CoCOS Multiplier Events
Five conferences on co-creation in education were planned to be held during the spring of 2020. They were intended to be organised in F2F format and a minimum of 30 people were envisaged to participate in each national event. During the conferences project partners as well as educators, students and experts who had taken part in the F2F training and the following pilots had to share their experience on the co-creation with other stakeholders.
Due to the COVID-19 pаndemic and the restrictions imposed by the governments in the partner countries the partnership made a decision and came up with a new approach towards the events.
Our New Approach
For each project outcome webinars were recorded in English and then translated and adapted in Bulgarian, Dutch,Slovenian and Spanish.The videos provide information about the project and instructions how to use the developed materials, methods, platforms,guides and etc.
In addition all partners provide a live component. Where country regulations allow for face-2-face gatherings, hands on trainings are planned to be conducted throughout the summer. For other countries online Q&A live sessions will guide participants through the CoCOS-project and allow for online interactions.
The Multiplier Events that were planned in Belgium (held by the project coordinator Artevelde) and in The Netherlands (held by Pro Work) are organised via an online format. The Dutch spoken recordings are available online and in July and August, both the Dutch and Belgian partners organise alive webinar where a short summary will be presented and questions about the project can be asked.
To reach as many stakeholders as possible and to present the results inmost suitable way the Slovenian partner LUV decided on a blended approach preparing video recordings through which they will reach a broader audience and organize small events to provide support and additional information.
Therefore, following online event, they will invite stakeholders to in-person open events where they will use the developed resources and have additional face-to-face interactions with the teachers attending the training and already using the co-creation approach in classes.
Jaitek (Spain) organises the event online providing the set of presentations in Spanish and a Q&A live session. The interested participants are requested to register and it is noticed that a number of people outside EU (from Centre-South America Countries) also have registered for the event.
The Bulgarian partner NTCenter plans the multiplier event in online format. All recorded videos will be available in Bulgarian on the dedicated page on the CoCOS website and a Q&A session also will be provided.
Challenges and Opportunities
With the pandemic and the vast majority of resources moving online we recognise the major challenge we face is having overemphasized the video/online experience, thus minimizing in-personand F2F interaction. At the same time online webinars give opportunity to reach a great number of potential stakeholders, making more substantial impact and providing path for sustainability of the project results.
The CoCOS Project
CoCOS is a European Erasmus+ KA2funded project that has as a main objective to apply the mindset, methods and tools gleaned for open source development to the co-creation of course content. In a number of diverse pilot courses we will test out and evaluate our experiences with open educational resources (OERs), open source platforms and freely available web tools explicitly designed to reduce course management during co-creation.
The consortium consists of six Europeanpartners:
- Artevelde University College (project lead), Belgium
- Ljudska Univerza Velenje, Slovenia
- National Training Centre, Bulgaria
- Jaitek Technology and Training, Spain
- Foundation Knowledge Centre Pro Work, The Netherlands
- Ghent University, Belgium
For more information about the multiplier events and the specific details on how to register for the sessions in Bulgarian, Dutch,Slovenian or Spanish language follow us on https://www.cocos.education/multiplier-events/