Dream College - Learning Environments and Vocational Competencies
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 31 Jul 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

DREAM COLLEGE –Learning Environments and Vocational Competencies is a certified staff exchange project which was launched in 2009. The project is coordinated by Ammattiopisto Luovi (Luovi Vocational College) and the Finnish partners in the project are mainly vocational special education institutions. The partner institutions are Keskuspuisto Vocational College, FPD Järvenpää Training Centre, Kiipula Vocational College, Bovallius Vocational College and Seurakuntaopisto. European partners are mainly vocational colleges and local authorities. The theme of the project is the development of learning environments. The role of a special needs teacher has changed from traditional teaching to support the professional growth of the student as a coach. New learning environments make the individual approach possible. The focus in the staff exchanges is to familiarize with the solutions of building learning environments for students with most severe disabilities in partner European countries. The aim is to develop the competencies of the participants and to create possibilities for future development of learning environments in the participating institutions. The learning environments are approached from the view of pedagogical accessibility. The themes include multicultural issues, physical and virtual learning environments and accessibility of working places. The participants are teachers and other staff members who have a lot of experience in working with the students with special needs. The duration of a staff mobility is one week. Altogether 30 mobilities will be arranged in 2014-2015. They will be arranged in groups and all the participants take part in preparation. The partners come from the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. The specific themes for each exchange will be tailored together with the participants and receiving organisation. The concrete results are reports and work books of the exchanges. They will be used in the further development of learning environments. As individual level the benefits can be seen in the professional development of the staff and in comparison of European methods and systems. The experiences of the project will also be used in the building of the international path to staff members. Dream College is linekd to the strategies of the colleges in order to enhance the internationalisation of staff members and skills development.

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