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International Project (IPC) - An International Online Teaching Project for Teacher Training Students

(Projekt aus Eigenmitteln und Drittmitteln: BayFOR; DAAD)


Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Klaudia Schultheis

Projektpartner: Current partners are universities in Australia (Australian Catholic University Melbourne – Stephen Spain), Bulgaria (Sofia University – Iliana Mirtschewa), Japan (Junshin Catholic University Nagasaki – Chizuko Suzuki, Shannon Saruwatashi; Yamaguchi University – Yuri Ishii), Poland (Krakow University – Nataliia Demeshkant; Adam Mickiewicz University - Anna Basinska), Spain (University of Granada – Isabel Rodriguez-Peralta), Sweden (Karlstad University – Valery Margrain, Gothenburg University - Andreas Jacobsson), Turkey (University Kirikkale – Senil Ünlü Cetin), and United States (California State University Fullerton – Melinda Pierson, Janice Myck-Wayne)

Laufzeit: since 2008

Forschungsmethodik: Evaluation, quantitativ und qualitativ (s. auch https://www.ipcproject.de/research-publications/ )

Webseite des Projekts: www.ipcproject.de


The “International Project (IPC)” is a unique online class for teacher students developed and conducted at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt (Germany) since 2008. In order to foster internationalization, teacher training students from currently eight partner universities in Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, Japan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and USA meet on an online platform and carry out small qualitative research projects, by working in international groups on a specific topic or by planning classroom projects with partner classes in different countries.

The IPC is based on an inquiry-based and constructivist understanding of learning. Coached by their teachers and student tutors the students work in international groups using learning platforms and digital tools such as Zoom, Padlet, Book Creator, Adobe Spark and much more. By working on topics selected from the teacher training curriculum the students improve their expertise related to the curriculum and develop awareness of cultural differences and communalities. Depending on the didactical format the students get basic insight into research methods, gain experience in organizing project work, enhance their competence in using the internet and media tools, and practice their abilities in planning teaching projects and lessons as well as in classroom management. There are four different formats of the IPC: IPC Basic, IPC Research, IPC Inclass and Classroom IPC.