Voices from the field
On Friday 15th May the FeedBack project partners hosted an online evaluation event to find out what people think about the outcomes of the project. Eight participants from four different European countries (Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and the UK) shared their opinions about the FeedBack Toolkit that they have tested in the past months.
The discussion showed how the practice of art-based feedback can enhance the teaching and learning experience, both for teachers and students, and that they really appreciated the way that creative activities can help communication, where it’s not always easy to find the words.
Check out what they said here.
A fabulous international workshop
Taking our next steps to design new learning resources, Regenerus hosted an international training event for teachers, trainers and facilitators at the Investment Centre from 17th to 21st June 2019.
Participants from the UK, Portugal, Italy and Slovenia, including Nikki Thomas from local organisation the Venus Centre, shared their perspectives of feedback, tested a range of arts-based learning approaches which can be adapted to create a more effective feedback experience and were introduced to the beta version of the Digital Tool Kit currently being developed by project partners.
We invited local organisations Ykids and the Liverpool John Moores University Student Enhancement Team to present their feedback challenges, so our trainers could apply their learning, putting their new knowledge into practice to design new art-based solutions to real scenarios.
And WOW, did our participants get creative, doing their research, appreciating each context and considering the ‘actors’ to come up with some fantastic ideas, which our case study organisations were delighted with.
The FeedBack project is all about developing the practice of feedback using arts-based learning approaches. Learning resources will be useful to educators, trainers in formal and non-formal learning environments and also to HR professionals.
The workshop was also an opportunity to begin to build our community of educators who will be seeking out opportunities to apply the learning approaches developed during the project in different educational contexts.
Our new state-of-the-art report
The Feedback project is all about developing the practice of feedback using arts-based learning approaches.
Partners from the UK, Portugal, Italy and Slovenia have been working collectively to review the landscape, and to build a picture of current research and thinking around the topics of both effective feedback practices and arts-based learning.
We invite you to take some time to read our introduction to the practice of feedback to enhance learning through arts!
It’s available here: http://www.thefeedbackproject.eu/
The overall aims of the Feedback project are to create innovative learning resources to strengthen the practice of feedback, supported by arts-based learning methods and deployed through different digital media, methods and techniques.
Learning resources will be useful to educators, trainers and managers and HR professionals in non-formal learning environments.
Partners are now setting out on our next steps to begin designing new learning resources, and we will be inviting an international group who will be visiting Liverpool this summer to test them out.
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Regenerus a key partner in new Feedback project
Regenerus has added a second major European-funded project to its portfolio.
We will be working with partners in the UK, Portugal, Italy and Slovenia on the new Feedback project.
The main goal of this project is to improve how people provide feedback as part of the learning cycle, whether this is lecturers commenting on student assignments, course leaders helping community groups complete workbooks as part of their vocational learning, or managers conducting staff appraisals.
We are already involved with different partners in Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Latvia on the Tomorrow’s Land project, which aims to provide support to people with innovative new ideas to solve social problems.
Both initiatives are co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
As well as Regenerus Feedback involves UK organisation Inova in Coventry, Advancis in Portugal, Politecnico de Milano in Italy and the International School for Social and Business Studies in Slovenia.
The project will explore how the process of feedback can be improved using arts-based learning methods such as design thinking, animation, the visual arts and digital storytelling.
These learning resources will then be made freely available on an easy-to-use digital platform to educators, trainers and HR professionals who are working with learners in both formal and informal situations.
Key elements of the project will include the production of a state-of-the-art research report, the creation of online learning resources and a final international conference in Slovenia.
Ruth Livesey of Regenerus commented:
“Good feedback is vital in terms of people learning positive lessons for the future from an assessment of their work.”
“However, educators and trainers are not always confident about providing this feedback in a way that will be most beneficial to their students or colleagues.”
“That’s where Feedback will come in, helping educators to develop their practices in new and different ways, encouraging more imagination and collaboration, and enhancing the learning experience for both trainers and learners.”
“We’re delighted to be working on this second European project,” added Ruth. “It’s giving us more opportunities to strengthen our networks, and to expand our knowledge by exchanging experiences and perspectives with partners across Europe.”
To find out more about the project click here