There was also a delegation of 5 participants from the University of Baskent participating on campus. The days offered several informative presentations, including creative and innovative solutions made at Rigas Stradina University, during the pandemic. All the creative solutions enabled students to learn practical skills off-site and promoted self-directed learning. Arcada's lecturers were particularly impressed by the intense collaboration between engineers and health education staff. This constructive collaboration for optimal student learning is something the Arcada lecturers will take home with them and work towards in the coming academic year.
All Arcada delegation participants took part as mentors in a workshop for Riga Stradina's teaching staff. The delegation from the University of Baskent also participated in the workshop. The objective for the workshop was for the participants to get a greater understanding of what they should take into consideration when planning for a simulation. It was also to get an understanding of the importance of the different parts, within the simulation pedagogy, and their impact on the individual student's learning. Puzzle were used as a didactic method during the workshop. Both mentors and participants were pleasantly surprised at how well the method opened up for an inter- and cross-professional dialogue and a created a space for co-creation, in a relatively short period of time. As a product of the collaboration in the workshop, each group presented a "good-practice" for a possible future simulation scenario.
The content of the days was well as the structure, gave each participant an opportunity to learn something new. The broad content opened up for an individual reflection. The presentation of the simulation centre and the skills training facilities gave each participant the opportunity to acquire useful knowledge and build on their own existing skills. The welcoming atmosphere, where the well-being and involvement of the participants was at the centre, had a positive impact on each participant's engagement during our days in Riga.
Text: Marina Arell-Sundberg, Jessica Silfver, Petra Ekman, Maria Appelroth, Linnea von Hedenberg-Löfman and Tove Werner