PRLog - Nov. 2, 2011 - Venice, Italy -- The ELAICH (Educational Linkage Approach in Cultural Heritage) Project will host a special workshop for public officials from European and Mediterranean countries at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy from 7–9 November.
In-Situ Intelligent Work
Experts working with ELAICH will present the principal components of the ELAICH Toolkit which is particularly aimed at providing tools for educators to introduce the values of cultural heritage to the general public and in particular to high school students.
The toolkit provides traditional workshop materials integrated with modern e-learning activities through a specially developed e-learning system (eLAICH). The toolkit, which is based upon a scientifically validated and tested educational methodology, will enable teachers to manage the toolkit’s educational modules in order to allow them to better guide their students through the process of learning the worth of cultural heritage.
The workshop for public officials will demonstrate the values of the toolkit and the importance of including it in programs aimed at the general public and youth in particular.
Senior officials from the European Union (EU), Israel, Greece, Italy and Malta, among other countries, have already confirmed their participation. Participants include decision makers and experts in the areas of education and cultural heritage conservation, including high school managers, educators in science, arts and history, representatives from authorities and NGOs related to cultural heritage conservation as well as relevant local, regional and national government institutions from the entire Mediterranean Sea Basin and the EU.
“The special workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for us to share ELAICH’s achievements and knowledge with public officials,” said Dr. Anna Lobovikov-Katz, coordinator of ELAICH. “At the workshop we would like to explore together how to apply the ELAICH methodology and toolkit to educate people to preserve their cultural heritage.”
It is hoped that through the workshop, decisions will be taken regarding the effective inclusion of the ELAICH toolkit in educational programs as well as a possible contribution of its participants to the preservation of cultural heritage through a series of structured debates and round-table discussions.
ELAICH’s in-situ investigative work is focused on getting the students intellectually involved by carrying out “intelligent”
Historic buildings and sites will be studied and analyzed by students, assisted by the ELAICH methodology. The results of the in-situ work may vary from basic notes and photographs to actual measurements and mapping of the conservation state of specific historic buildings or sites such as grades and types of material deterioration.
The ELAICH Project is an EU-funded project aimed at contributing to raising awareness of cultural heritage by providing modern and innovative tools for teaching its essence to the general public, especially youth.
The ELAICH consortium is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of specialists in various areas of cultural heritage conservation and education from five highly rated universities. The team has developed an innovative educational approach which it has applied and tested through actual teaching of ELAICH workshops in several Mediterranean countries and is now completing the ELAICH educational Toolkit.
ELAICH, which is part of the Euromed 4 Cultural Heritage Programme, conducts special workshops in different Mediterranean countries including Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta and Turkey.
For more information about ELAICH please visit http://www.elaich.technion.ac.il.
Simon van Dam
Project Manager ELAICH