De två projekten är TIBL och VTT_box. Båda är inom Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practice., där syftet är innovation inom berörda områden. TIBL är inom Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training (VET), medan VTT-Box är inom Strategic Partnerships for school education. Båda projekten är två-åriga och startar i oktober 2017.
TIBL- TECHNICAL INNOVATION IN BLENDED LEARNING
Koordinator är FUNDACIÓN ESCUELAS PROFESIONALES DE LA SAGRADA FAMILIA, Spanien
”1. Enhancing access to training and qualifications for all
The TIBL Project addresses the chances for trainees to get better training supplying them with relevant and high-quality competences (skills, knowledge) for their professional life, especially to keep the employability. The project develops modern technology enhanced training which can be work-place based as well as traditional self-paced training. The project implements courses using the potential of innovative and active pedagogies such as collaborative methods (usual in Blended Learning) and a heutagogical approach putting the learner in the center of the learning. This will be enabled synergies between education, research and innovation activities, like the cooperation of a VET school with a VET training organisation supported by two of the top European Universities and the involvement of an association specialized in Distance Learning and quality assurance (and enhancement).
2. Open and innovative practices in a digital era
Blended Learning means the intensive use of technical equipment, of ICT and Online Distance Learning. These practices are typical for learning in the digital era. The use of the complete variety of available devices (tablets, smartphones, handheld computers, netbooks, notebooks etc) mirror the current technical oriented society and promotes a promising approach to modern digital based training. The promoting the use of ICT with a view to increasing the quality and relevance of education at all levels is always in the
background of all project’s activities. The project is a response to the digital revolution by increasing (and using) digital competences at all levels of learning, including non-formal and informal VET education. This also gives the project an enormous transfer potential to other educational fields. The providing of the project’s outputs as OER is a contribution to Open Education.
3. Introducing systematic approaches to, and opportunities for, the initial and continuous professional development of VET teachers, trainers and mentors in both school and work-based settings.
The project develops innovative and technology based training methods which are also an innovation for trainers (and all kinds of organisations involved in education and training). The project addresses mainly the continuous professional development of VET teachers and trainers (as mentioned in school as well
as in work-based settings in SMEs). The developed software (Trainer’s Toolbox) and the MOOC enable trainers easily to use the TIBL tools and practices in their training and to supply best the trainees.”
VTT-BOX VIRTUAL TEACHERS TOOLBOX
Koordinator är Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje, Spanien
”1. Promoting the acquisition of skills and competences
The project addresses students in higher secondary education focusing on the MINT subject and develops an innovative, studentcentered pproach to strengthen the learning success and the learning outcomes, especially in science (subjects). The developed Open Online Distance Learning with a special focus on student’s needs provide effective and innovative teaching (by implementing an innovative “reversed pedagogical approach”) and assessment (by implementing a new self-evaluation method to validate and assess the learning outcomes, the so-called Mandala self-evaluation).
2. Open and innovative practices in a digital era
Open and innovative practices are a core objective in the project and focus on Open Online Distance Learning and the intensive use of ICT to strengthen the digital competences of both students and teachers. The intensive use of digital competences in this project combined with the proposed pedagogical approach in combination with Open Educational Resources provide a modern approach to teaching in the digital area. This is supported by the intensive use of multimedia based material in teaching. The VVT-Box project will create innovative methods and pedagogical approaches and develop learning materials and tools that make intensively use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education (Addressing ITC as one of the key competences defined by the European Commission). The project creates Open Educational Resources, which ensure an innovative access to education. The focus on Open Online Distance Learning as well as innovative evaluation methods combined with an appropriate quality enhancement framework provides learning at highest level. Furthermore, the project is spreading the utilisation of open and innovative education and training. That covers work methods in the same way as the project provides resources for educators and learners at various levels. The complementary consortium built from schools, a University and a teacher trainings institution includes supporting synergies between education, research and innovation activities, the digitisation of quality learning content and promoting the use of ICT as a driver for systemic change to increase the quality and relevance of education and training. The project results strengthen the acquisition of digital competences in both target groups (teachers as well as students).
3. Supporting schools to tackle early school leaving (ESL) and disadvantage
The schools follow an innovative concept to keep students motivated to finish school and to terminate their basic education. A special focus is put on the so-called MINT subjects, mainly on traditional science subjects (Physics, Biology, …). From the experience of the participating schools, especially in these subjects difficulties arise in the learning success. Students often get demotivated by missing success – especially in science (and language) subjects and finally drop school. The use of Open Online Distance learning based on using a technology enhanced learning including multimedia content can motivate the students. The special developed “reversed pedagogical approach” addressing specifically the needs, desires and behaviour of students is an innovative approach to decrease the early school leaving rate. The VTT-Box project offers the proven diversity of learners new chanced, help the disadvantaged students by promoting an individual learning pace as well as a modern multimedia based learning. This strategy is a must in the participating schools due to their student’s profile (students with migration background or different mother tongue) and are in line with priority. Here the consortium will focus on students to support then (by Open Online Distance Learning) from the lowest to the highest end of the academic spectrum, including children with a migrant background who might face specific (e.g. linguistic) challenges.”