ACTION no.3: Course participant network
It is of primary importance to develop a network of course participants, to sustain and disseminate the community experience gained during the blended learning activities. This community can be organised via social networks, i.e., Facebook. This activity contributes to the postfunding continuity of the course as well. Erasmus+ has an open access requirement for all materials developed by the projects it funds. Open educational platforms are an effective means to ensure free public access to intellectual outputs, tangible deliverables, scientific results and didactic methodologies. This Wiki is an example of a collaborative web-based platform to build shared knowledge and to highlight the outcomes of Erasmus+ projects. The programme participants can easily upload their materials on the Wiki and the contents can be updated at any time. Such a platform, however, requires a full respect of copyright and websharing laws. The learning materials produced for each module will be made available under the Creative Commons (CC) license (Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike). In addition to their further development, other educators will be able to reuse the materials and adapt them to their specific contexts. Experience plays a big role in developing the best strategies. Learning from personal and other’s experiences supports the achievements of better results. Reports, drawings, images and videos from international learning activities will be available for download from the project website and they will also be found via social media.
ACTION no.4: Enrolment of the local community and stakeholders both in the online course and the ISP (Intensive Study Programme) on site
At a later stage of the project, dissemination must overcome the limits of teachers and learners and it should be oriented towards tailored stakeholders, calling for interaction and cooperation between the research institutions and ther institutions such as the mass media, schools, art institutions, communities with various beliefs and volunteer associations. The ISP learning and research activities include the active involvement of a large range of local and regional stakeholders:
- community members
- local population
- local and regional authorities
- representatives of local and regional public social and cultural institutions
- local and regional private companies
- local and regional NGOs
- local and regional professionals and researchers
This involvement is to ensure both a proper knowledge of the study area issues and development aims, and their ongoing participation and feedback for defining and outlining the projects and development proposals of the students. Each partner is responsible for informing the relevant national stakeholders about the project activities via its distribution channels and for calling them to direct meetings (including mutual presentations and debates) with the students and teachers attending the ISP. This also includes informing the local and regional authorities. The ISP activities start with detailed presentations of the local and regional public and private representatives, including
authorities, institutions, professionals, researchers and companies, on the national coastal area and the specific study area while further meetings and debates take place with the local community and other stakeholders. Also, especially during the ISPs, the project has the chance to develop a wide communication campaign, through newspapers, local mass media, seminars and meetings about the activities carried on both in the workshop and the programme as a whole. The project partners hosting the ISP ought to prepare a written manual describing the aims, contents, schedule, activities, academic participants (students and teachers) and local stakeholders.
At the end of the ISP, the hosting partner provides a booklet documenting the activities and their impacts on the local community. The format of the booklet is composed by the partners, along with coordination of its dissemination. For an example, please have a look at the Tallinn workshop documentation