On 27-28 February, the HELP2 team met for the third transnational meeting. This time in Coimbra, Portugal. We used the wonderful hospitality of the Faculty of Medicine to discuss pressing issues and plans for future steps. The main concern of the meeting was to prepare materials and modules for the piloting phase, as we need quality feedback from students and teachers to launch tried-and-tested results. Issues regarding Moodle functionalities and platform development were also a topic — there has been a great leap forward from the Moodle version used in the previous project. We want to deliver an appealing and modern tool for learning languages and intercultural skills so taking the advantage of the current technology is a must. The meeting received some attention from the local authorities and press (page 8) as well. The corona-virus situation may delay the piloting phase, but the commitment of the team ensures the results will be useful and of high quality.
The second transnational meeting took place at the wonderful university of Targu Mures, Romania, on 11-12 June 2019. The two-day agenda was opened with a positive evaluation by Pro-Kompetenz from Germany. The team went on to discuss the module development plans: the Polish partner presented the module style guide and the general didactic approach, the Czech and Slovak partners summarized the dissemination plans and strategies and a detailed workflow, and the Portuguese partner introduced the piloting plans. Great emphasis was laid on the development of the Moodle learning platform under the Bulgarian team from Varna. We also signed the IPR contract and mainly the sustainability agreement which gives HELP2 at least 12 years of life in the virtual space. We enjoyed the great hospitality and the green campus of Targu Mures University and set off to bring you the best possible results!
The project team met for a kick-off meeting in Klaipeda, Lithuania, from 11-10 December 2018. The event started with a conference entitled: Foreign Language and Intercultural Competence: A Challenge in Healthcare Education and Practice, held at the Klaipeda University. Speakers emphasised the need for a good-quality language education for the healthcare and shared their experience from academia and practice. The programme offered an opportunity to present the outputs of the previous HELP project and the goals of HELP2, with testimonials from Erasmus+ student mobility as well as the possibility to integrate the HELP learning programme into curricula. You can have a look at the programme here. A video report for a local TV from the conference:
Over the follwing days, the aims for the upcoming period were set and the team is eager to start developing the new thematic modules. New features of the Moodle platform were presented and they promise a substantial improvement in the design of the modules and interactive exercises.
We will be happy to show more as soon as the first modules are out!