TIE - Towards Interdisciplinary Education Programme

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TIE - Towards Interdisciplinary Education Programme

TIE - Towards Interdisciplinary Education Programme

Wise Consulting Finland Oy
Teacher's professional development
A professional development program for teachers to implement interdisciplinary education

Towards Interdisciplinary Education Programme is comprehensive program designed by Wise Consulting Finland Oy, which enables teachers, instructional designers and schools to create relevant, authentic, and engaging learning experiences by effectively applying an interdisciplinary approach in teaching and learning.

The programme offers certification teacher training courses, expert-designed interdisciplinary learning projects, and a professional learning community during the subscription period.

Age groups 
Professional education
Offline play 
Internet required
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

TIE course material, both basic and master, is very versatile. Each session includes theory, reflection pre- and post-session and activating tasks in the course platform. There are many different types of assessments involved, which also demonstrates how to adapt them to your own work as teacher, too. The course participants can also voluntarily engage in conversation and post or share their own experiences regarding interdisciplinary learning and teaching.
The TIE courses keep the learning goals in the center of learning and tell the users what they have learned. Organizing the Master course around the project work makes the learners adapt the knowledge they receive and it is a very effective way of learning.
The material and assignments and interaction are designed so that learning outcomes are well predictable, but still extensive since the students work with different areas of interests or subjects in assignments. Material is informative and guides the workflow well. Besides attending live meetings, learners must complete learning tasks as a commitment for the course, and receive feedback from those tasks.
TIE is a face-to-face online course with synchronous and asynchronous activities and learning taking place. Group activities are mediated in synchronous class hours. The solution provides an open learning community to share information, thoughts, and experiences, also through digital channels as part of the learning experience. Many of the assignments encourage not only sharing solutions and your work but also sharing of learning outcomes. This makes learning very engaging.

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

An in-depth course which has the goal of guiding teachers through the process of designing ILMs for use in their job.
Lots of opportunities to collaborate with peers as well as interact with the course leader.
A variety of learning tasks are available which include thinking about what to avoid and how to apply the course theory to realise good results.
Plenty of room for learners' self-reflection and a course work that requires applying the knowledge gained in the course.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Understanding the Finnish approach to interdisciplinary education, and clarifying its links between STE(A)M education.
Understanding the basics of defining a topic and learning objectives for an interdisciplinary learning project.
Understanding the basics of assessing the quality of an interdisciplinary learning project.
Getting acquainted with interdisciplinary sample projects for different grades.
Modifying and implementing an interdisciplinary learning project in either face to face or online teaching.
Discussing the implementation process of an interdisciplinary learning project.
Understanding the process of defining learning objectives for an interdisciplinary learning module (subjects and transversal competencies).
Designing an interdisciplinary learning module for both face to face and online teaching.
Implementing an interdisciplinary learning module in either face to face or online teaching.
Understanding and differentiating versatile concepts related to interdisciplinary education.
Defining a topic for an interdisciplinary learning module.
Presenting and discussing an interdisciplinary learning module design in order to improve its quality.
Facilitating student participation in an interdisciplinary learning process.
Using versatile and appropriate methods to assess an interdisciplinary learning module (eg. using formative assessment methods, including self- and peer-assessment).
Reflecting the strengths and weaknesses of an interdisciplinary learning module process.
Giving and receiving teacher peer-feedback related to interdisciplinary learning module designs.
Guiding other teachers in designing interdisciplinary learning modules.
Searching for appropriate information and resources about interdisciplinary education.
Understanding the possible elements that can help or hinder a successful interdisciplinary learning module process.

Soft skills learning goals

Practicing strategic thinking
Using technology to express one’s emotions and experiences
Using technology as a part of explorative process
Practicing categorization and classification
Learning to notice causal connections
Practicing persistent working
Practicing to find ways of working that are best for oneself
Practicing to take responsibility of one's own learning
Practicing to set one's own learning goals
Practicing to evaluate one's own learning
Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
Creating requirements for creative thinking
Practicing creative thinking
Practicing to improvise
Encouraging students to be innovative and express new ideas
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Developing problem solving skills
Learning to find solutions in social conflicts
Learning to recognise and evaluate arguments and their reasonings
Practicing to notice causal connections
Practicing to create questions and make justifiable arguments based on observations
Practicing to look things from different perspectives
Practicing to plan and execute studies, make observations and measurements
Learning to face failures and disappointments
Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
Learning to build information on top of previously learned
Encouraging to build new information and visions
Learning to combine information to find new innovations
Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
Learning to face respectfully people and follow the good manners
Learning to understand people, surroundings and phenomenons around us
Practicing to work with others
Practicing to argument clearly own opinions and reasonings
Learning to listen other people’s opinions
Practicing communication through different channels
Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
Practicing to give, get and reflect feedback
Enabling the growth of positive self-image
Encouraging positive attitude towards working life
Practicing time management
Learning consumer knowledge and smart economics
Learning to plan and organize work processes
Practicing decision making
Practicing versatile ways of working
Connecting subjects learned at school to skills needed at working life
Realizing the connection between subjects learned in free time and their impact to skills needed at worklife
Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
Learning to acquire, modify and produce information in different forms
Practicing to use information independently and interactively
Practicing to find, evaluate and share information
Learning to plan and design own written content and textual representations
Using technology resources for problem solving
Using technology for interaction and collaboration
Using technology for interaction and collaboration (also internationally)
Practicing keyboard skills and touch typing
Practicing to recognize and express feelings
Getting familiar with different cultures
Learning about cultural aspects and to respect different cultures
Learning about different countries and their characteristics
Practicing to use foreign language as a communication tool
Learning to understand the meaning of rules, contracts and trust
Understanding and interpreting of matrices and diagrams
Building common knowledge of technological solutions and their meaning in everyday life
Using technological resources for finding and applying information
Practicing to observe spoken and written language
Practising visual recognition

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

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The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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