The workshop uses a, ‘Learning
by doing’ approach. Attendees complete tasks and activities
that require creative thinking and the use of the arts, mechanics
and music to build their comprehension of what can be achieved and
how they can achieve. Most importantly, how they can build creative
exercises in to their own teaching to help their students.
Joel’s creative workshops use the results of 4 European
funded projects that have used the arts, music and mechanics as
cross-curricular tools. The tasks used in the workshops build creativity,
engagement and self-regulated, autonomous learning, collaboration
and group scaffolding.
These projects were designed for primary and secondary students
but are perfect for building the confidence that teachers need,
Workshops can be full (6 hours, 3 hours or
1 hour depending on requirements) it is recommended that there are
a maximum of 20 attendees.
Workshops are designed for all levels of teachers and any subject
specialty. Language is English.
Equipment, resources and space will be defined in detail depending
on the exact workshop.
Expenses (if required) will include tourist class airfare, all transfers,
subsistence and a daily rate irrespective of the length of the workshop.
The Pelican Active Learning System is interesting
and effective because of its content and quality, but primarily as
it is learner focused. The reason that this has been developed by
Pelikan is that their school must respond to the personal, professional,
academic and learning factors of its myriad students that are mainly
adults learners that must to balance their careers, families and learning
The System is based on proven
pedagogies but also from the Pelikan schools successful international
projects, these projects include: Don’t Give Up, PopuLLar,
Web2Learn, aPLaNet, VIDEOforALL, Multilingual Families, Pools3.
The experience Pelikan gained from their work in these high level
projects resulted in understanding how creativity and the arts can
be used as effective and innovative teaching methodologies. The
means that the projects were developed were also very helpful insights
in to how to effectively incorporate new ideas in to the teaching
Why is the System Effective?
The main effectiveness of the system is the
focus on challenges that the learners face. These influence how
the system is run on a day to day basis and are especially important
to the learners as it states clearly that they are at the centre
of the process and their needs come first.
The challenges that Pelikan have identified
are very recognisable in the adult learning world:
• Difficulties in regular attendance
• Failure to finish out of school assignments
• Progress failure
been found for each of these challenges creating a responsiveness
that is at the heart of the system. All other aspects of the learning
matrix are run from the challenges so that the learners and the
environment they learn within is adapted and adaptable to their
needs. The content and the tools used to deliver content have been
built to respond to this paradigm. The Pelikan system inherently
anticipates possible issues so they can be dealt with before they
impact negatively on the learner.
Homework is always problematic but in an adult course, mandatory.
Online spaces are prepared for the students and they are shown how
they can use them effectively. These include tools such as Facebook
or Skype that have the potential for partner, peer or group learning.
In addition, video is a fundamental media used in almost all homework,
as well as links to content that can enhance the learning object.
Integrating a real world social aspect in
to the learning helps make the learning more real and is also an
added value for immigrants/refugees. These can include comedy, news,
politics and the local and wider community.