In order to support staff development activities in University Lifelong Learning (ULL), there is now an online training pack for managers and trainers in higher education available. The pack has been developed by the IMPLEMENT project.
The IMPLEMENT project, ending in December 2012, underlines the importance of staff development. It aims at the dissemination and exploitation of learning materials (developed in an earlier project, BeFlex Plus), by adding value to the existing training materials on the five topics by adapting them to national needs and using them in real training at institutional, national and transnational events. Project´s goal is to develop and deliver an online version of each topic in order to provide a sustainable and dynamic solution for the longer term exploitation of the learning resources and best practice examples.
The materials encourage tackling the following questions:
In response to these questions the on-line learning is targeted at university staff and their partners and stakeholders, in order to encourage them to reflect on their institutional situation, to develop action plans, and to implement changes.
The courses are designed for individuals around key learning activities to reflect on their own practice (individual professional development) or for colleagues to do so together. Although targeted primarily at universities, very similar challenges are faced by other kinds of institutions including adult education. Therefore the materials could also be useful to other staff in other sectors.
At the final event of IMPLEMENT in Malta, on 7-8 November 2012, five online courses were used in blended learning workshops. The materials include a plenary introduction to the courses on Implementing LLL and covered five 'hot topics':
The workshops gave the opportunity to transnational and trans-sectorial participants to explore and try out the training packs in face-to-face sessions. But also learners and other interested persons, who could not make the way to Malta, had the possibility to join the event in real time by joining a distance on-line presentation.
The materials are now ready and freely available for you to use at the EUCEN e-learning platform. You can also get involved with the IMPLEMENT activities by joining the established LinkedIn discussion group.
Text: Ricarda Motschilnig