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LearnToEngage Modules - Deadline Approaching!

8 June 2017



The deadline for applications for modules on Interpretation and Working with Diverse Audiences is 30th June. Don't miss out - Apply now!

LearnToEngage is an exciting new suite of professional development modules for botanic garden and museum educators in Italy, Portugal and the UK. These blended learning modules (a mixture of online and on-site learning) will enhance engagement of your audiences, and support the vital educational role of botanic gardens and museums. LearnToEngage is funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme and provides an interactive, collaborative experience with both online and on-site provision. The four modules are:
• Interpretation
• Working with Diverse Audiences
• Science Communication
• Research and Evaluation


We are now accepting applications for the first two modules – Interpretation and Working with Diverse Audiences. Deadline: 30th June - Apply!


Course content

Each module will take place over 12 weeks and will provide a minimum of 60 hours learning, including a one week on-site training element working face-to-face with tutors and colleagues. This will be complemented by online learning on the PropaGate Learning online learning platform, before and after the visit.

The online element will include a range of presentations, collaborative activities, independent research and various tasks, some of which will be assessed. You will also be expected to reflect on your learning, both online and on-site. You will need to have a basic level of English, be prepared to take part in debate and discussion and be able to engage with academic literature. In addition, you should be a competent computer user i.e. online learning will be easier for you if you have experience of using websites, email and online forums. You will also need access to a computer (desktop or laptop) with a reliable internet connection.


Who is this course for?

Applications are invited from botanic garden staff and museum educators at all levels who are responsible for, or interested in, public engagement and education. We particularly welcome applications from staff in smaller organisations and from those who have not had previous opportunity to participate in staff development in topics related to the LearnToEngage modules.

These modules are ‘pilots’ and we will be expecting our applicants to work jointly with us to evaluate and enhance these modules for future course delivery.

Limited subsistence bursaries for the on-site staff development sessions will be available to successful applicants (€550 per person for travel, accommodation and food). Please see the table below for the number of funded places available for each module for applicants from the UK, Italy and Portugal. Self-funded applicants from other countries may also be considered; the course for self-funded applicants is free of charge, however applicants will be required to fund their travel and subsistence.


Course dates

Course modules

Start/finish date

On-site module dates

On-site location

Number of funded places available per country

Closing dates for applications


4th Sept – 1st Dec 2017

9th – 13th Oct 2017

MUSE (science museum), Trento, Italy

Italy: 10

Portugal: 5

UK: 5

30th Jun 2017

Working with Diverse Audiences

8th Jan – 8th Apr 2018

5th – 9th Feb 2018

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK

Italy: 5

Portugal: 5

UK: 10

30th Jun 2017

Science communication

3rd Sept – 30th Nov 2018

8th – 12th Oct 2018

MUSE (science museum), Trento, Italy

Italy: 10

Portugal: 5

UK: 5

30th Apr 2018

Research and evaluation

Early 2019

To be confirmed

University of Lisbon Botanic Gardens, Portugal

Italy: 5

Portugal: 10

UK: 5

To be confirmed

For further information and to apply please visit the LearnToEngage website 


Help us develop the course content

To ensure the modules meet the needs of the participants we are carrying out surveys to look at current trends in understanding and practice for science communication and research and evaluation as well as existing training in these areas. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share it with colleagues who may be interested.




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With support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union


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