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EAFIT's visit to ACUP

Date: 
February 1, 2013 - February 15, 2013

Ana María Londoño from the Universidad de los ninos EAFIT, Columbia visit to ACUP - Catalan Association of Public Universities.

  • It was out first Mentoring Associates' visit.
  • EAFIT: "getting to know the model of the Catalonian Children’s University"
  • To identify similarities and differences between both of the Children’s Universities.
Monday 11 Tuesday 12
  • Meeting 1: Get to know the work team
  • Meeting 2: Montserrat, director of ICE
  • Meeting 3:David and Ana, operators of UdeN2.cat (ICE UB)

Meeting to review the impact evaluation plan for UdeN2.cat.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 13 Thursday 14 Friday 15

Activity in universities:

  • UB (Nutrition faculty)
  • UAB (veterinary faculty)
  • Visit of the campus Ítaca, directors of 51 schools.

Visit to schools:

  • Saint Antoni
  • “El sol y la luna”
  • Emili Carle i Tolra

Meeting 3 - Closing meeting:
Planning the visit to Medellin.

The EAFIT team had a glipse of the UdeN2.cat from the different publics: children, professors, directors and teachers of schools, organizers, similar projects (Itaca project and Centro de Recursos Pedagógicos).

We found similarities on the intentions of the ACUP and EAFIT programs, and affinity in methodologies between EAFIT CU and some of the visited schools (i.e. El Sol y la Luna).

The identified differences are: the size and dedication of the team, the model of the Children’s Universities, and the maturing of the projects : ACUP, 3 years, EAFIT, 8 years. The EAFIT model works from within the University, and ACUP works from the outside of eight universities. The EAFIT team finds that exchange between kids and professors works very well in the day of CU activities in Barcelona.

After this visit, we feel that we need to review and maybe make changes to our mentoring plan.

 

Next steps in the action plan and if required possible modifications in the action plan:

  • Meeting via Skype to review the mentoring plan (Could not be done due to technical problems in the ACUP’s infrastructure).
  • Visit to Medellín, from ACUP, to know the EAFIT model

Individuals involved in the meeting:

ACUP: Carme Pablo, María Pardo, Alba Morales

EAFIT: Ana María Londoño

ACUP's visit to EAFIT

Date: 
April 5, 2013 - April 12, 2013

ACUP - Catalan Association of Public Universities visiting the Universidad de los Ninos EAFIT in Columbia:

Friday April 5 Monday April 8 Tuesday April 9

Observation of the workshop with Children

Introduction of the working team

Meeting with Tricia and the working team

Welcome dinner

Visits to two private schools participating in the programme: Colegio San Ignacio and Colegio Alemán

Visits to two private schools participating in the programme: Benedikta, Concejo Municipal Itagüí

MA working meeting to redefine aims and define working methodology

 

Wednesday April 10 Thursday April 11 Friday April 12

Meeting with Félix Londoño, research director

Meeting with talleristas, university students.

Meeting with two professors and researchers who participate in the programme

Observation of the EAFIT children assessment council

Observation of the workshop with children and teachers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reflection and discussions that happened there made us change our Action Plan; Instead of looking at evaluation and, more specifically, impact evaluation as originally planned, we are now focusing on arguments (that could be valid for both Columbia and Cataluna and for All Children's University in other parts of the wolrd).

Individuals involved in the meeting:

ACUP: Carme Pablo, María Pardo

EAFIT: Ana Cristina Abad, Ana María Londoño, José Ignacio Uribe

ACUP - Catalan Association of Public Universities & Universidad de los ninos EAFIT in Tartu

Date: 
April 24, 2013

From Jose and Alba:

Sustainability was our initial plan, with the aim of developing an impact evaluation model.

Our last visit in Columbia revealed that we had different interpretations and different expectations; which only appeared as a result of person visits.

We came up with common definitions  for “learning” and other mutually shared terms to better facilitate discussions

  • Lessons Learned:
  1. We took into consideration and compared our audiences, frequency, continuity, interaction with schools and university, team, workshop design, activity duration, number of universities;
  2. Communication is not always easy – as a result of differences in interpretation;
  3. Learning best takes place in person; even when you speak the same language.
  • Our New Plan: Children’s university – for what? We're now looking at arguments
  • We've identified three levels of sustainability; moving from the general to the specific:
  1. arguments
  2. evaluation criteria
  3. evaluation tools
  • We will consider the following perspectives: society, government, higher education, school, family, child (child at the centre of increasingly larger concentric circles)

Thanks a lot for your attention y muchas gracias a otros miembros de EAFIT y ACUP por participar en la conferencia por video

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