METIS

The coordinator of the UVA team has successfully completed a round of contacts with representatives of educational entities and policy makers in order to collect feedback regarding exploitation and sustainability of the METIS results. The contacts included institutions dealing with all educational sectors and took place during February 2015, i.e. during the last month of the METIS project. More concretely, on February 12, 2015, the director of the educational programs for Adult Education in the Province of Valladolid, has assured that they actively support the products provided by the METIS project, i.e. the workshop pack and the integrated software environment for learning design (ILDE). This support is based on the very positive outcome of the workshop and subsequent enactments with teachers of their programs that took place between September 2014 and February 2015. They expressed the intention to continue with the use of the METIS products and even extend it during the following academic year of 2015-2016.

On the other hand, the director of the Federation of Adult Education Associations of the city of Valladolid has formally supported METIS, when they were informed in a meeting on February 20, 2015. Their commitment consists in the pilot use of a METIS workshop with their teacher-trainers to be included in the program of the following academic year.

At the higher education level, a relevant meeting took place on February 10, 2015 with academic authorities of the University of Valladolid (vice-rector for teaching and learning, director of educational innovation and professional development of the academic staff, responsible for the practicum of pre-service teachers). Their strong support has been materialized in commitments regarding the use of the METIS workshops in the regular program of professional development, the inclusion of the ILDE in the set of ICT tools of the innovation Virtual Campus of the University, as well as its inclusion in the academic programs of pre-service primary and secondary education teachers, as a learning resource and methodology. The latter action aims to multiply the effect of training pre-service teachers through their practicum at the schools, and the corresponding effect in the teaching communities of these educational centers.

Finally, meetings were held on February 23 and 24 with the provincial and regional educational authorities of Valladolid and Castilla y León, respectively. The general director of the regional government on educational innovation and professional development exposed their wiling to introduce the METIS workshops in the wider network of schools in the region, starting with pilots during the rest of the academic year of 2014-2015, so that an extensive use and scaling up could be made during the following academic year, through the program of professional development. Also, they strongly supported the suggestion to connect professional development of in-service teachers with those of pre-service teachers through their practicum.

The above feedback provided evidence of the potential of METIS workshops and integrated software environment in various educational sectors, in spite of the effects of the economic crisis. It even provided new unforeseen possibilities, as that of connecting pre-service and in-service training.