VIBES releases instructor guidelines for implementation of its outputs

VIBES releases instructor guidelines for implementation of its outputs

Over the course of the project a set of trainings have been developed for use in high schools and universities across European and international higher education spaces. These trainings tackle issues of communication dynamics, culture, ways of working and management and digital well being in virtual teams. Training courses are developed in scalable manner that allows their tailoring to competence training of target groups and accompanied by a rich collection of instructor resources such as reading materials, digital teaching tools and resources relevant for pre and post class activities. Carefully compiled into VIBES toolbox, these resources and prototype course provide a free and ready to use content & methodologies for all those interested in virtual team working skills development among high school students and university students at bachelor and masters levels.

The training materials developed by VIBES consortium are provided free of charge to all prospective instructors. They come in self-guiding and self-explanatory form and cover a number of issues relevant for in-classroom and virtual delivery such as length of session and its individual parts, tools to be used, methods to keep student attention, the palette of exercises and reading materials of different difficulty and pre and post training assignments. The materials have been fine-tuned through a piloting procedure undertaken in the second half of 2022. Feedbacks collected this way have allowed the consortium to fine-tune individual parts of training and the prototype course as a whole. The valuable inputs collected this way have now been collected      into current guidelines for implementation and use of project results.

The collected experiences constitute the pillars of this document –      the guidelines for the use of project results. Their aim is to provide prospective users with some practical, experience-based insights gathered through piloting and initial implementation of developed materials. The guidelines cover a wide range of topics from organisation of training over tips for communication with target groups and participants, recruitment and group management. Particular attention was given to issues of blended learning and experiences gathered through online transmission of training. These experiences are crucial for delivery of trainings during challenging periods such as recent Covid pandemics or in groups of remote participants. Finally, the guidelines provide advices on increasing participant motivation as well as lessons learned through collection of participant feedback.

While providing starting point, these guidelines are not definite rules for implementation of VIBES training. Prospective users are encouraged  and invited to experiment and enrich with their own ideas. In this process we point prospective users to VIBES living hub and its rich pool of knowledge and resources. As a living tissue VIBES is intended to grow and develop through implementation and co-creation with each iteration of the VIBES programme.