Title Specific Methodologies And Resources for Radio Trainers
Project Number DE/13/LLP-LdV/TOI/147611
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The SMART project created specific training exercises and methodologies for basic radio courses and now provides them to radio trainers as a toolkit on this website. The methodologies are focusing on special target groups and their specific needs. These target groups are the visually impaired, migrant women and people with learning disabilities. The partners on this project were analysing existing training materials and these were updated to incorporate the experiences of the target group trainees. In addition, the Irish partner Near FM transfered their experiences within CRAOL, the Irish Network of Community Radio, and seeked to incorporate the training into state-approved and certificated radio training.
Training in community media addresses communities and individuals who often are not represented by the mainstream media. Furthermore the skills people learned out of their community radio work often are not recognized as skills related to lifelong learning or vocational education and training. In many countries persons who are active in community media belong to ethnic, cultural or social minorities, e.g. immigrants, people with specific needs, specific age groups. These groups require specific trainings to acquire the skills needed to make radio. SMART aims to facilitate trainers in the design and delivering of training to specific target groups by offering an on-line resource and skills in training delivery and methodologies that will be appropriated to the needs of trainees.
The partners in this project previously took part in a Grundtvig LLP called Intercultural Media Literacy, which came to an end in June 2011. As part of this project the partners reviewed and piloted some of the activities included in the Inter.Media training manual. However, during the project we realised that awareness, the trainer’s skills, methodologies and delivery of materials and resources available for trainers when working with specific groups were not enough. Also, during the review of the materials, the trainers of the project partners involved into the IML agreed on the need to adapt their skills and methodologies not only to specific target groups, but also for materials and resources to be adapted and presented so to facilitate the trainer when it comes to course design. There are only a few European-wide certifications on Community Radio training. This project aims to facilitate Community Radio training in establishing the same syllabus in the partner’s countries, to aid with course design and delivery, to decide on the right methodologies for this training and to disseminate our results to other trainers in Europe.
Description The need for this project is based on transferring resources and tools among the partner trainers. In the first periode of the project we created a unified curriculum and shared specific training resources and methods. To do all of this via an on-line tool - SMART - that improves the content the trainers deliver at local and national level while increasing their mobility across European countries and sectors. The tool increases the capacity and training possibilities of all participating partner organisations. We created a European wide useable training curriculum with materials for the use of other community radio trainers in Europe for that the project was adapting them to the needs of trainers and the cultural realities of their communities. By up skilling trainers to the needs of specific target groups (visually impaired, people with learning disabilities, migrant women) SMART was including resource trainers of these specific groups to learn their methodologies and we adapted our course curriculum to their methodologies. These materials were uploaded onto an on-line resource tool in a way that they are accessible to trainers and will facilitate the design and delivery of courses. And of course SMART was evaluating the partnership work and processes. Ireland and Switzerland are the only Countries which have certified community media training. In the case of Ireland it is FETAC Level 4+5. With Klipp+Klang it is the EDUQUA certification, which is a Swiss quality certificate for institutions of further education. The transfer of a more formalised and measurable training curriculum tried to increase the opportunity of similar certification for Community Media training and trainer mobility and job progression in other EU-countries.
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
program or curricula
Product information SMART created an online training toolkit based on media training methodologies and the specific target group related methodologies for trainers. Materials are available in Basque, French, Magyar, English and German, and trainers are now encouraged to upload any materials in other languages to the on-line resource.