Summer School 1
Munich Summer School (6-10 August 2018, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Munich)
This was the first Summer School organised for the project and it was held in Munich in the heat of summer. Excitement was in the air as it was finally time to review what the content looked like online. The dedicated LMU team worked hard with the Distance Learning Expert Board to upload the various content, videos, graphics and interactive H5P files into a moodle-based platform before Summer School began.
On Day 1, the stage for reviewing the content was set by a training session on Inclusive Design and Web Accessibility delivered by Rebecca Spoerl (Ludwig Maximillians University) and Lee Yew Kong (Uni Malaya) where understanding the approach of making a website accessible for those with disabilities formed a basis for evaluating the ENeA SEA modules. Reviews of each other’s modules led to more discussion on areas that needed harmonization and planning of timelines for deliverables ahead of the launch of the training platform in Mahidol University during the 2nd Biannual Meeting in October 2018. Erasmus+ projects are complex as they involve multiple partners, payment and procurement systems and local laws; to help navigate this successfully, participants were trained on Project Management & Stakeholder Engagement by Boonpraserd Treerayapiwat (Mahidol).
2nd Biannual Meeting and Training Week 3
Kuala Lumpur Biannual Meeting and Training Week (19th-24th March 2018)
Kuala Lumpur built on the successful template of the Bangkok meeting where we took the opportunity to organise a half-day symposium on early nutrition for local Malaysian participants. About 150 participants comprising academics, lecturers and practitioners from 40 different institutions were present to hear seven lectures from expert European, Thai and Malaysian speakers on the theme “The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with the First 1000 Days: Long-term Effects of Early Nutrition".
During the rest of the week, the participants focused on the review of adapted module instructional design, media design element specifications and planning for a new module on Complementary Feeding. In our experience, the face-to-face discussions during biannual meetings were important as it helped to consolidate technical requirements, align approaches (as each partner works independently on their respective tasks in between meetings), and train participants with skills needed for the project. As an example of the latter, Dr Zahiruddin Fitri (Uni Malaya) conducted a training session on effective e-Learning Tools where participants were introduced to interactive, easy-to-use web-based teaching and learning tools, while Boonpraserd Treerayapiwat (Mahidol University) talked about social media marketing.