Training staff event was implemented alongside the experimentation of an e-learning programme in Poland on 6-10 June 2022. It involved 23 VET teachers/trainers from different partner countries.
VET teachers and trainers were selected by each partner organisation according to the requirements set out by the work team who is in charge of this activity, to the Europass Curriculum vitae and through a brief motivational interview. The main requirements included knowledge of the English language, willingness to take part in exchanges, and basic ICT skills. The training lasted 5 days.
In conformity with the previous Learning Agreements, the training programme focused on a series of topics related to the production and experimentation of some project outputs. It was organised as follows:
1st day – Intellectual outputs overview (leaders of IOs) + e-learning platform and App for digital and immersive teaching testing (ALL) – sharing experiences, a group working, collecting feedback.
2nd day – e-learning platform and App for digital and immersive teaching testing (ALL) + training on in-depth analysis of teaching pathways based on mobile learning, virtual and augmented reality as well as digital and immersive teaching (ALL) – sharing partners’ experiences, moderated discussion and collected final feedback in terms of final versions of both tools’ elaboration.
3rd day – In-depth analysis of teaching pathways based on flipped classroom – theory (AHE – PL) – presenting the objectives, activities and existing methodology + Flipped Classroom The approach in Practice – Field Task (Explore the city of Lodz using the Flipped Classroom method) – a group working.
4th day – Study visit in Centre for Comics and Interactive Narration EC1 Łódź + collecting feedback regarding the Flipped Classroom group working.
5th day – Plenary meeting for the presentation of workgroup outcomes and the summary of the discussed themes, evaluation of the LTTA training + supplying the Certificates of Attendance.
The experience ended with a learning assessment and a satisfaction survey.
The adopted teaching strategy used active learning and experience-based methods.
The training was centred on short series of seminars alternating moments of individual and group practice, project work and site visits. A great part of the activities was focused on Outdoor Training such as Łódź city tour in groups, which was an active and participating learning style involving people in practical experiences that had real consequences. Participants acquired knowledge through direct experiences rather than through reading and listening to the experiences of other people. This method was based on a series of activities that were carried out with different materials aimed at enhancing and promoting personal development while facing one’s own limits and using one’s own resources. Outdoor training engaged the whole person implying their physical, cognitive, emotional and relational involvement. People, in fact, were involved in problem-solving activities which were not strictly related to their workplace but require similar competencies (flipped classroom method). Overall participation increased not only in digital competencies of all attendees but also allowed them to develop social and intercultural skills which resulted in good relationships and a lot of fun that was recorded by Slovenian participants in a form of funny films available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FVfdmRBR-4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKlD_ex4jLo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpgW0C787_k.
The participants were selected by each partner organisation according to the requirements defined by the workgroup that was in charge of this activity. In order to prepare and support participants, objectives, content and procedures for mobility training have been agreed upon among them the mobility, the host partner and the project partners through ECVET Learning Agreement, which highlighted:
– Motivation and objectives of the mobility.
– Description of the training activity, with details about learning content and outcome, organisation and teaching tools Based on the evaluation of requirements, selection has been set up in two stages:
– Evaluation of the Europass Curriculum vitae.
– Short motivational interview aimed at the assessment of knowledge and skills about the use of ICT applied to teaching;
The background and profile of the participants involved in the learning activities are the following:
– Good knowledge of the English language.
– Good communication skills and willingness to exchange and interact.
– Technical knowledge and use of ICT applied to teaching.
– Good computer skills.