Example of a difference between goals, needs, activities, outcomes and impact in Erasmus+ KA1 projects
In this blog we offer you a concrete example of the difference between learning needs, goals, outcomes, activities and impact as it is used in all Erasmus+ mobility projects.
Drafting Erasmus+ KA1 mobility project might cause some difficulties in understanding terminology used by Erasmus+ programme guide. The same terminology as in Erasmus+ programme guide should be used by applicant in their application form.
We explained the terminology and ideas for drafting arguments in different other blogs on our webpage www.erasmusbyprimerasupport.com. In this blog we only use a concrete example to explain the difference.
One of the biggest mistake you can do when writing Erasmus+ mobility project is that you choose your course by location. Imagine yourself as an evaluator reading KA1 application with courses at the most prominent touristic spots across Europe. It is hard not to think that the main goal of the application is to get funds for participants' touristic aspirations.
Evaluators will give you high points, if your selection of courses will reflect actual needs of your school aligned with the Erasmus+ programme priorities.
Show evaluators how selection of your courses reflects your needs and Erasmus+ programme priorities.
Yesterday I received a question in my inbox: Blanka, thank you for your e-book. Do you have a winning idea for the next KA1 deadline?
The winning idea has roots in your school needs. Always! However, it is important to communicate your idea in the KA1 application form using Erasmus+ language. In the process of writing your application see:
1. Erasmus+ programme priorities and
2. national priorities of your national agency.
Then think, how can you present your idea through the lens of those priorities.
Here are the 2020 Erasmus+ priorities for school education (from 2020 annual work programme, p. 43):
Brexit is expected to lead to many changes for Erasmus+. However, the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK is not yet known. People keep asking us whether they can include mobilities to United Kingdom into their KA1 application.
Improving accessibility of international courses involves enabling participants with low level foreign language skills to follow the course. In all those years of providing international courses for teachers we came to a conclusion that a low level of foreign language skills need not prevent teachers from attending mobility projects. Quite the opposite, in fact. Sometimes participants with low foreign language skills can benefit even more comparing to other participants. If all the stakeholders (participant, course provider, fellow teachers) put an effort into helping them, those experience can be really unforgettable for all. Here are some best practices and advices for improving accessibility of international trainings for teachers with low levels of English.
Success does not just happen. It is planned for. And it is the same with Erasmus+ mobility projects. Preparation of participants is one such key to success. In the application process your task is to convince evaluators that you will take care for your participants and not just leave things to go with the flow. Here are a few ideas for a systematic preparation that you can offer to your participants. Preparation covers several areas and is task-related, intercultural, linguistic, and risk-prevention.
Your project has to be relevant to the objectives of the Erasmus+ programme. Description of your project will be relevant if it reflects the following objectives in the field of education and training:
Besides the objectives above always check the priorities of your national agency. National agencies have the right to set country specific priorities that might be important in your context.
Align your objectives of your mobility project with the objectives of the Erasmus+ programme and priorities of your national agency. State clearly where the alignment lies and do not let evaluators to look for alignment because they do not know the project as well as you do and also, they do not have the necessary time for that.
Aligning objectives of your mobility project with the objectives of the Erasmus+ programme includes arguments about the outcomes. Show in your application form how your mobility delivers the learning outcomes below.
Throughout the years of working as Erasmus+ KA1 course provider we gained a clear picture of how does a high quality KA1 application form looks like. We are happy to share our insights in order to increase the quality of international mobility projects in the field of teacher training.