Projects

Current Projects

ETIS Project team Duration

1. Horizon 2020 project Scaling Up Educational Innovations in Schools

The project Scaling Up Educational Innovation in Schools (SEIS) will significantly strengthen educational innovation research not only in Estonia, but in the Baltic states and in wider Europe by taking educational research and innovation to the next level. The project will present new perspectives on educational research by turning traditional "knowledge transfer" approaches into research- and technology-driven societal innovations (research-to-innovation-to-practice knowledge transfer), establishing an international virtual Research Lab on educational innovations, facilitating the inclusion and capacity building of the new actors in the field and encouraging exchange of knowledge and experiences among stakeholders and top research groups in the field. 

TKA19154 Terje Väljataga
Kairit Tammets
Timo Tobias Ley
2020–2022

2. Understanding the concept of student agency among Estonian and Russian speaking students: What is the experience and attitude of students towards agency in upper secondary schools in Estonia? 

This research project was developed out of the need to understand better the cultural differences in practices and attitudes towards student agency as perceived by students in Estonian and Russian language upper secondary schools in Estonia. The research follows a mixed methods approach where in the first stage, qualitative focus group interviews are conducted with students in Form 10. Using the qualitative data as an input for the second stage, a quantitative survey is administered in both types of schools. The results would help to design pedagogical interventions and teacher trainings to promote student agency. 

PUTJD1031 Maria Erss 2021–2023

3. Developing and enhanching the teaching quality of inclusive education curriculum

The aim of the project is to equip both acting and future teachers with knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to promote inclusiveness and decrease segregation of SEN students. The objective is to enhance inclusive education and promote the development, testing and implementation of innovative practices in the field of teacher training in inclusive education. The project will help to identify and address the causes that prevent teachers from supporting SEN pupils´ integration into regular classrooms and implementing the principles of inclusive education, as well as to strengthen the competencies and capacity of the Estonian universities in this field.

TÕA19009 Triin Ulla
Katrin Poom-Valickis
Tiia Õun
Piret Soodla
Tiiu Tammemäe
Lii Lilleoja
Ene Varik-Maasik
Eliis Ait
2019–2023

4. Co-Creating inclusive school communities

The main aim of the project is to support schools in strengthening inclusive school communities in which every participant is welcomed, respected, valued and given a voice and that embrace and appreciate diversity in culture, religion, gender, ability or socio-economic background. Within this project, the focus is on the social environment where all school community members are given a voice. Through inclusive school communities, schools can increase engagement with actors within and outside the school community and are more likely to secure sustainable improvements towards the best and equal opportunities for all learners.

TKA21209

Eve Eisenschmidt Kätlin Vanari   Berit Silvia KondratievPiret Oppi  Reet Sillavee Krista Keedus

2021-2024

5. Social inclusion through pupils' participation

The purpose of the project is to allow teachers to explore and develop professional work based on pupils' perspectives and experiences on social inclusion to firstly deepen professional knowledge and competence on best practices and collegial international exchange, secondly to create didactical and educational material and thirdly to evaluate strategies where teachers and researchers in cooperation develop learning opportunities that support pupils' social belonging and agency which then can be shared in the professional community.

TKA20172

Mari-Liis Lind
Tiiu Tammemäe 
Rain Mikser Egle Hollman Mailis Ostra

2020–2023

6.Vocational education and workplace training enhancing social inclusion of at-risk young people

The main research goal is to investigate, how can vocational education and training (VET) enhance social inclusion of young people at-risk, both in terms of combating school drop-out and promoting transitions between various (social) learning contexts, such as school-work transition. 

TAU20189 Meril Ümarik
Krista Loogma
Terje Väljataga
2021–2023

7. Inclusive and Innovative Pedagogies for Educators

Inclusive and Innovative Pedagogies for Educators aims to close the gap between policy and practice. We firmly believe that “the quality of an educational system depends upon the quality of its teachers” (Teaching in Focus Brief 2, OECD, 2012) and so educators are at the heart of our work. Our suite of training resources will provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create genuinely engaging learning experiences for students, in three key areas: diversity and inclusion, innovation for 21st century skills and digital technology.

TKA20197

Meidi Sirk
Meril Ümarik
Reeli Liivik
Sirje Rekkor

2020–2022

8. International Civic and Citizenship Study 

The purpose of the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) is to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in a wide range of countries.

TRU19056 Meril Ümarik
Tõnu Idnurm
Lianne Teder
Tanja Dibou
Karolin Mäe
Maarja Tinn
2019–2022

9. Professional Teacher of Estonian Language in Russian Speaking Group

Development and implementation of trainings for kindergarten teachers and teams, development and implementation of pilot group monitoring studies. 

TKA22005 Tiia Õun    Maire Tuul  Kerstin Kööp Külli Rauk Evelyn Neudorf Piia Varik Mari-Liis Lind 2022

10. Development of digitalisation in teacher education 

The overall aim of the digiTED@EU project is to promote and facilitate digitalisation among teacher educators in Europe (and beyond). The project aims to 1) develop a hybrid programme for professional development that enhances the digital skills, competences and creativity of teacher educators; promotes the readiness of teacher educators to teach online and to design and organise digital courses; provides resources for tech-based assessment and feedback for teacher educators. 2) empower teacher educators to become more involved, creative and active in their own learning and development 3) stimulate transnational and interdisciplinary collaboration on all levels in regard to digital teaching practices of teacher educators 4) promote the creation of a European Digital Education Hu. 5) provide concrete recommendations for policy-makers to generate practice-oriented digitalisation strategies on a European, national, and also institutional level 6) help teacher education to become more professional and reputable. 

  Terje Väljataga Kadri Mettis Yagmur Cisem Yilmaz 2022-2025

11. "Digiloping Teachers" - Digital competences development and mentoring for teachers

With "Digiloping Teachers" program goal is to help the digital transition from multiple angles. We want to address the three major groups in the learning process: teachers, students, and schools. We want to develop a comprehensive solution that gives the participants of the learning/teaching process (teacher, student) a helping hand to develop digital competence, to promote the development of a digital resilient society. We are collaborating to design a converging curriculum focused on learning and teaching 21st-century skills at schools. Sharing content on online platforms in every country and training educators in its curricular methodology. Grounded in the European Digital Competence Framework “DigCompEdu”, the initiative aims to drive the innovative use of digital technologies for educative purposes in schools and out-of-school settings as well as its confident, safe, and creative use by students and educators alike. 

TKA21055 Janika Leoste Marika Kutškova Maire Tuul            Sirly Väät 2021-2023

12. ENhanced Learning and teaching in International Virtual ENvironments 

As a result of the project, progressive course modules will be created for the development of digital competencies for learners and teaching staff. There will be also created guidelines for creating innovative and inclusive international learning environments in virtual, blended or technologically enhanced learning contexts.

TÕA21067

Janika Leoste Mart Laanpere  Marika Kutškova Maire Tuul   Sirly Väät Egle Hollman 

2021-2023

13. Towards a quality oriented system of initial teacher education to increase teacher professionalism in Kosovo

The project aims at enhancing quality of design and delivery of initial teacher education (ITE) towards increasing the professionalism bar for teaching profession in Kosovo through the implementation of European-inspired quality assurance mechanism that produce teacher professionalism aspired by teaching profession in Kosovo. 

TKA20017 Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Mikk Kasesalk
Katrin Poom-Valickis
2020–2023

14. Preparation of development program for school teams to support student mental health promotion in schools 

The purpose of the project is to prepare a methodology and action plan for the development program for the school team, which:
- understands how and why learners' mental health problems arise, what risk and protection factors can be prevented or reduced by influencing them, and what preventive measures to use and how to implement them;
- devise an action plan for collaboration with the whole teaching staff, starting with needs assessment and goal setting and moving towards sustainable implementation and evaluation of evidence-based prevention. 

TKA21031A Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Berit Silvia Kondratjev
Ott Oja
2021

15. Development of school environment surveys 

Guidelines and specifications will be developed to support the use of self-directed assessment tools 1) for supporting teachers to become sel-directed learners 2) for students to become self-directed learners in grades 4, 8 and 11. 

TKA21221A Eve Eisenschmidt Kati Aus Elina Malleus-KotšegarovAstra Schults Anna-Liisa Jõgi 2021-2022

16. Testing the intervention "Mental health promoting schools" in 2021/2022 in 5 Estonian schools

In the course of development program the management team formed in the school sets the goal of the change related to mental health and prepares a constantly updated success plan with the necessary analysis and research tools.

TKA21180 Eve Eisenschmidt Kätlin VanariKrista KeedusBerit Silvia KondratjevPiret Oppi Jüri Käosaar 2021-2022

17. Integrated leadership in school practice

The project aims to explore ‘integrated leadership’ and to stimulate school teams to realise more integrated leadership within their school

TKA19149 Katrin Poom-Valickis
Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Berit Silvia Kondratjev
Jüri Käosaar
2019–2022

18. Adaptation and development of the VEPA Behavioral Skills Game methodology according to the context of Estonian kindergartens

Adaptation and development of the VEPA Behavioral Skills Game methodology according to the context of Estonian kindergartens. Project includes the preparation of recommendations for adapting the VEPA methodology in the Estonian context, the training of VEPA teachers and evaluating the methodology in kindergartens.

TKA21178 Maire Tuul  2021-2022

19. Research group for studying the kindergarten learning environment and teachers’ teaching practices 

The aim of the project is to study the social climate, teaching and instructional practices in 50 Estonian- and Russian-language kindergartens using the Early Childhood Classroom Observation Measure (ECCOM). A research group is formed with researchers from Schools of Educational Sciences and Natural Sciences and Health for achieving the aim of the project.

TA/3221 Anne-Mai Meesak  Eve Kikas  Tiia Õun Maire Tuul Piia Varik 2021-2022

20. Upgrading pre- and in-service teachers’ digital skills with online STEAM hands-on training modules

The proposal seeks to provide the appropriate background for the improvement of the penetration of technology-based methods and activities into mainstream education through upscaling pre- and in-service teachers’ digital skills through modules in higher education courses.

TKA20199 Janika Leoste
Külli Kori
Maria Erss
Tobias Ley
Maire Tuul
Tiiu Tammemäe
Elyna Heinmäe
2020–2023

21. A Framework for Efficient and Engaging Hybrid Education in Lower-secondary Schools

The FreeEd project defines a framework for hybrid education (combining learning in school with distance learning), including best practices in the project countries (most of them
European "pioneers" in education technology integration such as AT, EE and FI), to help lower secondary schools, specifically teachers, face the challenges presented by the current sudden shift from classroom-based education to online, distance and hybrid learning. 

TKA21023 Janika Leoste
Larissa Jõgi
Mihkel Kangur
2021–2023

22. WINnovators "Boosting entrepreneurial and STEM/STEAM capacity of young Women in higher education institutions for sustainable development and INnovation"

Increasing entrepreneurship and STEM / STEAM capacity in higher education, focusing on sustainable and innovative development. Particular attention will be given to promoting gender equality and addressing differences in relation to the access and use by underpresented groups. Target groups are: HEI educators and students from future educators in HEIs disciplines; young underprivileged women between 18 and 30 years old, from rural communities, or outskirts; innovation and entrepreneurship organisations and HEIs with digital, STEM/STEAM and sustainability competences and with associated partnership with STEM/STEAM tech SMEs.

TKA21193 Kai Pata  Terje VäljatagaIlona-Evelin Rannala Kristi Jüristo 2021-2024

23. Discovery trail: Systematic use of digital outdoor learning tool 

The partners of the "Discovery Trail" project from Estonia, Finland, Greece and Austria bring together the fields of education, psychology, ecology and educational technology and explore the possibilities of using the digital solution of the Discovery Trail in nature education. In the course of the project, we will translate the Discovery Path application into different languages, develop technical solutions (to be more user-friendly), and introduce the application and paths created with local and international training to teachers and nature education centers in the participating countries. In addition, multilingual examples will be developed in the field of biodiversity to support the meaningful use of the application, and their potential impact on changing students' perceptions of biodiversity will be explored.

TKA21192 Elina Malleus-Kotšegarov 
Esta Kaal 
Mihkel KangurGrete Arro
Jaanus Terasmaa Arko Olesk
2021-2024

24. Application for the development of green and smart city

CitiesGoGreen aim to bring together environmental education, the method of gamification and STEM as an educational tool. The main objectives of the project are the following: 1. To cultivate the environmental consciousness of pupils together with other transversal skills and competences. 2. To develop a theoretical framework based on which it will cultivate the environmental consciousness of primary school pupils of age 10-12 years 3. To engage pupils with STEM and to develop the key skills of pupils through STEM 4 To design a state of the art game that will combine ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS, Gamification and STEM 5. To develop an assessment tool that will be used prior and after the game to measure the skills gained through the game. The main focus of the assessment tool is the assessment of environmental consciousness. However other skills developed through STEM and through gamification will also be developed. The objective of this project is to educate pupils in the age of 10-12 years old on the importance of being green, and demonstrating sincere interest in the environment.

TKA22035 Janika Leoste Inge TimoštšukKaidi Nurmik Sirly Väät 2021-2024

25. Relationship between students' interdisciplinary knowledge and career awareness in science

The aim of this research project is to develop pedagogically grounded instruments for measuring problem-solving and decision-making skills in the context of science-based and career-oriented learning. The goal is to improve the Cmap methodology for using in the learning process and for assessment.

TA/1021 Rain Mikser
Katrin Soika
2021-2022

26. Developing Competencies of Teachers to integrate Climate Literacy Education in European Schools

The project aims at enhancing teachers' profiles to coach students effectively in European Secondary schools to raise the level of climate literacy by developing:
-Educational Content for Climate Literacy
-Open Online Course to allow teachers to promote climate literacy at schools
-Online Teacher Community including activities developed to assist them to bring the topic of climate change into their classrooms.

TKA20198

Grete Arro
Liisa Puusepp
Maarja Hallik Mihkel Kangur Egle Hollman

2020-2022

27. Building a European Zero Waste Academy 

Our overall aim is to create a European Zero Waste Academy with two main objectives:
- To create a strong curricula for advancing the zero waste cities movement in Europe
- To kick-start a European network of zero waste trainers to implement this framework in their local communities and increase the scale and impact of our work 

TKA20150 Grete Arro
Liisa Puusepp
Mihkel Kangur 
2020–2022

28. Supporting young people to succeed – Building capacities to better integrate non-formal and formal learning in Estonia

The aim of the project is to analyze and the develop actionable recommendations to better integrate non-formal and formal learning. Fully adapted to the Estonian education system and context, our approach does not rely on a one-size-fits-all global methodology. Continuous stakeholder engagement, senior technical capabilities and a deep understanding of the Estonian education system and context (notably from within) are central features of our approach, and will be combined by best practices from other European countries in better integrating non-formal and formal learning. The ASCENT team is led by ICF and delivered in cooperation with Praxis, Civitta and Tallinn University. 

TRU21215 Eve-Liis RoosmaaTriin Roosalu    Marti Taru      Katrin Karu  Halliki Põlda 2021-2023

29.Educational changes in Estonia and their reflection in the experienced teachers' life histories: a developmental analysis from the late Soviet period until today

The project aims at completing a monograph on the successive educational changes in Estonia throughout the last decades of the late Soviet period unitl the early 2020s. The primary sources of analysis are the written documents - scientific, legislative and popular - from the period under discussion and the life history interviews with teachers whose teaching career expands over most of the period. The monograph, intended to be published in Estonian, can be used both for research as well as teaching purposes in the field of educational studies and beyond.

TA/821 Rain Mikser 2021-2022
30. Supporting primary students´ learning engagement by phenomenon-based and subject integrative teaching in authentic learning environments

The project is based on the general goal of education to develop a learner-centred and inclusive education system based on common values, which offers learning paths that support society's needs. The project activities focus on how the learning experiences in different environments and the integration of learning content are related to primary students' learning engagement.

TR/921 Inge Timoštšuk 2021–2023

31. Development of e-assessment tools for entrepreneurial competence at primary and  secondary school level.

Tasks and scales will be developed to assess  entrepreneurial competences at school level II and III.

TKA21092A Grete Arro Pirko Tõugu      Kati Aus Kaja MädamürkEve Kikas Elina Malleus-KotšegarovKati Lehtroos Eliis Härma 2021-2022

32. Development and training of the national defense education module 2021/2022

Preparation and implementation of the national defense education module in the academic year 2021/2022, which includes the development of the national defense education curriculum and the training of national defense teachers at Tallinn University.

TÕA21039A Meidi Sirk 2021–2022

33. From I to We, enhancing social relations by creativity 

The goal of this project is to clarify, both theoretically and in practice, how action methods based on psychodrama, sociodrama and sociometry, can best be used to enhance sociometric potential in adult learning groups (both online and offline), and to formulate the concept, develop the training for it, carry it out and measure the efficacy. We will use participatory collaborative development and co-creation as methodology to offer adult educators and researchers a genuine opportunity to participate and have an impact on our project and in their own work.

TKA22050 Katrin Karu Halliki Põlda Mairi Matrov 2021-2023

 

     

 

Completed projects

Completed projects

ETIS Project team

Duration

Horizon 2020 project Cross-Border Educational Innovation thru Technology-Enhanced Research

The Lifelong Learning Strategy for Estonia envisions digital turn in formal and informal education, order to change the learning paradigm towards more self-directed, creative and collaborative learning. One-to-one computing, digital learning resources, semantic web tools, linked data applications and interoperable cloud computing services will be used to build and evaluate tailored educational opportunities for every learner. This will maximize each student’s self-actualization aspirations and role in the tomorrow’s society and adaptation of educational institutions in Estonia along the expectations of rapidly changing job market and European education space.

TAU15034

Tobias Ley
Katrin Poom-Valickis
Terje Väljataga
Mart Laanpere
Maria Jesus Rodríguez-Triana
Luis Pablo Prieto Santos
Paul Seitlinger
Katrin Niglas
Õnne Uus
Janika Leoste
Maarja Hallik
Tanel Toova
Pjotr Savitski
Gerti Pishtari
Anu Tammeleht
Kati Aus
Kairit Tammets

2015–2020

Teachers' professionality and professionalism in changing context 

Project aims to scrutinize how global changes and policy transformations and teachers’ life histories have affected teachers’ professionalism and professionality in Estonia. As such the project has a great potential for producing knowledge that has important practical implications allowing increasing policy take-up and maximization of teacher motivation and commitment, but also considerable international interest as relevant data from former communist countries is not available from previous studies.

IUT18-2

Ivor Goodson
Rain Mikser
Krista Loogma
Aino Ugaste
Tiia Õun
Marika Veisson
Katrin Niglas
Meril Ümarik
Meidi Sirk
Reeli Liivik
Inge Timoštšuk
Maire Tuul 

2014–2019

Competence tests for first and second grade students (II phase)

Prototype assessment instruments for first grade students' language, math and learning competences, and second grade students' language and math competences are developed, II phase.

TKA21038A Piret Soodla
Eve Kikas
Mairi Männamaa
2021

Professional Teacher of Estonian Language in Russian Speaking Group

The aim of the project is to develop and conduct trainings for kindergarten and basic school teachers, to create and carry out pilot studies of activities, to develop competences in early language learning and multilingualism.

TRU20124 Tiia Õun
Maire Tuul
Kerstin Kööp
Külli Rauk
Reili Argus
Ene Hiiepuu
Evelyn Neudorf
2020

The assessments and experience of the teachers and parents of the pre-school childcare institutions in coping with the emergency situation caused by COVID -19

The aim is to find out the early childhood teachers’ experiences in carrying out the schooling and education in emergency situation and to analyse the teachers’ utilisation of the means of information technology in children’s distance learning. In the course of the project the  co-operation of the parents and employees of the childcare institutions is described and Estonian, German, Finnish and Icelandic study findings are compared. The results of the research will enable us to work out further suggestions and proposals in planning the schooling and education and ensuring the child-centred education in pre-school institutions. 

TA/5320 Aino Ugaste
Maire Tuul
Kaire Kollom
Kerstin Kööp
Silvi Suur
Evelyn Neudorf
2020–2021

Improving the System of Professional Development of Teachers and School Leaders in Estonia

The purpose is to improve the system of teacher and school leader education in Estonia focusing on what kind of professional development would help to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

TKA20214A Grete Arro
Kati Aus
Kätlin Vanari
Eve Eisenschmidt
2020–2021

Comparative Study of Learning Systems – Research Protocols 

The case studies will investigate key issues and dilemmas confronted by each jurisdiction in designing their systems, how they resolved these, and to what degree they think these resolutions are successful, or not, for now and in the future. 

TRU19184A Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Mati Heidmets
2019–2020

Strategic partnership for developing primary teacher education through school-based research 

The strategic partnership aims to support the advancement of ethical and inquiring primary teacher education by developing joint curriculum activities, and through the professional development of academic staff and future teachers. Two main areas that the inquiring approach would relate to in this project are: subject-integrative/phenomenon-based approaches in primary teacher education and learning in open settings. 

TÕA19135 Inge Timoštšuk
Anne Uusen
Helene Uppin
Anne-Mai Näkk
Mari-Liis Lind
Tähti Siinmaa
2019–2022

International Early Learning (for Child Well-being) Study 2016-2019 

The aim is to study, describe and analyse the impact of early childhood education on the development of children's (including children with special needs and different native languages) learning skills. The subaims of the pilot research are to study children's development and learning (incl. social, emotional and cognitive skills); correlations between child's participation in preschool childcare institution activities and acquiring early childhood education; the impact of individuality, home and preschool related aspects on the development of child’s social, emotional and cognitive skills. 

TAU17008 Tiia Õun
Tiiu Tammemäe
Maire Tuul
Lii Lilleoja
2016–2020

Creating Youth Workers - The Formal Education Edition

The wider aim of the project is to improve the access of young people to high quality youth work services in Europe. The opportunities with curriculums for studying youth work in Estonia, Ireland, Wales and Macedonia will be analyzed, and guidelines for innovative cross-sectoral approach in developing competency based formal education opportunity for youth workers will be proposed. 

TRU19205 Lianne Teder
Tanja Dibou
2019–2020

Competence tests for first and second grade students (II phase)

Prototype assessment instruments for first grade students' language, math and learning competences, and second grade students' language and math competences are developed, II phase.

TKA21038A Piret Soodla
Eve Kikas
Mairi Männamaa
2021

Carrying out a co-creation program for educational technological innovation 

Carrying out an educational technology innovation co-creation program and related activities, including additional consulting services, aimed at accelerating 6 teams to create educational technology innovation in cooperation with Startup Estonia, the Education and Youth Board (Harno) and Tallinn University (TLU).

TKA21047A Janika Leoste
Kairit Tammets
Meril Ümarik
Pirgit Sillaots
Elyna Heinmäe
Linda Helene Sillat
Katrin Männik
2021

Advising on data collection from ALPA Kids digital learning games for the preparation of a prototype of a personalized learning path, first stage 

Advising on data collection from ALPA Kids digital learning games for the preparation of a prototype of a personalized learning path, first stage.

TKA21032A Janika Leoste
Aino Ugaste
Tiia Õun
Maire Tuul
Elyna Heinmäe
2021

My future colleague robot

By 2021, the TU EDUSPACE laboratory will have the capacity to offer internships introducing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to students studying in non-ICT curricula. Behavioral models are created for simple AI robots to help understand the application of this type of robot in the classroom.

To summarize the project, with the support of the IT Academy, a vision booklet was prepared on what role robots will (or could) play in future education. The project provided input for the next research project “ÕPPESTECH-METH Learning and Teaching at the University. Integrating new technologies and methods in university studies ”.

TÕA20075 Janika Leoste
Tõnu Viik
Luis Pastor
Indrek Grauberg
Larissa Jõgi
Mart Susi
Maire Tuul
Mihkel Kangur
Tiiu Tammemäe
Meidi Sirk
Liina Keevallik
Aleksandra Ljalikova
Veiko Vunder
Jaagup Kippar
Farshad Farahnakian
Yoan Mollard
Renno Raudmäe
Mari-Liis Lind
Henri Tammo
Kristian Paekivi
2020–2021

Distance learning study: Lecturers’ and students’ coping with emergency distance learning in Tallinn University 

The study aimed to analyze the coping of Tallinn University (TLU) in the conditions of distance learning and to map the bottlenecks in order to be better prepared to carry out the learning process in similar situations in the future. 
To map the TLU lecturers’ and students’ experiences of distance learning during COVID-19 crisis a written survey was carried out. In addition, interviews with lecturers with different previous e-learning experience and a representative of the e-learning centre were conducted.  Learning analytics from the most used e-learning environments in TLU were also collected.

TA/4120 Katrin Poom-Valickis
Kairit Tammets
Kati Aus
Tiina Anspal
2020–2021

The practices, efficiency, and challenges of technology-supported distance learning in Estonian comprehensive schools 

The study aims to map arrangement, efficiency and challenges of distance learning that was taking place in Estonian comprehensive schools during spring semester in 2020. The study focuses on aspects of regulation of teaching (including collaboration between teachers, learners and parents), the role of technology in distance learning, teaching strategies (including those for supporting students' self-regulation skills), as well as on well-being and motivation of the concerned parties. 

TA/4020 Piret Soodla
Kairit Tammets
Eve Eisenschmidt
Timo Tobias Ley
Terje Väljataga
Mart Laanpere
Elina Malleus-Kotšegarov
Mari-Liis Kaldoja
2020

Competencies and training needs of Estonian adult educators in training taking place in the digital environment

The results fo the study include: the competences of Estonian adult educators and performance indicators in conducting trainings in a digital environment have been identified; a comprehensive understanding of the adult educators training needs based on the national qualification standard and DigCompEdu digital competence model; awareness and expectations of training institutions and trainers for EPALE as a professional development environment. 

TRU20084A Katrin Karu
Linda Helene Sillat
Esta Kaal
Sigrid Aruväli
2020

Experiential learning in an open environment

An overview of activities supporting active learning in open learning environments and their management will be prepared. The overview includes theoretical analysis and practical solutions that are developed in a case study format. 

TKA19096A Inge Timoštšuk
Helene Uppin
Anne-Mai Näkk
2019-2020

Professional Teacher of Estonian Language in Russian Speaking Group 

The main goal of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the national curriculum of preschool child care institutions through support for teachers of Estonian as a second language in pre-primary institutions. The project includes teacher training and research.

TRU19125 Tiia Õun
Aino Ugaste
Tiiu Tammemäe
Lii Lilleoja
Maire Tuul
Silvi Suur
2019

Developing the prototype of a pre-school assessment tool 

The aim of the project is to develop a prototype of the pre-school tool based on the concept. The prototype is a model of an assessment tool that contains, for each area, information that is evaluated in the context of that skill, and suggestions for types of tasks to assess and also contains sample tasks. 

TRU19182A Tiiu Tammemäe 2019

OECD International Early Learning (for Child Well-being) Study 

The aim of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the OECD International Early Learning (for Child Well-being), including translating the results of the main survey of 5-6 years old children into Estonian and Russian, coding and participating in the preparation of the Estonian national report.

TKA19124 Piret Soodla
Tiiu Tammemäe
Maire Tuul
Tiia Õun
2019

Competence tests for first and second grade students 

Prototype assessment instruments for first grade students' language, math and learning competences, and second grade students' language and math competences are developed.

TKA20071A Piret Soodla
Eve Kikas
Mairi Männamaa
2020

Expert assessment and analysis of improving the standard of an Entrepreneurial School

To prepare and conduct improvement expert assessment and analysis of Entrepreneurial School standard. 

TKA20112A Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Marika Kutškova
2020

Development of a portfolio of interdisciplinary business education services for the EDUSPACE research laboratory

The rapidly changing needs of the education and industry sectors have led to a situation where companies offering innovative technological equipment need to focus more on training their customers. The aim of this project is to continue the development of the EDUSPACE research laboratory's portfolio of educational services for entrepreneurs. As expected, a new service will be added to the EDUSPACE research laboratory's service portfolio for entrepreneurs: advising technology companies on creating trainings and co-creating a training prototype. 

TF6920 Janika Leoste
Meidi Sirk
Larissa Jõgi
Jaagup Kippar
Tõnu Viik
2021

Preparation and implementation of the study for modified national curriculum 

Recommendations how to formulate the concept of monitoring and studying the implementation of the modified national curriculum.

TKA19183 Kätlin Vanari
Kati Aus
2019

Experiential learning in an open environment 

An overview of activities supporting active learning in open learning environments and their management will be prepared. The overview includes theoretical analysis and practical solutions that are developed in a case study format.

TKA19096A Inge Timoštšuk
Helene Uppin
Anne-Mai Näkk
2019–2020

Combining research competencies and developing overall competence in the fields of school culture and school management

The aim of the project is to tie together research activities carried out in the university and actual school development projects as well as to combine research competencies in the fields of school management and school culture in the realm of educational management in Tallinn University. The project serves as input to the sub-activities of the ERA-Chair’s field of educational innovation. The purpose of the project is to chart the dominant management styles of school leaders and to analyse the willingness of school leaders to implement educational innovations and support the professional development and learning (incl the development of ICT competencies) of their teaching staff. 

TF5716

Katrin Poom-Valickis
Eve Eisenschmidt
Mati Heidmets
Kati Aus

2017–2019

Competencies and training needs of Estonian adult educators in training taking place in the digital environment.

The results fo the study include: 1. the competences of Estonian adult educators and performance indicators in conducting trainings in a digital environment have been identified; 2. a comprehensive understanding of the adult educators training needs based on the national qualification standard and DigCompEdu digital competence model; 3. awareness and expectations of training institutions and trainers for EPALE as a professional development environment.

TRU20084A Katrin Karu
Linda Helene Sillat
Esta Kaal
Sigrid Aruväli
2020-2021

Researcher Identity Development: Strengthening Science in Society Strategies 

The aim of the project is to reconceptualize the role of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in order to enable them to successfully face current societal challenges and establish satisfactory careers and to enhance the development of ECRs’ identities and careers through training.

 

TRU17140 Erika Löfström
Anu Tammeleht
2017–2020

Technology-supported distance learning pracitces, efficiency and challanges in Estonian general education schools 

The organization of distance learning in Estonian general education schools in the spring of 2020, its efficiency and challenges in the organization at the level of managers, teachers and students will be mapped.

TA/4020 Piret Soodla
Kairit Tammets
Eve Eisenschmidt
Timo Tobias Ley
Terje Väljataga
Mart Laanpere
Elina Malleus-Kotšegarov
Mari-Liis Kaldoja
2020

Learning robot Bee-Bot possibilities in developing the social skills of children with autism spectrum disorders

The study is conducted in 5-year-old children with autism spectrum disorders who have difficulty communicating socially and verbally and non-verbally. The aim of the study is to find out how the involvement of a robot in teaching contributes to the development of social relations.

TA/5620 Tiiu Tammemäe
Janika Leoste
Getter Eskla
2020–2021

Digital Learning Resources STEAM K12

Provide students of teacher education field with different STEAM skills for enhancing subjects with technology: robotics, sensors, virtual and augmented realities, electronics, and statistics. Students learn to use these tools for applying modern teaching methods and influencing learning outcome.

TRU20003 Janika Leoste
Mihkel Kangur
Mari-Liis Lind
Maire Tuul
Külli Kori
Tiia Õun
Kätlin Vanari
Grete Arro
Inge Timoštšuk
Kadri Mettis
Elyna Nevski
2020

Computational Thinking and Control Technology with Rugged Robot Using Rugged Robot Across the Curriculum

Translating the manual “Computational Thinking and Control Technology with Rugged Robot Using Rugged Robot Across the Curriculum“ and adapting it to the Estonian pre-school curriculum. 

TÕA20178A Janika Leoste
Maire Tuul
2020

Development of a EDUSPACE educational service prototype

The goal of this project is to create a prototype of an educational service that facilitates introducing Estonian nature to the students of early childhood and primary education. 

TA/5120

Janika Leoste
Maire Tuul
Tiia Õun

 

2020

Creation of interactive math exercises, following modern teaching practices, for Robomath digital open learning recources, for the grades 3 and 6 

The goal of the project is developing the Robomath method's digital learning depository and publishing it in eKoolikott environment, open to all Estonian teachers. The project is supporting the third iteration of the doctoral study, focusing on developing model's different implementation models and on ensuring sustainability. For the development of digital learning depository following tools, created by Tallinn University's Centre of Educational Excellence: the Drupal environment, and a solution that collects learning analytics data and is based on H5P interactive exercise templates.

TF1719

Janika Leoste
Anastassia Skiperskaja

2019

Comparative Study of Learning Systems – Research Protocols 

The case studies will investigate key issues and dilemmas confronted by each jurisdiction in designing their systems, how they resolved these, and to what degree they think these resolutions are successful, or not, for now and in the future. 

TRU19184A Eve Eisenschmidt
Kätlin Vanari
Mati Heidmets
2019–2020

Learning and Teaching at University. Experiences of Learning and Teaching Practices

The ‘enactment’ perspective (academics and students together create their own curriculum realities) is increasingly replacing the ‘fidelity’ perspective on implementation (academisc following curricular prescriptions from external sources) (Akker 2009). That trend and changes at universities reque adopting innovative strategic approaches for supporting academics and their professional development; new relations, redisigning teaching and learning process and approaches; bridging research, practice and teaching; creating and develope innovations for supporting students learning. Ambitionalstructural reform, changes at curricula structure and innovations by implementing new interdisciplinary approaches in university study process (ELU/Life projects) call for systematic research supporting changes and new implementations. Research (2016- 2018) „Learning and Teaching at Tallinn University: experiences of learning and teaching practices” planned as an interdisciplinary educational design research ( Plomp, 2007; Akker et al., 2009), which based on institutional ethnography (Smith 2005,Walby 2002) and social-cultural approach (James et al., 2007, 28) and focuses on learning culture, institutional discourse as an „ruling relations“ in instutional documents (Smith 2005) and on experiences of learning, teaching and and teaching practices in the institutional /university context. Teaching at university is a multi-level endeavour and takes place at three inter-dependent context: at the institution-wide level; at the faculties and programme level; on Individual level, including initiatives that help academics achieve their mission, encouraging them to innovate and to support improvements to student learning and adopt a learneroriented focus. Support for teaching and learning at university can be manifested through a wide range of activities and possibilities. Research questions: What is the current practice of teaching at the university? How teaching practice (eg ELU/LIFE projects) affect students' learning experience? What are the basic principles of support for innovative teaching practice at Tallinn University? Empirical data will be collected by using triangulation of methods: focus group interviews, interviews with academics, students feedback survey. Empirical data will be analysed using mixed methods: discourse and qualitative thematic analysis with combination of statistical data analysis. Two main groups of purposeful sample will formed from academics ans students from four study fields.

TF5416 Larissa JõgiMeril ÜmarikKatrin Karu Halliki Põlda  Kai PataMihkel KangurLiisa PuuseppTuuli OderReeli SirotkinaKoidu SaiaKarmen Toros 2016–​​2019