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Off_roads: Alternative Learning Pathways with Digital Technologies

Training Course

10-17 August 2016 | Training centre "Daugirdiskes" (http://www.daugirdiskes.lt), Lithuania

This course is for people wanting to embrace the use of technology and social media to keep updated and relevant to young people. The course focuses on the Connected Learning, an emerging educational approach that is adapted to currently connected world.
This training course is an outcome of our collaborative investigations into the concept and approach of 'Connected Learning'. Connected Learning is transforming how young people access and experience learning, and the paths they can take to success. By working together on this project we are aiming at redesigning learning for the connected age. By using various digital technologies we want to build an ecosystem of learning that combines in-school, out-of-school, employer-based and online learning experiences into a network that is open and inviting to all youth. We see many opportunities for young people to learn in many places. Connected Learning creates platform by making it easy for any young person to find fun and engaging learning experiences and pursue learning pathways that cross traditional institutional boundaries. Connected Learning creates opportunities for young people to learn together with peers and mentors who have shared interests, which research has shown deepens learning engagement. Connected Learning holds the promise of delivering immediate, transformative change to many young people who are locked out of traditional paths to success in education, work, personal and civic spheres of life. Connected Learning ensures that today’s young people have the opportunities they need to thrive in 21st century life and work. Connected Learning is a learning approach that emerged from more than 10 years of research to explore how digital media is changing the way young people learn and what they need to know. Connected Learning is a set of powerful design principles that engage, empower, and equip young people to learn effectively, purposefully, and continuously throughout their lives. Aims and objectives. The international training course aims develop further the digital competences of youth workers with a special focus on the Connected Learning and digital technologies which enable such educational approach. Specific objectives of this training course: -> To get familiar with the educational approach and design principles of Connected Learning; -> To learn about and practice various digital technologies which enable Connected Learning; -> To reflect on the latest youth trends and researches in relation to the peer culture and youth behavior in digital environments; -> To explore good practices of using digital technologies in youth work from participating countries; -> To explore further how Erasmus+ Youth in Action can support Connected Learning implementation. Profile of participants. Training course will involve 25 participants who will be youth leaders and youth workers who are: -> Actively involved in running educational activities with young people in youth work organisations; -> Interested to learn about ICT and the use of web tools to enhance learning in youth work context; -> Willing to contribute with their knowledge, experiences and good practices; -> Motivated to apply their learning in practice; -> Above 18 in age -> Able to communicate in English at the sufficient level Participants should have legal residence in on of these countries: Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal or Romania. Working methods used. -> Group dynamic activities such as name games, icebreakers, group building activities; -> Participatory methods such as group work, participants’ presentations, plenary discussions, group presentations; -> Intercultural learning activities such as sauna evenings, field visits, group cultural activities (mostly during the evenings and visits outside the training venue); -> Learning to learn tools and methods such as the use of Open digital badges and Youthpass, peer reflection and feedback, debriefings (throughout all the training course, allocating special time for peer reflection and sharing every day); -> Thematic inputs such as presentations, project examples, showing videos and other online resources (during the specific moments in the programme); -> Practicing digital technologies, learning their features, designing use cases (especially during the visit out to Vilnius, but also through several other sessions in the programme); -> Evaluation activities such as mid-term and final evaluation of personal learning progress, group dynamics, course quality and management. Organisers. NGO Nectarus - lead and hosting partner in Lithuania SEIKLEJATE VENNASKOND, sending partner in Estonia Associazione La Stazione, sending partner in Italy PRISMS, sending partner in Malta Fundacja Global Wave, sending partner in Poland Ha Moment, sending partner in Portugal Team for Youth Association, sending partner in Romania.

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This Training Course is

for 25 participants

from Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors

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NGO "Nectarus" (Youth NGO)

NGO Nectarus is a not-for-profit organisation which mainly provides youth work and training services to neighboring communities in the districts of Trakai, Elektrenai, Kaisiandorys and Sirvintos in Lithuania.

Members of NGO Nectarus has more than 14 years of experience in the field of youth activities and youth work activities, including local and international training courses. Our specific expertise derives from extensive experience of implementing Youth/Youth in Action projects as well as local and national youth work and training activities:

1) Educational work based on innovative educational initiatives for various target groups in Lithuania and abroad. Members of the organisation pull resources together from their experience and former belonging to other organisations in order to create new and innovative learning opportunities. We are actively engaged in working with various groups in the surrounding communities: young people, staff of educational and cultural organizations and elderly members of the community. Good understanding of youth work content and non-formal learning methodologies is combined with the rich experiences in managing international youth exchanges, training seminars and courses.

2) Bridging international/European dimension with local realities. Our main international experiences come from educational projects implemented in cooperation with Council of Europe, European Commission, SALTO-YOUTH training centres and National Agencies of Youth in Action programme. Therefore we aim to bring our international youth work expertise in non- formal education field to the local level and open up new horizons for local communities in terms of learning, resources, establishment of international cooperation and supporting ideas of active citizenship. This proves to be working well and shows the results of positive impact in the local community. With our educational support young people, teachers and other members of the community starts recognizing our organisation as an important actor in promoting and supporting various learning opportunities.

3) Youth in Action experience. We are coaching youth groups and local organisations on setting up international youth projects. Currently we are coaching several youth groups who are actively involved in developing and organising youth exchange projects. We apply and host international training and seminar activities. Since 2004 members of our organisation are actively involved in cooperation with partners from EU and EU neighbouring countries: we developed youth exchanges, worked in commonly organized training courses and implemented long-term projects funded by the EU programmes.

4) Digital youth work. Last couple of years our members of organisation were involved in several activities related to digital youth work. We work with Open digital badges to develop and implement innovative recognition systems in schools and youth work organisations, both in Lithuania and in Europe. We have implemented online virtual office solutions for our organisation to support the informal groups of young people and youth workers. Last year we implemented several international activities to support further implementation of the digital youth work agenda.

Contact for questions:

Nerijus Kriauciunas


Phone: 0037068618778


1. Travel costs will be reimbursed based on the actual expenses made but not exceeding the amounts co-funded by Erasmus+: Estonia (distance band: 100 - 499 km) - up to 180 Euro/participant Italy (500 - 1999 km) - up to 275 Eur/participant Lithuania (0 - 99 km) - 0 Eur/participant Malta (2000 - 2999 km) - 360 Eur/participant Poland (100 - 499 km) - 180 Eur/participant Portugal (3000 - 3999 km) - 530 Eur/participant Romania (500 - 1999 km) - 275 Eur/participant 2. Accommodation, food and local transportation during the programme will be covered by organisers. 3. Participants will be invited to contribute with 20 Euro to the sending partner for their logistic and educational support provided. If justified, participant may be except from participation contribution.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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