At the last meeting of the European Defence Agency (EDA) PR Controllers & Planners Course (PRCPC) Project Coordination Group (PCG), held last March 2017 in Ferrara, the EPRC was asked to develop a program to certify instructors for the new Joint PR Staff Course. The final aim is to standardise the instruction when the course is delivered in the different Nations. This program combines the mentoring of instructors with an academic phase.
The first edition of this academic phase, as part of the Joint Personnel Recovery Staff Course (JPRSC) Instructors Certification Program (ICP), was delivered during week 28/2017 at the Italian Joint HQ in Centocelle (Roma). A total of 7 PR Subject Matter Experts (4 ITA Navy, 1 ITA Army, 1 ITA Airforce, and 1 GER Airforce) attended the event that was led by EPRC Education branch. The participants, all PRCPC graduates, will form the cadre of instructors for the next iteration of the course in Italy, together with others from PCG member states and EPRC.
They practised the role as an instructor, applying teaching and facilitation skills when delivering PR lectures, and learnt the best practises to teach in the course, how to achieve specific learning objectives, and how to keep students engaged and motivated.
Moreover, the academic phase enabled the instructors to:
- identify the most suitable teaching and facilitation skills for the JPRSC lessons;
- to teach a lesson;
- prepare a Role Play;
- provide feedback and assessment to students.
- recognise his/her role in the Lesson Identified / Lesson Learned process for improving the course.
Italy plans to conduct the JPRSC in September 2017 (12-22), and it will be the first opportunity forEPRC to test the effects of the improvement of the interactivity with the students learnt during this academic phase. The lessons learned will be an important input for the course program for the JPRSC in November 2017.