Introduction to Project Management

Introduction to Project Management

Project management is an essential skill-set for many careers and in many contexts in our lives. Introduction to Project Management is an ideal starting point if you need to manage projects at work or at home, while not necessarily being a formally trained project manager. It is also suitable if you are considering undertaking a project in the near future and are seeking to learn and apply essential project management knowledge and skills.In Introduction to Project Management, you will learn practical ways to use project management skills, whether your project is large or small. You may join edX for Free of charge online course given by the professors from Adelaide university, to explore how you can benefit from using project management techniques in your own projects.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #26-2018 – Competence building

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #26-2018 – Competence building

Competences building is an issue of the crucial importance for having any progress, in any innovation aspect, for all the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). Competence building and education via blended learning, and particularly via Three Pillars Blended Learning (3P-BL) approach, is the option for the OCTs, but it is also a competence building option for the Small Island Development States (SIDS) and rural areas and remote areas of the developing countries. There is a lot of work to do for having this concept fully embraced, especially a lot of work on developing on the case by case basis different blended learning competence building schemes with the optimal use of the new technologies. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck

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An Anguillan educational innovator in Finland – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

An Anguillan educational innovator in Finland – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Njeri Richardson-Carty who started up Branches of Learning Inc., an innovative educational company in her native Anguilla, has just begun her Erasmus for Entrepreneurs (EYE) mentorship at the Council for Creative Education (CCE) in Tampere, Finland.

Njeri is one of several of applicants from the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) to be recently accepted by the European Union funded Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme which provides the opportunity to develop innovative business skills in another country.

Open to those with three or less years in business, it places nationals from OCTs with an experienced business mentor for between 1-6 months. The host must be either in an EU state other than the applicant’s mother country, or in other various participating countries. A bursary of €1,100 per month includes a return flight and accommodation although OCT applicants are advised that may have to find additional funding to meet living expenses during their EYE mentorship.

In addition to a list of 27 Member States, applicants can select a host company in the following list of countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, and Ukraine, the United States.

Njeri is settling in at the CCE: ‘Thus far all has been great. I’ve been researching and preparing in the capacity of training coordinator support for my first Finnish/Creative Education Tour with a group of Nigerian Educators, allowing me to visit and observe in Finnish Schools as well as present my expertise in the area of special education.”

CCE’s motto is, “redefining education through creativity”. The organisation  provides tailormade teacher training and school development programs from pre-primary to higher education.

“My ambitions for Branches Of Learning Inc. is be the premier model education institution in the region providing creative and innovative education solutions for K-12 students, teachers and parents. We will provide innovative education programming that will create learning environments that develop children, teachers and parents to be effective communicators, competent problem solvers, self-directed learners, responsible citizens and quality producers as they prepare to meet the dynamic needs of an exponentially changing landscape of education,” says Njeri.

Njeri says that she found it challenging to find mentorship locally and regionally to allow her to get hands on experience in the field of creative education: “This opportunity provides an international opportunity for mentorship with not just one person; but an organisation with creative and innovative minds in education research and in Finland, a country that is known for its phenomenal education system.”

“Finland is known to be one of the best places in the world in regards to education, education transformation/reform over the past 40 years, showing record progress towards creative and innovative learning opportunities for children, which is a pillar of the Branches Of Learning mission and vision towards adding value to education through innovative education solutions in our student programming, teacher leader training and parent/community advocacy,” she adds.

“The EYE programme provides a win-win collaboration where both the host entrepreneur and myself are able to develop personal learning goals and objectives to meet needs and learning potential for our businesses and help us to do business in different innovative ways by opening ourselves to the expertise and perspectives of each other. In the long-term, the wide networking opportunities could lead to long-term business partnerships, joint ventures and so much more, creating impact world-wide in regards to creative education,” she says.

“Naturally, networking will be a benefit from the experience. The fact that the Council for Creative Education (CCE) is an international company with global connections that will allow me to network with persons with similar interest in creative education across the world as the research field grows.”

“I hope that this experience will allow to develop all sectors of Branches Of Learning Inc. and the development of our multi-purpose center which will develop an early years academy in the future built on many principles of the Finnish system but with cultural relevance to Anguilla and the Caribbean region becoming model institution and offering after school programme options. In the long-term, I hope to collaborate and consult locally and regionally with the Council for Creative Education in supporting their reach into this targeted area of the world to expose more education professionals to the research and practice of creative education,” says Njeri

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Educational Innovation from Brussels

Educational Innovation from Brussels

CHANG ZHU is Professor of Educational Sciences at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Free University Brussels). Her research focuses on the use of educational innovation in schools and in higher education and the study of related cultural, contextual and individual variables.

Professor of Digital Education Chang Zhu is certain that the university will retain its usefulness in the future especially through support  of lifelong learning and finding flexible ways to support many kinds of mature learners.

We are very proud having opportunity to cooperate with Prof Chang Zhu on the issue of Three Pillars Blended Learning for the EU Overseas Countries and Territories. Read more at Chang Zhu & Education Science & VUB

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Elaboration d’une carte d’e-formation adaptées aux perspectives de développement de Wallis-et-Futuna

Elaboration d’une carte d’e-formation adaptées aux perspectives de développement de Wallis-et-Futuna

Dans le but de faciliter l’intégration des jeunes sur le marché du travail, le gouvernement de Wallis et Futuna a compris qu’il est essentiel proposer une offre de formation en adéquation avec les besoins futurs de ses territoires. Le territoire des îles Wallis et Futuna, pleinement conscient que les difficultés de communication entre enseignants et étudiants et le manque de supervision peuvent être des freins à l’apprentissage, met en place un système d’apprentissage à trois piliers. Ce système d’apprentissage, qui s’appuie sur la combinaison des trois composantes d’enseignement en face-à-face, à distance/en ligne et par la pratique, s’adapte d’avantage aux caractéristiques et besoins spécifiques des PTOM.

La faiblesse économique locale rend difficile la mise en place des formations pratiques pourtant nécessaires pour disposer d’un apprentissage mixte à trois piliers. Ce frein, oblige le territoire à concevoir un système d’apprentissage proposant des formations à distance sur le territoire et en face à face pour certaines filières spécifiques et à envisager des partenariats et une collaboration avec les territoires voisins pour assurer une formation pratique et un apprentissage en faisant. Avec le raccordement au câble numérique TUI-SAMOA et l’arrivée du Très Haut Débit, le territoire des îles de Wallis et Futuna sera en mesure de multiplier et de diversifier l’offre de formation disponible grâce au e-learning et à l’e-formation.

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Sustaining the natural environment

Sustaining the natural environment

Sea & Learn on Saba is a non-profit foundation that brings together the local community, diverse nature experts and visitors to understand the value of nature, both worldwide and locally on Saba. Sea & Learn’s objective is to reinforce the importance of protecting nature and educate the potential safe-keepers in order to sustain viability of Saba’s eco-tourism product and other environments throughout the world. Since 2003, a month-long event takes place. Due to their efforts in learning and life long learning approach and capacity building, Lynn Costenaro, the Managing Director of the Sea Saba Dive Center and Sea and Learn Organization is likely to be nominated for OCTA Innovation award.

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Bringing university to Bonaire

Bringing university to Bonaire

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck appreciates that Bonaire’s innovation pilot project is bringing university to island and directly supporting development of capacity-building and education. For higher education it is bringing possibility to work directly with WUR as well as with other mainly Dutch universities. It is opening doors not just for having different universities to be present on the island, but also for implementing the most modern way of education, having three pillars blended learning education. By having part-time EU high quality professors of different specialisations on the island, and mixing that with learning-by-doing and distance learning, Bonaire is really getting the most efficient, highest quality education on the island. At the same time, this approach should be implemented not only at the university level, but also on other levels, including professional level and long-life learning.

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Apprentissage mixte dans les PTOM

Apprentissage mixte dans les PTOM

Il est largement reconnu que l’enseignement constitue un facteur plus important, pouvant entraîner le développement durable des communautés et des pays, stimuler la croissance économique et promouvoir la coopération régionale.

Avoir un bon niveau d’éducation couvrant tous les niveaux et tous les types d’éducation est un défi de taille dans les pays et territoires d’outre-mer de l’Union européenne qui rencontrent de nombreux problèmes en raison de leur isolement, de leurs populations généralement restreintes et de leurs territoires souvent largement éclatés.

L’Université de la Polynésie française a relativement de très bonnes capacités, mais malgré cela se heurte à des problèmes importants au niveau du territoire : des territoires éclatés- la Polynésie est un territoire avec 118 îles, ainsi que l’éducation dans deux langues officielles.

La mise en œuvre du système d’apprentissage mixte à trois piliers (l’apprentissage en face-à-face, l’apprentissage en ligne et l’apprentissage en faisant) semble une solution pour renforcer les capacités dans les PTOM, augmenter la compétitivité et établir des économies prospères dans des sociétés inclusives.

La même approche pourrait être mise en œuvre dans le cadre de la coopération régionale du Pacifique ou même plus largement au niveau de la coopération de tous les Pays et Territoires d’Outre-Mer.

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