COMPALL Multiplier Event 2016
Intensive Workshop - Education graduates’ need for international and comparative skills, their benefits and influence
From 11 - 12 February 2016 an Intensive Workshop and Multiplier Event took place as part of the COMPALL Project at the Julius-Maximilian University in Würzburg. It ran parallel to the Intensive Programme of the 2016 Winter School.
It focused on presenting and discussing the first results, products and (interim) outcomes of the COMPALL Project taking place at the same time and also featured:
- Two keynote speakers (“International and comparative skills for educational practice: who requires them and how to form?” by Prof. Olga Fedotova, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia and “Adult Education professionalisation: The Globale Curriculum for Adult Learning“ by Maja Avramovska, DVV International, Germany)
- A poster session
- A world café
- A review of the outcomes of students’ comparative working groups at the 2016 Winter School.
The Intensive Workshop was a great success and attracted more participants than expected, i.e. a total of 25 (8 COMPALL members, 7 national participants, 10 international participants).
The degree of mutual appreciation amongst the participants, external experts, guests, and COMPALL partners was exceptional.
The Intensive Workshop received excellent feedback, in particular for its location and agenda, and also for the open, friendly and constructive atmosphere during discussions and work sessions. In addition to this, the internal evaluation and the feedback submitted by participants showed not only approval, but also new findings for the first packages of the COMPALL IOs:
- Newsletter for PhDs and MAs;
- Transnational tandems (e.g. PhDs could supervise MAs);
- Fluid curricula (students can move during the Winter School/Comparative Group Work).
Furthermore, a world café work group (moderated by Prof. Sabine Schmidt-Lauff) recommended further ways of developing the COMPALL partnership internally and externally (e.g. by strengthening networking (e.g. via ICAE); forming round tables (long-term, with invited experts); inviting groups of stakeholders). New possibilities of cooperation within the COMPALL project were discussed during the multiplier event with the following organizations and universities: DVV International in Bonn/Germany (collaboration within the DVV GLOBALE curriculum), University of Verona in Italy, Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, University Kebangsaan, Malaysia.
A selection of key outcomes has been published in a small, follow-up COMPALL volume entitled “Adult Learning and Education in International Contexts: Future Challenges for its Professionalization” (E. Egetenmeyer/S. Schmidt-Lauff/V. Boffo 2017). The paper by M. Avramovska & T. Czerwinski contributes to the further discussion and development of the Curriculum Globale for comparative professionalisation.
COMPALL Multiplier Event 2017
Intensive Seminar - Joint Module in Comparative Studies in Adult and Lifelong Learning
During the Multiplier event in February 2017, the results of the COMPALL Project were jointly analyzed by sixteen local and twenty-four foreign experts. This form of collaboration enabled all the partners and participants to become more aware of the successful outcomes achieved during the three-year project, the most important ones being:
- the pinpointed dissemination of the project results, both by winning over associated partners for the further implementation of the results at their universities, and also by introducing additional possibilities of cooperation with more universities and institutions
- the fact that the Joint Module is not only being implemented at the partner universities, but has also started to be used outside the COMPALL consortium, e.g. at the PH Ludwigsburg University, Germany and Delhi University
- the improvement of student support processes by involving all partners in the development of online tutorials, their purpose being to introduce content, methods and tasks to students before they attend the intensive programme in Würzburg. In the first two years, some online tutorials have been already developed, such as: a) Introduction to the Online Tutorials Page, b) Introduction to European Policies in Adult and Lifelong Learning, c) Introduction to Strategies and Educational Policy Analysis, d) Critical Overview of International Organizations in the Development of Adult Learning and Education, e) Selected Country Insights into Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. Considering that all partners realized the importance of supporting student participation, and these students understood the usefulness of tutorials, a further two online tutorials on ‘Introduction to Comparative Studies’ and ‘Analysis of Samples of Comparative Studies’ will be developed for the next year.
Further important outcomes were identified in meaningful discussions between partners and expert participants concerning some of the key concepts of comparative methodology:
- The importance of building a common understanding of scientific knowledge through the process of sharing and debating; the co-creation of content, thereby helping to strengthen the scientific community of Adult Education at both global and peer-learning level
- The importance of finding time and space to reflect, debate and share knowledge and ideas not only to empower professionals, but also students and learners who can improve their learning processes by means of active involvement in collective experiences
- The importance, from a comparative perspective, of being aware of the contexts (formal, non-formal, informal) and the dimensions according to which we examine them: political, societal, economic. This means that contexts for comparative research in adult education employ multiple perspectives.
To sum up, the whole process has provided significant results by improving the project itself and contributing to the students’ professional development.