I’m a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Penn State University. In case you don’t know, the Hubert H. Humphrey Program brings mid-career professionals from different countries to the U.S. for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. The Humphrey Program is a Fulbright exchange activity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.
At home in Croatia I work as a high school English and German teacher. I’m an avid user of web 2.0 technologies and a lifelong learner with a strong passion for travel. I strive to enhance the teaching and learning process and promote effective use of technology in education. My field of expertise lies in the development of online professional development courses for K-12 educators. So far I have designed and hosted five ten-day learning events on different topics, e.g. developing 21st century skills with web 2.0 tools, using social media for professional development and implementing augmented reality in the classroom. More than 800 European teachers have taken part in these learning events. I’ve also organized and moderated a number of Teachmeets and Studentmeets, online and onsite gatherings for teachers and students where they shared their ideas, experiences, projects and examples of best practice.
I’ve launched lots of different projects with my students. One of them which I’m especially proud of is my award-winning wiki project Greetings from the world, which connected teachers and students from 27 schools from across six continents. In my latest project, Coursera Kids, I experimented with integrating MOOCs in high school. This was actually a project within a project because a teacher from Greece and I connected our students on eTwinning, a European school platform and then we all enrolled in a MOOC. You can find more about it here.
I’m taking this class to learn how to disrupt learning, how to change and reinvent it. I’m looking forward to learning, unlearning and relearning with you.