Title BeLearning: environments for expanding knowledge
Project Number 2012-1-ES1-LEO05-47710
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text BeLearning is a methodology designed to learn, share, transfer and enjoy knowledge. It uses ICTs through a blend training combining meeting, working and researching in a rich mix of interactions with traditional media: presentations, workshops and actions as concrete results. The aim of the project was to transfer the BeLearning methodology to be used in other European countries to expand the employability possibilities of learners via the acquisition of a mix of digital, educational and social competences
BeLearning used new technologies through a blend training combining meeting, working and researching involving virtual spaces, digital tools and online platforms in a rich mix of interactions with traditional media: presentations, workshops, classes. Training actions have had a clear impact in the development of derived competences to improve the employability of cultural practitioners or students in one of the most active sectors in EU growth and competitiveness in 2020 horizon: cultural and creative industries.
Transfer happened amongst the consortium target: grass-roots associations leaders in the way of professionalism (UK), teachers of adult education (BE) and audiovisual learners in vocational training in an institution inside the national educational system (FR). Partners dealt with similar characteristics: lack of digital skills, inexperience in open learning processes, possibility of immediate application and transfer into the current activities or the organizations, urban contexts and demand for innovation, and the promotion of innovation via new learning methods.
General aim of the project has been to transfer BeLearning in order to be used all over the European Union to expand the employability possibilities of learners via the acquisition of a mix of digital, educational and social competences.
Specific achieved objectives:
- the adaptation of the blended model developed in Spain, to social entrepreneurs in North London in the UK, teachers of adult education and vocational training in Brussels and audiovisual learners in France and to readjust the previous model, making it more efficient, to cultural managers in Spain
- the local, national and at European level impact thanks to the results obtained through the experimentation done in each of the participating organizations.
- new job opportunities in the frame of each of the sectors involved in the 4 countries
- the creation of productive ties with employers, clients and other educative institutions in the sectors of reference
Activities has been the creation of a methodological guide for transferring, adaptable to different context, the running of 4 tests for implementing it, an International Transfer Conference and 4 national seminars.
Impact has come from:
- use of BeLearning methods and contents in the current pedagogic life of partner institutions
- change of mind and attitudes about the possibilities of expanded use of new technologies applied to training
- a "corpus" of methods, contents, strategies, materials and real and successful practices available in the methodological guide and ready to be use immediately
- a set of workshops developed, open and free, to national and EU VET Community in accessible languages.
BeLearning has been defined as a methodology for open training processes designed to learn, share, transfer and enjoy knowledge. It used new technologies through a training method based on meetings, work and research combining virtual spaces, digital tools and online platforms and traditional learning tools: presentations, lectures, workshops and classes.
BeLearning has also been defined as an environment because the training experience involved the learners and the teachers in a process of multiple interactions. Those interactions happened between them and with other actors involved into the training process. The methodology was an exploration of both the digital and audiovisual possibilities of learning in a structured way. Furthermore, Belearning went beyond the basic implementation of training courses and/or workshops as it incorporated previous and future actions as a integrate part of the learning process.
The underlying concepts in this methodology were:
1st basic concept: Expanded knowledge: Belearning offered to share, transfer and transform new ideas or working systems (knowledge) from one training action to another (expanding).
2nd basic concept: Interdisciplinarity: Belearning was about the ability to bring together the different profiles, levels of knowledge and organisations into common projects.
3rd basic concept: Adaptability: BeLearning was a training methodology used for different training sessions according to their necessities and contexts of their learning programs.
The way of converting this approach into a feasible training was through a phasing process divided into 3 phases (open sharing, workshop and post-workshop space) and 3 layers (digital, interaction and action).
Open sharing phase: that first phase included the process of preparation of the activities (the logistics, definition of contents, election of facilitators and participants) and the creation or the new use of available digital tools. It included also displaying and sharing information, indicating the main guidelines, the opening of first discussions and the establishment of the key concepts to be used during the workshop.
Workshop phase: The workshops were the moments of face-to-face interaction. The word workshop has been chosen because it is normally related to professional contexts where participants worked in group(s) in order to find a solution or a proposal about an issue. One Belearning workshop session lasted between 2 and 4 hours divided in facilitator´s (or other professional´s) presentations/lessons and co-work between the participants
The main objective of the workshops was to create an individual or collective prototype/action plan/project to be developed in the post-working space.
Post-workshop phase: The actions, solutions, projections, expanded knowledge and information were all uploaded online according to the decision taken during the workshop phase. The participants performed the solution previously designed in the workshop as a way of bringing their achievements to the reality of their job area.
The post-working space also gave the possibility to capitalize the experience (in the way of compiling and communicating about the content created) and to follow it further beyond the set time.
Prototype (optional): This fourth category was not a phase in itself but if the post-workshop phase had sometimes intangibles results such as new skills for the learners, sometimes the Belearning methodology could have a tangible result, called the Prototype, whom the group would carry after the post- workshop phase. This Prototype could be virtually anything the group and the trainers would decide.
The 3 layers
Digital layer: It is referred not only to the website or website related activities but also to the audiovisual content used or created. As a consequence, it included the election of digital tools, the extent of their use and the possibilities for sharing, creating, transferring and transforming ideas into knowledge and training actions.
Interaction layer: It referred to how to define the flow of new learning emerging from the dialogue and reflection amongst the participants, facilitators and other stakeholders involved.
Action/impact layer: In this context, employability was about developing new skills, obtaining new content, networking with possible future employers or co-workers and also about the certification of the training action.
During the project a methodological guide was developed and it is fully available on the project website to be shared and used by the VET community all over the EU.
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