Erasmus+ brings people together, breaks down barriers, teaches humility, seeks the best solutions.
“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, let me do and I will understand” (Confucius). With this motto, a series of training courses began in Greece at Patra Medical University as part of the international Erasmus+ Flipped Classroom project.
In the face of a pandemic that has changed so much in our lives, a holistic approach to online teaching has become important. New technologies, tools, applications are the main topics of the week-long training. Extremely important in the whole educational process is to know the capabilities of our brain so as to adapt and select the best methods of working and learning. We learned about and recalled models and styles of learning and remembering, the plasticity of our brain and its enormous capabilities. The training also covered the use of a modern platform (Mendeley), through which we create and store documents in the library application on all possible digital tools. Human beings learn best by participating and experiencing, through the emotions and questions that accompany this experience. Just as it is said that travel educates, training and workshops conducted with interactive exercises, tasks, games, puzzles are very effective. By engaging the body and mind, the activities stay long in the memory.
To be successful, we need new stimuli, and that for young people today is games. Teaching based on multi-genre digital games has a positive impact on conceptual understanding, argumentation skills and experience. Let’s be attractive in teaching, let’s raise the bar, let’s act!
The hunger for knowledge should always accompany us. There is no stagnation in nature, so you either grow or regress.
We visited the virtual world, took on the role of an avatar, explored and participated in its activities, communicated with others. Learning new and fascinating methods of work will help make our lessons attractive. Never stop learning. Acquire new skills and competencies. Put what you learn into practice and put it into practice. We live in a virtual world that creates a different reality, we have to find ourselves in it, whether we want to or not. However, we must remember never to lose our humanity.
We visited the Archaeological Museum in Patra – the heart of the region’s ancient history. The exhibition is divided into three main thematic sections: daily life, public life and the afterlife, or burial. The most significant objects are from the Mycenaean period, when the Achaean area was flourishing. Patra was a Roman colony founded by Octavian Augustus in 14 and played a significant role in the history of the Roman Empire, reaching the peak of its development and prosperity in the 2nd century. Our students, however, would probably most enjoy the exhibits of the Museum of Science and Technology, and the current thematic exhibition titled “Telecommunications in Our Lives” piqued the interest of even the most picky technical tastes.