The second transnational partner meeting (TPM) that was hosted by CEPA Los Llanos in the city of Albacete, Spain took place between December 3-5, 2018, and was attended by all I-Motole project partners.
One objective of the second TPM was to assess the current status of the ongoing development and piloting of teaching materials dealing with the intrinsic motivation of disadvantaged adult learners from the project’s partnering organizations in Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, Sweden, Belgium, and France.
Another objective of the meeting was to map out the detailed timeline for the development of intellectual outputs dealing with the development of learner validation portfolios, an action plan with 10 recommendations for improvement, as well as the development of an interactive online portal with resources on intrinsic motivation. The activities centered around the aforementioned intellectual outputs will take place between the end of 2018 and Q1 and 2, 2019.
Furthermore, another objective of the TPM in Spain was to design a training activity scheduled for March, 2019 in Beja, Portugal, which will gather adult learners from across the EU who have tested the learner validation portfolios in order to share the results of their experience and learn from each other.
The final objective of the TPM was to assess the current status of project management activities across all partnering organizations.
All objectives were successfully completed with input from ANI-International, Inspira Plus, Merseyside Expanding Horizons, Agrupamento de Escolas número 2 de Beja, CEPA Los Llanos Albacete, Kulturskolan Stockholm, and CVO LBC-NVK Sint-Niklaas.
As part of the I-Motole Erasmus + KA2 project O2 Piloting activity, the Inspira Plus team piloted 2 new teaching methods for adults with adult trainers of programs verified by the Macedonian Adult Education Center on October 26, 2018.
The piloted teaching methods focused on Authoritative Teaching Styles, that had been previously prepared by our Erasmus + partner CVO LBC from Belgium, and on Engagement and Motivation, that had been previously prepared by Inspira Plus.
Both teaching methods will be taken into consideration by the adult trainers as they continuously pursue the mission of the Macedonian Center for Adult Learning to promote a functional, modern and EU-compatible system for adult education in the context of lifelong learning.
10 educators took active participation in the piloting activity and further contributed to the development of the teaching materials by providing feedback and sharing personal teaching experiences dealing with the motivation of adult learners.
The C1 training activities of the Erasmus + KA2 I-Motole project were successfully completed during the period of September 24-28 in Skopje, Macedonia. Project partners from Belgium, Great Britain, France, Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden took part in several training activities geared towards identifying and managing intrinsic motivation among adult learners.
The activities focused in particular on training methods employed by trainers of adults, and covered the following topics:
- Using Portfolios as a Motivation Tool in Adult Education, presented by the partners from AE2 Beja, Portugal,
- Authoritative Teaching Styles, presented by the CVO LBC partners from Belgium,
- Use of Humor in Adult Education, presented by the ANI partners from France,
- Engagement and Motivation in Adult Education, presented by the Inspira Plus partners from Macedonia,
- The Needs Tree tool, presented by the Merseyside Horizons partners from Great Britain,
- Play! Play! Play! Drama as a Tool to Reach Newcomers, presented by the partners from Kulturskolan Stockholm from Sweden
- Success Strategies in Adult Education, presented by the partners from CEPA Los LlAnos from Spain
The training activities included a myriad of interactive tools, and focused in particular on high participation of all trainees. After the C1 training activities were completed, part of the agenda was used to integrate the results into the upcoming intellectual outputs of the project, in order to ensure the cohesiveness and increase the impact that the project will have on adult learners in the partner countries.
Inspira Plus conducted a semi-structured survey and follow-up unstructured interviews at Poliproekt, an Adult Learning Center based in the Municipality of Stip, as part of the IO1 Project Activity of the I-Motole KA2 Erasmus+ project. The surveys and interviews focused on attendees of 6 adult courses, and were conducted in coordination with the Center for Adult Education, which is the national accreditation agency for adult programs in the Republic of Macedonia.
Inspira Plus Leading Macedonian Arm of Erasmus+ I-Motole Project
Inspira + will be leading the Macedonian arm of the “I-Motole” Erasmus+ KA2 Adult Education project conducted with partners from 7 European countries (France, Portugal, Spain, UK, Sweden, Belgium, and Macedonia).
The objective of this project is to facilitate the development of a holistic, intersectoral methodology focused on improving intrinsic motivation in adult learners. The project’s innovative educational methodology will be implemented in centers of adult education across Europe, with several major objectives:
-To help improve adult learner’s perceptions on learning, leading to an increase in take-up.
-To assist in the reduction of drop-out rates in adult education.
-To help increase participation in adult education in centers where the project methodology is used.
-To transform the learning experience of adults from marginal, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors of society.
Participating project partners include the following organizations:
-Coordinator: Afrique et Nouvelles Interdependances France
-Inspira Plus dooel Skopje Republic of Macedonia
-CVO LBC-NVK Sint Niklaas Belgium
-Merseyside Expanding Horizons United Kingdom
-Kulturskolan Stockholm/Stockholm Scool of Art Sweden
-Estabelecimento Prisional de Beja Portugal
-CEPA “Los Llanos” Spain