TEACHUP (TEACHer Upskilling Policy experimentation) is a EU-funded policy experimentation aimed at investigating the effectiveness of an innovative intervention intended to increase teachers’ retention in online courses as well as their self-regulated online learning competences. Within TEACHUP, four Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on new teaching competences (i.e., collaboration, personalised learning, formative assessment, creative thinking) are developed. The four MOOCs are piloted in ten countries (Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey) and aim to involve around 4,000 teachers and student teachers. The core evaluation question of TEACH-UP concerns the effectiveness of providing an online tutoring/mentoring support on teachers’ retention in online courses and self-regulated online learning. The evaluation design is based on a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). Half of the participating teachers are randomly assigned to the treatment group and given the possibility to benefit from online tutoring/mentoring on the top of the MOOCs. Additional research questions concern the cost-effectiveness of online tutoring/mentoring and the comparability of peer and expert assessment in online. TEACHUP is funded by the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency of the European Union through the Erasmus plus Programme Key action 3: Initiatives for policy innovation – European policy experimentations (EACEA/34/2015). TEACHUP involves 17 partners in 11 countries (Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, UK/Scotland); FBK-IRVAPP (the evaluation organisation; Italy); EUN Partnership (project coordinator).
Project website: http://teachup.eun.org/home