Practising complex actions with technological applications? What are the possibilities and difficulties?
Technological applications such as video and VR (virtual reality) can make skills education even more effective, efficient and flexible. Think of a realistic learning environment where every student can practise without limitation. Automated feedback from the lecturer and peer feedback gives the lecturer more time to answer complicated questions and the students more time to practice.
What is a good blend for your type of education? What technological applications are there and which do you choose when?
The working group gathers and shares evidence-informed knowledge, methods and good examples and tools in a community of lecturers and support staff. This community where you can share success stories and obstacles of practical skills education with technological applications just launched. Sign up now!
The working group focuses on four projects:
1. Join our community
Join the working group’s active community for experts and those interested to come together to exchange knowledge and ideas. Do you have experience in teaching practical skills online? Are you a researcher, policy advisor, or lecturer support staff with expertise in areas such as simulation, video, learning and testing skills? Or would you like to contribute ideas about digital education of practical skills? Then please join the community and share your ideas or find out about the experiences of others. Sign up for the community and the LinkedIn group of the working group.
2. Library with good examples and tools
By offering good examples of previous innovations in digital education of practical skills, the working group hopes to inspire lecturers to start working on educational innovation themselves. These examples and tools will collected in an user-friendly library.
The library will be developed in collaboration with the Facilitating professional development for lecturers and Evidence-informed educational innovation with IT zones.
3. How do you develop skills education? Learn it in the field lab!
A field lab is a set of materials containing work formats, supporting materials, and resources a supporter can use to train lecturers in this area. The Professional development zone has already developed such a field lab for blended education. The working group will develop field labs to help with the answers on how to develop digital education of practical skills in an evidence-informed manner. They’ll do this in collaboration with the Evidence-informed zone.
4. Increasing and disseminating evidence
There hasn’t been much research done into what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to digital education of practical skills. The working group wishes to contribute to increase the evidence in this field, and stimulate evidence-informed working so we can generate and share more knowledge. They are expanding the number of existing research projects. Additionally, they’ll stimulate and investigate collaborations in the field of developing evidence.
View one of the good examples of digital education of practical skills here. In laboratory and environmental science courses, VR is used so that students can practice with unique real-life situations such as a crime scene.