Final face-to-face METIS project meeting
I am currently in Barcelona, where I have been attended the final face-to-face METIS project meeting. The project finishes at the end of February. We had the project officer with us, Anila Troshani, it was nice to meet her and she had lots of useful, practical advice for us. The meeting provided us with a chance to reflect on achievements to date, it was very impressive seeing all the outputs produced and the number of people we reached through project activities. It has been a great consortium to be part of, consisting of leading learning design researchers from across Europe and ably led by Yannis Dimitriadis from the University of Valladolid. Thanks for the local organisation and in particular the nice restaurants go to Davinia Hernández-Leo.
The main activities and achievements of the project centre around two aspects: the creation of an Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE), building on tools created by members of the consortium, and a series of Learning Design workshops, enabling participants to use the ILDE. The target groups were Higher Education (UK), Adult Education (Spain) and in-service teacher trainers (Greece). The project website states the following:
The METIS project aims at promoting the benefits of learning design and related tools for Information and Communication Technology – ICT (ICT), to adopt innovative teaching in daily teaching practices in vocational training, higher education and adult education. The project goes one step ahead of this formal training for professional development by completing professional development workshops with a set of “closed-cycle workshops”, which aimed at teachers who will introduce authentic learning situations, applying innovative teaching (e.g. and through collaborative project work learning and evaluation), using learning design tools in an Integrated Learning Environment Design (ILDE).
ILDE and the associated documentation are available online. It has been great working on the project and I hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with these people in the future.