Training

There will be four training activities:
- a first training in Targu Jiu hosted by Ecaterina that will have just terminated the development of the UPPScience platform and it will therefore be an active training in the use of the platform tools thus giving exposure to all the partners and
- three other training activities in Rome, Antalya and Malta that will also build on the project activities  already ongoing in the project including the building of the critical mass of members in the CoP and start up of the dynamic of research, publishing, and peer review.

The training is an important part in the timeline of the project because it is part of a sequence of steps in the development of the UPPScience concept:
i. introduction to the CoP concept for newcomers,
ii. establishing the new augmented CoP dynamic,
iii. introducing all partners to research culture in VET, early HE and enterprise,
iv. giving format and structure to research activities through non formal training,
v. giving non formal training in peer review and
vi. setting cross border activities in a non formal learning environment and forcing the hand of individuals and their organisations to take on the culture of publishing, peer review and quality standards in education through the practice.

Training activities in UPPScience are part of the project being geared towards immediate impact.
Much has been said about instilling the research culture in education but the partnership acknowledges  that research does not come naturally to practitioners in education and students in early HE. This is the result of a number of factors:
- teaching is not usually considered an academic profession (at least in practice) and therefore professionals in VET would more often than not assume that research is not for them,
- teaching and training do not very often leave time and energy for learning and research especially if it comes from one's own initiative and if carried out alone,
- publishing is generally equated with long papers that are the result of extensive research and
- students in early HE think research is for later on in their studies and  for the purpose of thesis, dissertation and wherever it is demanded by lecturers in University.

The training activities in UPPScience will include:
- training in using the technological tools that UPPScience will create to facilitate profiling, publishing and cross border peer exchange,
- training methods and quality standards for self- assessment,
- training in peer review and in the validation of creativity, innovation and research sustained content of good quality and
- training in the adoption of the UPPScience methodology as a quality strategy by policy makers and lower decision makers in VET and in HE.

The locations of the training have been chosen with thought.
The location of Targu Jiu is where Ecaterina will host the first session just after it has finished the development of the UPPScience platform.
The locations of Rome and Antalya have been chosen because there is a cluster of partners in Italy and Turkey, facilitating lower costs in mobilities and easier engagement of more local participants. This characteristic also pertains to Targu Jiu because of the presence of a number of partners from Romania.
The training in Malta was chosen on the basis of availability of low cost flying and lower cost of accommodation.
In spite of these considerations all four training activities will be trans national to give the cross border dimension to the CoP at all times which tallies with the spirit of UPPScience.

Training will be delivered by the leaders and partners involved in IO1, IO2 and the leader of IO6.
In IO1 there is the setting of parameters, standards and the publishing / peer review practice.
In IO2 there is the generation of the critical mass of the CoP and the establishment of its philosophy and dynamic.
In IO6 there is the creation of content for the gallery of research publications.
It stands to reason that the partners will therefore also be the experts delivering the training since the delivery is also considered in this project to be the implementation of the outputs in question.

The four training activities are the events when all or most of the partners come together.
In the coordination meetings only the 10 partners leading the project will take part whereas in the training all partners meet, get to know and network with each other and this within the discipline of a CoP. 
It is a unique opportunity in which the individual participants live the CoP experience in a manner that enables them to share the culture of research and publication with their peers back in their organisation.
The project foresees that every partner nominates an Ambassador of Change to support and foster the research culture and the adoption of the UPPScience culture within their school or body as support to the training activities.Targu

Targu Jiu, March 2018 Rome, May 2018
Malta, September 2018 Antalya, January 2019

 

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