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Workshops 10-11: The international exchange revisited: from a ‘traditional’ study trip to an ‘online’ study trip; Taking it online: working with service users to assess students’ readiness for practice
Friday, 18/June/2021:
10:45am - 12:15pm

Location: Parallel Session 4

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The international exchange revisited: from a ‘traditional’ study trip to an ‘online’ study trip

Maajke Callebert1, Inge Van Delst1, Per Westersø2, Per Svanholm2, Jens Eistrup2

1Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Antwerp, Belgium; 2VIA University College, Aarhus, Denmark

Going on an international study trip with a class used to be a perfect opportunity for students to look beyond social work practices in their own country. Visiting institutions abroad beside interaction and discussion with fellow social work students from a partner university on topics related to labor market and policy, used to learn students to compare facts and figures and to understand why labor market participation and inclusion of vulnerable groups differ from one country to another.

Climate impact, the financial burden of travelling and – of course – the corona crisis forced us to rethink the whole concept of the ‘traditional’ study trip. The solution? A ‘digital’ study trip, named Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)!

In this workshop we take you through our journey of developing a successful COIL by the social work departments of KdG from Antwerp in Belgium and VIA from Aarhus in Denmark. You will discover how COIL is designed and what opportunities it offers. Starting point is a handy checklist which we used as a format to set up our COIL exchange. We will guide you through the different steps in setting up a COIL project and give you interesting tips and tricks based on our experience. Last but not least: this is a workshop, so we build in interaction from the start and will take time to answer all practical and other questions.

Maajke Callebert is lecturer in Social Work with a focus on Labor Market, Inge Van Delst is E-learning expert and lecturer Social Work with a specialization in Training and Development.

Per Svanholm Christensen, Jens Eistrup and Per Westersoe are all lecturer and researchers in social work within the labor market area.

WORKSHOP: Useful methods for collaborative action research (training) with students and service users. Exploring inclusive analog an digital approaches.

Michaela Moser

FH St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Traditional interviews or group discussions are not necessarily the most helpful approaches when doing collaborative action research including students and service useres.

In order to foster lively communication and to help co-researchers facilitating such processes there is a need for more interactive and inclusive methods, especially when including people who have language or learning difficulties ore are not very used to talking in (larger) groups.

The workshop will introduce a number of inclusive analog and digital methods that have proven to improve and foster good conversation in groups of various sizes, encouraging and enabling the involvement of all participants. The methods presented, which are also known under the umbrella term of „Art of Hosting“ will include “Appreciative inquiry” (D. Copperrider et al), “Dynamic Facilitation/Wisdom council” (J. Rough et al) and will be supplemented by a number of digital tools that haven proven to be useful for implementing “analog” methods such as storytelling, brainstorming or mindmapping in new ways.

All the methods presented have proven to be useful to bring about change processes and help people move towards action and activism by focusing on and unveil their strengths and experiences, ideas and possibilities. Pros and cons on applying the methods in research training including students and service users will be discussed, thereby drawing on examples and experiences of their implementation in projects with excluded communities and neighbourhoods in Austria as well as with civil society activist groups and citizen participation projects. This will be combined with training elements in order to get a concrete idea and first hand experience on how to apply the instruments and methods for future projects.

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