ProM is a new European project aiming to provide a comprehensive professional training programme to European teachers by distance learning, to support the management, planning and implementation of mobility initiatives.
Who is ProM aimed at?
- Teachers: to take the ProM training modules, and
- Teacher trainers and decision makers: to integrate these modules into their teacher training programmes.
How does ProM work?
- Teachers take a quick online assessment to assess their current skills level on mobility management. They will then receive recommendations, tailored to them, as to which of ProM’s online training modules would best suit their needs.
- Teachers take the recommended ProM training modules to acquire or enhance their professional skills required on mobility initiatives (exchanges, work placements and ICT partnerships) through an e-learning platform.
- Teachers have the opportunity to sign up to one special supported online module which includes feedback from experienced tutors. Those taking part are trained alongside colleagues from other European countries, developing international links and creating a dynamic international network.
What exactly is meant by “mobility”?
Mobility, one of the key priorities of the European Commission, can be defined as a stay in another European country for a limited period of time for educational or professional work purposes.
The European Union’s flagship education programme, known as Erasmus+, offers funding opportunities for this particular type of work through two Key Actions: Key Action 1 “Learning Mobility of Individuals” and Key Action 2 “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices”. European mobility initiatives can range from individual stays abroad (“mobilities”) in a school or company, a vocational training placement in another country, or partnership projects involving a range of different institutions from various European countries.
Ad hoc mobility
ProM offers support not only for mobility organised within the scope of these European programmes, but also for mobility organised independently between schools funded by local, regional or national authorities.
“Virtual” mobility is also a focus for ProM. This is the term used to refer to a project between students in various countries where collaborative work is carried out solely via the Internet through the use of video conferencing and online platforms.
What is the rationale behind such a project?
Mobility has become a key priority in European educational policy spurred on by the member states which are ever more aware of mobility’s positive impact on:
- promoting economic growth
- fostering the emergence of knowledge-based societies
- raising awareness of European identity and citizenship among young people.
The EU has developed a series of programmes and tools aiming to facilitate mobility activities; frameworks and financial mechanisms have been designed for pupils, apprentices and teachers. However, despite efforts to streamline and simplify procedures, taking part in mobility initiatives is far from being straightforward. Teachers in charge of mobility are confronted with new responsibilities in terms of management and logistics which often differ vastly from their traditional role as “transmitters of knowledge”. The ProM project aims to respond to this need by producing a comprehensive training programme to support the management of mobility.