ATiT organises, creates and delivers customised training courses for clients in the use of technology for education and training purposes. This includes training in the creation and use of video resources for teaching and learning, the capture and use of audio including radio production and effective use of videoconferencing for communication and learning purposes. It also includes training in media selection, delivery mechanisms and distance teaching.

GINCO Quality Award nomination for video course

The hands-on video course ‘Using video to support lifelong learning’ ATiT organises has been nominated for an award. During the week-long residential course, teachers and trainers from all around Europe create an educational video from scratch. The GINCO Quality Awards, a quality label for adult learner courses where participants apply for a Grundtvig grant to cover their costs, will be presented on 28 September 2012 in Hasselt, Belgium during the international conference “Quality Course Provision for Grundtvig" on 26 – 29 September. The award categories are: ICT use, quality care and validation of learning outcomes, and the winners will be presented as examples of good practice in the conference workshop sessions.

Ministry of Culture staff from southern Iraq and Baghdad complete course in Leuven

30 officials from the Ministry of Culture in Iraq took part this week in a training course organised by ATiT in Leuven in the use of social media. Speakers from the media and political life in Belgium gave talks to the group during the week on topics like journalistic freedom, dealing with the press and government communications. The group visited the European Parliament, broadcasting station VRT and the European Commission and visited local sites and buildings in Leuven.

Hard-working teachers present their educational video clips

13 teachers from Croatia, Greece, France, Turkey, Italy, Romania and Belgium have been working all week in Belgium to create educational video materials as part of the course "Using Video to Support Lifelong Learning". This residential training course is aimed at trainers and teachers who would like to find out more about using video to support their teaching activities and covers the use of existing video as well as the creation of their own materials. A presentation of their outputs takes place on Friday 6 July in the Irish Institute in Leuven. 

First MEDEAnet webinar on topic 'How to integrate gaming in the classroom'

During this one hour free webinar you will get an insight into what it's like to integrate games into your teaching practice. Game-based learning offers a variety of opportunities to teachers to stimulate pupils' engagement and to strengthen their collaborative learning skills. This webinar is aimed at teachers, educators and school directors interested in getting to know more about the different ways in which they can integrate digital games into learning activities. The webinar takes place on Monday, 25 June 2012, from 4 to 5pm CET and you can register for free through this online form.

This webinar is part of a 12-part series of public webinars on topics related to media use in education and training, organised by European funded project MEDEAnet. This project is being managed by ATiT and aims to promote media-based learning to organisations and practitioners through local training and networking events, online resources and knowledge sharing.

Training Workshop for Researchers in Jordan

Mathy Vanbuel from ATiT led two capacity development workshops in Jordan on 18-19 May for the Jordanian Higher Council for Science and Technology. The workshops were on Guidelines on Proposal Evaluation, Selection Procedures of FP7 projects and Individual Evaluation of FP7 proposals.

These workshops were organised in the context of the Program for Capacity Development for the Jordan Research Community funded by SRSF, the Scientific Research Support Fund at the Ministry of Higher Education.

First Course for Iraqi Trainees taking place in Leuven

ATiT is running its first course for Iraqi civil servants from the Ministry of Culture on social media, journalism and public relations this week in Leuven. 25 trainees are taking part from all over Iraq in this course which has been tailor-made for these trainees who will travel to Belgium in groups of 25 in the coming months.The course involves a mix of talks by experienced practitioners, practical hands-on sessions and visits to various relevant institutions in the area including the European Parliament, Television stations and newspapers.

The purpose of this course is to both raise awareness and skills in relation to how social media can be used to support the work of journalists, public relations staff and spokespeople while at the same time exposing participants to the daily practices, working norms and realities of a variety of professionals working in journalism, communications and public relations in democratic countries. Trainees are expected to put their experience in Belgium into practice in Iraq as part of the ovcerall movement of the government towards a more open and participative state.

These courses are organised by ATiT and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe with their partner in Romania, the EU Innovation Center for the Iraqi British Cultural Center Organization located in Baghdad which is part of the Iraq Ministry of Culture. The next group of trainees will travel to Leuven in May.

Creating video for teaching and learning course begins in Leuven

12 teachers and trainers from Finland, Romania, UK, Ireland and Italy are taking part this week in the March 2012 edition of the training course, "Using Video to Support Lifelong Learning". This week-long residential training course which is managed by ATiT and takes place in Leuven is aimed at educational practitioners who would like to find out more about creating and using video materials to support their work. During the week, participants work in teams to crate their own 3 minute educational video clip which is then presented to an invited audience on Friday 23 March. You can find out more about these courses here.

Apply before 16 January for funding for residential training course 2-7 July

Aimed at enthusiastic educators who would like to create their own educational video materials, this week-long residential course organised by ATiT combines theoretical and practical elements and will raise your awareness as to the value video can bring to teaching and learning. On the summer course which takes place from 2-7 July, you will work in a small team to produce your own educational video programme and this process is interchanged with theoretical sessions and visits. The course culminates with a public showcase of the videos produced by the different teams to an invited audience.

Funding under both the Comenius and the Grundtvig programmes are available to cover the costs of this training course as part of the in-service training grant offer. Grants cover the cost of the course, travel and full accommodation.  If you are interested in the July course then apply to your national agency before 16 January. More information about the course and how to apply for funding is available from the ATiT video training course site