MOVE IT! is intended as a first port of call for information as well as measures and contacts for the internationalization of teacher training at the School of Education at TU Berlin (SETUB). The project systematically builds on and develops earlier work in internationalization. A holistic approach is pursued to extend offers for students as well as provide training for staff through visits to our partner universities and networking both within the University and beyond.
The COVID-19 pandemic heavily restricted mobility in the higher education sector while also making it clear just how important it is to continue international exchange. To counteract the associated risk of a re-nationalization of teacher education, MOVE IT! combines mobile, digital, and local concepts geared both to the needs of vocational teaching training and to TU Berlin's digitization and internationalization strategy.
MOVE IT! has three guiding themes: cultural heterogeneity as an opportunity for vocational education and democracy; digital & participatory inclusion of all status groups; and providing a model for vocational teacher training. To reflect this, the project comprises three pillars plus a cross-cutting component for knowledge transfer:
1. Developing and establishing cooperation with universities including in the Global South:
By expanding university cooperation in Europe and South Africa, MOVE IT! advances the internationalization of teacher training for vocational subjects and work studies at TU Berlin. In doing so, we pursue the holistic concept of integrating all status groups. Currently, there are explicit offers for stays abroad for students as well as academic and administrative staff at our partner universities NTNU Trondheim, Norway, and FHNW Basel, Switzerland; a cooperation with South Africa is being developed. Networking and publishing contacts within the University provides further impetus.
2. Transnational digitally-supported tandem program MOTIVATE! as a special innovation
Through the MOTIVATE! program, MOVE IT! offers TU teacher training students the opportunity to gain intensive international and intercultural experience without the need for physical mobility. Together with students from international partner universities, they exchange information digitally on topics related to education and schools in monthly themed tandems over the course of an academic year. Context-related soft skills are also strengthened in accompanying workshops. Incorporating the content into other courses in teacher training programs ensures a multiplier effect.
3. Internationalization@home with a focus on interculturality and alumni
MOVE IT! hosts fireside chats bringing teacher training students and teachers together in a relaxed environment to share experiences about the importance of diversity and interculturality in everyday school life. Intercultural trainings are also offered to help prepare for working in schools or completing a semester abroad. There are also trainings designed for staff. An international summer school focusing on vocational education to be held in 2023 completes the offer.
Round table on internationalization in vocational teaching
MOVE IT! is one of the ways in which the School of Education at TU Berlin SETUB is responding to the challenge of internationalizing teacher training for vocational subjects and work studies. In the international context, there are only a few universities training teachers for these school subjects. Experiences from the project will therefore be discussed and shared with representatives of other schools of education in Germany. To enable this, an annual round table will take place at SETUB as a working group.
Information can be found in our MOVE IT! flyer, on the MOTIVATE! website or here on our website under “International and Intercultural Offerings for TU Berlin teacher training students.”
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Susann Fegter
Student assistant: Lina Schmidt
MOVE IT! is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service’s Lehramt.International program funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Project duration: 01/2021-12/2024