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​​​​​​​​היום הבינלאומי במרכז TEC 12/04/16

TEC Center Research

Studies About the Academic Programs

TEC (Technology, Education, and Cultural Diversity) Center at the MOFET Institute has developed a model for increasing inter-sector trust through cooperative online learning and a gradual rise in  various dimensions (Hoter, Shonfeld & Ganyem, 2009). The training of students and teachers using the TEC model meets the requirements of the natio​nal program for training the educational system in 21st century skills (Rimon, 2010).

The technological skills involved include cooperative online learning. The ambition of the course leaders is to create a Community of Inquiry that gradually takes shape over the year through the online interaction (Garrison, Archer & Anderson, 2001).

The research unit is an integral part of the TEC Center, in which we study our achievements and draw appropriate conclusions regarding how to continue moving forward. In the framework of the various activities, four main studies are being carried out, in the following topics:

  1. Investigation of the effect that the educational presence of all partners in the online learning environment has on the success of the joint work in groups, including both interactions among students participating in the work groups and interactions among the participating lecturers in the preparation of study units.

  2. Investigation of the effectiveness in changing student opinions towards the other of learning based on multicultural content, and online interactive learning among five population groups from different colleges.

  3. Investigation of the cooperation taking place among five lecturers from five different colleges in Israel, who teach an online English course to a multicultural student population.

  4. Another study examines the manner in which students perceive the teaching styles in TEC online courses, and researches their expectations prior to the beginning of the course versus the feedback they provide after the course concludes. The objective of this study is to identify the most preferable and successful styles of online teaching, to contribute to the improvement and success of cooperation in a multicultural environment. 

​TEC4SCHOOLS Research:

​ One year into the TEC4SCHOOLS project, the children and teachers, as well as a control group, filled out questionnaires composed by an external provider to assess the effectiveness of the TEC4SCHOOLS program.

The assessment shows that the children participating in the project are more tolerant of children from other cultures than their non-participating peers. Stances on cultural diversity among teachers in the project compared to those of teachers in the control group also differed, as manifested in the statement assessing their desire to form ties with teachers from backgrounds different from their own. The teachers in the test group also described themselves as trying to get to know people from other cultures.

All in all, the findings indicate that the pupils and teachers in the project were very satisfied with it. From the children’s perspective, as expressed in their verbal responses, the high point of the project was the face-to-face encounter with their peers from a different culture, which left a strong impression on them, and allowed them to get to know one another in an unmediated, concrete manner, rather than only virtually. The teachers’ answers showed that they, too, felt that the program’s concluding meeting was “a moving and ethically important experience” that more than met their expectations