In the previous article when introducing the idea of my project, I said that this is an ambitious planning, but it is of course possible. As this is quite a big project, this long-term program cannot be directly applied in the coming periods, and also it will be conducted in my home country, Indonesia, where most views and policies can apply, and it is relevant to my situatedness. However, in this section, I would like to explain about several steps that I will do in order to run as well as to test this project.
Perhaps, the first to step that I am going to take to make sure that this idea can go as expected is through a pilot project. Pilot project is aiming at testing a concept or program being built in the specific and small number of sectors involved (Nexus.com.au; apm.org.uk). So, for me, after discussing with authorities in my home university, there will be a volunteer recruitment where the participants are the students of Education Faculty. In this first action, there will be four pre-service teachers for each of the subjects that will be open for the community learning centre. They will be selected based on several criteria and eligibilities because they will be one of the pioneers of the program. The selected candidate teachers will be trained up to three days to understand the concept of the project. They will also be encouraged to be a part of lesson planners. After all preparation is ready, the program will be advertised to the public, and seats available will be limited, seven up to ten students per class.
Once the program starts, the teaching and learning process will be fully controlled and assessed during the first two weeks. To know whether this project is running well, I will intensively discuss with the novice teachers about what works and what does not. The academic achievement of the program will also be a part of the evaluation. So, there will also be a pre-test at the beginning of the program as well as a test in week two. Then, monthly evaluations will also be conducted involving the teachers and the students.
By carrying out this pilot project, I believe that I can measure the targeted goals achieved, evaluate the progress, and manage the risks of the innovation idea I have been planning.
Note: This article was written for the 5th Blog Entry of “Innovation (ED5009)” unit, Master of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne – Victoria, Australia.