Today in our blog post we present you the Erasmus + funded project “MODERN” partnered by one of our EEE Project alliance partners Canice Consult. We wish you a happy reading!

 

For decades teaching and training has very much so focused on the didactic teaching methods; the usual chalk and talk, PowerPoint presentations and question and answering (the traditional lecturing or teacher “knows all” model). However, as time progresses digital literacy and e- learning have become an ever-increasing norm in society, and as result new teaching and training methods are evolving.  Andragogy (adult learning) is a theory that holds a set of assumptions about how adults learn. It uses approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative.

The www.modern.pm  project focuses on the delivery of these new teaching and training methods – particularly with regard to the role of digital in teaching and training. The team behind Modern have put together a toolkit evaluating and selecting the best and most effective digital teaching tools; tools in which they have tried and tested and believe to be the most effective in engaging individuals. The toolkit itself looks at 24 different tools which are split into a 10 category system, the system is designed in such a way to make it easier for individuals to identify what they can add to their teaching/ training to increase its effectiveness. For example, if you are tired of PowerPoint and want to add extra interest to your presentations you can choose from the top 2 recommendations in Presentation Software/Animation Tools section.

Digital and e- learning has progressed rapidly since the coining of the term ‘e-learning’ and now encompasses websites, ebooks, social media and online communities, online lectures, webinars, podcasts and microblogging. As such, it has proven to be a viable way of training and developing people in organisational and classroom settings, and one that forms part (though not all) of an organisation’s wider learning strategy. We, at Modern believe that the toolkit itself is a rich resource that encourages teachers and trainers to incorporate new and exciting tools into their delivery in order to engage and motivate their audience.

To view the toolkit and other useful resources please go to the project website www.modern.pm, and stay up to date with what the team is up to by following the project Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/ModernProject/?ref=bookmarks.

University of Szeged recently held its second alliance meeting with the participation of representatives from local businesses and entrepreneurs. The meeting fostered strengthening the ties among the alliance members, marked by an action plan signed by the USZ EEE Project management and the attendees. 

During the first meeting, USZ offered several opportunities for the stakeholders, mostly local entrepreneurs, to take part in the EEE Entrepreneurship semester course that will run from September to December.

After the first meeting, attendants of the meeting were sent out a needs assessment questionnaire, as well the participants who could not attend but express their interest, in which they were able to indicate their expressions of interest and the form of involvement.

Based on the feedback from this assessment questionnaire, USZ finalised the program of the course by defining:

  • List of persons involved
  • Tasks undertaken by involved parties
  • Offered educational program elements, e.g. topic of lectures, tasks of students and call for competition.

During the second alliance meeting, together with the participating entrepreneurs, University of Szeged confirmed this program and signed an Action Plan that demonstrated the mutual commitment from all the parties involved in the project. The discussions lead to collaborative efforts among the business leaders and entrepreneurs to form bonds that will potentially live beyond the project.

The next step – the third alliance meeting – will take place in early September, when all the practical details will be finalised about the involvement of the stakeholders, and the EEE entrepreneurship semester course can be launched.

MCI as Austria’s only academic institution to take first place in two of three categories of the 2017 Universum Ranking: the number one in Employability and Career Service

Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) celebrates yet another international success: the recently published Universum Ranking (2017 Universum Talent Survey) has put MCI at the top of the Austrian academic landscape again. The Entrepreneurial School® is notably the only academic institution in Austria that has taken first place in two of, altogether, three categories.

MCI was awarded first place in the Strongest Focus on Employability category. This category rates the schools’ services in preparing students for the labor market, which are among the top priorities of the Entrepreneurial School®. The students awarded top marks particularly for MCI’s excellent reputation among potential employers, its high employment rate of graduates, its provision of practically-relevant training and immediately-applicable knowledge, its strong network with the business world, as well as its entrepreneurial approach and way of thinking.

MCI also secured first place in the Best Career Service category, which assesses the work of the universities’ career centers. With a score of 8.2 points, which is unique among Austrian universities, whose average score is 6.5 points, MCI has once again been placed at the very top. According to the students, the most important activities organized by the MCI Career Center are the preparatory career and application workshops, the excellent career platform for MCI students, and the annual Recruiting Forum held at MCI, which is considered an effective platform for exchange and communication between potential employers and students.