In February, 22nd – 24th, 2018, the SoIL seminar and workshops in Bratislava took place. Teachers and experts in education had the chance to get to know the SoIL methods.
The event offered for participants two possibilities of attendance. The intensive three-days seminar was open for twenty teachers, twelve from all parts of Slovakia and eight from Romania. They all received full funding for their stay and together they got to know the SoIL methods.
On the first day, Gosia Kwiatkowska from RIX Research and Media at the University of London introduced the Universal design concept and their activities with Multimedia Advocacy. Karl Bäck from atempo taught about useful Digital apps. On the second day, expert Sonja Giersberg led a workshop on Easy to read. Last but not least, two teachers and two students from the innovative school ESBZ in Berlin, Stephan Zick, Pascal Possler, Jurek Marten König and Minh Ken Truong presented the Learning space and the whole educational concept at the ESBZ school. Present have been also project coordinators Stana Schenck and Eveline Wiesenhofer and they gave an introduction about the SoIL project. Moreover Thomas Tröbinger from atempo presented the evaluation of the SoIl Methods.
Beside the intense seminar, all SoIL lecturers offered workshops also in a three-hours format. This enabled that another more than 20 teachers and experts from NGO´s, academia and the State pedagogical institute attended one (or more of) the SoIL workshops.
The seminar has been organized by the Slovak partner of the SoIL project; Centre for the Research and Culture (CVEK).
All participants of the intense seminar filled out an evaluation questionnaire at the end of the seminar.
The majority stated, that all the presented methods have been interesting for them. The most interesting has been Learning space (15x very interesting, 4x interesting) and Digital tools (13x very interesting, 5x interesting). On a scale of 1-very interesting and 4-not been interesting; Universal Design had in average 1,9, Multimedia advocacy had 1,75, Digital tools had 1,45, Easy to read had 1,85 and Learning space had 1,3.
Digital apps have also been evaluated as most applicable in their everyday school life (11x fully applicable, 7x partly applicable). On a scale of 1-fully applicable and 4-not relevant; Universal Design had in average 2,05, Multimedia advocacy had 1,9, Digital tools had 1,45, Easy to read had 1,7 and Learning space had 2,1.
Regarding the seminar organization, on a scale of 1-fully satisfied and 4-not satisfied at all the time schedule had 1,35, hotel and meals had 1,4 and communication with seminar organizers had 1,2.