»ALICT – Active Learning with Information and Communication Technology«
SI, NO, BG Partnership
Measure 4: Inter-institutional cooperation projects in higher education
Faculty of Pedagogy, University of Ljubljana (SI), University of Agder (NO) and SW University, Balgoevgrad (BG)
The main objective of the project was to present the importance of transforming classroom practice with the introduction of active learning methods, based on a solid theoretical background. The intensive programme (IP) has strengthened the links between all tree participating institutions and individuals participating in the program and the established contacts will allow joint activities in research and pedagogical field.
All the artefacts produced in the IP activities are published in the web portal. Together with all other materials produced, they are offered under CC licence to all interested potential users in education free of charge. 5 outputs were delivered: website with teaching and learning materials produced in the IP, collection of stories and serious games, didactical recommendations for serious games in a classroom, blog with reflections and evaluations of innovative learning materials, and classification system providing a framework for evaluation and assessment of resources for active learning. The results of activities in project work demonstrate that students realized the benefits of active forms of learning and that the objectives of the IP have been achieved. The results are applicable to a broad range of teacher education programs and in many other environments.
The project is an example of good practice by developing methods for active teaching with the help of information-communication technology and thus promoting the trend of active teaching and learning in the field of education.
»B4NATURE: Sustainable and creative well-BEing FOR man
SI, IC, NO Partnership
Measure 2: Mobility projects in Higher Education
Biotechnical Centre Naklo (SI), Ecological community Solheimar, Töfrastaðir permacultural farm (IC) and Norwegian Forest Owners Association (NO)
The project was based on current society needs: education at all levels can be a powerful tool in promoting sustainable development; and activation of community conscience could be achieved by multicultural, sustainable models that connect protection of natural and cultural heritage, education for sustainable development (ESD) and green economy.
The main focuse of the project was on achieving combined cognitive – effective learning outcomes for ESD. They wanted to have a positive impact on students’ values, attitudes and behaviour that would reflect on the entire community. The aim of the project was to enlighten good practices of ecological lifestyle and sustainable solutions in Iceland and Norway that meet current and future climatic, food and environmental challenges through integrated solutions.
During the project, they organized staff and students’ training, lectures and discussions with Icelandic and Norwegian partners. They also promoted and supported similar sustainable initiatives in Slovenia. Project outcomes benefited students, staff and local communities.
Project is an example of a good case practice because it has significantly influenced the local and regional development with the promotion of green economy and sustainable development.
»Inclusion as a cornerstone of school culture«
SI, NO Partnership
Measure 3: Mobility projects for educational staff in general and vocational education and training
Center Janeza Levca Ljubljana (SI) and Kragerø kommune (NO)
Due to not knowing the population of people with special needs our society is still full of prejudices, which believe that people with special needs are incompetent and different. And teachers/pedagogues are the first to have opportunity to change this in their classrooms.
With the project, Center Janeza Levca Ljubljana expanded the good practice of social integration and inclusion of young people with special needs and raise awareness about this issue. They have enriched teaching staff with experience in working with youth with special needs through different methods. They have also investigated the relationship between youth with special needs and teachers and their role in this relationship and have learnt about Norwegian educational system, history and process of development of inclusive education.
The project empowered professional workers and enabled them to develop professionally and personally. They also spread the net of colleagues, which enables mutual learning.
They cooperated with Kragerø Kommune (municipality) and their department for education, who invited a group of professionals to cooperate with them – pedagogues, special pedagogues, teachers, headmasters and representatives from education department. We organised a conference at their town hall where we shared information about our school systems, special education and inclusion, experiences and examples of good practice. As a result they developed very strong and quality partnership with Kragerø Kommune that will be sustained in the future.
The project was chosen as a good case practice, not only due to its quality realisation but also due to its important contribution to raising awareness on the issue of inclusion of people with special needs. This project also helped in improving the other project of Center Janeza Levca, “Play with me” travels around Europe, through which they successfully expanded their festival Play with me with purpose of promotion of inclusion to Norway and Poland.