On April 18th, 2016, Universum College organized a Teaching Workshop as part of the dissemination activities regarding the development of teaching resources by the academic staff. The event was organized with the intention of presenting the teaching resources along the innovative teaching methods which have been developed as part of the ConSus Project. Furthermore, the Teaching Workshop served as a great opportunity for stakeholders, who have been actively involved in the project, to share their experiences and give feedback on how the cooperation could be improved.

The Chief Executive of Universum College, Mr. Alejtin Berisha, opened the event by welcoming the participants and gave an inspiring speech about the importance of collaboration between science and society. Moreover, he encouraged the staff to continue developing new resources in order to provide a better learning experience for the students. The event continued with presentation of teaching resources by authors Uran Rraci and Yllka Hoxha.

After a brief description on teaching resource development took place, participants partook in a brainstorming event where they developed project proposal for new resources that could be used in the future. The event continued with a presentation from each group and an open discussion regarding future collaboration.

The even concluded with a brief from Resource Responsible, Uran Rraci, who encouraged the participants to further develop the resources and informed them on what are the procedures to incorporate the teaching resources in the Consus platform.

foto4Agriculture University of Tirana (AUT) organized a ConSus Teaching Resources Workshop on 14th of April 2016. Participants in the workshop were representing institutions from academia and the society. Lecturers from AUT (existing TRs authors and potentials authors), lecturers from other partner Universities (Polis, UAMD and UET), as well as representatives from civil society. Students were also invited to the workshop and encouraged to share their experience in terms of TRs.

The Head of International Relation office in AUT, Arben Verçuni opened the workshop and welcomed all participants. In his presentation was emphasized the importance of the Consus project’s activities and outputs to the teaching process at the University. Following the agenda, Prof. Asoc. Dr. Endrit Kullaj and Prof. Asoc. Dr. Rozeta Hasalliu presented their teaching resources. They shared their experiences in the CONSUS project, the challenges of implementing the innovative methods as part of their curricula as well as their involvement in trainings.

Two representatives from civil society organizations, part of CONSUS Network, (RAF) Rigers Bakiu and (ECO-Environment Durres) Magdalena Cara were invited to share their experience on science-society cooperation. During their presentations they pointed out the importance of creating such networks and how the network can make a contribution to a sustainable development of our country. The representative of ECO-Environment Durres mentioned the degradation of our lands (especially agricultural lands) due to the extensive use of pesticides. She stressed the need for greater collaboration between universities and society, in order to use the pesticides in a sustainable way and create a better environment for the generations to come.

In another presentation Orjon Xhoxhi continued on the main idea of the ConSus Project, the deliverables as well as the up-to-date achievements. He focused on the innovative teaching materials developed by AUT lectures, the importance of including in our curricula society stakeholders as well as issues of sustainability and innovation. Following his presentation, Orjon started a discussion with the participants about the need to develop and implement interactive teaching methods. During this discussion, the participants shared their views and pointed out what method they liked the most. Also students took part in the discussion by highlighting the methods that they thought would change their way of learning.

A group work was then held in the second session of the workshop, according to the explanation provided from Orjon Xhoxhi.

foto3A ConSus Teaching Resources Workshop was organized at the European University of Tirana on 14th of April 2016. Participants in the workshop represented institutions from academia and society. Prof.Asoc.Dr Elvin Meka, Vice Rector for Teaching Processes in UET stated the importance of the Consus project’s activities and outputs to the teaching process at the University. Another presentation on the main idea of the ConSus Project, the deliverables as well as the up-to-date achievements was delivered by Ketrina Çabiri.

Dr. Besarta Vladi elaborated the importance of Education for Sustainable Development – ESD, the role of education and its importance. During the workshop UET lecturers: Erika Melonashi, Irena Myzeqari and Ina Zhupa presented three different teaching methods and challenges encountered.  A representative from a civil society organization, part of CONSUS Network, (IDM-Institute for Democracy and Meditation) was invited to share her experience on science-society cooperation.  During the workshop Alda Abazaj, student at UET explained the impact of teaching methods on the course she attended last semester in UET. Other participants raised issued concerning the importance of teaching methods and the way they should be implemented further by other professors which are not part of CONSUS project. 

foto02On 13th April 2016 Teaching workshop was held at premises of University Haxhi Zeka in Peja as part of the Working package 5. There were invited 33 persons, 6 from society, 7 students and 20 lecturers from University and members of the consortium partners from Kosovo and QSKN.  We got 24 persons in the workshop.

According to the agenda the opening of the Workshop was done by Rector Fadil Millaku of the University Haxhi Zeka. The Rector welcomed the participants and promised to support the initiative for further development of the teaching resources. He also saluted the initiative for network establishment that will happen on May.

Two authors presented their teaching material to the workshop. First, Theranda Beqir presented the TR with tile “Implementation of labour law against discrimination”. Theranda explained how she intends to incorporate the TR into her curricula. The second, Vjosa Hajdari presented the TR with title “Eco Products”.  Vjosa explained how her TR can be incorporated in different courses that are held at UPHZ. Moreover, she explained how she think is best approach to  use her TR.

As part of stakeholder the Veton Mujaj, Director of NGO Syri Vizion, made a presentation on how his organization is working in Sustainable development projects. He described one project to audience, how they work on monitoring the democratic institutions. Moreover, the explained other project that is related to education, especially with professions regulated by law.

After the presentations, we have followed with World Café.  The team leaders where advised according to the instruction that Package leader has provided. The main think was how to incorporate new methods in lectures and new proposals for teaching resources. During this task the groups presented the new ideas. For example, the ideas that were introduced are:

  1. Teaching children environment sustainability
  2. Promotion in workplace for women
  3. Urban mobility for Peja city
  4. Touristic packages with sustainability approach
  5. Branding the local products

Photo 1A CONSUS Teaching Resources Workshop was organized on 4th of April 2016 at Riinvest College with participants from Riinvest College, participants from NGO and Businesses and students.  A special emphasize was given to the importance of Education for Sustainable Development (SD) and to increasing awareness for the changes needed in teaching and learning strategies to include SD. Three resources were presented by Riinvest teachers which can be found in the platform. Sustainability see the links, SD in the pharmaceutical Sector and Smart City Lighting through Programming. One resource was presented by INDEP and three additional resources were proposed to be developed in the future after participants explored the methods handbook to conceptualize future resources.

Teachers who tried these resources suggested that the teachers need to establish cooperation with stakeholders, assign evaluation elements to resources and divide a big resource in two several activities if they want the resource to be replicable by other teachers in different situations and from different countries. Stakeholders valued the cooperation and they are interested to contribute in the future. From the student perspective learning about SD confronted with the conception of the definition in business to refer to financial sustainability. The SD concept was well introduced with several activities and was supported by stakeholder cooperation through being able to listen to different lectures, being able to ask questions, integrating knowledge gained through integration in assignments and through participation in stakeholder programmes related to SD and through the student entrepreneurship club to apply for a sustainable business idea. Another benefit from the experience was to gain critical thinking skills, communication skills, and became aware on local and global SD issues.

In the second part of the workshop the Methods Handbook developed by the project partners was introduced through a methods activity developed by BOKU. Participants created mixed groups with teachers, stakeholders and students. Participants read short descriptions of methods (Fieldwork, Problem Based Learning (PBL), Environmental Calculators, The Canvas Model, Educational Games, Mental Maps, Scenario Analysis, Sustainability Bingo etc) and evaluated them according to purpose, group size, time needed and social setting. After they analyzed methods they worked on a resource idea which was presented to the plenum.

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