Aihearkisto: kotikansainvälisyys

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

 

We and I culture with Rijn Ijssel

The week before our mid-term break we had the pleasure of hosting ten visitors from the Netherlands. They came from one of our core partners, Rijn Ijssel VET College in Arnhem. The visit was a follow-up of several of our guidance and support staff having visited Arnhem in the recent years. The theme of this study visit was  to explore the various elements in student centered support systems in the Finnish VET. The programme included many visits and lots of discussion on themes such as avoiding drop-outs, individualisation of learning and transition from comprehensive education to upper secondary education.

 

 

 

 

 

On the final day of the visit, the visitors themselves were put in ’the driver’s seat’ and they arranged a workshop on cultural differences – on the topic of we and I cultures – for the staff of Jyväskylä College and the five German trainee teachers that had been doing their placement with us for three weeks by then.

At the end of the day we also arranged an extensive feedback session for the visitors and asked them to share their thoughts on the visit and what they had learned. Here are some of their answers:

What was new?

  • entrerpreneurship
  • flexible start of studies
  • own path/ individual learning/ focus more on individual than group
  • practical learning at school
  • the flexibility of the whole system
  • possibilities in education also for adults / lifelong learning easier
  • closer relationship between teacher and student
  • free breakfast and lunch
  • respect for teacher, each other, environment and buildings

What surprised you?

  • same problems with the students e.g. drop-outs, attendance
  • self-reflection at such an early age/ spending a lot of time on self-reflection
  • no national tests/exams
  • students are quiet
  • great equipment
  • education is free
  • validation of previously acquired competences ( holiday jobs, social activities)
  • no grade/ exam pressure
  • personal help and support of the teacher for their students
  • calling  the teacher by their first name

What will you do? What kind of an impact will your visit in Finland have on your thinking, actions, way of working and/ or your organisation?

  • changing school and lessons into a place the students like to go to
  • individualize teaching more
  • value traditions but also appreciate changes
  • self-reflection for teacher and students
  • focus on skills (still missing) and (not so much) on what students already can do
  • introduce team teaching to my school
  • introduce self-reflection
  • lower the distance between teacher + team + counselor
  • long term goal:  start a course on entrepreneurship in my school
  • make more use of what students do in their free-time and side jobs

I want more! What would you like to happen next?

  • learn more about the matter of self-reflection
  • continue exchange with the purpose of learning from each other
  • learn more about education systems in Europe
  • (have a system where students can) start education any time
  • start pre-vocational programmes (valma)
  • make a project on avoiding dropouts
  • create warm, open, flexible individual learning paths without using so many hours for the inspections
  • international exchanges

A lot of food for thought! The next step of this cooperation will take place in November when Principal Pirjo Kauhanen and Programme Manager Minna Ahokas will visit Rijn Ijssel. During this meeting the memorandum of understanding between the two colleges will be renewed, and who knows, perhaps some of the issues mentioned above will also be discussed?

More information

Minna Ahokas (at)jao.fi

Rea Tuominen (at) jao.fi

Five Trainee Teachers from Germany in Finland

 

Moi,

We are five vocational trainee teachers from Hessen in Germany. We came to Jyväskylä in the end of September 2017 to get to know the Finnish vocational school system.

The School

From our point of view, JAO is a huge school with a lot of educational departments and opportunities. From the beginning onwards, we felt very welcomed and everyone was helpful.

As we all have different subjects, we were able to get an overview of the different locations. Milena,  who has nutrition and biology, was mostly at Primus working in the hotel, catering and service classes. For biology, she was able to go to the Schildt Upper Secondary School. Silke was mainly located at Viitaniemi in hairdressing and went to the Secondary School at Harju with Religion.  Nicole went to Kukkula working with the practical nurses in health care and English. Nadine mainly worked with bakers in Viitaniemi in nutrition and with chefs and high school students in English. Kristin was in the business department with her subjects business administration and English, and among others, got to know about visual merchandising and entrepreneurship at Viitaniemi.

For us, it was especially interesting how the system of individual learning is implemented into the Finnish vocational system and we are able to take lots of ideas home to our classes. Moreover, the programms VALMA and OKSA were very interesting for us.

In the beginning, the students were very shy, but they opened up a little after seeing us around more often. Especially in the practical lessons, it was easier to get into contact with the Finnish students.

The Finnish Language

For most of us, the Finnish language was something very new when we arrived and it still seems extremely difficult. But we were eager to learn some Finnish and therefore visited a foreign class that taught us some Finnish. In return, they wanted to learn some German and decided that Finnish is the easier language for them, which made the teacher very happy. It was a very funny lesson, as there were so many different languages and cultures in the classroom and we still managed to communicate with one another.

 

 

 

 

 

Impressions of Finland

During the three weeks, we used our weekends to travel to get to know different sides of Finland. Firstly, we arrived in Helsinki. Then we went to Rovaniemi to visit Santa Claus, the reindeers and the arctic circle. Our last weekend, we spent in Turku to see the archipelago and to have a traditional sauna with jumping into the Baltic Sea.

We are very grateful for being able to enjoy this great opportunity and learned so many new things. Thanks to everyone who helped to make our stay as special as it is.

Moi, Moi.

Milena, Silke, Nicole, Nadine and Kristin

More information

Rea Tuominen, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium

Ralf Hölzer-Germann, VET teacher training institute in Hessen

 

 

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