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Virtual Innovation and Support Networks for Teachers (VALIANT)

The VALIANT project aims to design Virtual Exchange modules which will bring school teachers and classes of student teachers into collaboration together.

Photo illustration of group of students discussing and working together.

Research project VALIANT will facilitate cooperation between school teachers and classes of student teachers (photo illustration by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash).

About the project

The innovative policy measure evaluated in VALIANT are Virtual Exchange programs which bring together teachers, student teachers and experts in facilitated online collaboration around real-world educational issues. Thus, the project involve responsible public authorities (in Norway, the Ministry of Education and Research and the University of Oslo), the researchers and the target groups.

The VALIANT Project - Virtual Innovation and Support Networks–is a European policy
experimentation. Work Package 1 is led by the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS). In this sub-project, ILS is responsible for developing and finalizing the content and tasks of the Virtual Exchanges through collaboration between the research team and the participating institutions. The Virtual Exchanges take into account the needs and curricula of the participating Initial Teacher Education institutions and the needs and training interests of the participating in-service teachers. ILS is also responsible for creating the virtual platform where the different formats of Virtual Innovation and Support Networks will be located, and where teachers and teacher educators can register. 

Objectives

The expected results from VALIANT will provide public authorities with clear evidence whether Virtual Exchange can contribute to solving various challenges:

The project’s first objective is to test the efficiency of Virtual Innovation and Support Networks as an approach that will contribute to overcoming teachers’ sense of isolation and low motivation in rural areas and isolated contexts, and also to developing teachers’ ability to operate effectively in online international networks of professional collaboration.

The second objective of the project is to test the efficiency of this form of Virtual Exchange for providing students of Initial Teacher Education with access to the realities of the teaching profession through regular interaction with in-service teachers.

List of objectives:

VALIANT aims to establish whether participation in Virtual Exchange programmes will

  • overcome teachers’ sense of isolation and improve levels of motivation
  • develop teachers’ intercultural collaboration skills and their ability to participate in online collaborative projects and networks
  • develop teachers’ ability to use digital technologies for elements of digital professional collaboration
  • raise awareness of students of Initial Teacher Education of the realities of the teaching profession.

Background

The VALIANT project started in February 2021 and will be completed in March 2024.

The experimentation will use a before-after comparison method with experimental and control groups. Quantitative and qualitative data will be triangulated to provide a comprehensive insight into the impact of these Virtual Exchange programmes on

  • teachers’ motivation
  • their feelings of professional isolation
  • their career paths
  • their ability to activate digital and intercultural competences for international professional engagement

Cooperation

The VALIANT consortium is an international cooperation and comprised of public authorities and universities.

Public Authorities contributing in VALIANT:

  • Consejería de Educación, La Junta De Castilla Y León, Spain
  • Directorate-General for School Administration of the Ministry of Education, Portugal
  • Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
  • Consellería de Educación, Universidade e FP, Galicia, Spain
  • Ministry of Education and Research, Norway

Universities contributing in VALIANT:

  • Universidad de León, Spain
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Maribor University, Slovenia
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • University of the Arts, London, UK

What are Virtual Innovation and Support Networks?

Watch VALIANT's video about Virtual Innovation and Support Networks (youtube.com).

Financing

The VALIANT project is financed through Erasmus+ KA3 (EACEA/38/2019):
Priority 3 - Strengthening teacher training and education by using the opportunities of new technologies (School education) (ec.europa.eu).

Other resources

Publications

We will publish selected publications here continuously.

Published June 17, 2021 11:50 AM - Last modified June 17, 2021 12:31 PM

Contact

Project leader:

Robert O’Dowd, University of León, Spain (Primary Investigator)

Work Package 1 in VALIANT is led by:

Pia Sundqvist, University of Oslo

Logo for VALIANT med sirkler rundt en jordklode i blåtoner

Participants

  • Pia Sundqvist
  • Greta Björk Gudmundsdottir
  • Robert O’Dowd (Primary Investigator), Universidad de León, Spain
  • Begoña F. Gutiérrez, Universidad de León, Spain
  • Ana Rosa Gago, Universidad de León, Spain
  • Anna Wärnsby, Malmö Universitet, Sweden
  • Malin Reljanovic Glimäng, Malmö Universitet, Sweden
  • Melinda Dooly, Universitat Autónoma De Barcelona, Spain
  • Xavier Fontich, Universitat Autónoma De Barcelona, Spain
  • Margarida Morgado, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Blanco, Portugal
  • Henrique Gil, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Blanco, Portugal
  • Helena Mesquita, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Blanco, Portugal
  • António Pais, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Blanco, Portugal
  • Paulo Alfonso, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Blanco, Portugal
  • Boris Aberserk, Maribor University, Slovenia
  • Margarita Vinagre, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Avelino Corral, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Yolanda García, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Laura Torres, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Tina Fernández, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Anna Nicolau, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Salomi Papadima-Sophocleous, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • María Victoria Soulé, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Maria Christoforou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Ute Massler, Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany
  • Monica Bravo Granstöm, Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany
  • Gabriella von Lieres, Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany
  • Euline Cutrim Schmid, Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • Jekaterina Rogaten, University of the Arts London, UK
  • External expert: Shannon Sauro, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Detailed list of participants