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The Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz introduces new teaching methods

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Gamification, webquest, teaching through solving problems and engaging students by voting with their smartphones during lectures - these are some of the modern teaching methods that will be introduced at the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz.

The project "Leaders of Academic Didactics, the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz" is an initiative aimed at improving the skills of lecturers of this faculty. Participation in 10 free specialist trainings will allow educators to raise their qualifications and benefit from mentoring.

The project has won EU funding in a National Centre for Research and Development competition. Its results will include real changes in approximately 20 study programs at the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz, says project leader Dr. Bartłomiej Kurzyk.

"After the project is completed, the educators will have to show real changes in their subjects, based on the knowledge gained from the training. They will also be required to continue these changes for at least four semesters" - adds Dr. Kurzyk.

The training will be divided into four segments: innovative teaching methods, use of IT tools in teaching, teaching in English and information management.

During the course, lecturers will broaden their knowledge of modern teaching methods such as: learning through acquisition (talk, discussion, lecture), independent learning methods - learning through discovery, problem based learning, ideas exchange, microteaching, didactic games, webquest.

They will also learn to create multimedia teaching materials - presentations, mind maps, infographics, podcasts, videocasts, as well as recording and editing presentations in front of the camera.

According to Dr. Kurzyk, learning to use gamification will allow lecturers to work more effectively with students. "The mechanisms used in games mobilize for action - they help us voluntarily undertake tasks that we usually can not force ourselves to do" - he says.

Gamification has long been successfully used as a teaching tool - the game structure may resemble an educational process at every stage and concern any subject.

Specialists in this field, who will support teachers at the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz, have already gamified about 30 courses concerning, for example, addictions, criminology, taxonomy and plant systematics. Now it will be transferred to management, logistics or finances. Training participants will learn, for example, how to teach accounting on the example of a funeral home and design own concepts of "gamified" classes.

An important part of the project is problem based learning (PBL), teaching by solving problems. It is one of the most popular trends in academic education, which effectively shapes practical skills.

"PBL focuses on students who work on solving practical tasks in small groups. The lecturer motivates them to work and supports communication within the group" - explains the project leader.

After the training session, each participant will have an opportunity to use the knowledge of a mentor and, for example, prepare a concept for changing his course under the mentor`s supervision. "This will help lecturers avoid basic implementation errors during the first classes taught according to the new formula and achieve a high level of courses from the very beginning" - says Dr. Kurzyk.

The project "Leaders of Academic Didactics, the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz" is co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund, Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development 2014-2020.

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