With our course for digital strategy development STRIDE Guide we address all people, who are interested in actively changing school. Headmasters, teachers, technicians, but also externals are part of our target group.
Our overall goal of the STRIDE engagement is to bring schools to the modern age. We want teaching and learning to use new and digital sources to create a learning environment, which fits with the conditions of modern life. School is the place, where our future generation is prepared for a happy and successful life – the proper use of digital media is an important aspect (not only) for their lives.
Therefore, our online course targets the improvement of the addressees’ media competence as well as their ability to develop and plan school-specific strategies to forward teaching and learning in their specific context.
Before we sketch the structure of the course, let us drop a few words about our basic principles. Our course addresses adult learners. This prescribes specific conditions for our course concept.
The STRIDE Guide is of high relevance for the learners. The content helps to overcome problems, which arise directly from their cosmos of experience and promise professional advancement. To ease the access to partly complex content, the course works with examples to create a link to the learners’ professional practice. Moreover, we involved analogue and digital team-learning arrangements to allow the exchange of experience and social exchange. The addressees do the course voluntarily. They decide in a self-determined manner, which content they want to learn. Motivation arises from the ability to design their workplace actively after the course, to participate in the conduction of change and to learn with and from others. This individual commitment leads the learners to emancipate from a status quo and to take over responsibility for their (professional) actions.
Widening our view on adult learners in online-based teaching and learning settings, we defined the subsequent demands on our course concept (following Arnold et al., 2018):
Creative design of materials to motivate learners!
Self-determination in the processing of the modules!
The tasks represent real practice problems!
Social interaction digital and analogue!
Learners discover their possibilities!
Let us learn something about the didactic structure of the course in the next step and view the document 02 Fine Tuning!