Barbara Class is a research and teaching collaborator at Tecfa. She teaches
qualitative research methodology in the
Master of Science in Learning and Teaching Technologies; research approaches in the the pre-doctoral training for research in digital education, DU REN;
and offers a course on the distance learning coordinator in the e-learning continuing education programme.
Her research interests include teaching and learning research methodology; designing and implementing on-line or blended learning programmes, mainly with a design based research approach; and active learning and teaching strategies.
She also works as instructional designer and techno-pedagogical advisor at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting since 2004.
I am currently working on two research projects that are in the making and for which we are applying for funding.
RESET-Francophone (REleve Scientifique, Education et Technologie) is a projet in digital education. It aims at i) evaluating the current state of training at MA and PhD level in French speaking Southern countries in terms of methodology ii) assessing the players needs to evaluate actual opportunities for doctoral training in digital education iii) designing the training programme.
The perspective is to share expertise between Southern and Northern countries in a blended programme: offer methodological content at a distance and complement it with face-to-face topics relevant for given contexts.
French speaking African countries are facing several challenges at the same time (e.g. generalised access to university, updating teacher training, taking into account digital technology in knowledge and skill acquisition) and accompanying them with proper cooperation is an additional challenge.
To achieve its goals, RESET-Francophone counts on two achievements: teachers trained in the use of ICT in the last twenty years and young researchers trained in digital education in more recent years.
Sharing Competencies in transcultural Spaces (SCOPE) studies educational and transcultural exchange processes taking place in the context of LECU and SINAN. The aim of this research project is to describe and understand how, in the research site of the two mentioned academic network projects, pedagogical knowledge, competencies and practices of academics at teacher training universities are shared, discussed, adapted and appropriated to serve in different contexts. This project examines the exchange of experiences among peers in an international community of practice from an equal expert status and catalyzed through networked meetings.