Estonian National Agency approved a new strategic cooperation Project called „Creating a hybrid learning model elective course “Holiday pastries of different Europe nations” (HYBAKE).

The Project aim is to create a student centered and engaging hybrid learning course for baker confectionery studies and pilot the course with students from all partner countries. Together with partners from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Finland, teachers will prepare online learning materials and video instructions for 18 different traditional holiday bakery products. The course will be introduced and piloted by students as well.

The idea of HYBAKE was born as a result of the pandemic period which aroused the need for new forms of teaching and training, including hybrid learning in all of Europe. „We have come to the conclusion that in order to continue our international cooperation activities and offer cultural exchange, relevant skills and experiences to our students, a new online hybrid learning course module is needed,“ said Sigrid Ester Tani, WBL and Project coordinator. „As Tartu VEC baker and confectionary teachers have previously experimented with online learning content creation including making instructional videos and carrying out some hybrid learning workshops, the model was already created. Our teachers are eager to share best practices and learn from their colleagues in other schools in order to create a truly engaging hybrid learning experience for students. With travel restrictions also new forms of international cooperation have emerged. When the students and teachers cannot participate in physical mobilities to enhance their professional skills they are looking for new ways to learn about different traditions in different countries in the culinary arts,“ she added.

The HYBAKE aims also to create a strong professional network of teachers, foster international cooperation and enhance participants’ language skills. In addition, the cooperation helps teachers to improve digital skills through active learning and participating in project activities.

Students will get a new engaging study module to get knowledge of different European holidays and traditions including culinary traditions. Also they can obtain new skills in preparing different national products from partner countries. The International online learning benefits are also cultural exchange, language training, new social skills in an international context and developing close cooperation relationships with other students.

The Project coordinator is Tartu VEC and partners are Salon seudun koulutuskuntayhtymä (FI), Kuldigas Tehnologiju un turisma tehnikums (LV), Rigas Turisma un radošas industrijas tehnikums (LV), Utenos regioninis profesinio mokymo centras (LT) and Izobraževalni Center Piramida Maribor (SL).

The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of European Union.

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