Online training workshop for international trainees

A screenshot of the intro page of the CERTIFY Digital Storytelling Handbook

Despite the current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 trainees from the 6 European partners’ countries, 12 months after the first Learning mobility in the UK at the end of 2019, on Wednesday 16th December 2020 had the opportunity to kick-off online their second training activity.

Online training with participants from the 6 partners’ countries.

The training event was led by Dr Antonia Liguori from the Storytelling Academy at Loughborough University and focused on various elements of the Digital Storytelling process with the aim to co-produce part of the contents for the CERTIFY Handbook.

In particular, participants have explored the following questions:

Why is Digital Storytelling good for employment?

How to develop prompts to run a DS workshop on a specific skill (such as creativity, collaboration, flexibility, self-management)?

How to give specific feedback on stories for each individual skill?

CERTIFY training participants sharing ideas on padlet.

At the end of this first intense and very positive online session, it was agreed that trainees will work in sub-groups to focus on one specific skill and run online digital storytelling workshops for the production of stories that will be shared to the whole group on the 11th of February.

The groups are organised as specified below:

Austria and Greece will work on Flexibility;

the two teams from Italy (Istituto Luigi Sturzo and Siena Art Institute) will work on collaboration;

Belgium and Lithuania on self-management;

the two teams from the UK (Loughborough and DeMontfort University) on creativity.

We hope to have the opportunity to complete the training in person in Rome from the 19th to the 23rd of April.

Good progress during our team meeting “in” Belgium

Despite the current travel restrictions due to the impact of COVID-19, the CERTIFY project team decided not to postpone the meeting in Belgium and to hold it online.

There were, in fact, many issues that the team had to discuss as a group and for a longer time than the usual monthly online catch-up meetings.

The CERTIFY Project Team on Zoom during what was supposed to be their meeting in Belgium.

Very good progress was made on all the Intellectual Outputs currently in development, and in particular on the Research Report, now ready for translations in its short version.

Lucia Colonna, a researcher from Luigi Sturzo Institute, presented the Output in its final draft and shared very interesting results extracted from the surveys, the interviews and the 6 national contexts.

The conceptual map of the survey.

The Report will be shortly available to download from our Project Outputs webpage.

The virtual environment had some positives too: in fact, the team had the pleasure to work again with Dr Lyndsey Bakewell (in the group photo with baby Wren), from De Montfort University, during one of her “keep in touch” days while still on maternity leave.