Title New learning environment for Very Small Entreprises: learning, exploring and sharing
Project Number 539110-LLP-1-2013-1-FR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text LEXSHA explore a new model of training for very Small Entreprises, focusing in their own knowledge and developing skills to share this knowledge with their peers.
The project LEXSHA aims at exploring a new model of training for Very Small Enterprises (VSE), focusing in their own knowledge and developing skills to share this knowledge with their peers.
In the EU more than 99% are SME and over 90% of them are Very Small Enterprises (less than 10 employees). VSE constitute more than 30% of the potential job market. The fewer is the number of employees in a given VSE, the more functions are assigned to them, and as the priority is generally given to production/commercialization, the entrepreneurs and their staff do not take the necessary time to participate in training, do not validate their skills and knowledge, and ignore ICT tools that could improve their competitiveness.
The aim of the project LEXSHA was to develop and test a user-friendly environment for training VSE, allowing knowledge sharing among entrepreneurs and employees of VSE who represent the beneficiaries of the project.
The project was developed with a consortium of partners from 8 countries gathering 2 Universities, 2 IT companies, 3 Training & coaching providers and one incubator. This partnership gathered skills in pedagogy, e-learning, remote Training & Coaching, and Web technology, all useful for the project.
The approach of the project was to verify the needs locally in each country, define a pedagogical model, create contents for a training “How to share knowledge with peers”, test this training locally in each country with a group of employers or employees of VSE and guide them to the production of knowledge, evaluate the process and its impact, and propose next steps for the future.
The overall aim of the LEXSHA project is to increase the performance of the VSE’ employers and employees by developing the knowledge sharing with peers. The project planned to engage VSE from each participating country in a process of producing knowledge on a digital format and share it with others in an international e-environment.
The detailed objectives were:
•to deliver a pedagogical model designing an e-platform suitable for sharing in a long term objective, and describing a 16 hours course aimed to train and accompany target users (VSE) in the production of first digital contents gained from experience on the working place;
•to provide this e-platform including a space for training and a space for sharing;
•to produce a set of short training modules, activities and assessment corresponding to the course, and accessible from the e-platform;
•to deliver supporting tools for trainers in order to make possible the multiplication of training sessions in other contexts;
•to gather 80 VSE to participate to the pilot edition of a blended training using the developed materials, and to have them produce at least 70 short modules to be shared on the platform;
•to describe a sustainable business model to develop the results to other target users.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Information and Communication
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Transportation and Storage
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
open and distance learning
The project LEXSHA has provided a pedagogical model and an e-environment which has been experimented in 7 countries. The achieved results lead to the definition of actions to be held in the next few years to enlarge the LEXSHA model.
1. The pedagogical model contains the results of a desk and field research held at the beginning of the project, the e-platform specifications, and the contents of the training “How to become a knowledge sharer “.
2. The platform and the SHARING area
The LEXSHA platform http://www.lexsha.virtual-campus.eu/en is the main support tool for the Learning-Exploring-Sharing concept. All the LEXSHAs (those created by the partnership for the training and those created by the VSEs during the pilot editions) are available here for consultation. New users can register by creating an account and can then publish own LEXSHAs. The LEXSHA platform is available in 7 languages (French, Portuguese, Swedish, English, Dutch, Greek and Lithuanian). By choosing a language when entering the platform, the visitor has access to all the LEXSHAs produced in this language. It is also possible to access the LEXSHAs by categories, either under categories “Business” (for the LEXSHA created by the VSEs) or under the categories “How to…” gathering the 5 learning units of the training. Furthermore, the platform allows to search for a LEXSHA with key-word or authors, and to enter the LEARNING area.
3. The LEARNING area is based on the LMS (Learning Management System) Moodle. The learning contents have been structured as a training program, organized by units of learning outcomes with self-assessments for the user to be able to validate the competencies gained (inspired in the ECVET model). This organization allows self-learning and is a good tool to support a blended training with facilitators.
As for the SHARING area of the platform, the LEARNING area is available in each of the 7 local languages.
4. The training contents: "How to become a knowledge sharer"is a 16-hour training course including contents, activities and assessments, in English and all local languages.
The course is structured in 5 units.
•Unit1: LEXSHA, a new resource for entrepreneurs.
•Unit 2: Maximising the benefits of LEXSHA
•Unit 3: How to become a contributor LEXSHA
•Unit 4: How to communicate with LEXSHA
•Unit 5: Master LEXSHA