In a globalized world, education cannot remain at a local level. Educators are the creators of change that nurture the future generations, therefore they should maintain ties with a wide range of educators from diverse cultures, and develop complex educational and social insights.
In recent years, the Kibbutzim College of Education has initiated different international collaborations in teaching and research. These collaborations take place within the framework of the international unit.
• To enrich the existing curricula and develop new programs
• To promote educational research and the theoretical conceptualization of educational processes
• To promote the professional development of faculty members
• To enrich the academic experience of our lecturers and students
• To build an infrastructure for multicultural engagement
• To cultivate social competencies, including engagement in a critical educational discourse based on familiarity with diverse educational models
Life Long Learning in Applied Fields (LLAF) was approved as part of the Tempus VI program starting in December 2014 for three years. The goal of the project is to promote lifelong learning among professionals in the medical, media and teacher-training professions, which require continuing and ongoing education to keep up with all the latest developments. This project, led by Hadassah College, involves the participation of six Israeli and eight European institutions of higher education.
Proteach (Promoting Teachers’ Success in their Induction Period) – The Proteach project, approved in October 2016 in the context of the Erasmus+ program. The project is managed in cooperation with the MOFET institute. The aim of the project is to build support mechanisms for the optimal integration of new teachers in schools. Five Israeli and four European institutions of higher learning are involved in the project.
English Department – The English Department at Kibbutzim College has been in involved in a collaboration with Karlsruhe University in Germany since 2015, in the context of which, pre-service English teachers in both countries participate in a semester of online collaborative learning. The main goal of the course is to provide the pre-service teachers with experiential, intercultural, collaborative learning, and to raise their self-efficacy to integrate such collaborations into their prospective teaching.
A joint conference of the two institutions is also currently being planned.
Department of Technology in Education – The Department of Technology in Education has been involved in a collaboration with Kassel University in Germany since 2013, in the context of which a joint online course is held in English, aimed at promoting experiential learning and integrating research efforts.
Dance School – The Dance School of the Kibbutzim Collage has been involved in a collaboration with ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design in Arnhem, Netherlands since 2009, which is based on an exchange of outstanding students. The students come to the hosting institution for one semester (three months), at which time they participate in practical classes and artistic productions of the department, and also work with local choreographers and participate in a series of stage performances.
Department of History – this department has conducted a number of international collaborations. For example:
– “Women without Borders”: the course was conducted in academic cooperation with Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany, and during the course, both supervisors lectured via video conference to the classes in the two countries simultaneously. The students worked in mixed groups on a research paper and an oral presentation, which they presented in the final session of the course, live to both classes.
– “Oral History and the Education System: Tools for Teaching and Research,”: the course was conducted in academic cooperation with University of Extremadura, Spain. The students were divided into Israeli-Spanish teams, which interviewed men and women in Israel and Spain about their memories of the education system in the 1970s. During the course, three joint classes were conducted using Skype, and the students prepared joint interactive presentations.
Department of Hebrew Language – The department is involved in a collaboration with Oklahoma University in the United States involving the students in the “Language of the Text” course at the Kibbutzim College and students studying in the Hebrew department of the University of Oklahoma. In the context of the project, the students of the Kibbutzim College of Education helped the students of the University of Oklahoma in their Hebrew studies, using digital tools that facilitate online communication and collaboration.