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E4ALL – Training in Wiener Neustadt

E4ALL – Training in Wiener Neustadt

E4ALL LogoE4ALL means Education For All! In the frame of this Erasmus+ Project, the trainees from 6 different countries came to Wiener Neustadt to exchange their knowledge in Games for Education, Intergenerational Learning, and Flipped Learning 3.0 during a three days’ learning and training event.  The training took place in the Hilton Garden Inn in Wiener Neustadt. 20 trainees attended the courses and learned together in a cooperative and friendly atmosphere. The Austrian Partner EBI hosted the training and presented the trainees with the cultural and economical background of Wiener Neustadt as well.

Here are some images from the first day (watch the slider!).

The topics of the first day were:

  • GAMES4ALL – TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY (Challedu)
  • INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH, part 1 (EduVita)
    • “learn it!”
    • “practice it!”
  • INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH, part 2 (EduVita)
    • ART-THERAPY (practice it!)
    • (design it!)

Learning aims of the E4ALL – training

INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH (learn it!)

  • Understanding the goals of IGL (intergenerational learning) and the difference between multigenerational and intergenerational learning
  • Awareness of the role of emotional intelligence in IGL
  • INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH (practice it!)
  • Developing the competence of inclusion of both generations  in teaching/learning process (elderly people as teachers, young people as teachers) on the example of language class with IGL approach

ART-THERAPY (practice it!)

  • Learning the basics of Art-therapy as a tool for team building and group dynamics
  • Raising awareness of Art-therapy: literature for further reading

INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING APPROACH (design it!)

Ability to design a short IGL activity in small groups

Second day – Games

Challedu demonstrated three analog games, developed in a former project.

In consequence, the trains developed in three groups their own games. After intensive discussions, the trainees tested the prototypes of the games.

Third day – Critical Thinking & Flipped Learning 3.0

Peter Mazohl and Charlotte Gatti elaborated a basic approach to Critical Thinking with the trainees. In a short workshop, the most relevant items were summarized.

The Flipped Learning 3.0 Workshop started with the preparation work and the publishing of the pre-knowledge Distance Learning course (Individual Space) of the training. As a result, the participants could build up the basic knowledge about architecture and history in Wiener Neustadt. Additionally, issues like Backward Design and Bloom’s taxonomy were included in this training.
Active Learning, various group activities, and guided group discussions dominated the Group Learning Space. Essential material for this training has been transferred from the FAdE project (Flipped Adult Education)

Course leaders for the E4ALL Training

The E4ALL training was conducted by the trainers delegated from EduVita, Challedu, and EBI/EIE. The training would be led by 1-3 trainers from the thematic expert organization each day. The course’s steering group is represented by a minimum of one person delegated from each organization organizing the training.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

E4ALL Logo - Critical ThinkingIn the frame of the E4ALL Project, the EBI will provide a special workshop focusing on “Critical Thinking“.  In our understanding, this term means, in short:

  • self-directed,
  • self-disciplined,
  • self-monitored, and
  • self-correcting thinking.

In consequence of this list, it requires the affirmation and mastery of strict quality criteria. Critical Thinking is the basement of effective communication and problem-solving skills. You may watch this short video on YouTube for going deeper!

Definition of “Critical Thinking

Critical thinkers gain clarity about the questions raised, and the intentions pursued with them. They question statements, conclusions, and points of view. You strive to express yourself clearly, accurately, accurately, and relevantly. They dig deep, proceed logically, and remain fair.

Critical thinking is that type of thinking (applicable to any subject, content, or problem) in which a person enhances the quality of his thinking by making a commitment to competently following the inherent structures of thinking and conforming to intellectual norms to measure up.

Does there exist a simple approach?

No, unfortunately not. Creating this competence is a longer-lasting learning process and needs several preconditions (and training).

Nevertheless, we want to give some simple guidelines on how to start:

  • Recognize the problem
  • Do research
  • Determine data relevance
  • Ask questions  (even to yourself)
  • Determine the best solution
  • Present your solution (even to yourself)
  • Analyse your decision

The training contribution

Active Brain - Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking: Approach to seeing the world with new eyes!

The training will start with personal experience. The trainers put the focus on the analysis of written text and will discuss the different outcomes of the analysing process of the participants.

The presentation of a versatile strategic concept for Critical Thinking starts the second part of the hands-on training.

Conclusion

Critical thinking is the ability to collect and analyse information in order to draw a conclusion. The ability to think critically is important in virtually every industry and applicable in a wide range of positions.

 

Further information

The training will be held in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, beginning of May. As a means of service, The EBI will publish the Distance Learning material open for public in a multimedia-based and interactive learning unit.

E4ALL Meeting Athens

E4ALL Meeting Athens

The first meeting in the year 2022 took place in Athens (Greece), hosted by Challedu, from February

  1. Exchange of good practices in the field of adult education – discussing the 3 next topics important for intergenerational education; discussing the state of the art in the Partner countries in the 3 areas, exchange of experiences and good practices:
    • Focus 1: Digital competencies, media literacy, and critical thinking – review of the internet tools/social media solutions supporting lifelong learning. Blended Learning, distance learning,
      Flipped Learning 3.0; the best ways for upgrading digital competencies of adult educators (EBI, AT).
    • Focus 2: Game-based solutions supporting adult education for all generations. Education and fun. Education and inclusiveness (CHALLEDU, GR).
    • Focus 3: Intergenerational learning, intergenerational courses, workshops and activities planning, organisation & leading (EduVita, IT).
  2. Choosing the 3 specific training subjects in the 3 discussed fields, to be prepared by the expert-Partners for the subsequent short-term joint staff training in Wiener Neustadt; planning the training.

Here are some images from this meeting

 

Images: Rafal Dedak, Peter Mazohl

European Cultural Heritage Database

European Cultural Heritage Database

The EBI/EIE is partner in the CICERO Erasmus+ Project 2018-1-SE01-KA204-039051. Currently the EBI/EIE team is develloping IO #2, the ECH Database.

This is the first screen shot of the webpage hosting the database of the “European Cultural Heritage Image Database”.

This  is an outcome of the CICERO project and will offer CC-4.0 licensed pictures of typical European Heritage. The images are free to use (except for commercial use) and will cover various topics representing the treasure of European Culture.

 

The European Commission describes European Cultural Heritage as

“… a rich and diverse mosaic of cultural and creative expressions, an inheritance from previous generations of Europeans and a legacy for those to come.

It includes natural, built and archaeological sites, museums, monuments, artworks, historic cities, literary, musical and audiovisual works, and the knowledge, practices and traditions of European citizens.

Cultural heritage enriches the individual lives of citizens, is a driving force for the cultural and creative sectors, and plays a role in creating and enhancing Europe’s social capital. It is also an important resource for economic growth, employment and social cohesion, offering the potential to revitalise urban and rural areas and promote sustainable tourism.”

Images for this database are taken from the upcoming photo contest that will take place in the frame of the project as well.

 

 

Education for All – Logo developped

Education for All – Logo developped

The Greek partner in the project – Challedu – developped the logo for the project. This project aims to support the adult educators at designing, delivering and promoting more attractive and inclusive education for all generations of adult learners.

Partners in this project are Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Madrid-Villaverde, Spain; Challedu, Greece; ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE EDUVITA E.T.S.. Italy; Europäische Bildungsinitiative / European Initiative for Education, Austria and Ecological Future Education, Latvia. The project coordinator is Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych from Poland.

The European Initiative for Education (EBI/EIE) will impact with the specific knowledge about Flipped Learning 3.0. Here we will use results from the Flipped Adult Education project where the EBI/EIE is project coordinator.

Certified Flipped Learning Teacher

Peter Mazohl, the president of the EBI, advanced to a certified Flipped Learning teacher. He attended the course, provided by the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (link: https://learn.flglobal.org/).

Flipped Learning 3.0 is well established and researched in various educational fields: Comprehensive in School Education, excellent in Higher Education, and also very well in Vocational Education and Training. The white space on the educational map is the field of Adult Education (AE). This was the reason to set-up a joint project with the Flipped Learning Global Initiative and the European Initiative for Education to develop the first guide for implementing Flipped Learning 3.0 in AE.  

Peter Mazohl’s studies in Flipped Learning 3.0 last from 2017 and were based on his broad knowledge and praxis in teaching and training in the last 40 years. The Flipped Learning Certificate is a kind of recognition of the teaching and training competence and in some was a legitimation to work as an expert in the dissemination and implementation of Flipped Learning 3.0 in Adult Education.

Further information about the courses offered by the Flipped Learning Global Initiative:

About the Flipped Learning Global Initiative

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), is a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders in 49 countries who are committed to effectively reaching every student every day through Flipped Learning. 

Jon Bergmann

Jon Bergmann is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement. Jon is leading the worldwide adoption of Flipped Learning by working with governments, schools, corporations, and education non-profits. Jon is coordinating or guiding Flipped Learning initiatives around the globe including China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, the Middle East, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada, India, South America, and the United States.

Education for All E4all

The EBI is partner in the project “Education for All” (More attractive and inclusive education for all generations) that starts officially with December 1st, 2020. The coordinator Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych invited the project partners to a first virtual meeting where the partners could see for the first time, present their organisation and start the communication process. The five partners in the group are

  • Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Madrid-Villaverde (Spain, Madrid)
  • Challedu (Greece, Athens)
  • Associazione Culturale EduVita E.T.S (Italy, Lecce)
  • Europäische Bildungsinitiative (Austria, Wiener Neustadt)
  • Ecological Future Education (Latvia, Gulbene)

Aims of the project

The general aim of the project is to support the adult educators at designing, delivering and promoting more attractive and inclusive education for all generations of adult learners.

Participants and target groups

The direct target group of the project includes the members, workers, co-workers, educators and volunteers of the Third Sector adult education organisations (i.e. Civil Society Organisations, including informal groups, Non-governmental organisations and other non-profit organisations).
The indirect target group include wide range of education – related organisations, institutions and decision makers.

Which devices do your students/learners use?

Which devices do your students/learners use?

To use multimedia and interactivity learners must be equipped with modern devices that enable to display the content. In addition, it must be possible to work with this content, which includes not only viewing and reading but also saving, changing or creating new content.

The extent to which these activities are carried out often depends on the type of training. Language learning, for example, might be structured differently than learning scientific content.

The first step in our project is to get an overview about the used devices in modern, technology-enhanced learning. Therefore, we did a small survey among trainers, friends and former or current project partners.

You still may contribute to the brainstorming survey. Use the QR-Code and enter your prefered device in this AnswerGarden form.