The Blended Short-cycle Training Courses in Commoning Practices (ComPra) project introduces the emergent paradigm of the ‘commons’ as an alternative value and action system in the field of education, and it critically draws out the implications of the commons for refiguring education and enabling active social inclusion and promoting well-being for all. Commons are living and dynamic social systems that develop around the values of collective ownership and equal management of resources or goods established by different communities to ensure the survival and prosperity of each of their members. People who have accepted the logic of the commons, that is the commoners, seek to create a social network of cooperation, solidarity, dialogue, sharing and interdependence that connects all members of a community equally.

The main purpose of the project is to have a broad and long term impact on society. For this reason, open educational material of superior level will be developed on open-source learning and training platform, obeying an open access policy. It will contain educational material for on-line learning courses; training-the-Trainers material, workshops and assessments. Multilingual guidelines created for informing trainers on acting in a virtual environment, designing syllabi for any request, and performing examination will be available via the information point (Project Website). Additionally, the project’s evaluation reports will be linked to project’s web site available to all those interested.

The project’s aim is to enable university students on Education Sciences, Social Sciences and Communication to explore values and practices of commons pedagogy and becomeacquainted on using innovative methodologies and tools leading to the development of a commons-based educational environment helping children to act as “commoners”.

Through the development of Short-cycle training courses on “Commoning Practices”, based on a blended learning scheme, university students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge around the “commons” discourse (commons’ logic of sharing and caring, fair and open relations, co-participation in the production or provision of knowledge) and develop skills for building/strengthening the identity of commoner both for them and their future students. Foster socio-educational and personal development within the Higher Education community.

Therefore, the specific project objectives are, to:

  • Foster socio-educational and personal development within the Higher Education community.
  • Spread the dynamic of commons’ values and patterns and enhance individuals’ participation in democratic life, social and civic engagement.
  • Offer learning-outcomes oriented, practically-based and occupationally-specific certified training courses.
  • Offer a strategic plan of professional development for academic staff in line with individual needs and objectives.
  • Ensure a dynamic and professional environment to HEI, ready to integrate good practices and new methods into daily activities.