If you're considering applying for an ERASMUS+ KA1 teacher and staff mobility, you know that the selection process can be competitive. One important factor to consider is the course provider - the institution or organization that will be delivering the training.
Choosing the right course provider can make all the difference in the quality of your training experience and the impact it has on your career. In this blog post, we'll provide some tips to help you select the best course provider for your needs and goals. We'll explore the key criteria to consider, and we'll provide some strategies for evaluating and comparing different options.
There are several key criteria to consider when choosing the right course provider for your ERASMUS+ Teacher Training. Some of the most important factors to consider include:
Reputation. It's important to choose a course provider with a strong reputation for delivering high-quality training programs. Look for providers that are well-respected within the education community and have a track record of producing satisfied students. However, don't just stick to the big names, as you would be surprised by how high the quality of some new course providers can be.
The course content and learning outcomes. It's important to choose a course provider that offers a course that meets your needs and aligns with your learning objectives. Look for course providers that provide detailed information on the course content and learning outcomes. It's also important to choose a course provider that offers flexible and convenient course delivery options, and that provides support and resources for learners.
Location. Depending on your personal and professional circumstances, the location of the course provider may be an important factor. ERASMUS+ doesn't only offer opportunities for professional development, but it also enables you to visit European destinations that you might not otherwise. You can never go wrong with doing your teacher training course in big cities with good transport connections and accommodation options.
Adhering to ERASMUS+ Quality Standards. An Erasmus+ teacher training course provider that adheres to Erasmus+ quality standards is one that meets or exceeds the standards and expectations set by the Erasmus+ program. These standards cover a wide range of areas, including information transparency, the quality of the training itself, the qualifications and experience of the trainers, the facilities and resources available to students, and the support services provided to students. Click here to read about ERASMUS+ Quality Standards in more detail.
The cost and funding options. Finally, consider the cost of the course and the financial support available to help cover expenses. Your ERASMUS+ project should cover all the costs of your professional development (both the course fees, transport, accommodation, and daily expenses), so look for a course provider that shares information on funding options, regulates the course fees according to the ERASMUS+ standards, and provides information on how to apply for funding through the ERASMUS+ program.
Once you've identified a shortlist of potential course providers, it's important to do your due diligence and carefully evaluate and compare your options. You can do this by
Researching the provider: Look for reviews and testimonials from past students or colleagues who have taken courses with the provider. Check the provider's website and social media accounts for information about their programs, faculty, and facilities.
Reaching out to the provider: Contact the provider directly to ask questions and request additional information. This is a great opportunity to get a sense of the provider's customer service and responsiveness.
Overall, when choosing a course provider for teacher training courses in the ERASMUS+ program, it's important to consider the course provider's reputation and experience, the course content and learning outcomes, the course delivery and support, and the cost and funding options.
Here at OPAL Teacher Training, we have been on both sides of the ERASMUS+ program (both as course participants and course providers), so we can guarantee that our courses follow all the guidelines to offer high-quality professional development for teachers. If you need help with your ERASMUS+ application, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you!