ELvis 2009 – 2015

ELvis 1.0 (2009-2011)

Our goal was to collaborate more closely and do research together, adapting our teaching and learning to the 21st century and to find a way of rewarding participants with a formal accreditation (long-term goal). The first step was to create an attractive International Virtual Learning Environment for all participating schools, where projects aimed to be inquiry based. Teachers of History, Social Science, Modern Languages as well as Science, decided on topics and the approach, during a meeting in Gulpen in December 2008. Teacher professional development was considered key to implementing changes in pedagogy. Teachers were encouraged to lead with action research. This was supported with teacher exchanges and International Department Meetings.

ELvis 2.0 (2011-2013)

By 2011, ELvis was established in an international virtual learning environment, bringing our teaching into the 21st century, with students taking more and more responsibility.  The efficiency and accessibility of the platform allowed more students to be actively engaged than via traditional partnership approaches. This encouraged us to explore a deeper and wider range of activities including enterprise (both social and business) and arrange international work experience for example with the support of Rotary International. Schools with a more ‘theoretical approach’ had their designs turned into real products by schools with a more practical side as well. Possibilities for this were increased by the addition of a French school, which is a vocational school. (The schools in Gulpen and Westerlo also have a vocational branch.)

 ELvis 3.0 (2013-2015)

The aim of ELvis 3.o was to build upon the first two versions of ELvis by introducing the ELvis Academy and Production Workshop. In both ‘branches’ students prepared for external language exams. In the Academy the students prepare for at least 2 MFLs, in the workshop for at least one MFL. Apart form that, students collaborated in an international context, virtually on the vle and in real exchanges as well, thus accumulating ‘credits’ in the form of competences from the CEFC that will be met & ‘ticked’. This resulted in a certificate showing which of the competences had been met by the end of their school career. In the Academy the cooperation was more ‘theoretical’. In the Production Workshop working together was more ‘practical’.

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