Having contributed to initiatives of The Future Classroom Lab created by European Schoolnet TELLConsult is pleased to see that the collaboration options for parties offering courses also via the Teacher Academy catalogue at School Education Gateway are being expanded.
The more since we have been pleading for some time now with national agencies and EACEA to make blended formats of our courses http://www.tellconsult.eu/current-courses/ eligible for ErasmusPlus grants as this would solve two problems:
a) for a growing number of schools it is a problem to send out staff to professional development (PD) courses abroad (as this involves at least 3-4, usually more days, apart from travel)
b) research (see e.g. (Fullan, 2007) shows that the return on investment of intense models of this type of PD for educational change is limited.
Actual application of redesigned scenarios in classrooms supported by follow-up activities where delegates are coached to reflect on & exchange experiences are needed to impact actual current practice and so contribute to sustainable innovation.