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Please note, the document has been checked for spelling now and small changes made, so this is now Version 2.

This is now Version 6 of the report, with changes offered by various people incorporated. These are marked in red for now, but will later be changed to normal font.



Final Report

Here we have a draft for the Final Report we have to ellaborate during the S.V and send in a month at the end of it.
The following outline will guide the participants and especially the Group Reporter to take notes and complete the document.
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Study visit group report

|| Group No

141
Title of the visit
Log on to education - Improving methodology and teaching techniques through ICT
Topic
Using ICT in learning
City, country
Cordoba, Spain
Type of visit
Study visit
Dates of visit
2 - 6, 5, 2011
Group reporter



Dear participants,
The purpose of a study visit is to generate an exchange of experience and good practice between the country you visit and the countries you all come from. Thus, participating in a study visit can be an exciting experience and an important learning tool for you.
During the visit you are invited to prepare a group report summarising your discussions and learning. This will help Cedefop disseminate what you have learnt to others, who share your interest but did not participate in this particular study visit.
On the first day of the visit, you are to select a reporter who will be responsible for preparing the final report and submitting it to Cedefop. Everybody should contribute to the report by sharing their views, knowledge, and practices in their respective countries. Please start working on the report from the first day of the visit.
You will, of course, be taking your own notes during presentations and field visits; but the group report should highlight the result of the group’s reflections on what was seen and learnt during the entire visit and the different perspectives brought by the different countries and participants. The report should NOT read as a travel diary, describing every day and every session or visit.
Cedefop will publish extracts of your reports on its website and make them available to experts in education and vocational training. When writing the report, please keep this readership in mind: make your report clear, interesting, and detailed enough to be useful to colleagues throughout Europe.
By attaching any photos to the report, you agree to Cedefop’s right to use them in its publications on study visits and on its website.
Please prepare the report in the working language of the group.
Please do not include the programme or list of participants.
The reporter should submit the report to Cedefop (studyvisits@cedefop.europa.eu) within ONE month after the visit.


I. Findings
This section summarises the findings of the group while visiting host institutions, discussing issues with the hosts and within the group. You will be reflecting on what you learnt every day. But to put them together and give an overall picture, you need to devote a special session to prepare the final report on the last day of the visit.
In this section, it is important that you describe not only things you learnt about the host country but also what you learnt about the countries represented by group members.
1. One of the objectives of the study visits programme is to exchange examples of good practice among hosts and participants. Cedefop will select well-described projects/programmes/initiatives and disseminate them to former participants and a wider public, including potential partners for future projects. Therefore it is important that you identify and describe all aspects that, in your view, make these projects/programmes/initiatives successful and worth exploring.
Describe each of the good practices you learnt about during the visit (both from the hosts and from one another) indicating the following:
title of the project/programme/initiative
country
name of the institution that implements it (if possible, provide a website)
contact person (if possible) who presented the programme to the group
whom the project/ programme/ initiative addresses
what features of the project/programme/initiative make it an example of good practice






















































































  • You can describe as many good practices as you find necessary. You can add rows to the table.


2. The study visits programme aims to promote and support policy development and cooperation in lifelong learning. That is why it is important to know what you learnt about such policies and their implementation during your visit. You are invited to describe your findings concerning the following:
2.1. Approaches taken by participating countries (both host and participants’) regarding the theme of the visit. Are there any similar approaches/measures in participating countries? What aspects are similar and why? What aspects are different and why?
2.2. Challenges faced by participating countries (including host) in their efforts to implement policies related to the theme of the visit. What are the challenges? Are they common challenges? If so, why? If not, why not?



2.3. Name and describe effective and innovative solutions you have identified that participating countries (both host and participants) apply to address the challenges mentioned in question 2.2. Please mention specific country examples.
2.4. Assessment of the transferability of policies and practices. Could any examples of good practice presented in this report be applied and transferred to other countries? If so, why? If not, why not?
3. Creating networks of experts, building partnerships for future projects is another important objective of the study visit programme.
Please state whether and which ideas for future cooperation have evolved during meetings and discussions.


TO SUM UP:

4. What is the most interesting/useful information that the group believes should be communicated to others? To whom, do you think, this information will be of most interest?


II. Organisation of the visit


This part of the report will not be published but it will be made available to the organiser and will be used by national agencies and Cedefop to monitor and improve implementation of the study visits programme.

We recognise the value of ongoing feedback as a way of ensuring that the programme is at all times a responsive and dynamic initiative, meeting the needs of its various participants and target audiences. In this section you are invited to give us your feedback on several factors that, in our opinion, contribute to an effective visit.
1. Discuss within the group and check if you agree or disagree with the following statements. Please mark only one box (þ) that expresses most closely the opinion of the entire group. Please use Question 2 of this section to elaborate on your responses, if needed.


All agree
Most agree
Most disagree
All disagree
Not applicable
e.g.
The size of the group was good.





1.1.
The programme of the visit followed the description in the catalogue.





1.2.
There was a balance between theoretical and practical sessions.





1.3.
Presentations and field visits were linked in a coherent and complementary manner.





1.4.
The topic was presented from the perspectives of the following actors of the education and training system in the host country:





1.4.1.
- government and policy-makers





1.4.2.
- social partners





1.4.3.
- heads of institutions





1.4.4.
- teachers and trainers





1.4.5.
- students/trainees





1.4.6.
- users of services





1.5.
There was enough time allocated to participants’ presentations.





1.6.
The background documentation on the theme provided before the visit helped to prepare for the visit.





1.7.
Most of the group received a programme well in advance.





1.8.
The information provided before the visit about transportation and accommodation was useful.





1.9.
The organiser accompanied the group during the entire programme.





1.10.
The size of the group was appropriate.





1.11.
The group comprised a good mixture of participants with diverse professional backgrounds.





1.12.
There were enough opportunities for interaction with representatives of the host organisations.





1.13.
There was enough time allocated for discussion within the group.





1.14.
The Cedefop study visits website provided information that helped to prepare for the visit.





2. If you have any comments on the items 1.1. – 1.14 above, please write them in the box below.



III. Summary

1. Having summarised all your reflections and impressions, please indicate how satisfied you are with your participation in the study visit. Indicate the number of participants for each category, e.g.


Very satisfied

Satisfied

Somewhat satisfied

Not satisfied

Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied




2. What elements and aspects of the study visits do you think could be changed or improved?


3. If there is anything else you would like to write about that is not included in the above questions, please feel free to write below or attach a separate sheet.



Thank you!


Please submit the report to Cedefop (studyvisits@cedefop.europa.eu) within one month after the visit.