INOTLES project meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 23-24 January 2015

INOTLES staff met in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 23-24 January 2015The two day- event combined a final face-to-face meeting of the project activity ‘Training the trainer,’ the kick-off activity for Workpackage 4 ‘Restructuring the ES Curriculum,’ and the project management board meeting. Apart from the internal project meetings, an official session presenting project activities and preliminary results was open to external stakeholders, such as academic staff, practitioners and representatives of national Erasmus + office.

The aim of this INOTLES event was to wrap-up the WP3 training activities and reflect on the usefulness of the training exercise, evaluating the lessons learned, as well as to share the results of the online training group work with the INOTLES community and external audience.This face-to-face meeting was also used for assessing how can the innovative training methods be used in the course development activities of the WP4.

The programme started up with separate group sessions where the results of the training and the potential implementation of the innovative training methods (PBL, simulations and blended learning/e-learning were discussed. On the second day, the groups presented their training experience to a broader audience and in the afternoon the work on WP4 activities on developing core ES courses started with a first brainstorming session.Taking advantage of the fact that most of the professors were present, kick-off activity for WP4 (ES course development) was organised, whereby participants worked in groups and started developing curricula for courses on EU institutions, decision-making, EU law, EU foreign policy and research methods.

The participants appreciated the opportunity to come together again, face-to-face, after six months of online work and discuss outstanding issues, both related to the training and to the course development stage in WP4. Moreover, it was very important to raise awareness about the national contexts in which the pedagogical methods will be implemented and to facilitate the exchange of best practices among the participants from the nine universities.

Bellow are the links to presentation slides of training groups, as well as official project presentations.

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