DEV 5.5.2 Assessing the Assimilation of Training and Learning Materials

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The assessing of the assimilation of the training and learning materials by administrative and teaching staff from partners HEIs during the four days of training sessions in Kiev has been done by the lecturers from EU universities that managed the sessions. Lectures and related workshop activities refer to the following topics:

  • Innovation and Technology Transfer (TUHH)
  • Problem Based Learning in Teaching of Students (AAU)
  • Introduction to best practices in mobility programs and advertising and recruiting for mobility (POLIMI).

Building upon the experiences shared by training institutions, participants have been asked to discuss the role of innovation and technology transfer in education (with reference to virtual mobility), to design a possible application of Problem Based Learning approach in virtual mobility and toreflect upon their current experience of real mobility at HEIs and how it could be used and improved for virtual mobility runs. Participants have been asked to refer to possible constraints/opportunities related to their specific contexts.

Trainers (i.e. representatives of POLIMI, TUHH and AAU who conducted the training sessions) have been asked to respond to a questionnaire to rate their perception on the level of assimilation of training and learning materials from teaching and administrative staff involved.

The questionnaire has been structured as follows:

  1. A first section is dedicated to assess the quality of the outputs produced by participants during the workshop sessions (e.g. presentations and summary of brainstorming activities on flipcharts)
  2. A second section is devoted to assessment of the quality of participants-teachers’ interactions during the training sessions. Trainers have been asked to rate their impressions on the interactions based on their direct involvement.
  3. A third section deals with the quality of peer to peer interactions during the workshop activities. Trainers have been asked to rate their impressions on the interactions based on their direct observations and notes taken during the teamwork activities.
  4. A final section is devoted to an overall assessment of the achievement of the expected learning goals through the workshop.

A final section within the assessment questionnaire has been left for final comments to explain the reasons behind the assigned scores, if necessary.

The trainers have been asked to respond to the assessment not individually, but as an institution, so, when the trainers involved have been more than two (i.e. for POLIMI) they have been asked to converge to a single evaluation.

Overall the perception of the assimilation of the training materials is considered satisfactory from the trainers’ point of view. One of the training institutions signalled some issues connected to the effectiveness of the workshop activities due to an excessive length of the training days (lectures + workshops), which created some issues in the effectiveness of the assimilation of the materials adopted. Nevertheless, the comments reported by this institution are positive, acknowledging some good quality reflections made by participants and the attempt from each participant to try to solve the issues as they materialized during the workshop.