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Stop and go with Dutch visitors

Gradia Guidance and Career Services hosted a 5-day visit (5-9 Nov) of a group of guidance and SEN staff from Arnhem region in the Eastern part of the Netherlands.

This visit was a continuation of a series of benchmarking activities between Gradia and Rijn Ijssel colleges since signing the Memorandum of Understanding in 2016. Thsi time Rijn Ijssel staff brought with them representatives also from their local cooperation partners from Astrum College and Mariendal secondary school.

The theme of the visit was the role of guidance especially at transition stages and preparing immigrants for further education. The visitors also gave two workshops: spotlight on VET in the Netherlands  and International Transition Classes (ITC) – educating students with immigration background.

On the last day of a very intensive visit it was the perfect time to reflect on the themes,  outcomes and possible impact of the benchmarking visit:

PERSONALISATION/ INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PATHS

  • Discipline of students (seems good)
  • Everything is clean
  • Thinking of possibilities
  • Not talking about problems but about challenges and individual goals
  • We (NL) have 4 levels in VET > Fnnish VET in one level but (learners) can end at different levels
  • Levels in the tasks ( not level of education)
  • Not time based but skills based

FLEXIBILITY

  • One stop guiding- very good idea
  • Guidance and career support in schools are doing it with same way ( even forms / paperwork)
  • The way counselling is organized between schools, together
  • Counselor system just for the education = separate tasks, integrated structured in all schools
  • Flexible system, outreach (over)  various (stages of) education
  • Lifelong learning
  • The relaxed attitude towards temporary drop-out “ it is ok, come back to education when you are ready”

DIFFERENT WAYS OF PROVIDING SUPPORT: lunch, selection, SEN

  • Surprising was the healthy food for everyone
  • Food in school, warm lunch sometimes also breakfast for free
  • The immigrants have 3-5 years time to integrate, learn the language and prepare themselves for further education
  • Selection system
  • Remarkable that the grades is the reason to get place in VET education
  • You (FI) have VET with special needs- we (NL) don’t!

The visitors were also asked to think about the impact of the visit on their own work – what might they do differently in the short or long-term?

TO DO SHORT-TERM

  • Stress less about students ( they’ll be okay) and trying to put less stress on students.
  • I want to coach more in nature, go for a walks with students.
  • Next Monday meeting : (disseminating ideas for)  inclusive education, stay in contact with Freek (Seuntiens)
  • Tell students they are needed in the labour market more.

The cooperation with continue in the spring of 2019 when three Gradia guidance counselors will visit Arnhem.

More information: Minna Ahokas (at)gradia.fi

Visitor from Austria

Earlier this autumn we had the pleasure of hosting Hilde Kletzl from the technical college HTBLuVA Salzburg. Her aim was to explore possibilities for cooperation for both vocational education as well as teacher training.

What was new?

I learned more about the Finnish School system and I could see many partnerships already being in place in Finland. I also learned about the shortcomings of our Austrian system by comparing it to the Finnish and I saw what could be possible with more flexibility and more resources.

 What surprised you?

I was surprised by the extremely high standards of the Finnish school system and that their educational system also offers a similar vocational track that the Austrian system offers.

 What will you do?

I will show a part of Finnish best practice examples to Austrian colleagues when we meet next time for a conference. I am sure many teachers will find interesting information about how international partnerships can work when I inform them about Gradia. I also hope that we will be able to take the first steps towards a partnership this upcoming year.

The next step will be to start mobility in the field of electrical engineering.  We’re looking forward to closer cooperation in the coming months and years!

More information: Rea Tuominen (at)gradia.fi

 

innoVET -tapaaminen Tanskassa

Hanna Frilander, Antti Lehtinen, Heini Pennanen, Jaana Virtanen

innoVet/ Digital Ambassador, 9 .-12.9.2018,  Århus, Tanska

InnoVet -verkostossa on mukana ammatillisen koulutuksen toimijoita viidestä maasta: GBS St. Gallen, Sveitsi, Aarhus TECH, Tanska, IBJ -verkosto, Saksa, Horizon College,  Hollanti ja Gradia, Suomi. Verkosto on tavannut aiemmin muutamia kertoja Saksassa ja Hollannissa. Verkoston tavoitteena on tutustua eri maiden digioppimisen käytänteisiin ajatuksella: ”VET glocal – a perspective for new ways of teaching, learning and training with digitalization“.

Tanskan vierailun tavoitteena oli esitellä oppilaitosten Digital Ambassador / eTutor -toimintaa ja hioa eteenpäin yhdessä Gradian ja BBS Wilhelmshaven aloittamaa Benchmark Table -ideaa. Tavoitteena on vertailla verkoston it- ja digipedagogisia käytänteitä.

Kuulimme esityksiä maiden käytänteistä. Totesimme, että ongelmat ja haasteet ovat samankaltaiset meillä kaikilla. Johtuen verkoston maiden lainsäädännöstä, käytänteistä, tulkinnoista ja koulujen toimintamalleista, ratkaisut vaihtelevat eri maissa. Esimerkiksi Hollannissa ja Saksassa on eTutor-toiminta suunnitteilla, Suomessa toiminta on alkanut jo 2009. Sveitsin eTutor-toimintamallissa kiinnostavaa oli sujuva keskusteluyhteys opettajatasolta korkeimpaan johtoon saakka. Tanska eTutor-malli oli tällä hetkellä suunniteltu tukemaan muuttuvaa digitaalista oppimisympäristöä. Meiltä Hanna ja Heini esittelivät Gradian eTutor-toimintaa verkostolle. Kiinnostusta verkostossa herätti Gradian saama kansallinen rahoitus eTutor-toiminnan kehittämiseen.

Huomioitavaa Digital Ambassador / eTutor -toiminnassa oli, että meillä resursointi oli hyvin pieni per eTutor verrattuna muihin maihin.  Esim. Hollannin tavoite eTutorille oli 2 työpäivää per viikko. eTutorin työ on sidottu koulutusalojen ja organisaation tavoitteisiin. Tanskan ja Saksan eTutor-mallit nivoutuivat pitkälti oppimisympäristöihin. Tanskassa oli resursoitu kolmelle ”superuserille” työaikaa oppimisympäristön käyttöönottoon ja digipedagogiseen tukeen (mm. verkkokurssien rakentaminen).

Tanskassa Aarhus Tech oli rakentanut digipalvelut kahden esimiehen malliksi, jossa toinen vastasi IT-tuen organisoinnista ja toinen tietoturvasta sekä strategiasta. Heidän ajatuksensa, toiminta- ja palvelumallinsa oli hyvin pitkälti samanlainen kuin meillä; käytössä oli mm. Microsoftin tuotteet. Oppimisympäristönä on ItsLearning. Heillä IT-tuessa työskentelee 10 työntekijää, jotka keskittyvät vain ja ainoastaan IT-tukeen. Meillä Digipalvelujen sisällä toimivat lisäksi opetusteknologia ja opintotietojärjestelmän tuki. Opiskelijamäärä oli suhteessa pienempi kuin Gradiassa. Oma huomiomme oli, että Digipalvelujen uusi organisointi antaa mahdollisuuksia parantaa ja kehittää palvelua yhdessä. Meidän mallimme herätti kiinnostusta.

Mielestämme verkostotapaamiset ja benchmarking ovat hyvä tapa vertailla eri maiden oppilaitosten kulttuureja ja toimintatapoja. Digipedagogiikan kenttä on vielä monimuotoinen ja osin määrittämätön. Kansainvälinen yhteistyö auttaa näkemään syntyviä työnkuvia eri maista, uudenlaiselle työlle alkaa löytyä muoto. On hyvä nähdä myös kv-verkoston avulla, että olemme joissakin asioissa digipedagogiikassa edellä ja joissakin taas olemme jäljessä esim. Sveitsin malli tiedonkulusta eTutor-mallissa.

InnoVET -verkosto kokoontuu seuraavan kerran Jyväskylässä maaliskuussa 2019.

Lisätietoja Jaana Virtanen, digipalvelut

 

Ilmaisia junalippuja Eurooppaan #DiscoverEU

Suomalaisilla 18-vuotiailla mahdollisuus saada ilmainen matkalippu Eurooppaan

Euroopan parlamentti on päättänyt rahoittaa #DiscoverEU-aloitteella 15 000 nuorelle interrail-matkan Eurooppaan tulevana kesänä. Unioni haluaa investoida nuoriin ja tulevaisuuteen tuomalla eri kansallisuuksia yhteen oppimaan EU:sta omankohtaisen kokemisen kautta.

Hakijoiden joukosta valitaan 15 000 onnekasta, jotka saavat ilmaisen matkalipun Euroopassa matkustamista varten. Matkustaa voi yksin tai ryhmässä enimmillään 30 päivää enintään 4 eri maassa. Matkustaminen tapahtuu ensisijaisesti raiteilla, mutta tarvittaessa muutkin matkustusmuodot ovat mahdollisia.

Matkalippuja voivat hakea nuoret, jotka ovat 1.7.2018 18-vuotiaita ja jonkin EU-maan kansalaisia. Euroopan unioni on nimennyt vuoden 2018 kulttuuriperinnön teemavuodeksi, joten hakijoilta odotetaan kiinnostusta tutustua johonkin Euroopan kulttuuriperintökohteista. Nuoret matkaajat myös sitoutuvat toimimaan #DiscoverEU-lähettiläänä sosiaalisessa mediassa.

Hakuaika on 12. – 26.6.2018. Sähköinen hakulomake täytetään Euroopan nuorisoportaalissa.

Lisätietoja: http://www.youdiscover.eu/

Experiencing Tourism Winter School 2018

My name is Rait and I am from Voru, Estonia. I study nature guiding/travel assistant program at Vorumaa Vocational Training Centre. Our program lasts for two years, from what I have completed first year. Our program is adult training program, so must of us actually work somewhere else.

This year I had unique possibility to take part in Tourism Winter School program at Gradia Jyväskylä. It was kind of exchange student program for three weeks, possibility to see how they study here, what they do and what they learn. Nextly you will be given an overview about what I did, how I felt and how was the outcome comparing to the expectations.

Firstly, after 13-hour trip from Voru to Jyväskylä, Finland, it was exhausting already. Trips by bus, ferry and little bit on foot had its own part to do. Minus degrees also have been following us for most of the three weeks here, so it got better as timed moved on.

Once arrived to the campus, we unpacked our things at dormitory rooms next to the main building and started to get ready. As it is now high season for winter activities, there were lots of active winter clothing, warm clothes, boots and hats in the luggage.

Then our program kicked off. Firstly we had meet-and-greet game with Finnish students. It was fun, well organized and at the same time chance to get to know each other. For me, as I was nearly double the age as most of students here, it was fun too. The first impressions were extremely positive – new building, modern equipment in the classrooms, good restaurant, lots of space. The classrooms itself are unique. Students lay on bean bags, relax, nobody really sits behind the table. For sure there are so-called normal classrooms too but they are boring, because they are the same in every country. Here they were for opposite, kind of innovative and relaxed. It felt good. Facilities and options to do sports or educate themselves are really good here. Quality is kind of key word here to describe the acitivites and mentality.

During the three weeks spent here I had possibility to try and take part in different winter outdoor activities. At the same time we had possibility to see and take part in preparations for outdoor activites. We tried snowshoeing, alpine skiing, fatbiking, skating, tour-skating, winter swimming and Finnish sauna. Also we had organized cultural programme by Finnish hosts at Jyväskylä surroundings. The activities were really well organized and smooth. The most important thing about winter outdoor activities was personal safety. For sure, everybody’s safety is everyone’s own thing to take care of, but it should always come first. Before any outdoor activities we were given instructions what to do and what is not allowed. Safety techniques, movement, keeping eyes open and looking around the area, it all is very improtant. As for equpment, it is basics that it has to be well suited, right size, proper clothing in layers and personal will to do something and learn. These three weeks have been for me as a great learning curve, because I did lots of things fist time in my life during the time spent here. For example alpine skiing, fatbiking, tour skating, snow soccer, snow frisby, cross country skiing. Everything comes down to the basic movement and techniques, will to learn and not to give up. It is not really important how many times you fall down, but how many times you get up. It matters the most and keeps going. In the end, even if some things are hard or tricky, it is still you, who are better than ever before. For me, I got more confidence doing different winter outdoor activities here, and had fun at the same time.

Because of the fact that Estonia and Finland are neighbouring countries and we have lots of in common, we have differences also at the same time. Living standards are totally different, as are the priorities among students. Students here do lots of things by themselves, not so much theory like we have. It all comes down to differences of personalities rather than what somebody likes. Everything is done or not done by free will of the persons and everybody learns to himself, not to the teacher or to the school. Finnish students seem serious about their studies, and it seems for me that vocational training centre is popular here. For example, in Estonia it is not so popular, but in Estonia it is more popular among adult students than among teenagers- Finnish students also can teach you or guide you before any activity  wintertime. It really amazed me how good teachers the Finnish students can be. Also students here do more, classrooms are for briefing, debriefing or for making different summaries or discussing and making plans.

In general it was really good chance that I could take part in Erasmus +  Tourism Winter School program at Gradia Jyväskylä for three weeks. The hosts organized lots of different activities, introducing their country, traditions, food, sightseeing and learning programme. I learned a lot, took part in every session, had fun. I can be proud to have had an experience like this one – one of it’s kind at Jyväskylä.

More information Hanna Syvälahti (at)gradia.fi and Timo Lehtonen (at)gradia.fi