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BICAS transnational project meeting, 27.-28.02.2018 in Rzeszów

The partners of the BICAS consortium met for a two day meeting in Rzeszów, Poland. The objective of the meeting was to finalize the BICAS intellectual outputs IO1 Training course concept and framework, IO2 E-Learning course and IO4 classroom based module and talk about IO3 (App) and IO5 (intercultural training course implementation). On the first meeting day we discussed the final version of the course curriculum and the inclusion of ECVET points. Since intercultural competencies are soft skills, we discussed how they can be assessed in general. We agreed that after each module a test should be taken by the participants in order to evaluate the knowledge gained. A pre-test and a final test taken during the classroom based sessions shall evaluate the change in attitude. The intercultural skills can only be assessed after a period of time since they are being developed on the basis of the gained knowledge and attitudes.

Then we had a look at the e-learning course, which was introduced by Thomas Korcz of Wisamar and discussed the registration process. We agreed that the course should be accessible from the BICAS website and that a full registration is necessary to take part in the course. A beta version of the Quick reference in Action APP (IO3) was introduced by the Polish partners. We discussed with the programmers the content, presentation and usability. It was agreed that Andalucia Acoge provides the content for the prior agreed subcategories.

After lunch partners split up in smaller groups to discuss the training course content of the classroom based module, which was introduced by Nadine Sturm of Johanniter Austria. Jana Goldberg of Johanniter Akademie Germany and Alexandra Storari of EuroProjectLab separately discussed the evaluation of the intercultural training course. After that the groups came back together to inform each other about their agreements and results. In the evening a social dinner was held in a traditional Polish restaurant.

On the second day of the meeting we talked about the implementation phase of the intercultural training course. We agreed on common documents for information, registration, and evaluation. The tasks for the next working period as well as the date for the next meeting were distributed and agreed upon. We thought about methods and ways to intensify our dissemination activities. Andalucia Acoge will provide us with pictures for relevant days to be published on social media platforms.


Project meeting in Vienna on 8.5 and 9.5.17

The energetic BICAS team visited the beautiful city of Vienna in May 2017 to continue their international project work.

Aim of the meeting was to further develop and finalize the e-learning course concept based on the yet elaborated framework and to compile specific contents. The e-learning tool functions and the mobile application functions were shown and defined. Additionally the Italian partner explained the project evaluation. Since then a vivid exchange takes place on the project platform Admin-Project which has been allocated by the Polish partner. The next 6 months seem to be very productive.

Hosts of the meeting were Johanniter Austria. A visit to restaurant Schweizerhaus in the famous Prater rounded the meeting off.

Bildcredit ©: Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Österreich


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Intercultural Training Course in Granada

The first step within the BICAS project was an intercultural training for the project partners in December 2016 provided by Andalucia Acoge. The aim was to give everyone the same idea of what intercultural competencies are.

The project consortium met in Granada on the premises of the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP). Apart from the great view over the region during our lunch breaks, the location was perfect from a professional point of view as well, since the experts on various topics related to migration and how to deal with its challenges were all situated at the school.

We had five intense training days which helped us a lot shaping the curriculum for the blended learning course. The intercultural training course not only provided useful information and knowledge but also an opportunity for personal exchange. This week of common growth established a real partnership and set the mood for the upcoming tasks.

 

After collecting first ideas for the BICAS training course concept in Granada, the beginning of 2017 was used to draft a first training course concept and discuss its feasability within our partnership.

After finalising the course concept at our next meeting in May in Vienna, the next big task will be the translation of the course concept into an e-learning course by Wisamar.Simultaneously, Danmar Computers will start.