On 21 October, EPMA participated in the final international conference of the Agile2Learn project, which it developed together with partners from Germany, Italy and Greece. The conference took place in Larissa, Greece, at the University of Thessaly. The conference was opened by the Rector of the University with a large participation of local and international teachers.
After the presentation of the project and its outcomes, the floor was given to the teachers who participated in the project and were the first to undergo the pilot training. It was an inspiring day during which many experiences of teachers from 4 European countries were presented on the application of agile project-based learning.
All the teachers who went through the pilot training and applied the methods in practice mantioned that the new way of working in the classroom was a great success with the students. Not only did they pay more attention to the work in the classroom, but at the same time they developed their communication, presentation of results, planning work on the assignment, the new way of working allowed them to show and develop their creativity, learn to work in a team, try out their roles in the team and evaluate whether they achieved the goals they wanted to achieve during the implementation of the assignment. In short, the students got a “feel” for working methods commonly used in the adult world.
It was also very positive to find that the new way of teaching had a very effective and positive impact when working with students with learning disabilities. And overall it has had a very positive impact on increasing student motivation.
The conference proceedings can be found on our project website: https://agile2learn.eu/…/university-of-thessaly…/