Erasmus+ ENTER project
Estonian Centre for Engineering Pedagogy ia a partner in Erasmus+ ENTER project
The project network's kick-off meeting was held in February in Porto.
ENTER aims at creating a novel multicultural and international approach for formal post-graduate professional and pedagogical education for engineering educators. Furthermore, it is focused on low cost and convenience, thus strongly based on e-learning technologies, whenever feasible, and designed with the objective of being internationally recognized and accredited.In order to design the ENTER iPET programme, a thoroughly market and requirements analysis of HEIs and educators needs will be conducted, focused on the EU and partners’ countries, but also considering opportunities in other markets like North Africa, South America and Asia. The ENTER iPET programme, accredited internationally by Estonian Centre for Engineering Pedagogy at TTU, proposes a hierarchy of 3 structured educational programs for engineering educators, in the context of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning. The actual design is to one of the outputs of the project, but we foresee 3 educational programs with different content and duration (names are tentative):- iPET-1 Short-focused (e.g. 2 ECTS) – “Qualification Development” Certificate;- iPET-2 Professional Retraining (e.g. 8 ECTS) – Diploma ‘’Higher Education Teacher”;- iPET-3 International recognized (e.g. 20 ECTS) – a full programme leading to international accreditation as “Engineering Educator”. Programmes have modular structure, i.e. modules of iPET-1 are included in iPET-2, and both are included in iPET-3. This provides a sustainable improvement path that educators can walk at their own pace. It will also be possible for the educators to combine modules from different ENTER network members. Whenever possible, ENTER will avoid duplicating existing offers. For example, the International Engineering Educator Certificate ING-PAED provided by IGIP will certainly be a reference in the iPET programme design.
For the knowledge transfer of the ENTER project, a consortium of technical universities of Russia and Kazakhstan will be established, which will be signed by the rectors of technical universities of Russia and Kazakhstan on May 28 at Tambov University of Technology. The next meeting of the ENTER network will be held on May 28 – 31, 2019.