ReSTI.Academy - Kick-Off
Two days full of learning, networking, and gaining skills for innovative project management: University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Burgenland’s Campus Eisenstadt turned into a networking hub for 25 young project managers from all over Europe on October 1-2. The event kicked off a one-year pilot blended learning programme, the “ReSTI.academy”, in which students and trainers will work together on testing and improving a five-module curriculum on Excellence in Research, Social and Technological Innovation Project Management (Excellence-in-ReSTI). Project manager Gábor Szüdi (Lead Partner, Centre for Social Innovation – ZSI) and UAS Burgenland’s deputy project manager Irena Zavrl hosted the kick-off meeting, bringing together 25 international students with a team of 12 contentdeveloping partners from 9 countries in the Danube Region. The quality-assured course modules will become part of the academic partners’ curricula as the project ends in fall 2019.
Online Learning Modules of ReSTI.academy
The Interreg DTP project „Excellence in Research, Social and Technological Innovation (ReSTI) Project Management“ aims at developing project management skills of first-time applicants for EU funded projects in the Danube Region. From a pool of 161 candidates, the consortium selected 25 funded participants for participating in three face-to-face meetings. Participants will be working on five online modules covering 20 courses: EU Policies, Project Design, Project Management, Social Innovation, and Innovation in the Business Context. The second meeting will take place in Budapest in March 2019 aiming to review experiences with the first semester and adjust the road for the second half of the study year.
The Five Doors to project management – and to an international career
The kick-off event in Eisenstadt (Austria) culminated in an open-to-public presentation of the unique ReSTI “Five Door” Blended Learning Approach developed exclusively for this project. UAS Burgenland’s innovation expert Regina Rowland explains: “The five doors provide opportunity to self-direct the learning process and adapt it to one’s own learning preferences”. The five doors are: The library, which refers to a location where resources are gathered and organized for easy access. The café facilitates social learning by creating relevant content together with others. The playground is addressing hands-on learners who need to engage with the content directly. The forest offers opportunities to digest and reflect upon the content and observe self or others during certain processes. Last but not least, the level of learning gained can be tested behind the assessment door.
Image: Excellence in ReSTI & EuroVienna