SALTO-YOUTH Title

E-learning course for EVS coordinators, mentors and other support staff involved in EVS

The on-line course aims to support competences building of staff involved in EVS (especially EVS coordinators and mentors), so the implemented projects are of higher quality. This course is not designed for EVS volunteers.

Context:

Reasons for EVS on-line learning course are the following:

  1. Under Erasmus+ chances for NAs/SALTOs to organize national meetings of EVS coordinators have significantly decreased, but the need is still very much present.

  2. Training opportunities, especially in the form of the residential training courses NAs/SALTOs can offer to EVS organizations are not sufficient.

  3. EVS organizations, often lacking human resources, are faced with time constraints and cannot be away from work for a duration of the training course.

Concept

The course should allow EVS coordinators and mentors to follow it according to their own pace – meaning individually, anytime and according to the topic they are currently most interested in. The course is universally and freely accessible on the designed platform.

 

Structure

  1. INTRODUCTION TO ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME
  • 25 years of EU youth programmes
  • Introduction to Erasmus+ programme
  • Key actors and support structures in Erasmus+
  • Essential features in Erasmus+
  1. GETTING STARTED WITH EVS

  • What's in EVS?
  • EVS Accreditation
  • Support System
  • Projects and partners
  1. VALUES, PRINCIPLES AND QUALITY IN EVS

  • Why European Voluntary Service?
  • Quality criteria in EVS projects
  • EVS as a learning service
  • Values and principles in EVS
  1. INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

  • Partnership building, where to start?
  • Managing partnership during Project
  • Sustain partnership after Project
  • Advanced
  1. PREPARATION FOR SENDING AND RECEIVING EVS VOLUNTEERS

  • Preparation of the volunteer
  • Preparation of the HO
  • Local community
  1. MANAGING EVS PROJECTS AND VOLUNTEERS

  • Project Management
  • Volunteer's personal project
  • Management styles and practices
  1. MENTORING IN EVS

  • Roles and responsibilities of mentors
  • Preparation and training for mentors and recruitment
  • Mentoring process/ strategy
  • Motivation and recognition of mentors
  1. LEARNING IN EVS

  • Who is learning and what can be learnt in EVS
  • To deepen the understanding how learning is happening in EVS
  • To reflect on the conditions needed for learning to happen
  • Reflection on learning and Youthpass process in EVS
  • Roles in supporting learning in HO and SO and learning support tools: tools for reflection
  1. INTERCULTURAL LEARNING IN EVS

  • Identity, Stereotypes & Assumptions
  • Curiosity and enquiry
  • Learning
  1. COMMUNICATION, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RISK PREVENTION

  • Conflicts in EVS
  • Efficient communication
  • Risk prevention/crisis management
  1. EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP

  • Evaluation
  • Reporting
  • Follow up
  • Support after EVS
  1. RECOGNITION, IMPACT AND PROMOTION

  • Competence development in EVS
  • Youthpass certificate
  • Self-assessment of volunteer's competences for Youthpass certificate
  • Recognition of learning outcomes after EVS
  • DEOR and recognition of EVS organisations

Team

The idea is being developed by 3 regional SALTO Resource Centres with dozen National Agencies, but is not in any way limited to the EVS in the neighbouring regions. Any institutions, especially SALTOs and National Agencies interested in development of the tool are invited to join the process. The team that builds the concept is composed by external experts experienced in EVS as well as specialist in e-learning:

Process

  • May-June 2016 - to reconfirm composition of the team and resources available, also during the TCA meeting.
  • June 2016 – to recruit 3 external experts in an open call via salto web-site.
  • July-August 2016 the selected experts should provide an open list of materials potentially to be used for the course, ideas for the learning platform(s) where the course can be based as well as draft of course's scenario.
  • end of August 2016 – prep-meeting in Crodo, Italy.
  • September 2016 – to explore the potential e-learning platforms and consult it with experienced colleagues.
  • September-December 2016 - further work of course scenario, preparing scripts of all the lessons/units with ideas of delivery methods.
  • January-May 2017 – production: parallel work on contents of lessons and IT solutions, including creation of learning materials and on-line exercises. In the end of May the first version of the course should be available on-line.
  • June 2017 – TCA meeting: report on the state of play + promotion of the course as well as prep-meeting for autumn launch and group activity.
  • Summer 2017 – experimenting with the course, wide consultations, final polishing.
  • Autumn 2017 – launch of the on-line course with group of participants and 3 experts involved as facilitators. This will be chance to try out the course with external participants and still implement changes.
  • December 2017 - the end of project, the course should be upgraded and operational.

In case of questions, please contact the organisers:
Federica.Demicheli@service-civique.gouv.fr
Andrej.Troha@mva.si
Tomasz.Szopa@frse.org.pl

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