Step into unknown Erasmus world
Going to another country for Erasmus training is not always easy. You have to trust that your course provider is committed to quality. And since there are some many organizations on the market, it’s hard to find out what to expect. We can’t evaluate the others, but we at Primera courses are strongly committed to high quality of your training experience. All trainers work with 3 x 3 framework which means that during the course they engage participants by senses, emotions and strengths.
Qualitative feedback from our Erasmus+ participants
Taking all things together our participants co-create Erasmus trainings so every session is special. And what do our participants say about the experience in Slovenia? Below are their comments. Of course, we wrote only positive ones 🙂
“Your training was great and very useful for me. Sessions are structured really good and there is a nice methodological flow. You have exceptional facilitation skills. My recommendation is to focus a little bit more on a group cohesions and dynamics, maybe using different energizers, so that group atmosphere is formed easily. Beside that, you are a great listener and I like your relationship with a group.”
“Ana pays attention to listening, hearing and understanding. Clear language. Perfect analysis of the situations. Very lovely and professional trainer.”
“You really touched me by being so open and giving good examples of situations/issues from your private life. It was so much extra to all the professional skills and knowledge you have. You are an excellent teacher with a warm heart.”
Qualitative feedback is very important to us as it gives us many ideas for improvement. But we also use more structured, quantitative evaluation that enables us to compare courses and provide you useful feedback for your final mobility report.
Below you can find some of the most important feedback that was collected from the participants in our courses in 2015. We are satisfied, although there is still some room for improvement.
Learning framework by senses, emotions, and strengths
Sometimes you look and you do not see; another time you see without looking. As our brains learn with all senses, we also involve different senses into our training activities. Better memorization, deeper insight and broader perspective are the results of learning by all the senses.
- See: participants get eyes-friendly workbooks, demonstrations, and observations
- Hear: discussions, videos, and music are elements of our day-to-day programmes
- Feel: participants create new materials, test different techniques, and use role-play
Experiencing positive emotions broadens people’s minds and builds their resourcefulness. 3-to-1 positivity ratio suggests having at least three times as many positive emotions as negative can have a lasting impact on our prosperity. By engaging positive emotions we aim to achieve a positive working atmosphere for effective learning.
- Amusement: icebreakers, energisers, games, and half day excursion contribute to positive and relaxed atmosphere for effective learning
- Inspiration: self-reflection, flow, and discussions about transferring knowledge to practice give participants the necessary encouragement for testing and persisting in new ways
- Kindness: help with organizing different practical arrangements such as airport transfer, free time activities etc. bring safety and a sense of being welcome
For long lasting learning outcomes it is not enough just to be a “good” student, meaning read the materials, listen to the trainer and be active during the day. So we build upon participants’ character strengths in order to achieve a strong impact of the training on their competencies.
- Creativity: we employ creativity of the participants by offering different moderation tools. What starts as a modest discussion in first day, usually finishes with strong creative energy at the end of the course
- Collaboration: study-visits, networking, group discussions and guest lecturers contribute to team spirit and learning from peers. Maybe you have already noticed that our trainings are always organized around round tables, so collaboration and open communication is the norm
- Open-mindedness: tolerate is not enough, we invite participants to fully understand different perspectives, attitudes and responses