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Munich/Geneva - Digital teaching-learning methods are the content of a new eEducation course, which Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) in cooperation with the Catholic University (KU) Eichstätt-Ingolstadt now also offers to local teachers.

So far JWL, a work of the new Central European Province of the Society of Jesus, has been offering online courses for young people in refugee camps and conflict areas for many years. "Professionally, for years now, they have been doing exactly what schools are currently facing new tasks - making teaching digital and interactive", explains JWL Executive President P. Peter Balleis SJ the idea of the course.

The current corona crisis poses new challenges for schools and teachers in different ways. In view of closed educational institutions, teachers in all educational sectors are called upon to continue teaching with digital means and e-learning. However, many lack experience in dealing with digital learning worlds. In the meantime, schools have many helpful tools at their disposal, but apart from the technical provision, there is a lack of training with regard to the concrete didactic implementation possibilities.

In cooperation with students of the master's degree course in eEducation at the Danube University Krems, JWL has redesigned an eEducation tools course for teachers in Europe as well, which - certified by the KU Eichstätt - is now offered to interested parties in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

In four weeks, the course participants learn about different teaching methods and their implementation with digital tools. The focus is on the parallel, direct implementation of what has been learned, in order to make the students' learning more effective and sustainable in the current situation. Therefore, the training program introduces tools and focuses on the direct testing of what has been learned in practice.

A first 4-week course of 40 hours started already on 14 April with 150 teachers from different types of schools; 33 have already registered for the second course, which starts on 27 April. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certified certificate of attendance. KU Eichstätt provides professors, lecturers or post-graduate students for the tutorial and professional support of the participants during the course.

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