Strategic Partnerships within the ERASMUS+ program promotes the realization of innovative, tangible and transferable products to a wider audience, called Intellectual Output (IO).
The IRENE project, in addition to its management and communication phases, involves the realization of four main Intellectual Outputs:
IO 1 – A comparative study among different partner countries
IO 2 – A selection and collection of articles, publications, and educational and research materials
IO 3 – An online learning platform
IO 4 – A definition of a model for a pilot International Course
The final event of the project will take place in Venice and will be organized at the ”San Bernardino” Institute of Ecumenical Studies in March, 2023.
Timeline: December 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
Activity: a questionnaire/interview outline in English will be developed by the partners as a common basis for conducting a survey in all 6 partner countries. The questionnaire will be translated by the partners, each in their national language. Each partner will conduct the survey in their own country by interviewing or submitting it to at least 15 religious educators/teachers active in education for religious dialogue and diversity.
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Final Output (Intellectual Output - IO 1): all information collected will be compared and synthesized into a narrative report about the comparative study. It will be elaborated by UEF (Finland) and the Institute of Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia based on materials collected and provided by each of the partners and then published on the project's digital platform (IO 3). The report will be used as a basic analysis to elaborate the planned 4-week pilot training course (Greece, Estonia, Italy, Finland) (IO 4) and supporting teaching materials (IO 2) that will be published on the electronic platform.
Communication: main results of the comparative study (extracted from the report) will be posted on the project's Facebook page and on the partners' websites and social media pages; they will be presented during the residential weeks and final conference. In addition, partners will use their local networks to disseminate these results (university networks, bachelor’s and master's programs, other educational institutions, but also organizations in the civil society, especially those dealing with religious diversity).
Timeline: July 1, 2021 - April 30, 2023
Activity: each partner will propose two articles/texts as teaching/training materials as a response and consequence to the training needs that emerged in the previous phase of the survey and comparative study, as well as best practices and teaching methods that were used (IO 1). The University of Thessaloniki is in charge of the collection of all contributions, which will be linked through an introductory and a concluding text and later transformed into a common English-language e-book publication. Each partner will then provide adaptation and translation of the e-book version into their own languages.
Final Product (Intellectual Output - IO2): a Training Guide in the form of an e-book available in 7 language versions (English, Italian, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian, Estonian, Finnish), resulting from the contribution of all partners.
Communication: the e-book will be promoted through the university networks of the partners involved in the project, including bachelor’s and master's programs and their academic networks, it will also be published on the electronic platform (IO 3) and on the websites of the project partners. It will be presented at international courses, seminars and conferences, publicized on the partners' social media. The publication will also be presented to other stakeholders such as educational institutions, civil society organizations, especially those dealing with religious diversity and addressing multicultural and interfaith challenges, parishes, congregations and other religious communities.
Timeline: July 1, 2021 - April 30, 2023
Activity: each partner commits to collect articles, presentations, research, publications, text and video materials, and video lectures useful for teaching and learning purposes on the project topic and also those used during the courses offered within the project (IO 4), including the e-book publication (IO 2) and the comparative study analysis report (IO 1). ISE, the leader of this activity, will be collecting materials from all partners and organize them on the project's electronic platform, creating virtual spaces dedicated to each partner and setting up an interface that can facilitate research of multilingual materials, both textual and audio and video. The interface will be in Italian and English, while the content provided by each partner will be in their original language versions and in English. The platform will be freely accessible online, to reach as many educators and trainers as possible.
Final Product (Intellectual Output - IO3): an open learning tool (online platform) for trainers, teachers, professors and theologians, including the representatives of different religious communities.
Communication: an open online learning tool will be made available for all those interested even from other regions, both in the partner countries and outside the partnership, and it will be also available for all those facing the same challenges and wishing to find solutions, to maximize the expected impact even beyond the partnership, and beyond the duration of the project itself.
Timeline: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023
Activities: each partner produces and shares teaching materials (Power Points, video lectures, texts) and presents teaching methods and practices, national and confessional, to be tested during an international pilot course, scheduled in Thessaloniki in November 2021. The pilot course will require partners to develop a training program for those who will take part in the first international course in Greece, a program that will then be appropriately tested, adjusted, to be later used in subsequent courses. The content of the pilot (and subsequent) course and training materials are set around the training needs and to the needs of those interviewed during the comparative study (IO 1). Special attention is given to digitization and distance learning, which is particularly important in the current times, for all those who will not be able to participate directly in the pilot and subsequent courses. The syllabus for the pilot and subsequent courses with its related training and research materials, provided by each partner, will be uploaded on the project's digital platform (IO 3). English will be the primary language, but lectures may be translated into any of the partners' languages. Video lessons will be adapted for people with disabilities as they will be translated into International Sign Language. The partner coordinating these activities is the Foundation for Regional Development (FRR) of Bulgaria.
Final Product (Intellectual Output - IO 4): a specific 5-day training course consisting of a training program and teaching materials, including innovative practices and examples provided by all partners involved in the project.
Communication: the training course represents a transferable product to other territories and contexts, replicable in the future by each partner institute. The proposed model and the outcomes will be presented during the final international conference wich will take place in Venice in October 2022 and made available through the online web platform (IO 3), partners' websites and during various events, including social networks and other dissemination tools.