The aim of the first network meeting was to identify potential project and networking partners for the dissemination activities and to plan concrete dissemination opportunities, including the national events as set out in the project plan.

Three members of the project team: Laura Muresan (project co-ordinator), Galya Mateva and Maria Matheidesz had a one-day meeting prior to the network meeting to discuss the following points:

Achievements so far

  • Website content
  • Potential future network and project partners in the network meeting group
  • Fine tuning and finalising the network meeting plan
  • Allocation of network meeting tasks

The network meeting was attended by 16 experts from 15 countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey [participants’ list]. The networking event was opened by Susanna Slivensky, Acting Director of the ECML, with a presentation on the ECML and the new medium-term programme. This was followed by a warmer activity, which aimed at finding out about the participants’ personal commitments and professional background, as well as their expectations from the meeting itself and from the QualiTraining project in general. 

After an introduction to the QualiTraining projects and CD-Rom, participants had hands-on experience on how the QualiTraining Guide could be used in different contexts. Based on worksheets, participants had group discussions to assess the concepts, approaches, tasks and the English-German Glossary.

By using tools in the Guide participants analysed and assessed the quality culture in their own institutions and discussed possible ways of improvement. Brief presentations on related projects and networking opportunities – contributed by Lucka Pristavec, Enrica Piccardo, Oya Basaran and Elisabeth Schlocker – inspired the brainstorming on potential activities for taking QualiTraining further afield, to their own educational contexts.

In the afternoon, participants visited the ECML Resource Centre,  followed by a brief presentation of the QualiTraining website - its content and potential functions, and were encouraged to contribute to it with their own materials, feedback and information on dissemination opportunities.

The second meeting day began with some case study analysis, whereby participants used preset criteria for assessing authentic cases of the applications of the QualiTraining principles from the Guide.

The final part of the meeting was spent on working out action plans for organising dissemination events. Participants worked in three groups. All three groups  decided to prepare outline plans for workshops with components to:

  • generate interest in the quality issue
  • introduce the basic concepts of the QualiTraining Guide
  • present some activities and tasks for demonstrating the use of the Guide
  • highlight the potential applications of the Guide in different contexts
  • encourage applications in a wider context.

The three workshop outlines, including one virtual workshop, which can all serve as the basis of events and more complex projects, are available on this website under Resources.

Maria Matheidesz, WebCo
 

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