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LeaD in Practice (a blended-learning project on Learning Design in Practice)

The training activity took place
organised by EDRASE
September 2017 - May 2018

Aims & objectives

“LeaD in Practice” aims at achieving three goals with one action: (1) Improve the competences of youth trainers/learning facilitators in areas which are typically left untouched in training processes, so that they can develop and offer high quality learning projects to their organizations’ learners, while (2) employing the principles of Intercultural Dialogue to do so. And at the same time, (3) using an innovative, blended learning format in order to engage the participants and achieve as much a greater learning impact as possible.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

24 participants from Greece, Spain, Latvia, Austria, the UK, Cyprus, FYROM and Slovenia

Training methods used & main activities

Online methods (via an established online educational platform): responding to online questionnaires on training practices and self-evaluation practices, sharing reflections, live chats with other participants, self-presentation in creative ways

On-location meeting (week-long training course in Athens): activities for getting to know each other, team-building, small group work, plenary discussions, self-evaluation through questionnaires (based on the ETS model), presentations/facilitation by the participants, reflection pairs, outdoor space activities, energizers, etc.

Outcomes of the activity

The expected outcomes of this 9-month project are:
a) Improve trainer competences on successful Learning Design when developing, leading/facilitating and evaluating training projects, with a special focus on the particular qualities, values, ethics and style which are typically missed in other training-of-trainer courses
b) Share good practices (and deconstruct bad practices) of Learning Design in order to improve the quality of mobility activities offered through Erasmus+ and other local initiatives in the partner organizations’ countries
c) Explore observations, experiences and emotions which remain unprocessed and become "hot potatoes" during training mobilities, so that the participants can learn to identify and deal with them in their future work
d) Advance the participants’ knowledge and skills on how the principles of Intercultural Dialogue can support the learning process
e) Allow the participants time and space to receive feedback from their peers on their learning design competences
f) Formulate, with the contribution of the participants, (a) Model Evaluation Questionnaire(s) that will serve as a necessary step of any future projects the partner organizations will undertake and serve as a tool for any other European organization that wishes to use it
g) Advance the participants’ knowledge and skills in using online educational platforms and distant learning tools in their work

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Developer of the idea, designer of the program (online and on-location) and trainer

I worked on this training for 30 days as a full time trainer.

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