Grundtvig Workshop on Collaborative Learning and Active Citizenship

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International Grundtvig Workshop: Collaborative Learning and Sharing about Politics- Digital Storytelling and Web2.0 Tools to Enrich EU Citizenship and Activate Engagement and Dialogue

10-16 April 2011, Chania, Crete, Greece

Interested about exploring ways to express your opinion and be more engaged as an active citizen in the dialog around issues of politics using Web2.0 tools?

A focused Grundtvig Workshop will be organized by the POLITICS project ( aiming at developing skills for using digital storytelling as a tool to create interesting stories based on meaningful dialog about politics and understand the meaning of active citizenship, both on EU and national level.

The Workshop will explore issues such as how digital storytelling can be used to create interesting stories which can be completed with the help of a team and how you can use popular social networking and Web2.0 tools like Facebook, YouTube and blogs to enrich your expression and make your point about your political views.

This 7-day course will include presentations and practical sessions (hands-on labs) on familiarizing with the use of social networking and Web2.0 tools to participate in online collaborative educational activities and create interesting stories based on political issues of interest.


Target groups

The workshop is addressing to:

  • Adult learners interested in being more active citizens both in their country and in EU
  • Immigrants living in the country where the workshop is organized
  • Adult learners interested in taking advantage of the EU policy for mobility
  • Adult learners wishing to learn how to use web 2.0 technologies and social networking tools

Full Description of Training Contents


  • A Web site with: course description, programme, educational material and relevant sites prior to the start of the course, as well as guidelines for travelling.
  • Access to an online educational software environment for creating educational pathways and training material on politics and participating in interactive educational activities

( with personal usernames + passwords for full operation and functionality during the course.

  • slides of the lectures that will be delivered during the training course and course methodology.
  • invitation and guidelines on how to prepare an example educational pathway that includes ideas for interactive activities, in order to evolve this into an educational

pathway with interactive activities during the course.


Citizens in EU member countries draw more and more away from politics. The problem can be pinpointed in the lack of stimulation in society and in education receivede in schools. Citizenship studies as presently taught is far not the most popular subject. It is often seen as boring. As a result learners have a limited understanding of the basic principles of how democracy works lives and how citizen can participate in governing society. Immigrants, having additional learning difficulties due to language and cultural barriers, require much more interactive and appealing ways to learn “citizenship studies”. In an European level, the concept of European Citizen is not clear to everyone. The knowledge of citizens of EU member countries regarding the role they can play in European Union governance, their rights and their obligations, is insufficient.

The course is based on the needs analysis permormed in the context of the EU funded LLP project “POLITICS – Collaborative Online Learning in “citizenship studies” utilising Web2 tools”, which confirms the above conclusions, highlighting the need to take measures that will help the educational process and stimulate interest in participating to the governarnce of EU and each respective member country. The aim of the course is to enable adult learners to develop through the use of web 2.0 technologies a better understanding of how modern society functions and at the same time participate in active online collaborative learning and develop skills in problem solving, communication and language learning and writing skills. The course aims to help vocational/ adult trainers familiarize with the use of social networking and web 2.0 tools, to create interactive educational stories and learning content related to political issues of their interest.


Expected Results

  • Stimulation of trainees’ interest for active participation in the governance of each respective country
  • Stimulation of trainees’ interest for active participation in European Union governance
  • Development of the participants’ creativity, team working skills and ability to interact through multicultural

dialog and the use of social networking and web 2.0 tools

  • Familiarization with new educational methods with the use of social networking and web 2.0 tools


During the weeks following the training course the participants will have the opportunity through conducting specially designed mini-projects to further apply what they have learnt by producing educational resources following the learning objects paradigm and sharing them through the POLITICS portal. The participants will be welcome to systematically participate to the POLITICS project user group. The training team will provide to the participants all the necessary guidelines and support to implement the proposed approaches in their classroom.

Programme of the training activities

The tentative schedule of the training activities can be found here Tentative Schedule

Download the Brochure of the event

Practical Information

  • Download the Practical Guide for travelling, accommodation and training arrangements.

The workshop will take place in Chania. The day of arrival is scheduled for 09/04/2011. The main educational activities will take place between 10–16/04/2011. The end of workshop activities and the departure of the participants are scheduled for 16/04/2011. The participants will be accommodated and catered in a hotel in Chania, Crete that will be selected for this purpose. The workshop will be hosted in a conference room in the same hotel.

  • About Chania

Chania ( is the second largest city of Crete ( lying along the north coast of the island. It is situated 70 km west of Rethymno and 145 km west of Heraklion, being one of the oldest cities in Crete, with a rich and tumultuous history. The city has preserved its traditional architecture and most of its monuments from Venetian and Turkish times. The Venetian harbour with its lighthouse and the old town in the centre have bestowed on Chania the reputation of the most picturesque city in Crete, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.

  • Transportation to Chania

There are three possible ways for arriving to Chania by air :
-Direct flight from Hometown to Chania (wherever is possible)
-Flight from Hometown to Athens and then Chania
-Flight from Hometown to Iraklion, Crete, and then by bus or taxi to Chania.

Iraklion is 145 Km (90 miles) from Chania. The bus fare is 9,4 € and takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The taxi costs approximately 73.40 €.

Flights between Athens and Chania are offered by:
-Olympic Air, tel +302103550500
-Aegean Airlines

Fees & Selection

For EU participants: Applications from all EU Member States (including Turkey, Croatia and FYROM but not Greece since it’s the hosting country) are accepted until Wednesday 20/12/2010. Selected application will receive a Grant covering all travelling, accommodation and participation expenses.

  • The Workshop organiser will select candidates according to selection rules which have been approved by its Lifelong Learning / Grundtvig National Agencies. These include rules on the minimum number of learners from a number of countries.
  • A brief guide on how to apply for the course with all the related documents is available here.
  • In case of selection the participants have to:

i. attend the Workshop
ii. comply with all arrangements negotiated for his/her participation and to do his/her best to make the Workshop a success
iii. fill in and sign a final evaluation form at the end of the Workshop and send a copy of it to the National Agency of his/her country.

  • in case of selection but non attendance: present evidence of force majeure.
  • in case of non attendance and no presentation of evidence of force majeure, reimburse the Workshop organiser of all costs incurred due to this non-attendance.

For Greek participants, please contact the organizers for information about the course fees.

Contact Information

  • For more information please contact the Training Course Organizer:

Nikolaos Marianos, n.marianos[at]agroknow[dot]gr