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Leading Learning Academy Reciprocal Network
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Since the merger of Dundee College & Angus College in 2013, the new D&A College is undertaking a major modernisation agenda. Through the establishment of a Leading Learning Academy (LLA) in 2013, it aims to realise its new ambition - advancing D&A College's aspiration for excellence in learning and teaching and all of its services, and to facilitate the development of first class professional learning for everyone who works at the College." To help staff to strive for excellence, we aim to provide stimulating experiences & expose them to excellent innovative practices abroad. Therefore this project objective is to introduce a forward looking, modern European dimension to the LLA help to fulfil this ambition by giving 36 teachers and learning professionals the opportunity to undertake professional development through one week European mobility training in Sweden with Bollnas Konnun and Spain with HETEL. They will enhance their continuing professional development, improve their skills, enhance their professionalism and gain cultural awareness through job shadowing and sharing best practice with high performing counterparts in Europe. 3 areas of activity will be: 1. To be open to curriculum innovation in linking with employers in the fields of Care, Sports, Construction, Energy Efficiency & Dance: 2. To learn more about coaching for entrepreneurial attitudes: 3. To learn about mental health counselling for students: In addition staff will gain new competences such as: - enhancing/developing intercultural skills; - becoming more aware of the rich cultures within partner countries; - developing linguistic & EU knowledge through interaction with European colleagues. They will validate the learning experience using ECVET & CPD recording. D&A College will gain by: - establishing a longer term programme of sharing best practice with like-minded organisations in Europe through reciprocal projects in the future; - further building on partnership with Bollnas & HETEL, as strong partnerships make for better future opportunities for staff and students. The programmes for participants will comprise work shadowing and peer learning with relevant equivalent staff in the receiving organisations. These hosting staff will have been selected for their enthusiasm and willingness to participate in a European project. Also they will be highly skilled and experienced in the area of work they are interested in. A Preparatory phase to be organised by D&A College will include conversational language lessons, cultural awareness, self-directed learning & research. The mobility phase to be planned and coordinated with D&A, HETEL and Bollnas Kommun will include: - Local orientation (transport, safety & local services); - Full induction programme including introduction to hosting organisations; - Work shadowing with selected English speaking hosting staff, observing classes, practical workshops; - Organised discussion opportunities to ask questions and probe in more detail about how things work and the context of what is being observed; - Opportunities for reflection with colleagues to understand and formulate further questions; - Access to internet for regular communication with D&A staff to clarify issues arising; - Visits to facilities/relevant organisations related to the content of the programme -Cultural components - evening and weekend visits to place of local interest; - End of activity reflection. A validation phase will follow as some participants will gather evidence to contribute towards their TQFE qualification. All staff will evaluate and record learning in Hydrogen. Participation is expected to impact on participating staff through improved professional and personal competences such as staff demonstrating new skills in the teaching of enterprising attitudes to their students, staff introducing elements of innovation into their subject areas having learned from the best practice of partners. It is expected that most of the impacts will be felt within D&A College. The College has centres in Dundee, Arbroath, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose plus outreach centres throughout the city of Dundee. Therefore impacts accruing to staff, will be spread throughout the region. As D&A has close working relationships with local, regional and national partners, it is expected that there will be a ripple effect as partners in other colleges, councils, voluntary and statutory organisations hear about the opportunities that have been made available through Erasmus+. The longer term impacts will be the enhancement through internationalisation of the Leading Learning Academy of D&A College and the creation of a strong partnership of like minded organisations reciprocating mobilities to improve the skills and competences of VET staff.

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