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Challenges and possibilities of ICT in education

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About This Course

The use of the ICT has increased dramatically in recent years. In education we are faced with new generation, the generation whose lives are strongly related to the cyberworld. Cyberworld offers us plenty of information, entertainment, and new forms of communication, but there are also several problems that deserve our attention. Therefore using technology in learning process needs new skills from teachers. Teachers have to be aware, which kind of materials and tools are beneficial for learning and what are the risks, which might threaten students when they use Internet for studying. The course focuses on different ways how to use technology in learning process and what should teachers know about the Internet risks. Participants share in forum discussion their experiences about the challenges and possibilities of using ICT in education. They will be aware, how to analyze web-pages using content analysis and discuss, how the data could be analyzed. Using the scoring system they analyze their data and compare results with the others. After that course participants expand their knowledge of different ways using technology proper way and how to analyze educational portals.

Research questions

  • Which possibilities ICT offers in education? Which challenges threaten students using educational portals? How to use educational software in proper way?
  • The research conducted during the course is about content of educational portals, learning materials and social software.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the participant is able to:
  • choose proper method and material for teaching with technology considering pros and cons of this material;
  • use proper way social software in learning process;
  • use content analysis as research method in educational research.

Course Staff

Piret Luik

Piret Luik

Piret Luik is elected to the position of Associate. Prof of educational technology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has expertise in educational technology (including learning environments, educational software, social media, internet risks) and research methods in education. She has experience to teach computers and mathematics in comprehensive school for 7 years. She has been one of the key trainers in initial teacher education system for last 11 years. She is reviewer of the international journals Computers & Education, British Journal of Educational Technology, one of the conveinors of ECER conference and is one of the editors of series of Peter Lang Verlag Publisching House named Estonian Studies in Education. She is a expert of Tiger Leap Foundation, member of EARLI, EERA, AARE, COST ACTION IS0801 Cyberbullying. She has experience of supervising thesis in all three levels. At corrent time she has 8 doctoral thesis to supervise and she has been consultant of one defended doctoral thesis. She is the author of more than 75 scientific publications.


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  2. Classes Start

    Feb 16, 2015
  3. Classes End

    Feb 13, 2016
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