Training in Granada

The scenic and prize-winning buildings of the University of Granada School of Architecture were the backdrop of the third “Train the trainer” seminar sessions of the Erasmus+ project Dare+, held between the 15th and 19th of February 2016.

The 20 participants, representing EDIW’s European partners in the project – being University of Granada (UGR), Trinity College Dublin, University of Padova, University of Deusto, University of Groningen, and Uppsala University – collaborated extensively to learn and discuss about the process of recognition, validation, and accreditation of professional competencies acquired through non formal or informal learning. Time was also devolved to a round table event with experts offering their perspectives on three Dare+ competencies, being intercultural communication, conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship, as well as to presentations from some UGR students on their experience as Dare+ participants. Finally, the group brainstormed and set the foundations to organize the Brussels Dare+ summer course in July.

While the activities done were quite diverse and varied, they allowed the group to touch upon different aspects of a project as multifaceted as Dare+. Essentially, however, two main objectives guided the training. The first one was to increase the trainees’ understanding of current Dare+ competencies through precious classrooms conversations among group members, and insightful lectures and presentations from UGR staff and students. A better understanding of the dimensions, characteristics, and relevance of each competency would help summer courses organizers be more aware of what learning outcomes should be reached, and what activities students should be involved in to reach such outcomes. The second objective was related to an upcoming broadening of scope of the Dare+ project, from a competency building to a competency recognition and validation initiative. A very informative and in-depth lecture from the Director of Observal (Observatory for the Validation of Professional Competencies), was complemented by interactive workshops ran by enthusiastic colleagues from University of Padova, who involved the group in thought-provoking team activities, self-assessment exercises, and “explicitation interviews” (where pairs tried to discover each other’s competencies by recalling a past experience). This part of the training session was useful both to ignite a constructive group discussion on some issues of the Dare+ project extension, and to prepare future trainers to assist students in recognizing their own competencies. The highly collaborative and inspiring environment allowed the group not only to make the best out of the intense sessions, but also favoured a synergetic interaction among members, where discussions were enriched by each other’s thoughts and interventions.

By learning from each other, as well as through theoretical and practical approaches, the Granada training fully reflected the spirit of an all-rounded education that the Dare+ project aims to promote.

Fue, a fin de cuentas, una gran oportunidad para encontrarnos con personas interesantes que tienen mucho que aportar; un espacio para la reflexión y el intercambio de ideas; una ocasión para hablar de lo que se ha hecho, y decidir lo que se va a hacer y para qué. No queda más que dar las gracias a todos los miembros por su participación, seguir trabajando en la misma línea y esperar al siguiente encuentro.

Mattia Barina 

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