Times are changing… New realities arise, and adaptation has become one of today’s most urgent objectives in many different areas. Remote working realities are prompting us to also accelerate the development of new learning pathways.

The ETUI education department is rapidly evolving in its eLearning strategy. Nevertheless, as our training approach has always been focused on interaction and exchange, we have kept this dimension in mind for planning and developing our eLearning programme. Moving towards a blended learning approach is one of our targets in the development of our current work-programme.

Our department has extended the objectives of our current programme. There is a growing need of increasing the frequency of existing courses, accelerating the development of new forms of online learning on new topics. Our learners should feel confident with working in our online learning environments and this is why we are reshaping our courses in ways that will stimulate our learners to move forward in a confident way and at a steady pace.

One of the biggest challenges we have ahead of us is planning our pedagogical training programme, which is mainly aimed at upskilling professionals and building on their capacity to work in intercultural environments at the European level.

We are now designing two of these online courses: Developing Intercultural communication competencies and Active learning methodologies. Both courses are developed through a tutor-based e-Learning modality to foster exchange and cooperation among participants and tutors.

The Intercultural communication course is designed to help European trade unionists to be better equipped to implement and improve their practice of cross-cultural communication. Through exploration of a range of pedagogical tools (within the design of both the online component and the face-to-face format), participants will expand their awareness of cultural differences experienced nowadays, and will learn how best to approach and handle these in a diplomatic and professional way.  What will be transversal throughout the learning pathway – in both its online and face-to-face components - is self-analysis and reflection: participants will not only explore facets of their own culture, but be exposed to, and learn about, many elements of other cultures too.

The active learning workshop is part of our pedagogical offer every year. Taking a new format this year, this online course is intended to develop design and facilitation skills for professionals linked to training and learning development. Participants will acquire state of the art practices in learning methodologies and technologies. Capacities will be strengthened in the instructional parameters: analysis, design, development, and evaluation. Emphasis will be put on the design of participative training by leveraging on the use of information and communication technology for learning. Learners are expected to develop their own facilitation toolbox with different methods, go through different stages of the learning management cycle and draft parts of a learning module and analyse their own practices as facilitators and learning developers.

A lot more is on its way! Stay tuned and follow us.