Convincing Erasmus+ application form is the only thing that separates you from participating in your chosen mobility. However, filling all fields in honest, coherent and logical manner takes some time. Since your answers in the application form will be an object of evaluation, we prepared a short introduction to the most important chapters.
European development plan is probably the most important part of the application. Here you need to show clear link between needs of your organization, course objectives and implemented activities after your mobility is already finished. To make things easier for you, we dedicated special blog post to this topic.
Description of the project includes more than just presentation of your training. You should focus on the objectives that are accomplished during the whole project: preparation of mobility, participating in the course, dissemination of material, integration of new knowledge and newly developed outputs in your organization. We recommend you to show that partnership with course provider is strong and serious. You may want to mention intensive adjustments via e-mails, Skype calls, meetings at contact seminars or previous cooperation in KA2 projects.
Participant profile is dedicated to participants of KA1 mobilities. If you already know the names of persons who will go abroad, present their expertise and training needs. Some national agencies prefer that people from the same organization visit different courses, so they can bring back complementary knowledge.
Learning outcomes chapter is about development of competencies during the mobility. This output should be provided by course organizer. Every course is unique, so we wrote 9 special sections for 9 special courses. You can find some very useful contents below the title “Which competencies will you acquire…?” near the bottom of each course page. European Union likes to hear that you’ll present certificate as a proof of newly acquired knowledge. Please keep in mind that Primera Courses can assist you in filling up the Europass certificate documents.
Preparation for your mobility includes description of your travel plans, accommodation, insurance, safety, visa (for Turkish citizens), mentoring and preparatory meetings. We’re happy that we live in one of the safest European countries that lies in the middle of important transport corridors. You agency would also like to hear something about preparatory Skype calls, assigned mentor of the group and booklets with detailed information about the country.
Project management should describe practical arrangements between course provider and course participants. We recommend you to sign special agreement with course provider before you visit the course. This can help you to avoid unpleasant situations with not getting what you paid for. Normally similar document contains learning agreement between coordinator and course participants. Here you can specify course schedule, payment details, dissemination obligations and activities for implementation.
Preparation of participants is mostly done by coordinator of mobilities. You can think about quick language courses or buying special books that are connected with course topics. If you visit us, you should mention rich preparatory material and additional information gathered via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/erasmuspluscourses).
Main activities chapter contains description of all planned mobilities. There are also other fields to fill, where you should mention Skype meetings with course providers, frequent contacts between coordinators from hosting and sending organization and regular updates about your mobility with apps like WhatsApp. You should look for the courses that dedicate enough time to transfer of learning contents to your workplace. At Primera courses we organize something like short team coaching session, where you talk about development of competencies and implementation of findings into practice.
Impact and dissemination are two very important chapters. You should dedicate a lot of time to present everything you can do and everything you want to do. Some additional hints can be read from our informative blog post Dissemination in KA1 projects. One very important media to consider is our Facebook page. During your mobility we regularly publish interesting and highly visible posts that you can use for your dissemination needs as well.
Evaluation chapter comes the last, although not the least in importance. Here you can focus on evaluation of the course. As we are curious about the quality of our courses, we always dedicate a lot of time to qualitative and quantitative feedback at the end of the course. If you wish, you can receive the results of our evaluation questionnaire. You should also consider wider measurements that are resulting from the project. Among the things to consider is number of students that enter new curricula, number of newly initiated projects, level of satisfaction with new teaching methods and numbers of people you reached with your dissemination activities. You can also write about more distant criteria like competency assessment or special peer appraisal.