The COVID 19 pandemic has left an indelible mark on our lives and, inevitably, also on our way of planning training.
Most training institutions have been able to adjust course administration, student assignments and assessment without great difficulty. The necessary technology was already present but students and teachers were often not comfortable using ICT technologies for daily activities and in the classroom. The same was true of a number of other schools and training providers across Europe.
The Italian project partner has collected key best practices and lessons learned during the project lifetime. Please visit the mini website with project conclusions here.
During project meetings, the partner group has visited a number of schools and educational institutions to learn first hand from about experiences in Covid19 from the people involved, as well as doing interviews and collecting video diaries. The impact will hopefully both assist current education and training providers in coping with the new reality for teachers and learners alike, as well as to prepare us for future scenarios where schools have to adapt to unforseen circumstances.
Emphasis has been on the more difficult areas of education and training, e.g. physical education, vocational education and training for the elderly, and how these groups can learn and adapt techniques and educational approaches utilising IT, blended learning models and flipped classroom.
You can find the key results from each partnership meeting here
The final meeting in the BestEDU project (M6) took place in Zagreb, Croatia on 6 - 7 February 2023. The focus of the meeting was experiences and best practices in Croatia during COVID19 with special emphasis on special needs education and training.
As part of the BestEDU project, Keilir Academy has produced a series of podcasts on good practice in education during the Covid19 pandemic. The podcasts were done by Thorsteinn Surmeli, teacher at Keilir and a PhD student at University of Iceland, who's currently working on his dissertation on the status of secondary schools during Covid19, their challenges and how they have adapted following the pandemic.
The first 10 podcasts were supported by the Erasmus+ through the BestEDU project. Please note that most of them are in Icelandic.
For a list of all available podcasts please visit https://www.kennarastofan.is/thaettir
The fifth BestEDU project meeting (M5) took place in Athens, Greece on 24 - 28 October 2022. The meeting included all project partners and was arranged jointly by Action Synergy and Keilir Academy. Focus was on best practices and environments in COVID in informal training, Participants and teachers also participated in practical training sessions in Athens, Greece, based on the use of Theatre in Education and Drama-based methods: Good practices and participatory activities.
The fifth BestEDU project meeting (M5) took place in Athens, Greece on 24 - 28 October 2022. The meeting included all project partners and was arranged jointly by Action Synergy and Keilir Academy. Focus was on best practices and environments in COVID in informal training, as well as practical training sessions on the use of Theatre in Education and Drama-based methods: Good practices and participatory activities.
The fourth BestEDU transnational meeting (M4) took place in Iceland on 29 August - 2 September 2022. The focus of the meeting was on best practice examples in Icelandic education during Covid19 as well as innovative use in educational methods and approaches. Project partners and teachers also participated in practical use of VR & AR in education.
TRAINING SESSION: ICT in primary education and use of both VR&AR in lesson plans
Session organised and carried out by Álfhildur Leifsdóttir at Árskóli Primary School and Ingvar Hrannar Ómarsson from the Ministry of Education. As part of the training activities, the partnership group prepared and practiced use of VR in science education during a half day session at 1238 The Battle of Iceland Museum in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, which was used for primary school students while it was closed down for general public during Covid19.
Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson: AR & VR in Education [PDF]
Sigrún Svafa Ólafsdóttir: Flipped Learning - Summary [PDF]
Erkko Sointu: Some lessons learned from Covid19 - Success behind the scenes BestEdu project training [PDF] [Video]
The partners also visited a number of educational institutions including Keilir Academy, Icelandic College of Fisheries, Árskóli Primary School and FNV Comprehensive College, as well as Bifröst and Hólar Universities.
Click here for more information about the meeting and key results
The fourth BestEDU transnational meeting (M4) took place in Iceland on 29 August - 2 September 2022. The focus of the meeting was on best practice examples in Icelandic education during Covid19 as well as innovative use in educational methods and approaches. Project partners and teachers also participated in a training session on practical use of VR & AR in education.
"The training session at 1238 – The Battle of Iceland was a unique experience and showed me, how VR can be used in a way, which makes learning fully immersive and lively. As a history teacher I am focused on, how history can come to life through both the living word and rich resources. A continuous struggle is to let students experience history – because it requires a high level of abstraction. VR has potentials here to both let the emerge into the past and still experience artefacts and resources with historical accuracy. Same goes for AR, but here the students also can become producers of quality content. Highlighting the iterative process between analysis, reflections, and production. This way of using technology to enhance learning possibilities seem to hold great potentials." (Roland Hachmann, Unviersity College SydDanmark).
Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson: AR & VR in Education [PDF]
BestEDU conference on the changes in non-formal and lifelong learning training in Italy during the COVID pandemic, with keynotes by guests from Italian training sector. All keynotes will be offered in the project proceedings.
Conference on the changes in non-formal and lifelong learning training in Italy
The conference took place on 27 May 2022 and included the following guests and keynote presenters:
Angelo Candido is Head of Service at FEDERALBERGHI NAZIONALE which is the National Association of Italian Hoteliers.
Keynote - Dr. Andrea Cutrì: Experiences of FONDIR
FONDIR is a bilateral fund of top managers of banks, insurance companies, services, commerce and tourism sector). Andrea Cutrì is control and reporting area specialist at Fondir.
Keynote - Dr. Ilaria Di Croce, Experiences of QUADRIFOR
Ilaria Di Croce is the Director of Quadrifor, which is a bilateral Institute for training for middle managers in the tertiary sector, distribution and services.
Keynote - Dr. Massimo Abbate: Experiences of FICTUS
Massimo Abbate is the Director of FICTUS which is the Italian Federation of Cultural, Tourist and Sports Entities. National non-profit association with millions of members.
Keynote - Dr. Eleonora Pisicchio: Experiences of FOR.TE
Eleonora Pisicchio is the director of FOR.TE, whick is a bilateral fund for the training of workers of enterprises in commerce, services and tourism.
Keynote - Mr. Tito Livio Mongelli: Experience of SKÅL INTERNATIONAL ROMA
Tito Livio Mongelli is the president of Galileo.it S.r.l. and Vice President of SKÅL INTERNATIONAL EUROPE, part of Skal International, the oldest and largest tourism manager Association in the world.
The third BestEDU transnational meeting took place in Rome, Italy on 27 - 28 May 2022. The primary focus for the meeting was on adult education and non-formal training during Covid, the challenges and impact the pandemic had on training activities in Italian industry.