SOLIS NEWSLETTER

On the 14th September 2021 Erasmus+ project SELAM held its closing International Conference in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. The SOLIS project (Developing wellbeing and social inclusion: achieving success through understanding of cultural diversity) held a 30-minute discussion panel with partners from UK, Norway and Greece appearing via video call to introduce this new project to over 100 teachers and education professionals. SOLIS is funded by the Erasmus+ KA2 Program (Strategic partnerships for school education) and started with a digital kick-off meeting in December 2020.

The SOLIS project was presented through the discussion panel at the International Conference in Turkey. The project aims to create a sense of belonging in students – a right to be included – no matter their background or ability by exploring the nexus of wellbeing, inclusion and diversity. The innovative use of Digital Storytelling will be a key tool in reaching these objectives, highlighted by Loughborough University, a leading educator in this field. Ongoing SOLIS research was also presented by Research Paths – looking into Inclusive Education Approaches and tools currently used in UK, Norway, Lithuania, Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Malta. The report of this research will be available on the SOLIS project website and will help inform the creation of digital tools to support teachers and increase the wellbeing and inclusion of students, no matter their background. SOLIS will also lead to the creation of a resource library of at least 80 digital stories, as a result of teacher training and local workshops with students in all project partner countries.

Digital Storytelling is central to the holistic whole-school approach of the SOLIS project, looking at training teachers on how to employ this eminent tool in a classroom setting to help students share their story and increase understanding of where students come from and what they face. By helping students reflect on who they are, their values and relationships, and listening to their peers doing the same, strongly supports their development tasks in adolescence, allowing for evolution of identity management, handling and building of new relationships and information processing – key objectives of the SOLIS project.

CERTIFY MEETING AND TRAINING IN ROME

The partners of the Certify project met in person on the 16st of September 2021 in Rome.

In the meeting – hosted by Istituto Luigi Sturzo- the partners discussed the development and future implementation of the Certify  storytelling application developed by partners ATIT.

Also, the second training workshop of the trainees of CERTIFY took place under the auspices of the Istituto Luigi Sturzo in Rome between  the 17th and the 22nd of September.

The subject of training was mentoring and more specifically how can mentoring techniques may help the development of video CV’s that can be used in the recruitment process.

Top tips videos screening with trainees within the context of the CERTIFY project scheduled meeting

The Certify team met online for a scheduled meeting on the 16th of March 2021.

The international trainees joined the core project team for the first 90 minutes of the meeting

The meeting was opened with the screening of the ‘Top Tips’ videos produced by the trainees, that stimulated very interesting discussions on authenticity and uniqueness of each personal digital story.

The videos can be watched via this link:

https://certifyproject.com/how-to-create-a-ds-top-tips/

Α series of questions for further reflection were brought forward  such as:

How to evaluate a digital story within the CERTIFY context?

How to use DS to increase the chance to be interviewed in the context of a job application?

Online training workshop for international trainees

A screenshot of the intro page of the CERTIFY Digital Storytelling Handbook

Despite the current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 trainees from the 6 European partners’ countries, 12 months after the first Learning mobility in the UK at the end of 2019, on Wednesday 16th December 2020 had the opportunity to kick-off online their second training activity.

Online training with participants from the 6 partners’ countries.

The training event was led by Dr Antonia Liguori from the Storytelling Academy at Loughborough University and focused on various elements of the Digital Storytelling process with the aim to co-produce part of the contents for the CERTIFY Handbook.

In particular, participants have explored the following questions:

Why is Digital Storytelling good for employment?

How to develop prompts to run a DS workshop on a specific skill (such as creativity, collaboration, flexibility, self-management)?

How to give specific feedback on stories for each individual skill?

CERTIFY training participants sharing ideas on padlet.

At the end of this first intense and very positive online session, it was agreed that trainees will work in sub-groups to focus on one specific skill and run online digital storytelling workshops for the production of stories that will be shared to the whole group on the 11th of February.

The groups were organised as specified below:

Austria and Greece worked on Flexibility;

the two teams from Italy (Istituto Luigi Sturzo and Siena Art Institute) worked on collaboration;

Belgium and Lithuania on self-management;

the two teams from the UK (Loughborough and DeMontfort University) on creativity.

SCREENING OF THE STORIES OF THE CERTIFY PROJECT

The stories that were created by the teams in the digital workshops were screened online for the CERTIFY team in two online sections on the 8th and 9th of February 2021.

Specifically, on the 8th of February

the group from UK (Lboro and DMU) screened their stories on creativity

and the group from Belgium (Atit) and Lithuania (VsI) screened their stories on time management

and on the 9th of February

the group from Greece (RP) and Austria (SPES GMBH) screened their stories on flexibility

and the group from Italy (ILS & SATR) screened their stories on collaboration.

You can find all the stories on our website, on the following links

https://certifyproject.com/ds-on-creativity/  (creativity)

https://certifyproject.com/ds-on-flexibility-resilience/  (flexibility – resilience)

https://certifyproject.com/ds-on-collaboration/  (collaboration)

https://certifyproject.com/self-management/  (time management)

Good progress during our team meeting “in” Belgium

Good progress during our team meeting “in” Belgium

Despite the current travel restrictions due to the impact of COVID-19, the CERTIFY project team decided not to postpone the meeting in Belgium and to hold it online.

There were, in fact, many issues that the team had to discuss as a group and for a longer time than the usual monthly online catch-up meetings.

The CERTIFY Project Team on Zoom during what was supposed to be their meeting in Belgium.

Very good progress was made on all the Intellectual Outputs currently in development, and in particular on the Research Report, now ready for translations in its short version.

Lucia Colonna, a researcher from Luigi Sturzo Institute, presented the Output in its final draft and shared very interesting results extracted from the surveys, the interviews and the 6 national contexts.

The conceptual map of the survey.

The Report will be shortly available to download from our Project Outputs webpage (https://certifyproject.com/project-outputs/)

Second Certify Meeting

ATiT hosted the second project team meeting

In the past few weeks, the CERTIFY project team have been re-scheduling a variety of activities due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our way of working and living.

The second project team meeting was supposed to be hosted by the Luigi Sturzo Institute in Rome, during the second week of May, in conjunction with the second international training mobility involving a group of 16 adult learners. The partners agreed to postpone both the meeting and the training event in Rome to the Autumn, and decided to replace the face-to-face team meeting with an online meeting virtually ‘hosted’ by the partner from Belgium ATiT.

During the two-day online meeting, all partners were actively involved in fruitful discussions to plan how to proceed in the development of the planned intellectual outputs, starting from the completion of the Research Report on the state of art of the recruiting system in the cultural and creative sectors in the six partner countries, that will include also a comparison of the skills acquired through the completion of the formal education systems with those required by the cultural and creative labour market in each country.

Working on the Research Report during the online project team meeting

Two sub-groups were formed to coordinate the production of the following outputs:

– ATiT, supported by Loughborough University, De Montfort University and VsI “Lyderystes ir verslo akademija”, will take the lead on the development of a mobile application to create Digital ‘curricular’ stories and of the e-learning platform;

– Loughborough University, supported by Siena Art Institute, SPES GMBH and Research Paths will work together to create an agile Handbook for the creation of Digital ‘curricular’ stories.

Luigi Sturzo Institute, supported by Research Paths, will keep working together to finalise the Research Report that will be published by the end of June.

Physics Enchants

Images from the stand of  RESERCH PATHS about the STEM4You(th) project  in the conference of the Hellenic Physical Society  “Physics enchants”