the university has the academic expertise to contribute towards significant and lasting solutions. In ITELab, Newcastle University is one of the five pilot universities.


Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg

Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg (JMU) is a German Higher Education Institution with 10 faculties and 27,000 students. Approximately 7.000 students are enrolled in one of the various teacher education programmes. Student teachers are educated in technically well-equipped facilities and benefit from a comprehensive orientation towards the highest standards and an ambition for excellent research and teaching practice. The chair of school education and its research team is a key institution of ITE at JMU. The experts who participate in the ITELab project have many years of research experience in the field of ICT in teacher education. In ITELab, the University of Würzburg leads the evaluation of the university pilots of the ITELab modules and student MOOC.


IRIS Connect

IRIS Connect is a video-based professional development platform enabling the collaborative, experiential, personalised and evidence-based professional learning that has been proven by research to support teachers and improve outcomes for pupils. The power of IRIS Connect lies in a secure, cloud-based platform for reflecting on, analysing and sharing teaching and learning anytime, anywhere. Hassle free, secure integrated video technology supports the platform, facilitating the capture of synchronous lesson views and the ability to engage in live remote coaching. Customisable forms and tools enable deeper insight, contextualised feedback and the ability to share snippets of videos with individuals or groups, if chosen to. In ITELab, IRIS Connect leads the Quality Assurance work package, coordinating the work of the Pedagogical Board and independent evaluator.


Microsoft in Education

Microsoft in Education is working to bring the benefits of technology and technology skills to all. It shares the ultimate aim of all stakeholders, to use technology to help improve education and learning, create opportunity and raise living standards for people around the world. Microsoft believes an excellent education is a basic right and a social imperative, that technology can accelerate insight and impact and immersive learning experiences inspire improved outcomes.


SMART Technologies

SMART Technologies is defined by innovation and desire to improve the way the world works and learns. They are defined by their customers – the teachers, students and business people who say that SMART has helped them discover new ideas, new ways of learning and new ways of collaborating.


Steelcase Education

For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations, across industries. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2014 revenue of $3.0 billion and is globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations.




Pedagogical Board

Christopher Bezzina

Professor Christopher Bezzina is currently Deputy Dean and Head of the Department of Leadership for Learning & Innovation, Faculty of Education, University of Malta, and the Department of Education, University of Uppsala, Sweden. His interest is to engage with other professionals so as to unravel the complex discourse that forms part of the journey in ITE, thus helping prospective teachers create learning experiences that will be meaningful for them and their students.




Chris Harrison

Chris manages and develops the relationships with member associations and the European Commission as Strategic Relations Manager in European School Heads Association (ESHA). Chris has had extensive experience in providing the successful leadership role in schools, which has spanned five decades in Buckinghamshire and Suffolk primary sector. As a Head teacher, Ofsted Registered Inspector, External Adviser and Performance Management consultant Chris fully recognises the value and need for a partnership and collaborative approach in building successful school provision to all in the community served by schools.


Gill Leahy

An experienced international mathematics educator, trainer, technologist and trusted adviser passionate about making effective use of technology to transform pedagogy to improve education quality. Gill led the design and implementation of Promethean's modern classroom toolkit and was an industry lead partner on EU projects, including Erasmus + 21st Digital classroom and iTEC. Committed to collaborating with all educational stakeholders, from students, teachers, school leaders, technologists, researchers and policy makers to develop, disseminate and mainstream best practice. A former UK school head of mathematics and part of the UK government National Strategy team she currently promotes and trains teachers for the Core Maths Support Programme to increase participation in post 16 mathematics through real life problem solving.



Karianne Helland

The intersection between digital learning and European cooperation in education has been the focus of my professional interest for more than 15 years in national and European education administration. My current work in The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education aims to support networking, exchange of experiences and development of good practice among teacher education institutions, and I have co-authored our recently published Framework for teachers' professional digital competence. As a Seconded National Expert in the European Commission from 2011 to 2016, I took part in the framing and implementation of the Erasmus+ programme. I am very pleased to be able to contribute to the ITELab project as associate partner and member of the Pedagogical Board.





Sirpa Laitinen-Väänänen

Sirpa Laitinen-Väänänen (PhD, MSc, BA) works as a Principal Lecturer at the Teacher Education College in JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Her professional and research interest focuses on practice-oriented, practitioner research. At this moment, she is involved as a project coordinator in a national e-learning project and in a Video-enhanced observation on professional development and learning – research.





Sir Tim Brighouse

Tim has been a teacher and Deputy Principal as before becoming a Chief Education Officer in a country council (Oxfordshire) and a large city (Birmingham). With a spell as Professor of Education at Keele University where he founded a research centre for Successful Schooling, he ended his career as Commissioner for London schools where he led the London Challenge. He is interested in Teacher Development and School Improvement and continues to work around the UK with schools and groups of schools.




Vesna Belogaska

Vesna is the Head of International Development at IRIS Connect. Since the creation of this research-led company in 2007, Vesna has been involved in various roles, including working closely with educational institutions to support effective embedding of the collaborative professional learning platform and maximizing the impact on teaching and learning. Transferring that experience, coupled with her skills and experience in working with multicultural teams from both industry and academia to deliver common goals will be a key asset to the ITELab project.