Author Archives: Matthias Teine

SYNERGY Exchange fully loaded

Dear interested reader,

As you know we started early in the project duration with the conceptualization of an Online Platform that brings MEOs and VETs together, to exchange information, knowledge, and experiences. We decided to name this platform SYNERGY Exchange (click here to get referred).

The work on the platform is finished now, and we can proudly present you the following functions:

  • MEOs and VETs can create their own account – for free, of course.
  • You can create, join, and interact within groups which are called Micro Social Networks. Here, you can decide whether any person can join the group or if there is a restricted access (e.g. invite only).
  • Authors can upload their learning resources on the website, to circulate them there within their networks or to share them with any person registered on the website.
  • The users can access a suite of several dozens of learning resources. For free!
  • Users can exchange within the networks using forums.

Feel free to create your own account on the platform, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you encounter any problems.

All the best,
your SYNERGY team

Resources available for download

Dear SYNERGY followers,

the projects progress is astonishing. Particularly in the last quarter of the project we had a lot of achievements. On of these achievements is, that all Train-the-Trainer Materials are available for download now. Here, we want to provide you with the corresponding links:

SYNERGY Learner Workbook
SYNERGY Tutor Manual
SYNERGY TTT Curriculum

Of course, all materials are free to use and it is totally up to you how you make use of them.
We are looking forward to receive your feedback, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

All the best,

Mini-Format-Learning Resource structure

Dear SYNERGY visitors,

Within the project the partners are going to develop several learning materials called Mini-Format-Learning Resources. Overall, we have three different sets of resources:

Set 1: Within the SYNERGY project it is planned to engage micro-enterprise owners to share learning materials on the SYNERGY Exchange platform. These resources adress local learning needs. In the project it is planned that in each country the so called local sub-groups develop six different learning resources that are shared on the platform then.

Set 2: To have an initial stock of resources the project partners will create six resources per country that adress the international learning needs, as outlined in the Summary Audit Report.

Set 3: The Induction to Pedagogy is a curriculum that plans to qualify the participants of the SYNERGY Exchange in regard to the development and evaluation of learning resources. Therefore, the partners will create short videos that cover all of the contents outlined in the Induction to Pedagogy. Overall, there will be about 24 resources.

All of the resources developed will adhere a common structure that was build based on didactical, pedagogical, and technical considerations with the aim to foster learning best. The structure looks as follows:


As you can see each resource has four different phases. In the first phase the learners will introduced into the learning resource, they will get some information about the author, and they will be familiarized with the objectives of the resource. Following, the actual learning content will be conveyed which should primarily be practically oriented. In a third stage it is planned to reflect on what has been learned, and to contextualize the learning contents so that the learners can transfer what they hav learned to their given real-life context. Lastly, the learners will be assessed informally with the aim to provide them self-evaluation opportunities. The learners shall become aware of their learning needs, and the author will support them in doing so by providing hints regarding other resources that have a similar focus, or that focus on a certain aspect more in depth.

An great advantage of this structure is that it is easy to apply to any resource format. It can be used to structure learning contents indepedently of the used medium like, e.g., case studies, worksheets, videos, podcasts, etc.

If you have any feedback, please let us know!

Kind regards,
your SYNERGY Team.

Status update: What is the current status of the project?

Dear SYNERGY-enthusiasts,

more than a year passed by since the SYNERGY project started. Therefore, we want to provide you with the latest news regarding the project, and the outputs developed.

  1. One of the first Intellectual Outputs to be developed were the National Audit Reports (field-based), and the National Research Reports (desk-based). these have been created by all partners, with exception of our technical partners. Furthermore, the findings of the national reports have been comprised to a Summary Audit Report, and a Summary Research Report. The Summary Reports can be downloaded here: German, English.
  2. A major aim of the project is to engage micro-enterprise owners and their employees to exchange information, knowledge, and learning materials on the SYNERGY Exchange platform. To safeguard the quality of the learning materials that are exchanged, we created a Pedgogic Strategy that outlines the necessary knowledge and skills, and we furthermore created an Induction to Pedagogy programme. The Induction to Pedagogy is to understand as a curriculum that addresses the learning needs outlined in the Pedagogic Strategy. The learning contents of the Induction to Pedagogy are conveyed by using videos that will be available in all languages, and they are accessible via the Exchange platform as well. Currently, only the videos are not complete yet, but we are progressing well, and plan to have them done by February. The Pedagogic Strategy can be downloaded HERE, and the Induction to Pedagogy can be downloaded HERE.
  3. The consortium agreed to have a common structure that lays behind the so called Mini-Learning-Format Resources (MLFR). MLFR are essentially the resources that are shared on the Exchange platform, and they are furthermore the basis for the resources related to the Induction to Pedagogy. You are invited to have a look on the structure HERE.
  4. The SYNERGY Exchange platform is recently available in a work-in-progress status, but the progress is great and we are keen to have the platform finished soon. You can access the platform via
  5. We are not only collaborating with micro-enterprise owners, but VET professionals as well. One of the projects aim is to provide them with a Train-the-Trainer curriculum that leads to a QQI Level 6 awarding. This curriculum covers certain vital topics related to the creation of good training programmes that are bespoke to the target groups needs. A first version of this curriculum is finished, and it is currently in the finalization-process so that we can proudly present it, and the corresponding learner handbooks in February when the training event takes place.

We really got things done, and we are optimistic that we will have created great outcomes and impact at the end of the project. We will keep you informed regarding the further progress.

Kind regards,
your SYNERGY project team.

Train-the-Trainer Event in Ireland, Navan

Dear SYNERGY followers,

from the 1st-5th February 2016, four experienced VET professionals from each of the partner countries will come together in Ireland, Navan. Thus, 24 trainers will meet to test-run the Train-the-Trainer curriculum developed in the SYNERGY project, and to get accreditated with the QQI Level 6 award.

We will keep you informed.

Warm regards,
your SYNERGY team.

Third meeting in Romania, Pitesti

Dear SYNERGY-followers,

Today we wanted to infoorm you that our third international partnermeeting will take place in Romania, Pitesti from the 1st-3rd September 2015.

At the venues of our partners from AOA Arges we will discuss several very important topics and major outcomes of the project. After finishing the research phase a few months ago, we started with important development processes and we will review the results of these developmental works so that we can finalize them soon (Induction to Pedagogy, Train the Trainer Programm and Mini-Format Learning Resources). Thus, after about the half of the project duration, we are near the implementation- and testing-phases. What a great success!

We will keep you informed.

Kind regards,
Matthias from Paderborn

Second meeting in Paderborn, Deutschland

Dear readers,

The project SYNERGY progresses well. The partners are currently writing their Research Reports and Audit Reports, which will be the basis for our future developmental work.

In this context we would like to announce the next partner meeting. The meeting will take place from the 24.03.2015 to 26.03.2015 in the University of Paderborn. This meeting is highly important for the project as we are planning to discuss about the ‘Pedaogic Strategy’, the ‘Train-the-Trainer Curriculum’ and the Online Platform for the ‘Mini-format-learning resources’.

On the 26th there will be a Multiplier-Event which will be useful to discuss with interested Trainers and Micro-enterprise owners about our main findings, outlined in the Summary Research Report and Summary Audit Report.

Best regards,

First meeting in Campobasso, Italy

Dear fellows,

the 4th and 5th of November 2014 were two days of high importance for the SYNERGY project because the first project-meeting took place in Campobasso, Italy in the offices of our partner A.RE.S.

The meeting was highly informative and productive also. Thus, we really are looking forward to the projects’ outcomes and the working phases as well. One of the next milestones will be the meeting in Paderborn, in March 2015.

Best regards