Aihearkisto: ECVET

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

 

Yrittäjyyskasvatuksen kehittämistä kansainvälisesti

Iso joukko ammatillisen koulutuksen yrittäjyyskasvatuksen ja kansainvälisyyden kanssa tekemisissä olevia ihmisiä kokoontui Jyväskylään 19.1.2018 esittelemään em. teemoihin liittyviä hankkeita ja kehittämistoimia.  Tilaisuus oli erittäin keskusteleva, siitä kiitos kaikille oppilaitosten sekä mm. Kaakkois-Suomen ely-keskuksen ja Koulutuksen tutkimuslaitoksen edustajille.

Seminaarissa esiteltiin useiden  oppilaitosten toteuttamia yrittäjyyttä ja kansainvälisyyttä yhdistäviä hankkeita. Yksi esillä olleista hankkista oli pohjois-irlantilaisen Norther Regional Collegen koordinoima VITAL – vitality, innovation, teamwork, achievement and leadership, jossa Gradia on myös mukana. Hankkeen toimijat Mari Seppänen (sote), Ahti Tunturi (kone- ja tuotantotekniikka) sekä opiskelijoiden työpajaan 2017 osallistunut ensihoidon opiskelija Niko Laakso kertoivat hankkeen tavoitteista ja toiminnasta.

Päivän antia tarkalla korvalla kuunteli  myös Jyväskylän Ammatillisen opettajakorkeakoulun koulutuspäällikkö Juha Hautanen. Hän summasi päivän päätteeksi antia seuraavasti:

Mitä on yrittäjyys? Se on ympäristön aktiivista seuraamista, mahdollisuuksien havaitsemista ja niiden hyödyntäminen. Yritys on vain yksi tapa toteuttaa sitä. Siihen tarvitaan rohkeutta ja erityisesti sitä. Pitää ottaa vastuu omasta elämästä. Yrittäjyys on aktiivista toimintaa. Siksi myös sen opiskelu on sitä.

Leave the building (Steve Blank):  Luokkahuoneessa on vaikea oppia yrittäjyyttä.  Siellä on asiakkaat. Meidän tulee tarjota turvallisia paikkoja yrittäjyyden harjoittelemiseen sekä siinä onnistumiseen ja epäonnistumiseen. Vähän kuin vauvaa tuetaan kävelemään oppimisessa. Tunne asiakkaasi. Mitä he tarvitsevat, mutta myös mitä sellaista he haluavat, mutta eivät osaa sanoa.

Keskity oppimisen suunnitteluun opetuksen suunnittelun sijaan. Oppilaan tavoitteiden saavuttaminen on kaikkein tärkeintä ja opettajien tehtävä on auttaa siinä. Jos hän ei tiedä mitä hän haluaa, niin meidän tehtävä on auttaa sen määrittelemisessä. Siinä voi käyttää hyväksi mm. Guy Kawasakin Sweet Spot määritelmää.

Yrittäjyys on matka omien unelmien saavuttamiseksi. Oppilaitokset auttavat tulkitsemaan sen, mitä maailma tarvitsee, mutta ennen muuta kehittymään hyväksi osaajaksi.

Yrittäjyys on osa nykyistä ja tulevaa opettajuutta. Se on valmentavaa  ohjausta. Oppija vastaa omasta tulevaisuudestaan ja oppimisestaan ja opettaja tukee sitä. Silloin myös opettajan tulee yrittäjähenkinen. Se tarjoaa mahdollisuuden myös opettajalle matkustaa kohti omia unelmia. Silloin voi vaikuttaa omaan työhönsä vaikuttaviin päätöksiin, voi käyttää ja kehittää omaa osaamistaan sekä tehdä todella merkittävää työtä tukemalla toisten haaveiden toteutumista.

Yrittäjyys on kansainvälisyyttä, sillä se ei tunne maantieteellisiä eikä poliittisia rajoja. Sitä tehdään siellä missä asiakkaat ovat. Sitä tehdään monipuolisten osaajien kanssa. Heidän kansalaisuuksien kirjo on enemmän rikkaus kuin rajoitus.

Kansainvälisyys on myös rohkeutta. Rohkeutta kansainvälistyä, kohdata ja kokea uusia ihmisiä ja kulttuureja. Kansainvälisyys on myös reitti uusiin innovaatioihin kuten Richard Florida todistaa. Kansainvälisyys on myös osa uteliaisuutta. Ilman uteliaisuutta ei mitään uutta synny.

Yrittäjyys, kansainvälisyys ja oppiminen luovat hyvinvoivan tulevaisuuden.

Lisätietoja: Rea Tuominen, kv.suunnittelija p.6159

 

Network of Networks in Glasgow

35 members from 16 VET colleges and four other organisations came together on Monday 2 October in Glasgow for three consecutive days of discussions and sharing project ideas. The Finnish network was represented by staff from all four VET providers Tredu, Varia, Salpaus and Jyväskylä.Jyväskylä Educational Consortium was represented by Chief IT and Quality Officer, Hanna Rajala and International Coordinators Milka Niskanen and Rea Tuominen.

Network of Networks is a cooperation forum of five national networks; Finn Net from Finland, The Dutch Alliance from the Netherlands, Colleges Partnership from West Scotland, Colleges NI from Northern Ireland and HETEL from the Basque country in Spain.

Topics discussed during the first project workshops were among other things: skills mismatch, digitalisation, continous professional development of VET staff, preparing VET staff for a less classroom based future as well as collaboration for improving commercial income streams.

More information Rea Tuominen

Nature Tourism in Finland

Tourism Activities programme has hosted the first official international study module on nature sports tourism in Jyväskylä 14 August – 8 September 2017. 

Teachers Hanna Syvälahti and Timo Lehtonen, led by Programme Manager Eeva-Liisa Hjelt, have created a 3-4 week module that integrates the incoming students into a Finnish class and immerses all participants into the possibilities of Finnish nature tourism. The incoming participants were 9 learners from SŠGT Celje High school for tourism (Slovenia) and 5 learners from BBS Wittmund (Germany).  The concept has been tested and developed in previous years, with participants from Germany, Estonia and Italy.  The programme this time included e.g. kayaking, fat biking, nature trails, Finnish food and sauna culture, a variety of summer activities as well as great events.  For the Finnish students the module has also been an excellent opportunity for Internationalisation at Home (IaH).

The module is developed based on the current teaching programme at our college with the help of the ECVET recommendation to facilitate easier validation and recognition at the sending organisations. The module is described in terms of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) and the assessment is done in a valid, reliable and transparent manner.

The expected learning outcomes of the module were:

  • to use appropriate equipment in different situations (various outdoor activities)
  • to take care of equipment (maintenance)
  • to take care of different venues (preparatory tasks, service, cleaning, maintenance)
  • to utilize sector specific language in customer service situations and guiding (English)
  • to take responsibility for guidance
  • to take care of own safety and to take care of customer safety (theory of safety plans in practical assignments)
  • to co-operate in his/her working community, to work in a team
  • to assess his/her own work and actions

The  development of the module will continue in the Winter School which will take place in March 2018, when the Ma17b class  will study nature tourism activities in completely different conditions with another group of incoming Erasmus students.

Photos courtesy of SŠGT Celje

More information:

Teachers Hanna Syvälahti (at)jao.fi and Timo Lehtonen

International Coordinator Rea Tuominen (at)jao.fi

Tourism Winter School

Who are you and where do you come from?

We are a group of six students from East Frisia in Germany. Our names are Angelina (24), Fenna (25), Nadja (27), Imke (23), Julia (23), and Deike (23).

What are you studying?

We are in the second and third year of a school for business administration with the subject tourism in Wittmund, Germany. We learn a lot about marketing, accounting and the management from companies, especially tourism companies like tourist information, bus companies or hotels.

Our school includes three work placements, each of them takes 6 months. We can collect many experiences in that time.

What have you been doing in Jyväskylä?

We were on a school for tourism and did many interesting things in Jyväskylä. The special attention was sustainability in other European countries, how to do tourism activities in bigger groups and how to act with problems while guiding a group. We did many winter sports like snowshoeing, fat biking and cross-country skiing. We were doing some sports we have not done before and we have collected great experiences.

How long have you stayed in Jyväskylä?

We were in Jyväskylä for two weeks. (11.03.-25.03.2017)

Do you think the time has been too short (why?), too long (why?)

It was a perfect time for winter tourism. The time was not too long or too short. It was very physical to do all the kinds of sports all day but in the two weeks we had the chance to do some sports two times to assure the skills.

What have you learned during your stay?

At first, we learned how to work in a group and of course the new sports. As a second aspect, we learned lots of the culture and the people in Finland. It was awesome to become friends with some classmates, to spent time with them and to be in another country.

What have been the best moments during your stay?  

The best moments were definitely the excursions to different places, the flexibility of the teachers and the program, the different kinds of sports and the people. Our class became more a class like before the trip and we are now a good team. The people we met were also great, they were so nice to us and it will be a pleasure to meet them again.

Give three tops and tips (based on your own experience) to someone who is planning to come to Jyväskylä. How should they prepare? What should they do/see/visit/experience?

  1. Visit the tower of Jyväskylä. You will have a great view of Jyväskylä and the lakes around the city.
  2. Go to an Ice-Hockey game. The spirit is incredible.
  3. If you have, the chance enjoy a finish sauna and go after it into the icy lake to cool down.
  4. On a nice clearly evening in the right time, you have to see the northern lights.

More information Timo Lehtonen and Hanna Syvälahti