Multicultural collaboration makes us stronger

Ideas for Moodle use, teamwork, cultural exchange, new friends – these were claimed as the main benefits for participating at the 1st VOCAL short-term staff training event that took place in Kaunas, Lithuania between 8-12 May.

24 participants from VOCAL partner institutions worked together to acquire competences on digitalization of quality learning resources and on designing online and open collaborative learning activities. They were working on the VOCAL Moodle platform, familiarising themselves with different features of the system supporting collaborative learning. See the full program of the event here.

At the end of the event we have asked participants to share what their key messages, achievements were that they will take home with them. Here are some of their responses:

“Moodle is more versatile than I thought.”
“Moodle usability and its power in online workshops, all the functions that it has to present content and to assess students.”
“Real workshop training in Moodle, more understanding of different cultural and educational backgrounds.”
“Multicultural collaboration makes us stronger.”
“It´s important to consider the multicultural approach in the learning process and we can use as benefit this diversity between students in the presencial and virtual learning environments.”
“New horizons and possibilities to develop my teaching possibilities. Possibility to learn and to collaborate to create together with international team and different competences.”

The event will be followed by the second short-term joint staff training in September in Heilbronn, Germany.

The VOCAL partnership appreciates and expresses its gratitude to the
Innovative Studies Institute at Vytautas Magnus University
for the great work of organising the training event
and to all the trainers for their dedication and professionalism.