Online Education

Innovation laboratory in the services of teachers

Karine Yoakim Pasquier for the Moser Lab within the Moser School

Our collaborator presents a testimony of how the staff of Moser School, a trilingual educational facility that welcomes students aged 8 to 18 in Switzerland, has overcome the pandemic and preserved the use of digital technologies, in particular by creating a Teams space dedicated to sharing content between teachers.

Moser School in Geneva

If the Covid-19 pandemic has changed society in many ways, education has not been spared. In Switzerland, on March 13, 2020, the Federal Council announced various measures, including the closure of schools and universities, forcing teachers to reinvent themselves and students to learn from home for a period of two months.

From September, the beginning of the new school year was then organized in a mixed training that offered online and face-to-face teaching in parallel, thus offering students in quarantine the opportunity to attend classes despite everything. Teachers were therefore forced to work differently in addition to integrating computers into their daily practice, forever.

In this context, the Moser school, founded in 1961 in Geneva and present in Nyon and Berlin, thought about how to perpetuate the experience of its teachers. The facility, which offers a trilingual curriculum to more than 1,500 students between the ages of 8 and 18, has always been considered ahead of its time when it comes to integrating new technologies… and the crisis allowed verification that everything was in place. the place was previously solid and functional. The experience was positive, it highlighted the tenacity and creativity of the teachers who were able to deal with an exceptional situation.

Geneva Primary School Library

A teaching profession forged from resilience and reinvention

As of March 13, 2020, Moser School teachers have been reorganized: from the 3rd year of primary school (equivalent to CE2 in France) to the end of high school (equivalent to high school), students should be able to continue the school course. Videos, courses live Through Teams software, making short films at home, setting online homework, the faculty never stopped discovering. However, everything was done in a hurry, and each employee then had to learn how to manage hours, schedules and content in record time.

In order to find out what challenges the school’s 116 teachers faced during this period, a survey was sent to them to find out more about what they experienced. 46.6% of respondents described the context of distance education as quite stressful, but at the same time stimulating.

The experience was a source of renewal and inspiration for most of those involved. But it was also a huge workload that forced many teachers to reorganize their content to adapt it online, as well as quickly acquire more digital skills.

Moser Channel, a space for exchange and promotion

For 4 years, the Moser School has had a department called Moser Lab, the purpose of which is multiple: training employees in the field of digital technologies, implementation of various digital projects, personalized assistance. The Moser Laboratory wants to be a reference in the field of digital pedagogy within the school and its goal is to guide teachers in the development of their procedures. Incidentally, the lab also touches on topics such as leadership, organizational culture, technology, data and communication, which are issues that are very present in the digital age.

A creative workshop during which the students had to imagine the city of tomorrow.

To meet these challenges, the lab has set itself the task of solving complex problems and transforming them into opportunities. In this context and following the observations of teachers between March and May 2020, the team envisioned a platform that will highlight all the work that teachers have developed during this distance learning period. This virtual space, called the Moser Channel, therefore collected and then organized by grade and subject educational content created by teachers.

From French to history, through science, mathematics, art or the expression of the body: everyone has rethought their material digitally, sometimes designing small digital jewels or encounters full of ingenuity to overcome the possibility of seeing themselves in the flesh.

In addition, many teachers allowed students to actively participate. The “Discover our student-created videos” tab highlights rich and unexpected content. From theater to music, reading or biology, students became actors in their own learning, using their digital skills and subjects learned in class.

The platform currently has 317 online courses. Created on Sharepoint (Office 365), it fulfills several goals: first of all, to enable the exchange of content between the different Moser schools (located in Geneva, Nyon and Berlin), but also to inspire teachers and make them discuss. their practices.

Its use remains simple: access by level and then by discipline. Then the courses are listed, indicating the topics covered, the target level and its author. Teachers who want to enrich the platform can write to the Moser Lab team or upload their videos to Microsoft Stream. These are then reorganized and categorized according to their content and relevance.

If until now teachers kept their materials separately, the Moser Channel promotes their work and creates an exchange between school staff, making their lives easier and thus enabling better collaboration.

Positive change

The pandemic was therefore a vector of positive changes for education. Teachers have discovered and subsequently incorporated into their daily practice the concept of flipped classrooms, the use of videos, the integration of activities through tools such as Forms, Socrative, Quizlet or Teams, the organization of online support or the use of OneNote to manage homework.

iPad use takes place at the Moser School in Nyon

Meanwhile, the Moser Channel platform continues to evolve and grow, offering a wealth of content that reflects the world we live in now. In addition, MoserLab has also created a training catalog that offers teachers, students and administrative teams tutorials on all the software and applications they use on a daily basis.

The Moser Lab will constantly monitor education and ensure that its training catalog and the Moser Channel platform are regularly enriched and that new projects are developed.

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