International Collaborative Projects

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Program Description 

ACSI member schools desire to develop international collaborative projects for their students. ACSI Europe is facilitating this initiative with the following goals: 

  • Providing International collaboration opportunities at teacher and student levels 
  • Helping teachers develop meaningful biblical integration in their school subjects to facilitate character and spiritual formation of their students 
  • Learning how to design and implement effective projects for Project Based Learning 
  • Developing your students' 21st Century Learning Skills (collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication) 

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There are three ways to participate in our International Collaborative Projects program: 

  1. Join our International Collaborative Projects e-learning course.  This four-week course will introduce you to the important aspects of project based learning with strong biblical integration, and provide you with the opportunity to develop a project in partnership with another course participant that you can then implement with your students. This option would suit teachers who have limited experience with project based learning and do not currently have a partner school or a particular project in mind.  
  2. Browse our list of subject-related proposed projects and select one to join that is relevant to your students and your curriculum, or propose a project that other teachers might be interested in.  Once a project partnership has been established, participate in our International Collaborative Projects e-learning course with your partner. During the course you will work with your partner to develop the project which you can then implement with your students.  This option would suit teachers who already have a project idea but do not yet have a partner school to work with. 
  3. If your school already has a partnership with another school, join our International Collaborative Projects e-learning course with a teacher (or teachers) from that school.  During the course you will work with your partner/s to develop a project which you can then implement with your students. 

What is a collaborative project? 

Collaborative Project Based Learning is a method of learning which empowers students to initiate the research, plan, coordinate, and produce a solution to a real-world problem while meeting the curricular goals of your subject area. It also enables project teams to collaborate between subject areas, schools and geographic boundaries for greater project diversity and learning potential. 

There are many types of projects which fit this model and we have provided some examples on our  project list page. If you are unfamiliar with Project Based Learning, we invite you to first take our course on  21st Century Learning.  ACSI takes Project Based Learning ideas further to incorporate clear biblical integration and meaningful collaboration between students in various schools and countries.  

Project Development:

Partnership and Project Design in an eLearning environment:

Course applicants are those paired project partners who formed a team using our Project Registration page to develop a project for their subject area, level of education, project working language, etc. In the online course, participants study the necessary elements of project based learning. Then the teams define and develop a project of their preference. The online course is designed to provide teachers with all the necessary support in the development of a high-quality project with biblical integration elements. 

Partners can then decide whether to continue with a Project Implementation Phase:

After the teams of teachers have fully developed their projects, they begin working with their students in collaboration with the students of other team members from the online course. Successful project implementation is facilitated and guaranteed by regular check-points, brief reports, and support by the course instructors.

Length of the Online Course:

4 weeks of project development + time needed for project implementation
Courses begin in each semester (October and February)
Courses end in the same semester when the projects are complete (usually after 8 weeks)

Pricing - Special promotional rates apply only during the 2017-2018 school year.

35 EUR/teacher from ACSI national member schools in Eastern European countries
70 EUR/teacher from ACSI member schools in Western countries 
120 EUR/teacher from non-member Christian schools in Western countries

Further Details:

Who is this program for?
Christian school teachers who wish to involve their students in international subject-based collaborative projects. Teachers of elementary, middle, and high schools may participate.

What languages are used?
Instruction and project development will be in English this time, but your students may use other languages for project implementation. 
In the future, we would like to expand this program to include all 30 offices of ACSI around the world, and the thousands of our member schools in the 105 countries where ACSI is present.

What is the process of registration?
Register for the next online course with ACSI Europe and we will work with you on developing a project idea and helping to find a partner from another school. During the first part of the online course, you and your project partner will develop a high-quality project with the help of the online course instructor. Once the project is developed, you and your project partner will work with your student groups implementing the project collaboratively.

What subjects are included in the collaborative projects?
You can collaborate with other schools in any school subject. You will have to indicate your subject preferences in the course.

What time commitment should I expect when I sign up for this e-Learning course?
This course will require approximately 4 hours per week. The first four weeks are used to develop your collaborative project working together with another participant, while the second four weeks are committed to implementing your project with your students working in collaboration with the students of your colleague with whom you developed the project.

Developed and completed projects will be posted on the ACSI webpage for future reference for our Christian teachers.

-- You may write to Laci Demeter for more information at Laci_Demeter@acsi.org

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