The article presents the experience of the Sloop2desccourses in Italy, courses that involved over 600 teachers,mostly in the computer science field.The data show that the courses have been stronglycharacterized by interactions among people and collaboration for the production of open educational resources to use with students. L'articolo presenta l'esperienza dei corsi Sloop2desc in Italia, corsi che hanno coinvolto oltre 600 insegnanti, inmaggioranza di informatica. I dati forniti evidenziano come si sia trattato di corsi fortemente caratterizzati dalle interazioni fra persone ecollaborazione la produzione di risorse didatticheaperte da usare con gli studenti.
Teachers' training, Online learning,Virtual classroom, Tutor, Open educational resources,Competences, EQF, EUCIP, e-CF.
Formazione docenti, Formazione in rete,Classe virtuale, Tutor, Risorse didattiche aperte,Competenze, EQF, EUCIP, e-CF.
1. THE ITALIAN CONTEXT
Too often, the Italian school is perched on the oldmodel of transmission of teaching: the lecture still has thelion's share of teaching, the student has the role of listener-performer only to explain procedures in detail, but rarely is asked to participate in building his/her ownknowledge.A first element that hinders educational innovationis to be found in some "laziness" of teacher's category,which not being stimulated by economic or socialrecognition, it hardly keeps up the onerous commitmentto change their way of teaching, both through the 'use of new technologies, both through the overturning of the oldmodel "teacher-centered".The second factor hindering change is the lack of training courses that are truly effective in helpingteachers to "reprogram" the way they teach. In particular:we have repeatedly stated the importance of acompetence-based didactics, but how can you actually doit?Finally, as regards the integration of onlineeducation and face-to-face learning, there remains the problem of teaching resources. Although the network isan almost inexhaustible source of materials, and perhapsfor this reason, it is difficult for the teacher and thestudent to navigate through the sea of educational proposals, which are almost never actually reusable,missing the opportunity to change and adapt them tospecific school contexts.The Sloop2desc project has tried to give an initialresponse to these needs intertwining several themes: theuse of online learning to complement face-to-facetraining, the sharing of open digital resources andcompetence-based learning.
2. COURSES AND TRAINEES
As envisaged in the original plan, the transfer actionof the project has had its focus in Italy. The courses inSlovenia and Romania have had the role of testing thetransnational effectiveness of the approach chosen, but itis in Italy that the goal was the training of a large number of trainees.The training was implemented in two phases :
pilot courses: from 23 February to 27 June 2010,
cascade courses: between November 2010 and May2011.The pilot courses have been advertised throughnotices in schools in Sicily and Lombardy, with thesupport of the Educational Committees of these tworegions, and through the network. The proposal primarilyaddressed teachers of computer science, but all those whoapplied to participate were received, among them a smallnumber of people outside the two regions and some non-computer persons engaged in University or privatetraining. In total the trainees enrolled in the pilot coursewere about 60.The cascade courses - where tutoring was supported by a group of trainees selected from the pilot course -were advertised over the network at national level andwere supported with communications to schools by thetwo regional Educational Committees. The goal was to