Evidence from the ITELab project


The major outcomes, conclusions and recommendations from the ITELab (Initial Teacher Education) project (2017-2019) are now published. The project explored how student teachers are being prepared for teaching today and tomorrow, in particular how the digital pedagogical competences required in teaching and learning are being developed in initial teacher education (ITE).

Key outputs from the project are highlighted in the final project summary report, along with the challenges faced and measures taken to help overcome them.

ITELab Highlights:

  • Results and recommendations from monitoring ITE policy, research, surveys (2017-2019)

  • 12 innovation in ITE case studies: universities (2017), universities-schools (2018), industry-universities and teacher educator competences (2019)

  • Networked Teacher MOOC (total) – 5,988 registered, 54% started/finished, 4.5 overall average rating (1-5 scale, Spring 2019).

  • Three flexible, ITE course module frameworks (EN,IT,NO,PT) – uniquely co-designed by universities, industry and student teachers, reviewed by 53 universities, piloted and refined over 3 cycles.

  • A network of 105 ITE stakeholders from across 30 countries, representing universities, industry, and policy, supported by an ITE Forum sharing knowledge supporting innovation in ITE.

  • A ‘Student Voice Charter' written by the ITELab student teacher ambassadors with 7 recommendations calling for action to address digital skills in the classroom.

  • Recommendations and resources to support innovation within ITE, reflecting on the process and piloting of how ITE curricula can be improved to prepare new teachers.

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One of the biggest challenges has been addressing structural issues holding back innovation including policy ‘silos', linking universities and schools, and the need to develop the pedagogical skills of teacher educators. These and other topics are explored in publications arising from the project.

Recommendations at the different stakeholder levels are summarised, together with actions underway to sustain work in ITE under the umbrella of EUN's Future Classroom Lab (FCL), partners' own plans and links to the European Commission's eTwinning-Teacher Training Initiative.