The Department of Continuing Professional Development and Education Cooperation (IWQ) was pleased to be able to welcome a group of 16 teachers from Patras, Greece, to the University College of Teacher Education Vienna.
In the course of the training week, organised by the Centre for Learning Technology and Innovation (ZLI), our Greek guests had the opportunity to gain an insight into digital learning and learning methods during a tablet session in Class 4A of the Middle School for Pre-service Classrom Teaching. Afterwards, the advantages, challenges, and opportunities related to learning and digital media were discussed in a roundtable-style debate with Thomas Gril and Susanna Jilka, the dedicated pedagogical team. The visitors were particularly impressed by the respectful approach taken by the school to mixed-ability classes.
Following the class shadowing, Vice-Principal Dr. Wolfgang Greller delivered a warm welcome talk to our Greek guests. Dr. Thomas Bauer, Head of the International Office, then gave a comprehensive introduction to the Austrian education system and answered the visitors’ questions in great detail.
The next day got off to an exciting start with “Apps, Apps, Apps”. Dr. Thomas Strasser, the Head of IWQ, led a workshop for the teachers and showed them how digital media can enrich learning. There was no shortage of opportunities to put these methods into practice and a great deal of enjoyment in doing so.
After a well-earned lunch break, a tour of the famous HTL Donaustadt was on the agenda. Director Engineer Wilhelm Bonatz welcomed the visitors and introduced the institution and its various types of schools. DI Peter Kovar then took the group on an informative tour through the college’s stately premises and allowed our guests from Greece to gain a comprehensive insight into everyday school life at HTL.
Our visitors from Patras thanked the whole CPD team greatly for the engaging programme and warm welcome. The Department of Continuing Professional Development and Educational Cooperation is looking forward to future cooperative projects with our Greek partners.
Translated by Anisha Solanki
For more information please contact:
Katharina GRUBESIC, MA
Department of Continuing Professional Development and Educational Cooperation
Educational cooperation coordinator