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Services

Teacher training programs

The Group offers teacher training programs for in-service teachers in schools (from primary through to higher education). The program focuses on the implementation of discussion tools (e.g Digalo and Argunaut, developed by the Group) and other open (technological) tools in the classroom. The training programs take place in the classroom and put a special focus on empowering teachers to change their day to day teaching from being a transmitter and lecturer to a moderator of their students' learning. 

 

Participants in the training programs also participate in a professional community that is eager to share and discuss real classroom experiences and learn from them. Our special training model leaves space for researchers from the academy to take part as observers that share and discuss their insights with the community.

 

Curriculum and teaching units - design

In addition to the teacher training programs, the Group offers further services such as:

  • Adapting (or "translating") existing courses to the ARGUNAUT/Digalo map-based form and the development and implementation of new such courses or training sessions in schools, high schools, universities, companies, government, etc.;

  • Developing "cases" for these applications, i.e., background instructions coupled with additional material to support the discussions; and

  • Developing packaged learning and training modules.

 

Other services

Articulated projects - for national/regional authorities or individual schools - addressing one or more of the following:

  • Feasibility studies and identification of suitable schools;

  • Classes and courses for ARGUNAUT implementation in conjunction with Digalo and other tools or platforms;

  • Preparation of the implementation program;

  • Teacher training or other activities;

  • Implementation; and

  • Evaluation and reporting.

Corporate and institutional applications:

  • Decision-making and/or negotiation-related ARGUNAUT-supported  applications for public and private institutions, international NGOs, etc;

  • Other industrial applications (tailor made applications and adaptations for business environments of various kinds);

  • Development, implementation and direction/animation of ARGUNAUT / Digalo tools  for institutions or countries/regions with special needs such as:

    • Settling international disputes;

    • Reducing ethnic or religious conflict at a national level; and

    • Providing the infrastructure for national/international debates on political, economic, environmental and other issues - sponsored by governments and/or supranational institutions.

Additional services and activities:

  • Analysis and evaluation of argumentation maps/sessions carried out in ARGUNAUT and Digalo environments.

  • (Co-)Development of improved or target-specific features for argumentative maps;

  • (Co-)Development of theoretical background, methodologies, algorithms, user interfaces, etc. - for "awareness/visualization tools" (teachers/researchers' aids for the effective conduction or analysis of ARGUNAUT/Digalo-supported sessions);

  • Participation in R&D and other projects;

  • Development of argumentative activities and programmes, such as:

    • Preventing violence in schools and other youth environments;

    • Preventing smoking among the youth;

    • Instituting or improving a discussion culture among the youth;

    • Developing activities for acquiring argumentative capabilities; and

    • Improving communication and understanding activities in all segments.

 

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