Creative Hub – Continuous Audio-Visual Upskilling Among Cultural Operators
Erasmus+ Project, 09/2020 – 09/2023
KA204 – Strategic partnerships for adult education
In partnership with:
- Event Production Ltd (BULGARIA);
- National Palace of Culture (BULGARIA);
- Level H Ltd (BULGARIA);
- Innovation Frontiers (GREECE);
- Asociatia Scoala Inovatiei (ROMANIA);
- Association for Arts and Audio-Visual Production KODA MODRO (SLOVENIA).
The EU’s goal of reaching 15% adult participation in learning by 2020 is far from being attained. In some countries the adult participation rate in learning is as low as 1.5%. According to Eurostat estimates based on the Adult Education Survey, employers are among the most common providers of non-formal education and training – more than 80% of the training provision. Report “Live skills” (2018, EACEA) finds radical structural changes that are currently taking place in the cultural industries. The digitization in the sector and the introduction of new technologies impose the development of “T-shaped skills”. According to the Institute for the Future, (2016) the ideal worker in the cultural industries of the next decade is “T-shaped”. This means that they have a deep understanding of at least one field but have the capacity in the broader range of disciplines. This requires willingness to continue learning, far beyond the years of formal education.
The project general objective is to upgrade audio-visual and technical skills of adults through development of educational resources in an online Open Educational Platform for the needs of the cultural sector.
Project specific objectives are:
1) Enhancing coherence of knowledge and expertise in adult learning, through integration of existing training practices;
2) Improving the access to high quality digital learning materials in the field of audio-visual and cultural sector, through ICT;
3) Supporting the European cultural and creative sector for using the non-formal and informal adult learning, through providing interactive digital e-learning platform.
The identified groups which will be targeted throughout the project implementation are:
Employees in the cultural institutions and operators, responsible for the audiovisual and creative productions.
Unemployed adults interested in the cultural/creative field.
Trainers and educators in audio-video and creative skills.
Transnational project meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria
The project partnership of the project Creative Hub has gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria for holding its first Transnational Project Meeting. The Covid restrictions has delayed the meeting for more than half a year, and on 20 July 2021, we were lucky to meet and discuss the project activities, as well as have some time to know each other and exchange know how.
The partnership meeting was organized by the project coordinator and was hosted by the project partner – the National Palace of Culture. We have made a project activities review, where the project coordinator, as well as the experts of Event Production have took part. The project has already developed the MPV of the software platform and the analysis and development of the OERs is ongoing. The leading experts have presented their work, while some of them participated online. The hosts have also taken us on a tour around the National Palace of Culture’s most prominent event halls.
We have also shared a dinner together and had a great time chatting and planning future projects.
We are looking forward to the next TPM and hopefully will have the chance to implement the meetings as per the planned timeframe.
Transnational project meeting in Athens, Greece (October 2021)
The project partnership gathered for its Transnational Project Meeting in Athens, Greece. The meeting was held on 30 October 2021 in a spirit of friendship and joy. The venue of the meeting was Athens Cypria Hotel, and all project partners participated (only Ioana from Romania was present online, due to the pandemic restrictions).
As per the proposed Agenda, the meeting was opened in 10.30, after arrival of all participants. The meeting was following the agenda, sent to the project partnership, as following:
Updates of project activities.
Analytical work and completion of the analysis questionnaires
E-learning platform – features and tools
Practical aspects of the e-learning platform and upload of educational resources
Follow up and plan
The project coordinator has made a review of the activities state of play of the project activities. The presentation of the current activates state of play was followed by a discussion. The review and analysis work was fine-tuned through the presentation of the information gathered by the questionnaire sent by the leading team from Bulgaria. The partners were also informed about the methodology for the collection and systematization of the gathered information through an excel table, where each partner will insert their information. Shared space on Google Drive was created and shared with all.
The e-learning platform tools and features were presented by Alex. The partnership also voted for the logo – Variant 5 – to represent the online training platform. As the landing page of the platform was also created, Alex also explained the information inside – https://creativehub.center/.
Training was led to the partnership regarding the e-learning platform and features. Registration of user-profiles and demonstration of the tools was practiced among the partners.
Transnational project meeting in Bucharest, Romania (April 2022)
The project partner Asociatia Scoala Inovatiei kindly organized and hosted the Third Transnational Project Meeting in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting took place on 30 April, and followed the meeting agenda:
- Updates of project activities
- Review of the developed categories – Light
- Review of pilot video tutorials – Category Light
- Upload of OERs in the training platform
- Review of the partners forthcoming tasks
At first, the project coordinator reported the work, which is completed up to now – the Analysis and shortlisting of the existing educational resources. The Analysis is already published on the project webpage. The project has also completed the software development of the learners and trainer’s toolsets and features on the training platform, available here. The Methodology for transfer, as well as the Assignments for the OERs and the software.
Currently, the project partnership is in a process of developing of the Open educational resources, consisting of 4 main features – theory, practical exercises, video tutorials, and a library. The Open educational resources have 4 main topics for development – 1. Sound: Sound Recorder, Sound Designer, Sound Manager, Sound Engineer; 2. Light: Light Designer, Lighting Manager; 3. Filming and live performance: Film Editor/ Video & Film Editor, Camera Operator, Mixing Manager, Production Assistant; 4. Creative: Artistic Director, Graphics designer, Multimedia specialist. The theory and the practical lessons in the category “2. Light: Light Designer, Lighting Manager” have been developed in Bulgarian, and translated into English – uploaded to the respective language versions of the platform. The video tutorials have been started for development, and the introductory video has been uploaded and presented to the project partners, located on YouTube.
Tentatively, the Fourth TPM is decided to take place in Split, Croatia, in the period 6-8 October 2022. The final TPM will be held in Maribor, Slovenia in the spring of 2023, followed by Multiplier events and LTT in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The partners are presented with the idea of making common KA1 mobilities in the Adult Education sector, for utilizing the built platform and training adult learners.